The Mariners lost to the Blue Jays today, 7-5 at Skydome. Oh excuse me, Rogers Center. Forget that, Skydome.
Anyway, it was the 12th straight loss for Seattle which stuns me because although they are no juggernaut offensively, you would think they have the pitching to avoid long losing streaks.
They were hanging tough for a while but this losing skid has put them 12 1/2 behind the Rangers in the West and out of the picture for a wild card.
In today's loss, Ichiro Suzuki had 3 hits to raise his average to .265. What? .265? For Ichiro? Yes, the greatest Japanese player to ever ply his craft in the Major Leagues is hitting just .265. He's 37 and for the first time in his career he is showing some age. He has 107 hits which puts him on pace for 177 this season. Now in his 11th season the the Mariners, it would snap a string of 10 consecutive 200+ hits in a season.
To top it off the Mariners recently celebrated the 2001 team that won 116 games. That's all well and good except for one thing. They didn't win the World Series. They were knocked out in the playoffs by the Yankees. Seems like it would be a painful memory for Mariners fans. Would you rather win 116 but lose the World Series or win 83 games like the 2006 Cardinals and win the World Series?
Ask the New England Patriots that question. That's a case where 14-6 proved to be better than 18-1. I don't see any celebrations in Boston in the future for that team.
I'm getting off on a tangent. Time to wrap up this post.