Mariners salvage one of three, but Jays take series and the crowd

Series recap full of love and hate

Seattle 9, Toronto 7

When: 3:40 PM ET, Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
Temperature: 72°
Umpires: Home – Dale Scott, 1B – Todd Tichenor, 2B – CB Bucknor, 3B – Quinn Wolcott
Attendance: 34792

It is the worst when the Blue Jays come to town, the amount of blue in the stands of SafeCo Field is infuriating, but it does ignite some passionate baseball.

Unfortunately, it also approves of terrible defense, mediocre starting pitching, and an all-around great excuse to make some bad decisions.

Against Aaron Harang’s best efforts, the Mariners came back and won Wednesday after giving up 7 runs before his exit in the third inning.

The M’s came back with 6 runs of their own in the 5th, possibly delaying the Harang DFA fans are so passionately wishing for.

If progress is what you want, look no further.

In 2012, the Mariners were a measly 51-63 after 114 games (pitiful right?), but thanks to #keepstreaking and the improved offense (3rd in home runs in baseball!), the Mariners are a much improved 53-61! Huzzah!

If the sarcasm hasn’t hit yet over written word, below are the love and hates where I will try and clean it up a bit.

Love ‘em

1. The Bullpen


Brandon Maurer got the win in today’s crazy game. (Photo: Google)

Within this series with the Jays, the pen gave up 1 ER over 12.2 IP, that’s great production with a lot of work.

Brandon Maurer is beginning to look confident again despite the walks allowed, and Lord Danny Farquhar is stepping into the closer’s role nicely.

Farquhar’s rise to this positioning is mirroring Tom Wilhelmsen’s from a year ago, who was mirroring Brandon League from two years ago. This might actually be a bad trend, but only time will tell.

On Wednesday especially, the bullpen was fantastic, going 7 innings and not allowing a run despite allowing base runners. Sometimes, that’s how teams have to get it done.

2. Kendrys Morales

For all the doubters out there who wanted to trade him to Tampa Bay or anyone that would take him, this is the best-case scenario right now. I was one of those people, and I am not sure what to do with this except enjoy it.

In the last month, since July 8th, Morales is hitting .379 with 6 HR’s. He will end the season where he was projected, with a good batting average (.300) and about 25 HR’s. He would be the perfect player if he didn’t have to carry this team.

Hate em

1. Bartender

Somehow, manager Eric Wedge is still ever present on this team, and he has been out for weeks due to health issues (seriously, best wishes for his health). But how can this trend continue?


The bartender is opening up shop in Tacoma now. (Photo: Google)

When a player has performed poorly for the Mariners this year, they have either been defended religiously (Harang) or sent to AAA (Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero).

The latter is part of baseball, people get sent down to work on things all the time, but these two weren’t just sent down to work on their swings, but also to switch positions.

Whenever Montero’s suspension is done, and he remembers how to hit, he’ll be DHing and playing 1B! Fans have already been privy to the double bouncing balls from Ackley in center to the cut-off man.

So, what happens when Tom Wilhelmsen gets sent down to the minors?

He started today! Wilhelmsen started in a AAA game, pushing back James Paxton (the regularly scheduled starter) to the third inning! Wilhelmsen continued his trend, giving up 3 ER in 2 IP and was straddled with the loss.

How can this keep happening?

Every M’s writer on Twitter said that he only started to make sure he got in the game and would be able to work on things. If you are buying that, you don’t know the lack of a plan in this organization!

Wilhelmsen failed as a closer this season, so they’re stretching him out to see if he can start until this also goes up in flames.

Lastly, how can you do that to Paxton? He’s one of the big 3, or 4, he needs to be starting regularly and getting better. He sucked today too, but in his defense, he had to come out of the bullpen.

2. Defense

I do not hate Raul Ibanez. I want to make that clear, he’s a good player and has been a good Mariner for the team and the city.

I do hate Ibanez playing LF. If you need more proof, check out all these GIF’s the internet is collecting.

What do you want to call the Raul Ibanez play from Tuesday?

I like “the spike” (the name it has at Lookout Landing, hard to find a better way to describe the outfielder throwing the ball straight into the ground.

It was clear he was unsure where to throw the ball, unfortunately, the ground 8 feet from him and to his left was the wrong choice.

Also, within the mess that was Tuesday evening, Felix Hernandez gave up 7 runs, but only three of them were earned thanks to 4 errors from Kyle Seager, Brad Miller and the aforementioned Ibanez.


Go M’s!


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