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August 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Many reasons Mariners sit eight games under .500 and here’s a biggie

The Mariners open a three-game series tonight in Baltimore against an Orioles team shooting for another wild-card spot as of right now.

The Mariners open a three-game series tonight in Baltimore against an Orioles team shooting for another wild-card spot as of right now.

Let’s take a look at some games lost by the Mariners this season:

Aug. 1 — Had 7-2 lead in 9th inning, lost 8-7 to Red Sox

July 26 — Had 1-0 lead in 9th inning, lost 3-2 in 13 innings to Twins

July 11 — Had 5-1 lead in 3rd inning, lost 8-7 in 10 innings to Red Sox

July 9 — Had 5-0 lead in 3rd inning, lost 11-8 to Red Sox

June 20 — Had 8-1 lead in 5th inning, lost 10-9 to Angels

June 12 — Had 1-0 lead in 9th inning, lost 6-1 to Astros

June 1 — Had 4-2 lead in 9th inning, lost 5-4 to Twins

May 29 — Had 2-0 lead in 9th inning, lost 3-2 in 10 innings to Padres

May 20 — Had 7-6 lead in 9th inning, lost 10-8 in 10 innings to Indians

That about covers it. We can list the surprising comeback wins and there have been, what? One or two? Sure, there’s the one-hit win in Houston. That counts. And maybe, what? One more stunning reversal?

Well, I just listed nine stunning reversals that went against the Mariners.

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And so, when we delve into why the Mariners are eight games under .500 instead of flirting with the break-even point, there are myriad reasons why.

And we can allow the narrative to fit any one we choose. Some can point at roster construction and how having too many DH-types may have hurt.

Or, the day after Kendrys Morales gets four hits and his team blows a 7-2 lead in the ninth inning, we can leave the hitters alone for a second and take a look at the bullpen.

There are plenty of things this team needs to address in the off-season and the late-inning bullpen roles should be front-and-center.

Five years into a rebuilding plan that was being widely touted in some corners as little as a year ago, we have to make sure everything is wide open to analysis.

Do the Mariners have to make some hitting and defensive decisions this winter? Absolutely. But this bullpen problem — it can be argued — is the No. 1 reason this team isn’t within a game or two of .500.

Just one more argument to consider amongst what I’m sure will be a sea of them.

Comments | More in bullpen | Topics: Tom Wilhelmsen; blown saves; red sox; fenway

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