Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Happy Hump Day! 

And no I don't mean Wednesday.

Do you realize that the Mariners have not been THREE games over .500 since the 2003 season when we finished 93-69? Remember those heady days? Since then, every time we get to two games over .500 (which has been rare), we lose, and usually we lose badly. Not only do we lose badly, but it usually kicks off a streak of losing badly, as the M's rapidly roll backward down the hill and Jill comes tumbling after.

So, in recognition of the magnitude of this hump that we can't seem to cross, I'm going to point it out every time it happens in hopes that I can jinx it. A win tonight and we can finally get on with winning the AL West by putting two games over .500 firmly in the rear view mirror.

Past Hump Day disasters include:
- 5/5/07 (13-11 vs Yankees) Jeff Weaver (you'll see a theme here) pitches "well enough to get another start" in an 8-1 loss. The M's lose the next day, and have just now recovered from this loss.
- 4/17/07 (5-3 vs Twins) Jeff Weaver nightmare 11-2 loss kicks off a six game losing streak.
- 4/3/07 (2-0 vs A's) Batista gets smoked 9-0. This is followed up by four straight days of snow and a 14-3 loss to the Bosox.
- 7/2/06 (42-40 vs Rockies). Rockies win 4-3 in 11 innings after we blow a 2-1 lead in the 8th. This kicks off a six game losing streak.
- 4/7/06 (3-1, and Felix on the mound!) Joe Blanton shuts out the M's and Felix 5-0 in the first of many bad defeats in 2006. This was start of four game losing streak
- In 2005, we never even got to the hump with our best record all year being 12-11.
- 2004 was even worse as we went wire to wire with a losing record, and the closest we got to the hump was 6-8.

Tonight's Hump looks like another tough one to cross with Cha Seung Baek facing John Lackey and Vlad the Impaler in game two of a three game set. But I think TODAY is the day we get over this hump and move back into the discussion of playoff contenders!

Happy Hump Day!

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