About the only guys who should feel good about this series win by the Mariners are the guys on the mound. If you’re the Tampa Bay Rays, you have to be wondering about your realistic playoff odds following a series like this.
The Mariners, to put it bluntly, just finished one of the worst hitting displays in a series that you can possibly see from a team taking two out of three. They were “The Hitless Wonders” reincarnated. Today, they had five hits total — only one of them after the second inning — but it was enough to post a 2-1 win over a Rays squad in some serious offensive trouble without Evan Longoria.
Yeah, the M’s deserve some credit for winning the series after that 14-inning debacle on Friday night. It would have been easier to fold up and get swept. Well, the offense did sort of fold up, with 23 strikeouts the last two games, including eight more today.
Seattle didn’t score after the first inning last night and won. The M’s didn’t score after the second inning today but won again because Beavan threw the best game we’ve seen from him in a long, long time over eight innings. I can count on a few fingers the number of hard-hit balls by the Rays today and they weren’t among Tampa Bay’s four hits against him.
Great job by Beavan.
Burt if we’re looking at long-term development by this team, the offense looked horrible ths entire series once it left the cozy confines of Kansas City and some awful starting pitching by the Royals.
A couple of bounces the other way here, we’d be getting ready to bury this offense and the team once again. They did win, though, and finished 5-2 on the road trip. So, this becomes tough. Do we pretend we didn’t just see what we saw the past two days? Namely, two of the unlikelier wins you’ll ever see from a team doing nothing on offense?
I don’t know. The most charitable I can be is to say: let’s see what happens going forward from here. Because in terms of long-term progress, this offense took a huge step backwards this series after beating up on a bunch of no-names in Kansas City.
Much work remains to be done.
For Beavan, though, full marks for his work today. And no, merely winning the way this team did is not enough. If we’re going to raise the bar a bit in Seattle, we have to be able to spot the fluke/unlikely-to-happen-again stuff and tell it apart from real progress.
The Mariners will almost certainly be making moves this week: moves that should have come at the All-Star Break.