Back to the loss column
After a 2-5 homestand, the Seattle Mariners take off for Toronto and Texas this week, in a trip that can hopefully see them get back to winning some ballgames.
With the wild card race seemingly out of the picture, the Mariners can now focus on some developing talent that was brought up for September.
Not only that, but hopefully we can play spoiler a bit too with the Orioles and Angels series’ upcoming in the next two weeks.
With that, I give you my top 10!
10: The king finally falls
After a month with no losses, and a subsequent AL Pitcher of the Month Award for August, Felix Hernandez finally met his match against Oakland on Friday, his second straight loss since the month of August.
Kings court still had a good go of it in the month of August though.
It has been a long time since we have seen dominance like that in Seattle.
9: Two in a row!
Speaking of dominance, Felix Hernandez‘s POM award was the second consecutive for the Mariners franchise.
If you all remember, Jason Vargas took home the award for the month of July.
Not too shabby for a cellar dweller if I do say so myself.
8: Hanging around
Seems like I should just keep following the trend of leading into my next category; Jason Vargas and Kevin Millwoodare still here!
So much for the waiver trades, which both surprises me and elates me at the exact same time!
7: Smoak or fired?
M’s skipper Eric Wedge has given 1B Justin Smoak a bit of an ultimatum, to say the least.
This off season Smoak needs to get better, and in more ways than one, if he wants to remain a member of the Seattle Mariners.
Good for Wedge. It’s managerial instincts like this that will turn this club around for the better.
6: Guti-ng it out
If we say nothing more about Franklin Gutierrez, it will be that he sure has a tenacity about him to make it in the big leagues.
Gutierrez finally made it back into the starting lineup for the M’s after his latest setback, a concussion suffered a couple months back.
Good luck Guti, hopefully this is the last of the injuries for you!
5: ET going home
Okay, it’s his old home, Safeco Field is now where he resides, but the trip to Rogers Centre will be a special one for Eric Thames this week.
He get’s another chance to show the Blue Jays they were fools for giving up on him at the trade deadline.
Thames went yard against the Jays in his first start as a Mariner, hopefully that magic can be continued this week.
4: Ack Attack up 1st?
Eric Wedge has been heard saying that he thinks Dustin Ackleycan be used effectively in the 1,2, 0r 3 spots in this lineup in the future, but he is most surprised with his leadoff skills this year.
I look for Ackely to be the leadoff man come next April.
3: See, we are getting better
With less than a month to go in the 2012 season, the Mariners have already tied their win total from last year, giving hope to us fans that management does really have a plan to turn this team around.
67 wins is nothing to write home about, but there is only one way to go when you are in the basement, and that seems to be the case in point for the Mariners.
2: It’s about time!
Feel good story time.
Luis Jimenez finally got to see his name on a big league lineup card after 13 years in the Minors.
Jimenez batted 8th as the DH, a night after making his MLB debut by popping up in a late inning at bat.
Congrats Luis! Hopefully this is a start of a great big league career!
1: September call-ups
It’s that time of year again when the MLB squads get to expand, and the fans get to see some promise of the future.
Of course this time around, only two players who had never been up before were added, Carlos Triunfel, and Luis Jimenez.
There you have it folks, another week in the books for the Mariners.
Tune in next week for some more insight and knowledge about you favorite big league ball club.