Seattle Mariners: 2013 Team Needs a Momentum Shift

Todd PheiferAnalyst IIIJune 9, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 09:  Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners is surrounded by teammates as he pauses on the mound after striking out  Chris Stewart of the New York Yankees in the seventh inning at Safeco Field on June 9, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Hernandez remained in the game after a visit from the trainer.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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In the last 10 games, the Seattle Mariners have a 4-6 record. That about sums up the season, doesn’t it?

Would you say that this team is in a slump? Perhaps slump is too harsh of a word, but there is certainly a lack of life and excitement with this franchise right now.

Where is our Yasiel Puig?

In their defense, the Mariners did just face a tough New York Yankees team, though a couple of those losses could have gone the other way. Where have we heard that before?

2013 seems like it is the season of missed opportunities. Currently, the Mariners have a 27-37 record. If my math is right, Seattle has lost 11 games by one run. The team has lost another four games by two runs.

Just a tad more offense at the right time, and the Mariners are 42-22. Alright, perhaps that is too large a scoop of wishful thinking.  

Add in the reality that the Mariners also have a brutal 2-5 record when the game goes to extra frames. What does all of this tell us? This team is in games. The M’s are not getting blown out.

And yet, here we are. Baseball can be unmercifully cruel from a statistical standpoint. Despite great pitching from Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the Mariners are subpar. Again.

Even though the team has an offense that has shown signs of life, and is definitively better than in past years, this squad just can’t seem to get rolling and build some genuine, positive momentum. Again.

The Houston Astros are coming to town. They are 22-42 and they have lost four in a row. Frankly, if the Mariners cannot sweep the ‘Stros or at least take two out of three, it may be appropriate to call this another lost season.

Maybe Russell Wilson can be the fifth starter.

You will forgive the pessimistic proclamations, but fans have been down this road before. Seattle is improving little by little, but at this pace they will be relevant around 2018. That is hardly fair to a city that has been rather patient in the last few seasons.

The Nick Franklin experiment seems to be working so far. Perhaps it is time to have another youngster make his way to Seattle. Perhaps someone like Mike Zunino?

Is this team going to right the ship? Will the Mariners ever put together a nice win streak of 8-10 games?

As Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times tweets:

Well said, Mr. Baker. What’s it going to be, Mariners? Are you a team that can make some noise, or will you be limping through yet another season?

Time for a momentum shift.