If you believe manager Bob Melvin, the second phase of the Mariners’ season continues Sunday when Seattle plays host to the Texas Rangers in the finale of a three-game series at Safeco Field.
The Mariners started their season by going 2-8 through their first 10 games, before posting a 4-1 win over the Rangers on Saturday. Though the 2-8 start tied the 1990 club for the worst start in franchise history, Melvin managed to convince his team that they have now entered a new phase of their season, and their losing ways are a thing of the past.
“There are 16 10-game increments,” Melvin said. “It was probable we’d go 2-8 at some point, but those 10 are behind us now.”
So far Melvin’s analysis has been correct, thanks to an outstanding performance by veteran starter Jamie Moyer in Saturday’s win. Moyer limited the Rangers to just three hits over eight innings to lead the Mariners to their third win in six games since an 0-5 start.
Moyer’s performance was especially impressive considering the offensive momentum that Texas brought into the game. Prior to Saturday’s loss, the Rangers had racked up 10 or more hits in seven of eight games.
The Rangers need to get their offense going again on Sunday if they want to record their first ever series victory at Safeco Field. Coming into this series, the Rangers were 0-11-1 in their 12 previous series at the stadium.