Game 6: Angels 5, Mariners 4

Kole Calhoun sounds like the name of somebody I wouldn’t get along with in high school. Just thought I’d get that out there. His home run last night didn’t help his cause in my book.

The M’s offense simply needs to figure it out. I know, I know, it’s a long season, but they’re setting the tone for the next 156 games and the way things have gone isn’t cutting it.

Haniger Goes Yard, Everyone Else Struggles

 Mitch Haniger is hitting at the Mendoza line and he’s setting the tone for the club. Yes, Segura is hitting for a higher average, but Haniger and the other guys need to deliver to drive in Segura when he gets on base, which is basically his biggest job. Mitch came through with a two run shot to drive in Segura, and Nelson Cruz brought him home with a sac fly, just his second on the year to this point.

Jarrod Dyson drew the only walk of the day for Seattle. Yet another sign that the club is generally struggling to control the zone is the overall absence of walks. They’re getting behind early and trying to do too much in their at-bats, resulting in easy outs for the opposition.

Felix Squeezes Out a No-Decision

 King Felix came out and struck out six, but also allowed 10 hits and three earned runs. He had just enough run support to earn a no-decision before Scribner came out to record the loss on a Mike Trout home run. I’ve said it before, and I’m not alone, the pitching isn’t the issue so far, the offense simply needs to get going. Through today’s game, Cruz Canó, and Seager are hitting .152 without any home runs, per MLB.com’s Greg Johns.

My rational mind knows that it’s early in the season, so all we have right now is a small sample size and no reason to freak out, but my frustrated Mariner fan mind is punching holes in walls at the struggles.

 

Kuma gets the start today as the M’s look to kickstart the offense and avoid the sweep in Anaheim.