It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Kyle Seager!
Instead of sealing the victory as well as a 4-0 start for Felix Hernandez – which sadly would have been the first of his career – Miller bobbled a ground ball and lofted it high to Robinson Cano at second and the runner was safe – leading to a failed save and the beginning of an 8-game losing streak.
The stroke of a butterfly, you might say.
Once again, the annual April talks began – complaining about the offensive woes, Jack Z’s horrendous decision making, and even questioning the decision-making of new manager Lloyd McClendon.
Fortunately, the heroics of Kyle Seager saved the day – and could be the turning point thus far in the young season.
Batting a lousy .143, Seager was off to the worst start of his career. But on April 23rd – in the bottom of the 9th, down one-run to the division-worst Houston Astros – it happened. Kyle Seager removed his glasses, ran into a nearby phone booth and came out “Super Seager,” hitting a 3-run walk-off blast (2nd of the game) to end the M’s losing streak heading into their day off.
Next up were the Rangers, the current division leaders. The confidence from Wednesday’s victory was carried into their Friday match up, as they took down the Rangers 6-5 with a late 8th-inning rally.
Saturday, Seager had yet another home run. Unfortunately, the King was far from his finest, and the Mariners fell short 3-6 to the Rangers.
Then there was Sunday.
Once again, down 5-0, there was little hope for the Seattle faithful. But wait, where is Kyle going? Is that another phone booth? Sure enough, out comes “Super Seager” for TWO MORE home runs for a total of 4 RBI’s and the go-ahead run with two-outs in the bottom of the 8th to get the victory.
In case you were counting, that’s 5 home runs in the past 4 games for Kyle – giving him the team lead with, well, 5.
Since April 17th, Seager’s batting average has jumped 85 points to a .228. Far from where he wants to be, but a great boost nonetheless.
The Mariners travel to New York next to take on the 14-10 Yankees.
Fun fact – all 5 of Seager’s home runs were to right field. The Yankees’ right field wall is a Little-League-Length 314 feet from home plate. Let the salivation begin…