Another 5-2 week!
Are the Seattle Mariners peaking, or are we just getting lucky with a couple series’ with the Kansas City Royals?
It’s a tough call, sure the Royals aren’t exactly the Yankees, but we did manage to get a win against them as well this week.
With the overpaid and under performing Ichiro now gone, Eric Wedge can play whatever lineup he wishes now, not having to worry about the Mariners $18 million dollar man whining about when and where he will play.
Yes, I am sad to see the legend go, but at the same time, it was the right time to move on, now we can finally see if Jack Z is the genius he claims to be.
With that, I give you my top 10!
#10: A standing O for Ichiro
It was fitting that Ichiro‘s first game for the Evil Empire was against the Mariners.
Even more fitting was the standing ovation that the Mariners faithful gave to him for his eleven years of service in the Pacific Northwest.
Ichiro recorded one hit, and added a stolen base while hitting in the unfamiliar 8th spot for the Yankees.
#9: More moves
On Monday evening the M’s shipped out once closer and terrible neck tattoo man Brandon League to the Dodgers for a couple of A players, OF Leon Landry, and P Logan Bawcom.
Also in another move, they traded Steve Delabar to the Blue Jays for OF Eric Thames. Thames has split duties with the Jays and the AAA Las Vegas 51′s over the last year and a half.
#8: Who’s next?
With a lot of talk from the baseball world saying the M’s are going to move Jason Vargas, any deals are at this time (Tuesday 11:45 AM) still up in the air.
My hope is that both Vargas and Felix Hernandez find a way to sneak below the radar and survive the deadline.
#7: Broom Service
The M’s served up a four game sweep of the Royals for the home fans over the weekend.
This came one week after the M’s took 3 out of 4 on the road last week against the Royals.
If only we could play them every day, we might finally have a winner in town.
#6: Area 51 goes back to it’s rightful spot
On Saturday, the M’s welcomed former players Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson into their Hall of Fame.
And in doing so, a giant 6, and a giant 51 were chalked into the dirt behind the plate, and behind the rubber respectively.
For more on this, check out this weeks My oh My! segment.
#5: Sox come to town
No, not those Sox. Or the other ones either.
The Everett Aqua Sox paid a visit to Safeco Field, a place where every single one of them hope to one day play professionally.
Led by super stud, and first round draft pick Mike Zunino, each player had a chance to be introduced to Eric Wedge, and get a feel for Major League life.
#4: Smoak on the farm
Carp has taken over 1B duties for the M’s while Smoak is trying to get his bat figured out down in Tacoma.
And to make matters worse for him, Carp enjoyed a pretty nice little 4 game series with the Royals; .433 average, two doubles, a hr, and five RBI’s.
That’s almost as much production as we saw from Smoak the whole season at 1b.
#3: Beavan continues domination streak
Blake Beavan won his third consecutive start on Friday, continuing not only his mastery over KC, but showing the big league club that moving him down to the Rainiers earlier in the season was the right move.
Let’s hope the same will be said about Justin Smoak if and when he returns up to the big league club.
#2: Guti still out
In what is fastly becoming the most serious injury in professional sports, the mysterious concussion aftermath is still haunting Franklin Gutierrez.
This has got to be frustrating for both Guti and the Mariners.
Will we ever see him back at 100% again?
The answer is no, probably not. Concussion injuries are career killers, Guti doesn’t need any extra help with the injury bug at all.
#1: The original Mr. Mariner hired as instructor
Alvin Davis, aka Mr. Mariner, the lone rookie of the year winner for the M’s franchise, until of course Ichiro came along, has been hired by the club as a special assignment instructor by the club.
Davis will be helping the rookie ball, low A, and high A clubs in Peoria, Everett, and High Desert.
If we can get a few more hitters like big Al, then we will be in great shape in the future. That is if we don’t deal them to the Mariners A-team squad in New York that is.
There it is kids, another week in the books, and a great one at that. It isn’s often that we can celebrate back to back 5-2 weeks.
Everybody pray with me that Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas make it through the deadline unscathed.