Back in May, we took a look at the interleague series between the Mariners and Padres, two teams that were at the bottom of their respective leagues, both in records and statistics. Seattle won that series two games to one, but ever since, the two teams have gone in opposite directions. San Diego is 14-9 and Seattle is 6-15 since the first battle for supreme awfulness. The Padres are actually in the NL West discussion again, just 6.5 behind division-leading Arizona while Seattle's season is over; they're 16.5 games behind in last place.
That brings us to this weekend's series between the Mariners (24-42) and the Nationals (26-42) at Safeco Field, which we are dubbing the NEW Battle for Supreme Awfulness. Neither team can hit. Neither team can pitch. Neither team can do the hokey-pokey without falling over. Seattle manager and potty mouth John McLaren is on the hot seat while Washington manager Manny Acta is getting into fights with his players.
Still, the commissioner's office says the teams have to play the season out, so here are the pitching matchups:
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is filling in for struggling Kenny G fan Miguel Batista. Dickey is 1-9 in his past 16 starts with a 7.87 ERA. His only win was as a Texas Ranger....over Seattle. Wake me up when this series is over.