Tank of the day: Mariners

September, 6, 2013
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In honor of the race to the 10th spot in the draft (the first 10 picks are protected when signing a free agent who has been given a qualifying offer by his previous team), we present the tank of the day. (All in good fun, of course! We don't really think teams are trying to lose, just that, you know, it may be beneficial if they finish with the 10th-worst record or worse.)

Thursday's winner: The Mariners, for not using closer Danny Farquhar in a 13-inning loss to the Royals -- even though he'd only thrown nine pitches so far in September. OK, OK, a bit harsh since most managers refuse to bring in their closer on the road in extra innings until their team takes the lead. Except the Mariners never got the lead, and they lost the game without using their best relief pitcher. Excellent job, Eric Wedge!

Current standings:


Team W L Pct. GB
1. Astros 47 93 .336 ---
2. Marlins 52 86 .377 6
3. White Sox 56 83 .403 9.5
4. Cubs 59 80 .424 12.5
5. Brewers 60 79 .428 13.5
6. Twins 61 77 .442 15
7. Giants 62 78 .443 15
8. Padres 62 77 .446 15.5
9. Phillies 63 77 .450 16
9. Mariners 63 77 .450 16
11. Mets 63 75 .457 17
12. Blue Jays 64 76 .457 18
13. Angels 65 74 .468 19.5
14. Rockies 66 75 .468 19.5


With a light schedule, not much movement, although the Giants moved ahead of the Padres with a 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

David Schoenfield | email

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