Start spreading the news…we’re not in New York City anymore. Tales of the Mariners’ exploits in the Big Apple have been long forgotten and they now face a brand new crisis in both confidence and their season.
This 12-0 loss tonight to the Angels was just one game. But the Mariners have now lost five in a row, play here again tomorrow and then face the Rangers this weekend. In other words, yeah, a long, long losing streak could be just around the corner if the Mariners don’t figure some things out.
Some of it, the players can control. They did nothing offensively tonight, again, though, in their defense, the pitching by Aaron Harang was brutal and left them little chance in the game.
Other changes are entirely up to management. There is no rule that says Harang has to keep being sent out there to get lit up. There’s an off-day Thursday and that’s usually when roster changes come. If the Mariners stand pat, they will be writing their own epitaph.
Mike Trout hit a home run off Lucas Luetge in the eighth inning, making him the youngest player to hit for the cycle since Mel Ott of the New York Giants in 1929. Trout becmes the sixth player to hit for a cycle against the Mariners, the most recent being Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks last June.
This road trip has gone from heartbreaking to ugly in a hurry.
The Mariners and their front office can no longer keep their fingers crossed and hope to get by. The dam has broken in the back end of the rotation. It’s time for a fix before the season gets washed away.