M’s Give Fans a Slight Reprieve from Sucking

The Mariners lost to Texas tonight, 4-6. Now that the four-game winning streak has ended, I feel comfortable writing this without jinxing anything: Seattle has been worth watching the last couple weeks. If you stopped following the team back in mid-June — and there are many of you — consider giving them a second look. Not only did they win four in a row, they did it against decent teams (Cleveland, Texas). In the previous week they tied a series with Oakland, and they took two of three from Minnesota (a matchup U.S.S. Mariners thought would turn ugly).

Sure, a four-game win streak isn’t front-page news, but last night’s game may be the top pick for this season’s highlight reel, as Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle — a feat we haven’t seen from a Mariner since John Olerud in 2001. If that small olive branch isn’t enough to bring you back, probably nothing else will this year.

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