Hot and Cold, Night and Day — The Seattle Mariners of 2015

Still No Signs of Consistency From the M’s

What in the world is going with baseball in the Emerald City?  The 2015 Seattle Mariners were a team that everyone thought was on the highway to the World Series.  Instead, we get mediocrity.

I can live with mediocrity.  Let’s face it, when it comes to baseball, you had better get used to mediocrity because this is a sport where winning two out of three consistently is championship play and hitting a ball successfully three times in ten makes you an All-Star. 

Can Seager and the M's get back on track and stay there in the 2nd half?

Can Seager and the M’s get back on track and stay there in the 2nd half?

What I don’t like is inconsistency and when your results are mediocre because of consistency, well, you have a problem.

If I didn’t know better I’d swear we were watching a completely different team from night to night.

Multiple players and pitchers just seem to turn it on and off from night to night as easily as you or I flip through the channels on the TV– Click, Click.

Here are just a few of the examples:

I’m shocked to put the name Kyle Seager on this list.

He’s been the most consistent guy at the plate for the Mariners the past several years but yet he’s gone hot and cold lately.

For the past two weeks his batting average is a disgusting .237 with just seven runs driven in.

If you back up two more weeks though his numbers jump to .283 with 15 runs driven in.

Brad Miller is the other way around, currently.  He’s hot, well, hot for him, right now.  He’s hit .257 the past two weeks after putting up hits at a .188 clip before that.

Nelson Cruz has cooled off after a blistering start.  He hit just .136 last week with no homers and just two RBIs.  I knew he would slow down at some point but .136?  C’mon man!

The consistency isn’t just limited to the hitters either.  Pitching has been a problem for the Mariners as well.

Felix Hernandez

The King may miss the playoffs yet again if the M’s don’t come together.

JA Happ and even Felix Hernandez have recorded some of their worst starts as of late after being remarkably good and consistent for two months.

On June 11th Happ went just 2.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits while walking two more.  This is a guy that has not gone less than five innings all year in 13 starts.

Hernandez did something I couldn’t even believe I saw the very next day, June 12th.  He started a game and got one out.  That’s it.

One out.  He allowed eight runs on eight hits and two walks in just .1 of an inning.  Are you kidding me here?

The funny thing is, both of these guys bounced back.  Felix showed up five days later and put up eight innings of shutout baseball.

Happ’s next start wasn’t quite that good in that the M’s lost but he did allow just three runs in six innings.  It was certainly an outing where he gave the M’s an opportunity to win the game and that’s all you can ask.

So here we sit mid-June and the M’s have yet to play their best baseball.   They find themselves in fourth place in their division and a whopping 9.5 games back of the first place Houston Astros and a pitiful seven games under .500.

The news doesn’t get prettier either.  Cruz and Seager may have been inconsistent as of late but now they are both out with the flu.  Robinson Cano is also out with a stiff back although I can’t call his play inconsistent.  Unfortunately I can’t call it good either.

The Mariners are going to have to look at themselves in the mirror hard the last couple of weeks before the All-Star break because the reality of the situation is that the season is slipping away.

Without consistently good play from here on out, you can kiss the World Series and the playoffs goodbye.

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