Things have picked up as of late.
After an abysmal 0-4 start to the season, the team has now won 6 of their last 8 to improve to .500.
Today we came out to a nice 5-1 lead at home against the Seattle Mariners and things looked great.
But that lead was down to 7-3 heading into the 9th.
Ken Griffey hit a two-run homer off of Paul Shuey and Jose Mesa, in his 3rd appearance in as many days since coming off the DL, allowed four straight hits upon entering the game.
And just like that the score was tied heading into the 9th.
Thankfully, Marquis Grissom was there for a walk-off homer and 40,000-plus fans left Jacobs Field feeling all was well with the world.
So Jose Mesa, who blew the save and allowed 4 of 6 batters faced to pick up hits, gets the win on the scoresheet.
But it’s a great statistic, isn’t it, folks?
It’s nice to finally pick up some wins and we’ve gone 3-1 at the Jake, so maybe we just needed some home cooking.
We’re 4 games back in the AL Central, with the Chicago White Sox leading the way at 10-2 and the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1.
Both those teams, by the way, are on 6-game win streaks right now.
We now head off to Boston to face the Red Sox (7-6) before coming back home for a big weekend series against the Brew Crew.
Among the league leaders are Matt Williams, whose .444 batting average is 4th in the AL while his 8 doubles are tops.
David Justice has 4 home runs and 17 runs batted in, each 3rd in the league.
You won’t be surprised to hear that no members of the pitching staff are found among league leaders.
Believe it or not, our 7.54 staff ERA is only third worst right now.
The lineup’s 23 home runs are tops in the league, with 7 players already having hit 2 or more.
The only real disappointment so far is Manny Ramirez, who is hitting just .244 with 0 HR and 4 RBI.