It doesn’t get much uglier than this. A 7-1 loss by the Mariners, who had only one baserunner all night before the ninth inning. Texas starter Derek Holland hadn’t gone beyond seven innings all year, but allowed just one hit off the first 24 batters he faced before walking Rob Johnson to start the ninth. Franklin Gutierrez later added a two out single before Holland was pulled by manager Ron Washington, greeted by a round of boos from the crowd.
Jose Lopez then drove in Seattle’s only run with a single, his team’s third hit. The 10 strikeouts by Hollland were the most by a Texas starter all season. Most in 10 years by a Rangers lefty.
So, for those of you still keeping track, that’s eight games out in the AL West and 6 1/2 back in the wild-card hunt.
If you’re Jack Zduriencik, you know the score. He can’t afford to let emotions, homerism and other non-objective criterion impact his judgment come deadline. And he won’t. Zduriencik and his stats analysts likely know better than anyone out there how astronomical his playoff chances are. Something close to three percent.
If he can get a decent offer for Jarrod Washburn, he will likely move him unless there is a contract extension in the works. If he can’t, then he won’t, but there’s a lot of time until that deadline hits at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
As for tonight, Garrett Olson has now failed to last four innings his last three starts, A contending team doesn’t keep sending guys like Olson out there.
Not to rub it in (for those of you still hoping this team can repeat the 1995 miracle) but this team’s offense caught up to it a week ago. And when slugging teams like the Rangers get their home run bats in gear, this Seattle team just can’t keep up.