Well, if the Mariners still want to change the course of their season ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, they’ll have a shot at doing so right off the bat as we kick-off the post-All-Star portion of the schedule. As mentioned yesterday, the Mariners this season have the pleasure of 19 games against the Houston Astros — a team on-pace to lose 105 games this season.
The Astros would be on-pace to drop 109 games if not for the Mariners, who somehow have managed to go just 4-5 versus Houston thus far. If that’s ever going to change, now is the time for the Mariners to step up to the — ahem — plate.
This Seattle group have been bouncing around the 8-10 games below .500 mark for two months. One way to jump that gap in a hurry would be to do what it is supposed to — with its three top starters on the mound — in Houston starting tonight. Sweep this series, the Mariners sit six games under .500.
And all of a sudden, there is plenty that can happen from there.
But again, it has to happen soon. The Mariners play a home set against the Cleveland Indians right after and then get the terrible Minnesota Twins for a four-game weekend set.
Going 8-2 against those three clubs I just mentioned is hardly inconceivable.
That would get the Mariners to three games under .500 with just a couple of days to go before the trade deadline.More