Sitting in the bowels of Fenway Park, the Seattle Mariners huddle like nervous
animals and think to themselves, ‘Not again.’
Yes, again. The rain is falling sideways at noon, and the wind chill is already below freezing – almost four hours before the Boston-Seattle game is supposed to start. Almost no one expects it to start then.
Instead, weather-readers say there is a ‘window of opportunity’ to play this game about 7 p.m. EST this evening.
In Cleveland, it was snow. In Boston, it’s expected to sleet some time today.
In the five games the Mariners have managed to play this month, starting pitching has been the key to three victories – and in two losses. Felix Hernandez is 2-0 and Jarrod Washburn should be 1-0. The bullpen blew is win.
It’s going to take the entire month of April to get this rotation right again, given the days missed. If it were mid-season, starters would be stronger, a little better prepared to miss a start.
But coming out of camp, to pitch on 10 days rest? Jeff Weaver may never win a game for Seattle, but his chances Tuesday in Boston were remote.
No matter what happens in this next week, don’t judge the rotation or bullpen too soon. And don’t blame Mike Hargrove and his coaches.
No team goes through this kind of stretch unscathed.
If anything, Hargrove saved his team a loss last week in Cleveland by getting a game stopped with 4 2/3 innings played with the Mariners behind.
Like it or not, April is no one’s fault in Seattle. Mother Nature has kicked the Mariners butt. If the game in Boston today is wiped out, Seattle will have played five games – and Mother Nature will have stopped five others.