The competitive portion of the Seattle Mariners schedule is over. It has been for a while, really.
By multiple measures – statistics, performance and comfort – the 2018 season has been anything but normal for Dee Gordon. His batting average has fallen to around .260-270, his on-base percentage is below .300, he’s been playing hurt for most of the season while never being quite sure which position will be next to his name on the lineup card.
This was how the Mariners offense was supposed to function – quality at-bats forcing pitchers to throw strikes, a plethora of base runners, some situational hitting and a home run to top it off.
The Mariners’ fall from grace in 2018 has been a slow, steady descent that has wiped out almost all of the good feeling that prevailed for half a season.
Another two-game set against the Padres and the same result: The Mariners, the team with 20 more victories, getting swept, this time at Safeco Field.
Wil Myers lined an RBI double off major league saves leader Edwin Diaz with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the San Diego Padres over the Seattle Mariners 2-1. Diaz entered with the game tied at 1 and struggled without having a chance at his 55th save. Diaz gave up singles to Hunter Renfroe and Eric Hosmer leading off the inning. After a strikeout of Franmil Reyes, Myers jumped on the first pitch and pulled it into the left field corner.
While his teammates – all of them likely unaware of his decision – conversed/yelled in the Mariners’ clubhouse before Tuesday’s game at loud decibels to overcome the blaring music already playing, Hisashi Iwakuma stood quietly at his locker with his translator Antony Suzuki ready to discuss the end of his time with the Seattle Mariners and Major League Baseball.
Mitch Haniger dashed home to score the go-ahead run on a grounder in the eighth inning, then made a diving catch for the final out Sunday that gave the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees.
Major league teams play 162 games from April through September, plus six weeks of spring training. During the regular season, they average about three days off per month and some of those are travel days.
Andrew McCutchen hit his second home run in two days, Dellin Betances pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Saturday night.
Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 over eight innings, Gleyber Torres and Andrew McCutchen each hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0.
SEATTLE – Nelson Cruz and Denard Span hit back-to-back home runs, and the Seattle Mariners overcame sloppy infield defense to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Wednesday night. Despite winning their first home series since July 22, the Mariners failed to gain ground on Oakland in the A.L. wild-card race. They still trail by 5 1/2 games with 22 games remaining.