Brutal. Being outscored 31-6 at home by one of the worst teams in baseball was the nail in the coffin for the 2009 Mariners. Can't complain too much though. Seattle baseball provided me a lot of good memories this summer. But perhaps more importantly it gave hope. Gone are the days of horrific management. No more franchise-crippling decisions. Nope. Don Wakamatsu and Jack Zduriencik bring competence and competitiveness to the Mariners. The future looks bright.
But the present day isn't so cheery. The Mariners are 7.5 games behind the red-hot Angels. Since the wild card era there have been 22 teams with at least an eight-game lead in the division entering August. Only one did not make the playoffs. That was the 1995 Angels and the year of the miracle M's. Fat chance of history repeating itself.
Seattle will be selling. Jarrod Washburn will almost assuredly be dealt. Possible trade chips include Russell Branyan and David Aardsma. Erik Bedard might have been swapped if he wasn't a glass cannon. While any deal will bring pieces for 2010 and beyond we can all but close the book on this season.