5-2 road trip!
The Mariners were just plain dominant in Kansas City through three out of four games, and then the pitching finally showed up down in St. Petersburg over the weekend, as the M’s took 2 out of three against the Rays as well.
What a turn of events from the past few months. The bats were finally awoken as we demolished the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
This should be next week’s news, but I had to bring it up, especially after that last paragraph.
Ichrio Suzuki is now a member of the New York Yankees, and as a matter of fact, got to face off against the Mariners in his very first game as a Yankee.
With the reports coming out Monday afternoon, just hours after I said I still wished the Mariners would trade him, I was left with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth.
Ichiro is one of those players who will always have a lasting effect on me personally as a Mariners fan, hell, I have a tattoo of him on my arm for Christ’s sake.
But the time was right for him to move on, and I commend him for his trade request, knowing that it was the best thing for the Mariners organization.
Enough about that though, I’m sure you’ve already had enough of it so far.
So I bring you my top 10!
# 10: Montero is heating up
Jesus Montero had one hell of a series against the Royals, which included upping his hitting streak to 5 games, before going 0-5 in the first game of the series against Tampa Bay.
During his hit streak, Montero hit .524, had three doubles, a homerun, and batted in 8 runners. Not a bad start to the second half of the season.
#9: Casper the new leadoff man?
So far this season, in my eyes, there hasn’t been too much that Casper Wells hasn’t been able to do for this Mariners team.
Whether it’s his hustle on the basepaths, or a well timed homerun, Wells has been my Mariners MVP for the year.
So why not give him a shot at leading off? Not like anybody else has been tearing the cover off the ball at that spot.
Sunday, Eric Wedge did give Casper Wells that opportunity, as he went 1-4 in the win over the Rays.
#8: Guti still reeling from concussion aftermath
Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez is still feeling the effects of his concussion from a month ago.
This is no longer a football only injury, just ask the retired former USNT striker Taylor Twellman, or the Pittsburgh Penguins stud Sidney Crosby.
This is one of those injuries that could force a player to retire.
Not that Gutierrez is a stranger to injury, but, if the M’s want to move forward towards the future, it may be time to set the record straight with Guti.
#7: Newest bullpen member; Miguel Olivo
Not that it actually happened, but given the opportunity, and the need for an extra arm, Miguel Olivo is the Mariners go-to guy.
With the 14 inning affair against the Rays on Friday night, Olivo was asked to head out to the pen and start warming up.
He has never pitched in an MLB game before, but seriously, his arm can’t be as bad as his bat can it?
#6: Beavan called back up
And he hasn’t wasted his plane ticket for the Mariners either, notching two wins for the week, including a 4 hit affair against the Rays on Sunday.
The M’s will need this Blake Beavanin the rotation down the stretch, not the one who got sent down in June.
#5: Smoak heading down
Once again I apologize for reporting this weeks news during last weeks segment, but this just came across Twitter so I thought I’d report it here too.
With his batting average under .200 during the last 5 games, and with Mike Carp all ready for a call-up, this was the correct move for the Mariners.
#4: Furbush on the DL
After throwing only two pitches in Tuesday nights game, reliever Charlie Furbush left the game with what was called tightness in his triceps.
Furbush claimed it was nothing serious, but he was placed on the 15 day DL for precautions.
This is going to hurt the M’s down the road, Furbush has been arguably the best reliever for the M’s on the year, with maybe the exception of Tom Wilhelmsen.
#3: The streak is over
Speaking of Tom Wilhelmsen, Friday nights 14 inning loss to the Rays marked the end of his scoreless streak.
A blown save, a loss, and the streak is over.
Oh well, had to end sometime.
Now to start another!
#2: Felix cools off the Royals
On a day that had the temperature in triple digits, King Felix Hernandez got his wish, and starred on the mound at Kauffman Stadium.
Who needs an All-Star game when you can pitch for all of your faithful fans, and go 8 innings strong for the win.
#1: One last web gem
Just like that last makeout session with an ex girlfriend, this play on Sunday by Ichiro will have that lasting effect on many of us.
Leave it to the little man with the big glove to save his best for last.
Read more about it in this weeks My oh My segment.
Farewell Ichiro, it has been a blast watching you for all these years.