On June 19th, the Mariners were a half game out of first place. As late as June 27th they were only two games out. Now: they’ve lost twelve games in a row — this one 7-5 to the Blue Jays — and stand 13 games out of first place. Their season is in ruins and, for all intents and purposes, over.
The latest loss came despite a grand slam from Miquel Olivo which tied the game up at five in the top of the eighth and gave the M’s their first bit of momentum in God knows how long. But then in the bottom of the inning, Rajai Davis hit an RBI double and that was that. Jon Rauch closed out the game for the Jays.
The scary part: Seattle now goes on to Boston and New York, where the chances seem pretty good for that losing streak to be extended.
The Texas Rangers just announced that they have fired Jeff Banister as the team’s manager. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season.
Banister was in the last year of his contract with the club, but there was an option for 2019. Rangers brass, obviously, has decided to go in a different direction following what will be the club’s worst finish in Banister’s tenure. At the moment the Rangers are 64-88 and are assured of last place in the AL West.
Banister was hired before the 2015 season and led the Rangers to first place finishes in each of his first two seasons. The club fell to a disappointing third place and a 78-84 record last season, however, and this season the descent has continued. Injuries and under achievement has been the order of the day for the past two years and, with the career of Adrian Beltre nearing its end and the Rangers having been passed up by the Astros as the class of the division, a rebuild is in the club’s future.
Banister ends his reign as the Rangers’ skipper with a record of 325-313.