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Seventeen straight losses and counting for the Seattle Mariners

Jul 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

Losing streak

We’ve gotten to the point where, yes, we will highlight every Mariners loss until they win a game.  And yes, when they win a game we’ll not that too.

But for now, the ineptitude continues unabated.  Granted the schedule has been rocky lately, what with trips through Boston and New York, but they look like they’d lose to any team you could throw at them lately.

Seattle struck out 18 times.  They got one hit. If it wasn’t for the rain delays — and Joe Girardi’s decision to keep sending CC Sabathia out when they ended — I doubt they would have gotten the one. Some late walks and errors by the Yankees gave them a chance to score that run, but there was never a sustained threat.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times posted a list of the worst losing streaks of all time in his blog post last night.  It’s worth a gander:

24 — Cleveland (NL), 1899
23 — Philadelphia (NL), 1961
23 — Pittsburgh (NL), 1890
21 — x-Baltimore (AL), 1988
20 — Boston (AL), 1906
20 — Philadelphia (AL), 1916
20 — Philadelphia (AL), 1943
20 — Montreal (NL), 1969
19 — Kansas City (AL), 2005
19 — Detroit (AL), 1975
19 — Boston (NL), 1906
19 — Cincinnati (NL), 1914
18 — Philadelphia (AL), 1920
18 — Washington (AL), 1948
18 — Washington (AL), 1959
18 — St. Louis (NL), 1897
17 — Boston (AL), 1926
17 — New York (NL), 1962
17 — Atlanta (NL), 1977
17– SEATTLE (AL), 2011

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Baltimore’s was the first 21 games of the season. THAT had to be the worst streak ever because it basically was a lost season before it ever began.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM

      I remember that streak like I remember my knee surgery. Painful and enduring. Strictly as a fan, it was horrible, but little did we know it would get worse. Owner Edward Bennett Williams died during that season (1988), which was worse in and of itself, but the team subsequently ended up in Angelos’ hands, under whose guidance the team has become a perpetual loser.

      The only redeeming feature of the 1988 start were the broadcasting teams, featuring Brooks Robinson on local TV, Jim Palmer on cable, and Jon Miller on radio.

  2. easports82 - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    So this is what it takes to get past the East-Coast bias. No thanks.

    • b7p19 - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM

      Don’t be rediculous. You can also run your franchise into financial disaray. That will get you some play.

    • hittfamily - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      Or grow a beard. For some reason, others find that interesting.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM

      There are plenty of posts about Central and West teams. What’s more, there SHOULD be a certain amount more posts about the East teams, considering they a) are better ,and b) have more fans.

    • JBerardi - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      Maybe people would pay more attention to the West Coast if any of the big market teams out there could actually get their act together. The Mariners haven’t been to the playoffs since they won 147 games or whatever it was. Why should anyone care? No one cared about the Phillies on a national level five years ago.

  3. stevejeltzjehricurl - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    I’m guessing the M’s are going to be sellers at the trade deadline.

    • easports82 - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      Yeah, but who’s buying Adam Kennedy, Jack Wilson, Chone Figgins…?

      And preemptively for UFY, Felix is not available. Move along.

  4. Ari Collins - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Remember when I guaranteed the Ms would win at least one game of the six-game Sox-Yankees serieses? Prove me right, Felix. Crow ain’t too tasty.

    • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      I’ve got some recipes for you, if it comes to that.

      But meanwhile I once again wish to empathize with my fellow baseball fans diagonally across the continent from my own tropical dystopia. June was a bitch down here. I feel for you in July. Again, leave the Lenin statue in Fremont alone. All this talk about removing it is what brought this anathema down upon you.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:12 AM

        Is Seattle cattycorner from Miami?

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        In a six hour plus flight nose into the jetstream’s manner of speaking, yes.

    • marinersnate - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM


      Problem is that we can not win 0-0. Even if Felix is perfect through nine, this team can’t hit so it just goes to extras till the Yanks score off the bullpen.

      I could be wrong. I hope that I am wrong. But I doubt it.

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

        I guess I don’t see the point of hanging on to Felix when the Crew of the Minnow can trade him for a solid core of young ballplayers and prospects. With a bereft farm system, virtually no offense and a “future” at least several years of draft picks away (to being with, and that assuming the picks pan out at all), they idea that Felix can be “built around” seems facetious. I understand how bitter it would be to lose him, but let’s face it – this team is going absolutely nowhere for the foreseeable future if they don’t try to capitalize on him now when he’s at the peak of his value. And who really thinks he’ll stick around for more of the same when he becomes eligible to steal a skiff and paddle off to a goldmine and a contender?

      • JBerardi - Jul 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

        It’s really true. Whatever window they had a few years back is well and truly closed at this point. And it’s rather alarming that the team doesn’t seem to see the problem. The offense scored the fewest runs in the history of the DH-having teams last year, and they’re projected to be about three runs better this year. Forget the statistical arguments here, anyone with eyes can see that this team simply isn’t going to work. They’re going to find themselves in the situation the Astros are in right now, where their major league roster and their minor league system are thin. Rebuilding is hard, but simply building from scratch is an absolute nightmare.

      • IdahoMariner - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        Mariners up 7-1 in the 7th. Cool. Hioefully no crow, ari.

  5. joebuckiscreepy - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    “Losing is a disease….”

  6. emeraldcityfan - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    This streak is the best thing to happen to this team. It has actually made them watchable, which I didn’t even think was possible this year. Go for it M’s!

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    the best part is the M’s say Felix is “untouchable”. Really? On this pathetic team “everyone” should be available for the right price. But thats how the M’s front office works and thats why they can forget the postseason for many years to come. Keep handing infield singles hitters like ichiro 20MIL a year and see where that gets ya….nowhere fast

    • IdahoMariner - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      but they aren’t going to get the right price for Felix. He’s on a pretty reasonable contract, and no one is going to offer up what he’s worth, so why do it?
      This was expected to be a year that we wouldn’t go anywhere, just a year to evaluate the youngsters and get them some time in, so this latest nonsense doesn’t change anything, really.

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