The Mariners aren’t so talented that they can steal wins playing less than their best. “Baseball is a great game,” said M’s manager Scott Servais. “But on many days it can be very cruel.”
Felix Hernandez has taken the mound twice in the past six days, and the results are as follows.
Game 1: Six innings pitched, three runs allowed.
Game 2: Six innings pitched, three runs allowed.
So what was the distinction between those two outings from the King?
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In the first one, the Mariners appeared to be in the midst of a breakthrough. But after the second, it seems they’re in the midst of a breakdown.
Six days ago, the Mariners climbed two games above .500 after a 13-3 thrashing of the Astros, who have the best record in baseball. Wednesday, they lost their fourth consecutive game while being swept by the Phillies, who have the worst record in baseball.
The momentary elation they felt upon Hernandez’s return has been replaced by frustration. Seriously? Two home losses to Philadelphia?
“Baseball is a great game,” said M’s manager Scott Servais. “But on many days it can be very cruel.”
Sometimes it can be cruel for a stretch of days.
The aforementioned win over Houston capped a six-game winning streak that included a 7-5 win over Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who took a perfect game into the sixth. But now, in addition to trailing six teams for the final wild-card spot, the Mariners are stockpiling pitching woes, too.
Wednesday, the team announced that starter Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss 12-15 months. Smyly hadn’t pitched a game for the M’s all season, but with Hisashi Iwakuma inching closer to his return, it seemed Seattle’s starting rotation was on the cusp of being as balanced as its lineup. That’s not happening, meaning the team is going to have to rely on names such as Sam Gaviglio and Andrew Moore, who are not…