It’s a battle for the AL West cellar as the 17-25 Mariners host your 17-26 Athletics in a three-game series. The M’s started the season 11-6 but are a brutal 6-19 since then, coming home now off a four-game sweep by the Red Sox. Their offense has been meh, not helped by Mitch Haniger being out (probably until July) with an ankle injury; the pitching has just been El Stinko.
The pitching staff has generated just 1.1 WAR (29th) with an overall 4.26 ERA while giving up 56 homers, the most in baseball. The rotation has produced a 0.8 WAR with a 4.20 ERA, while an inconsistent bullpen has generated a 0.3 WAR (24th) with a 4.35 ERA (25th).
Few people outside of the clubhouse expected the 2021 Mariners to be good. Their eventual success was a pleasant surprise. It also led to expected and demanded success in 2022.
When stated expectations aren’t met, patience evaporates and change follows.
The A’s see a couple of veteran lefthanders, sandwiched around the Mariners’ #1 draft choice in 2019, a righthander making his fourth career start.
Monday at 6:40: Zach Logue vs. Marco Gonzales
Tuesday at 6:40: James Kaprielian vs. George Kirby
Wednesday at 1:10: Paul Blackburn vs. Robbie Ray
Our old pal Sergio Romo is back in the Mariners’ bullpen, having been activated a week or so ago after missing a month with a bad shoulder.