The theme for tonight’s Mariners game in Cleveland is streaks. Some good, but mostly bad:
THE GOOD: Mike Carp’s hitting streak.
Carp has continued to hit since his recall from Tacoma on July 19, notching at least a hit in 20 consecutive games. He struck out in his first at-bat, so he’s going to have to do it later if the streak is to reach 21, which would put Carp tied for fifth on the Mariners all-time list.
THE BAD: The Mariners have lost five consecutive games.
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Is this the night they snap their losing ways?
Since the All-Star break, the Mariners have gone down hill faster than a semi-truck with bad breaks. That’s what a 10-24 mark, including a franchise-worst 17-game losing streak in July, will do for you.
August, though, was looking up until this recent losing streak. The Mariners had gone 8-5 until this skid, showing more offense (team batting average of .272 in August) than they had all year.
A 2-0 lead after two innings against the Indians might be a good sign, but it is Cleveland. Seattle has not beaten Cleveland this year (0-4).
ANOTHER BAD: Jason Vargas’ rough patch.
The Mariners starter has not had a great run lately. In his last eight starts, Vargas is 1-6 with a 6.44 ERA, having allowed 31 earned runs in 43 1/3 innings.
Plus, he’s no fan of Cleveland. Earlier this year, the Indians rocked him for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. For his career, he’s 1-2 with a 10.02 ERA vs. the Indians.