The winning streak is five now, the deficit in the American League West down to three games – and the Seattle Mariners bullpen is exhausted.
Kind of fun, isn’t it?
Somewhere in the next week or so, they’re going to lose a game because the Seattle starting pitcher is going to leave after six and no one is going to be able to throw a strike.
That’s how tired Mariners relievers are.
Now Adrian Beltre is down again with a bad left thumb, and after the game Tuesday was even hinting at the disabled list. Richie Sexson still isn’t hitting .200.
And the Mariners are hot. Hot as in 9-2 in June.
No, it doesn’t look particularly good with the bullpen toasted and Miguel Batista and Jeff Weaver starting the next two games, but right now – do you care? Did you think the Mariners would have a two-game lead over Oakland in June?
Of course not.
Mike Hargrove may not be your favorite manager, Bill Bavasi may be your least favorite general manager and yes, lots of off-season moves made you angry.
Tell the truth, though. It’s mid-June and the Mariners are on a roll, beating good teams and bad. Did you expect that?
Welcome baseball back to summer in Seattle.