The Seattle Mariners have lost three straight games. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. They have lost 10 of their last 15 games.
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Sitting 2.0 games back of the Kansas City Royals for the second Wild Card spot in the American League, it is looking more and more like the Mariners are going to end up at home watching the playoffs this year, bitterly grumbling about what could have been.
What makes this losing streak even worse, besides the timing, is the fact that it included a lost series against the Houston Astros. Granted, the Astros have proven to be a feisty opponent at times this season, but a playoff team needs to win those games. Because they didn’t the Mariners might not end up being a playoff team, fittingly enough.
Also frustrating from Seattle’s perspective is the fact that their pitching has let them down lately, the very facet of their team that vaulted them into contention in the first place. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times writes the following about that issue:
"After consistently carrying the team though extended offensive dead periods, the Mariners’ starting pitching has started crumbling at the worst possible time. And it may be the collapse of Seattle’s 2014 playoff run."
It’s not as if the Seattle offense has been lighting the world on fire either. In their last 15 games, the Mariners have scored more than three runs just five times; in three of those cases they scored four runs. In six of those games they scored one or zero runs.
To put it simply: this has been a complete collapse by the Mariners, one that will have to stop in short order if they hope to make up two games in the standings with less than a week left in the season.