The road ain’t so good
Well the final week of inter-league play is officially behind us, and the Mariners saved their best (worst) for last this year. Two wins out of six against the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres.
The Padres have our number this year, and with the exception of the first game of the series in Arizona, the M’s were in a position to take two from the D-Backs.
But as it goes, the Mariners just can’t seem to win ball games.
It’s getting to the point now where we should put all of the veterans on the trading block, and hope for some diamonds in the rough on return, and hang up the spikes till next year.
We can’t even hang enough to play spoiler come playoff race time. I’m bitter, yes, but this is a team that is supposed to be doing better than they are.
Pitching stinks, hitting stinks, defense is okay. The only bright spot as of now is the bar tender in the bullpen, Tom Wilhelmsen.
Enough of this ranting I guess, it’s time for my top ten!
#10: Moving on up
In my opinion, this was the best news of the week.
Mariners top prospects Danny Hultzen and Nick Franklin were promoted from AA Jackson Generals to AAA Tacoma Rainiers. One step closer to their dreams of being big league stars, and possibly a nod to what is to be expected at the trade deadline this year.
#9: Saunders continues to be work horse for M’s
Mr. Reliable is what we should start calling Michael Saunders.
His bat has come a long way from the sub .200 batting average of last year, his speed on the basepath is becoming lethal, and Eric Wedge can plug him in at any of the three outfield spots and marvel at his range.
It’s nice to see a player finally do what was promised of him.
#8: Casper doing work
Not to knock the above mentioned Saunders segment, but another bright spot recently for the Mariners has been Casper Wells.
His bat is coming alive as well, and like Saunders, can play any of the three outfield positions like a seasoned vet.
Seems like his latest demotion to the Rainiers was a wake up call. Wells, along with Saunders are the future of this Mariners outfield.
#7: From serving drinks, to serving K’s
As mentioned above, the only real feel good story for the M’s right now has to be their new found closer, Tom Wilhelmsen.
Most times, a closer by committee does not generate the desired effects that it is supposed to, but most teams aren’t the Seattle Mariners either.
For a team that only has a save opportunity about once a week, it is easy to keep said closer rested, and that has been the case with Wilhelmsen. He has been lights out since being named the un-official closer.
#6: Hey, I was there!
Not really a headline so to say, but I was in attendance for the 7-1 drubbing the D-Backs laid on us last Monday.
If there’s any consolation to that game, it was when I saw Hector Noesi warming up in the pen and I told my friend “great, we’re going to give up 7 runs today.”
#5: Finally fought back against the abusive fathers
With the win on Saturday, we finally got into the W column against our geographical rivals the San Diego Padres.
It took a gem by Felix Hernandez, and a well placed ball down the right field line, to beat them, but when you’re a fan of this team, you gotta rejoice in every win, because they are few and very far in between.
#4: Hey, that boy can hit!
Speaking of Felix Hernandez, he not only shut down the Padres on the mound, but he helped his own cause with a two run double in the second inning.
For more on this, check out my Play of the Week segment here.
#3: Old friends unite for a good cause
Though it hasn’t happened yet, it was mentioned that this years inductee’s to the Mariners Hall of Fame will be Randy Johnson, and Dan Wilson.
Tickets are available now for the July 27th event.
#2: Here’s to proof that help is on the way
With the upcoming annual All-Star game in Kansas City, the Mariners may not be sending the house on the MLB side of things, but will be sending two prospects to the Futures Game.
#1: Back to AL Play
I’ve never been so relieved to see the inter-league schedule come to an end like I was this year.
Normally we fare extremely well against the senior circuit, but this year we got our butts handed to us.
Bring on Oakland, I want to see some wins finally!
So there you have it kids, another week in the books, and another disappointing record for your M’s.
Maybe now that things will be back to normal with the AL schedule, we can win more than two games a week for once. We will have to wait and see though.