3 and 3 ain’t too bad
The Seattle Mariners continued their dominance against the Detroit Tigers this week, taking two more at home, pushing their record against the Tigers to 5-1 on the season.
Then the M’s came back down to reality in the Big Apple, dropping the first two of the three game series against the hated New York Yankees, before spoiling the return of Andy Pettitte in the series finale.
It’s always nice to spoil anything that Yankees fans would enjoy!
So with that, I give you my top 10.
10: Pink bats for mom
I wonder if Eric Wedge would let these two try them again in Boston Monday night just to
9: I was wrong. But so was Eric
In a move that seemed to be more of a publicity stunt than one that actually helped the M’s win ballgames, manager Eric Wedge is finally willing to admit that moving Ichiro Suzuki to the number 3 spot in the lineup isn’t working.
I look for that spot to be filled by Kyle Seager very soon.
8: Casper loves his mommy
Just like a story out of a movie, Casper Wells‘ mom asked her son to hit a home run for her on Mothers Day. Not only to Wells oblige, but he added a little flare to it as well. Boinking the ball off of the right field foul pole.
7: Bronx boys beat up in the city
While the Mariners have had the upper hand in the Michael Pineda trade, I think the Yankees may have had the last laugh over the weekend.
Jesus Montero was 2 for 10 in the series, while Hector Noesi got roughed up in his start against his former team. Even though Montero did hit a home run, a .200 batting average is nothing to be proud of against your former employer.
6: John Jaso making best of Olivo injury
With the injury to Miguel Olivo, the M’s have been using free agent signing catcher John Jaso finally. And Jaso has been up to the task.
Jaso was the man to thank for both of the victories against the Tigers this week, as he delivered the game winning RBI on both occasions.
5: Tigers try to Beavan the score
In an attempt to try to find any sort of way to beat the lowly Mariners, the Tigers sunk low enough to try to take out Blake Beavan with a perfectly placed line drive right back at the pitcher.
But honestly, this is one of the scariest circumstances in baseball. The pitcher is left in a very vulnerable postion after his release. Thank God this wasn’t any more serious than it was.
4: The Smoakamotive isn’t being derailed quite yet
While a lot of M’s fans are ready to give up on him, Eric Wedge is not. It is only May, but honestly, how long do you give someone who just ins’t producing?
Justin Smoak did have a good series against the Yankees, but unless he can back that up this coming week with more productive at bats, I think it may be time to sit him.
3: Sixes and twos
In one of the stranger instances I have ever seen, each of the three games in New York this weekend ended with a score of 6-2. The first two of course were losses, but still, I cannot recall ever seeing anything like this before.
2: You win some, you lose some
I know that some baseball purists do not like the idea of instant replay in baseball one bit. But judging by this season alone, and all of the blown calls that have already happened, it is a must in this game.
And just like in football, you win some of the challenges, and you lose some. The Mariners lost one with a 3 run shot off the bat of Mike Carp being eventually over turned.
Carp was still awarded a 2 run double, but it still stings a bit to have a home run called back.
1: Carp takes down A-Rod
Speaking of Mike Carp, he gunned down Alex Rodriguez at the plate to save a tie ball game (at the time). The injury seems to have healed just fine, which makes the pending roster moves that much easier for Eric Wedge.
So there it is folks, another week in the books, and a .500 one at that!
The M’s face some steep competition this next week, including the first inter-league series of the season in Colorado.