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Losing Streaks Don’t Phase This Team

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on July 28, 2007 at 4:58 pm with No Comments »
July 28, 2007 4:58 pm

For the first few months of the season, then-manager Mike Hargrove said he hadn’t quite put his finger on the identity of the 2007 Seattle Mariners.

Headed toward August, the team personality can now be defined by one word – tenacity.

"You look at other teams in division races, I don’t think any of them have had three losing streaks like we have," Jarrod Washburn said. "We’ve lost six games in a row twice, then another seven-game losing streak?

"It’s not the way you’d think it would happen, but it seems to work for us. After every one of those streaks, we’ve won enough games to stay in the race."

As of Saturday, after their 4-3 victory over Oakland, the Mariners were four games behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and in the thick of the wild card race. They have stayed in both by sheer will and and the ability to come back from most anything.

Including deficits. Seattle leads the majors with 31 come-from-behind victories.

Want the poster boy of the Mariners comebacks? How about shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, who has hit five home runs this season in 349 at-bats. What’s so special about that?

Every one of those home runs has come in a tie game and given Seattle the lead.

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