Who’s hot, who’s not?
The Seattle Mariners managed to put up 20 runs in 6 games this week, but still went 1-5 over that span. Good news for them is that the Angels have basically been the most disappointing team in baseball, sitting in dead last in the AL West.
The Mariners aren’t far behind, though, if they keep going 1-5 each week and allowing history to be made against them.
It was really hard this week to point out any real bright spots, but I did my best. This is what I came up with.
Felix Hernandez – SP
While Felix Hernandez normally won’t be listed here, there weren’t enough good players this week to add any to the Who’s Hot list. King Felix, however, is still on a roll. Despite getting ANOTHER no-decision, he threw another gem that should be raising Cy Young voters eyebrows.
Had Brandon League not given up the 1-0 lead in his save opportunity, Hernandez would be sitting pretty right now. If Felix can hold them scoreless in 8 innings, why can’t the closer manage one?
In his 1 start this week, Felix went 8 masterful innings, giving up ZERO runs on 5 hits with 1 walk and 12 K’s.
Jason Vargas – SP
Jason Vargas has been stellar this year and is highly underrated right now. Vargas was the only winning Mariners pitcher this week and for good reason. The team gave him 4 runs of support, extending his record to 2-1 on the season.
The battery of Vargas and King Felix has been nothing short of masterful for the most part this season.
Vargas’ line from his day of work: 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 7 K’s.
Keep An Eye On
Kyle Seager – IF
I write infield as Kyle Seager‘s position because he has already played 3rd and 2nd base, and could see a few games at 1st base as well eventually.
He’s still doing decently well, though, so the team needs to squeeze him in where they can to keep his bat in the lineup.
Seager was one of 2 players who consistently (there is no such thing as consistent on this team, but getting a hit 1/4 of your at bats is stellar on this team) hit this week, along with Ichiro Suzuki.
He may be the biggest surprise to some, but to those that have followed him through the minors, this is no surprise at all.
This weeks stats: 4 for 17 with 1 RBI, a stolen base and 2 doubles
Seager played 5 of the 6 games this week, and of course there was the Perfect Game where nobody did anything.
Dustin Ackley – 2B/1B
He hasn’t showed anything stellar as of yet, but if he can keep ticky tacking a hit here and there in each game, they will add up quickly.
Now if only the rest of the team would help out so these guys could get some RBIs and Runs.
This week’s stats: 5 for 21 with 2 runs, 2 RBI’s and a double.
As a team, they scored 20 runs, but did it so inconsistently that they could not translate to wins.
Felix throws a scoreless 8 inning game only to have the team’s “lights out” closer come in and blow it, giving up 2 runs. Kevin Millwood got shelled in BOTH starts this week while Hector Noesi also got shelled and Blake Beavan gave up just 3.
The team put up a 7 run lead on the Indians only to squander it away and lose 9-8.
It just goes to show there is still no safe pick on this Mariners team besides Felix and Ichiro until they play with some sort of consistency.