Postgame notes and video of Mariners' manager Scott Servais discussing his team's 6-3 loss to the Rangers on Monday at Globe Life Park.
ARLINGTON, Tex. — With their loss to the Rangers on Monday night, the Mariners have fallen a game behind the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals in the wild card standings. Seattle sits three games out, but its getting harder with each failure. The Mariners have lost three in a row and six of their last seven. They are now 4-9 vs. the Rangers this season with six games left to play against them.
*** Nelson Cruz is hurting and it was obvious that it was affecting his swings, particularly his last at-bat against Keone Kela. Servais didn’t want to go into specifics of the injury, but hinted that he wasn’t sure Cruz would play on Tuesday.
Cruz shrugged off the questions about being healthy, saying that “everybody is battling” injuries this time of season and that it was no excuse. Cruz has been beat up this season and it’s a reason why the Mariners have been forced to play Franklin Gutierrez in the outfield when they know Cruz is a better option. They are trying to keep him healthy.
*** Hisashi Iwakuma lost for the third in three starts. He had no command. Everything was up in the zone. Of the 66 pitches he threw, only six were swung at and missed.
Official postgame notes