This week has been bad for baseball. It’s been bad in general, but for baseball it’s just been absolutely heartbreaking. Unless I’m really super into the Orioles this week, but after watching my second-favorite team eviscerate my first-favorite team, I just want the Mariners to win some games. I thought for sure that the Orioles would not be much of a challenge, but they ran roughshod over us the past three evenings, and it has not been pleasant. I would seriously rather listen to Justin Bieber for a week than witness another sweep of the Mariners this year. That is how disappointed I am with this week’s games.
Jason Vargas definitely deserved more than what he got for tonight’s contest. Vargas went a nice solid 9 innings. He gave up 4 more hits than his opponent Zach Britton (who also went 9), but he still kept Baltimore runless. The game made it to 12 innings before the Mariners scored, and then Brandon League came in to attempt a save and failed miserably through a combination of hitting guys and allowing hits. What a disaster. Even Jack Wilson’s excellent catch of a pop fly that bent him over backwards before forcing him to nearly fall on Ichiro, or Luis Rodriguez’s diving catch on a line drive off the bat of Matt Wieters were not enough to save this game for me. Both were excellent plays, and I’m very proud of both players for making them, but we are really getting off on the wrong foot with this road trip. And next we have the Indians, the Twins, and the Angels coming up over this next week. We need to play far better than we did the last few days.
Eric Wedge was interviewed post-game, and had good words for those who deserved them, a bit of defense of Brandon League, and really didn’t concentrate on the negative much at all. I’m not sure whether this is good or bad. It doesn’t really change things to get riled up in the press, but I hope he does some chewing out as it’s necessary in the clubhouse. We’re going to face one of the best teams in baseball tomorrow, and holding our own for extra innings just isn’t going to cut it; wins are necessary and that right soon. I’m finding it hard to keep watching. I do and I will, but it’s not easy.
I did enjoy the post-game Orioles celebration, because second team and all, and it’s always nice to see a team you care about happy, but I really wish it might have come on the heels of two Mariners wins, rather than the final straw in the broom. Tomorrow’s a new day. Maybe fate will smile upon us, because Fausto Carmona will not.