Who is to blame for Mariners’ disappointing season? There are several culprits

As the concept of the “north” of this sailor’s season changes (and falls) every day, Monday was a great guessing game for getting on an Oakland plane to embark on a road trip.

Or more precisely – who would not.

The failure of the five-game series against Angels, where a combination of Mike Trout’s superhumanity and Mariners’ backward attack resulted in four demoralizing losses, called for scapegoat. I’ve had enough baseball teams at the time to know the signs of the upcoming cleanup.

However, Sergio Romo, a 39-year-old aide, and Roenis Elias, a veteran from the left, were the only victims to die. Not quite the bloodshed that many fans called for after the two losses to Angels on Saturday and the last on Sunday in an seemingly endless series of losses.

The truth is that the problems of this crew cannot be precisely defined by one person, the removal of which will magically correct them. There are many fingerprints on this dying job.

It is, of course, a long-standing baseball orthodox that the manager is the first to fall (because, as the proverb says, 25 players cannot be fired. Or 26 players cannot be fired for modernization). The Phillies set out on June 3, when they put Joe Girard on the team from 22nd to 29th. It had exactly the effect it wanted: Phillies is 14: 3 under interim manager, former bench coach Rob Thomson, and is back in the wild-card race. Four days later, Angels defeated Joe Maddon in the middle of a 12-game losing streak to 14 games under his substitute Phil Nevin. The Angels are 6: 7 under Nevin, with 67% of those wins coming from the just-finished series in Seattle.

The CVs of Girard and Maddon are both World Series titles. The Mariners did not have a manager after Lou Piniella in 2001 who would even have a play-off spot in Seattle, which was seven captains back when the breaks are taken into account. Scott Servais, who is playing for the seventh season, was praised last year for leading the oncoming team to 90 wins, which is 14 games higher than their expected winnings, taking into account the difference of minus 51 races.

Servais took second place in the title of American League Head Coach Tampa Bay ahead of Kevin Cash and his contract was extended on September 1. This quarrel has led to considerable optimism that the Mariners are ready to end their endless drought in 2022. an unfounded expectation that has made the ensuing collapse much more depressing.

Now the Mariners are hitting 10 games under 0.500 and another playoff-free season is facing them. Did Servais suddenly go stupid? I do not belive. Of course, you can imagine any decisions regarding the deployment of the lineup, the use of pitching, and especially this weekend, whether or not to continue to introduce Trout when more and more evidence is seen that they failed to stop him.

As long-time sub-league manager Rocky Bridges once said, “There are three things the average man thinks he can do better than anyone else.

But in many cases, Servais chooses from unpleasant choices, a sort of Hobson’s choice (not named after the former Red Sox butch Hobson, although sailors could use his bat), where there are often no good answers. This happens when your list is full of players in difficulty who are either doing their job at a much lower level or who do not yet have a representative job. But if he can’t get players to perform and soon, Servais can pay well for his work. It’s just baseball. Many people updated Twitter on Monday to see if the driver survived.

Baseball operations president Jerry Dipoto, like Servais, is in Seattle for the seventh year (and the fourth year of rebuilding, buying extra time to form a play-off team). He is responsible for the list, which looked much better on paper in March. No one knew then that Robbie Ray would only reach Cy Young’s form two starts back, or that two major offensive additions to Jesse Winker and Adam Frazier would suffer a massive dropout, or that Jarred Kelenic would suffer the same assault as a beginner, or that Mitch Haniger to get caught. In addition, the Mariners have been plagued by depth problems throughout the season, despite their brilliant rankings in the smaller leagues in their farm system.

The number of seafarers on most days is as thin as last year. They have already been switched off 10 times in 68 games, or about once in two series. Bull has achieved its expected decline and the Mariners are not pulling as tight games as last year. No team leaves more men than they do, and only two teams can bring them home from third place with less than two exits. It is becoming increasingly difficult to look at this team as it is today and see the momentum that is pulling them back into trouble.

The burning question is to what extent Dipoto was having trouble finding free agents during the off-season due to ownership and how much their inability to get players like Trevor Story and Marcus Semien simply failed to attract them to Seattle is a growing problem. loss season and negative mouth-to-mouth seasons.

Nevertheless, it is fair to ask the same question that has permeated this organization for two decades: how intense is the commitment of the circle of owners to win? Where is the burning desire to end the drought, which continues to be a black mark on the organization? This is not reflected in the payroll calculation, which is too low in the third. And it can be tested even more in the coming weeks.

This season (and could still be a little less than 100 games to play) would be a different direction, of course, if players had met their expectations. Too few have done so, and general malaise has led to a familiar anger and frustration among fans; this is entirely justified by the 20 years of work of this organization.

Just as the Mariners seemed to be on the verge of reversing the season, having won four consecutive series in the last road race, they suffered a score of 3: 8, which puts them back on track.

Apparently no heads rolled outside on Monday, outside of those two reliefs. But the sailors’ headaches only get worse.

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