Game 18: A’s 3, Mariners 1

I have a great idea: never let the Mariners leave Safeco ever. I’d like to think that losing in Oakland is due to playing in the Coliseum. It’s like a team who usually plays on a normal grass field playing some kids on a dirt lot full of nails and venomous creatures, the kids who usually play in the dirt are probably coming away with a win. While this isn’t much of a stretch when comparing really any team to the A’s, we’ve seen the Mariners struggle on the road so far through these first few weeks, so the crappy venue isn’t really to blame.

Iwakuma Struggles Again

If we weren’t worried about Kuma going into this game, we can worry now. He’s now 0-2 on the year with a 5.31 ERA, and simply hasn’t been his dominant self. He recorded four walks and allowed all three of Oakland’s runs. They say that professional athletes can literally lose their touch overnight, let’s hope this hasn’t happened to Iwakuma. The good news is that nobody seems to be super worried, give it a few months and we’ll see what they decide to do. I admit I’m susceptible to my brief moments of optimism being crushed by slow starts like this, but that’s just the life of  Mariners fan.

Heredia Taking Advantage of His Chances

Guillermo Heredia has seen a bit more action lately, and will likely see more as Leonys Martin continues to struggle. He recorded two hits and scored on a Mitch Haniger triple, the only Seattle run of the night. The M’s sputtered on offense, something Scott Servais addressed when speaking to the media after the game: “We had a couple of opportunities but we didn’t sting any good at-bats together. You’ve got to hit to win on the road and we haven’t. That’ s why we haven’t won.” They certainly haven’t, the M’s have dropped eight of nine road games so far.

Martin’s struggles are making that Jarrod Dyson trade look even better than it already looked, having Dyson patrol center while Martin struggles is giving plenty of time for Heredia and possibly even Ben Gamel, depending on how the season goes.

Martin is out of minor league options, so if anyone is sent down it’d be between Haniger (ha!) and Heredia, and neither are looking like they need that right now. Motter has shown his ability to play in the outfield as well, so, we’ve got options.


Ariel Miranda gets the start today as the M’s look to avoid the sweep in Oakland.