Monday, September 22, 2008

Strive For Strasburg

Today's Update:

1st: Mariners: 57-98, .368
2nd: Nationals: 58-98, .372
3rd: Padres: 61-95, 391

Analysis: CRAFTY move by Washington to drop the three game series vs San Diego. They are now the owners of the 2nd longest losing streak in baseball (5 games). The Mariner free-fall has reached 11 and counting.

Final week:
Mariners: 4 games vs. the AL powerhouse Angels, and then finish up with 3 against the A's. Prediction: 2-5. Tonight's loss is critical for the M's. Santana comes in with a chance to show in the CY Young balloting. Win tonight and the M's are locked up with Washington. A loss puts them a full game ahead and in the driver's seat.

Nationals: 3 vs. FLA and then on the road to finish up with a 3-game-set @ PHI. Florida's season is over, so the Nationals have a shot at a game or two there. Too early to tell if Philly will be playing for anything, but you have to like their chances for a sweep there. Prediction: 2-4.

Padres: @LAD for 3 and then back home for a 3-gamer vs. PIT. San Diego has to lose all 6 games to have a shot at Strasburg. Prediction: 3-3.

The Mariners have to lose tonight. If they can find a way to drop their next 3 games it would be very difficult for Washington to make up that ground. The Mariner Log staff will be at Safeco all week tracking their progress.

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