FanPost Friday: 13 games left Vibe Check

Hello and welcome back to FanPost Friday. I had to skip a few weeks for other sites’ programming and also due to my own lack of bandwidth due to a recent job change (a good one!), but here we are again with less than two weeks to go in the regular season. .

Before I get into the VIBE CHECK, I want to sincerely thank everyone who attended the first annual Tim Cantu MemoriaLL softball game a few weeks ago and also everyone who attended last Saturday’s meetup at the Growler Guys in Lake City. Both were super fun events and it was great to see new and familiar faces after not seeing many people outside of my little circle for the past two years. So thank you all for making both events such a rewarding, welcoming and joyful time. No thanks, never, to the Angels.

On that note, we’ll meet again at Growler Guys this Saturday, September 24, as the Mariners are still on the road. Kelly at GG and the folks at the Mariners Bar League have been very accommodating and made the place a very Mariner friendly space, which is not always the case in bars in the region, so LL really we appreciate it. So he goes out, has a few beers, a big soft pretzel, maybe some specialty hot dogs, and cheers on the Mariners with some friends new and old.

Okay, let’s get to the vibration check. Sheesh, it’s been a tough last seven games. After a thrilling series against the Braves and Padres, the Mariners should have been ready to carefully but firmly sweep the disgraced, relegated, utterly poor-fuckin’ Anaheim Angels and Oakland A’s into the dumpster. that belong. But, in tried-and-true AL West fashion, both teams took it upon themselves to be the miserable shit in the Mariners’ strikeout bowl that they so often are. Winning two games overall in both series and positively struggling to score runs and rack up hits was certainly not the plan that Scott Servais and his team had in mind.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics

I’m not entertained
Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

So what is going on? Well, players are rarely 100% healthy at any given point in a baseball season, but that becomes especially true down the stretch. And it’s just bad luck that nearly every top bat on the team is “injured, but not injured.” Except Eugenio, who is currently missing the tip of a finger. It’s a bad scene.

Julio Rodriguez walking out of the game yesterday in the middle of the inning was obviously horrible for all of us, and now we wait and prepare for what comes next.

The 2022 Mariners have more MLB-ready depth than any Mariners squad in recent memory, but even with some decent bench players it will be nearly impossible to fill the gaps left by Julio and Eugenio’s injuries, the also shaky back of Mitch Haniger and Ty France. continuing to sink. The unproven advantage? Well, Jarred Kelenic is here and he played yesterday with a chip on his shoulder the size of a Washington state ferry. So maybe that will continue?

Obviously, I’m worried. It’s not so much about landing a wild card spot, but more about having the ability to win a single playoff game, let alone a series. Anything can happen though, and I’m trying to stay focused on the fact that a playoff spot hasn’t happened in 20 seasons here and this city and the whole region is ready to ride or die for these Mariners and I can’t expect. to experience it with all of you.

Here is the latest VIBE CHECK related to the playoffs, since July 29:

Pretty overwhelmingly positive! Let’s see how they feel now with this 13 GAME LEFT VIBRATION CHECK:

Poll

Do you think the Mariners will end their playoff drought this season?

  • eleven%

    You have to love these guys.

    (13 votes)


111 total votes

vote now

Poll

What are your expectations for Jarred Kelenic the rest of 2022?

  • 35%

    He goes into full savior mode, absolutely crushes and makes all doubters feel foolish.

    (41 votes)

  • 61%

    He contributes some clutch hits, but he still has a lot of trouble with strikeouts.

    (71 votes)

  • 1%

    Break 10 bats and fight with a partner (and obviously win)

    (2 votes)

  • 1%

    His production is terrible and he has been traded in the offseason.

    (2 votes)


116 total votes

vote now

Poll

If Julio’s back injury is important…

  • 35%

    The team is dead in the water, playoffs or not

    (40 votes)

  • sixteen%

    They’ll be fine

    (19 votes)

  • 48%

    why do you say such a thing???

    (55 votes)


114 votes in all

vote now

MLB: Chicago White Sox vs Seattle Mariners

too common 🙁
Lindsey Wasson Sports-USA TODAY

Poll

What happened to All-Star Ty France?

  • 4%

    he is very hurt

    (5 votes)

  • 70%

    He’s a little hurt and he’s also collapsing.

    (76 votes)

  • twenty-one%

    he will be well

    (23 votes)

  • 3%

    HON HON HON, HOW DARE YOU!!!

    (4 votes)


108 total votes

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Poll

What the hell happened to Jesse Winker?

  • 10%

    dead ball has them

    (11 votes)

  • 4%

    old cliff got them

    (5 votes)

  • 25%

    How did your swing work in the first place?

    (27 votes)

  • 48%

    The world may never know.

    (51 votes)


106 total votes

vote now

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Poll

The most surprising player on the Mariners this season? (in a good way)

  • 1%

    Other, put your answer in the comments!

    (2 votes)


107 total votes

vote now

Well that’s all for this week! Let’s expect a solid performance against the Royals this weekend and continued strong momentum to secure a wild card spot. Once again, friends, remember that we are in rarefied air. Try to breathe as much as you can, and remember to breathe in general. I heard it’s good for you.

Stay safe and go Sailors.

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