The club has six more games, and while it will play younger players, it isn’t waving the white flag on the season, said manager Scott Servais.
With the Mariners officially eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday afternoon with a 4-2 loss to the Indians, they now have six games left on the road to close out a 2017 season that won’t finish with a record over .500.
At 75-81, Seattle has to play out the string of games until the end. It’s familiar territory for the organization, but it’s the first time for manager Scott Servais. A year ago in his first season, the Mariners were eliminated on the second-to-last day of the season.
So what does Servais plan to do in those six games?
“I’ve talked to our coaching staff and quite a few of our players about it, and you have to finish,” he said. “Anything you start in life you should finish. When you sign up for the season, you don’t get to just sign up for the fun games or the games when the stadium is packed and there’s a lot of excitement and all this other stuff. You sign up to play 162. That’s being a pro.”
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In the coming games, expect to see a few of the younger September call-ups in the starting lineup. Outfielder Jacob Hannemann, first baseman Daniel Vogelbach, shortstop Taylor Motter and catcher Mike Marjama will all get starts.
“We’ll give some opportunities to our young guys and see if they can run with it,” Servais said. “It’s the kids that haven’t had a chance to play much yet so they can finish the season on a high note.”
Servais said that he hasn’t discussed changing up his starting rotation, specifically removing Felix Hernandez and James Paxton, who are coming off injuries.
“Right now, we’ll stay the same,” he said. “Things could change as we get moving along. But I think all the guys want to take at least one more turn to make sure they feel good and…