Mariners on Three Game Win Streak

The Seattle Mariners offense has come alive in the last three games and the pitching is very good to. The starters have been going at least five and keeping them in games along with the bullpen doing a fine job.

On Tuesday Kyle Seager was player of the game hitting a home run and a double in three hits and drove in four runs. He wasn’t alone in the offense that had a total of nineteen hits. Lead-off hitter Jean Segura had four hits in six at bats though he wasn’t one of the guys who scored the Mariners ten runs. The final score was 10-4. Ben Gamel who came in for injured Nelson Cruz had three hits along with Guillermo Heredia. Catcher Mike Zunino and Robinson Cano each had two hits. One of Cano’s hits was a home run.

Ariel Miranda started the game for the Mariners going five innings giving up three hits and two runs however he did walk four batters and only striking out one batter. He recorded his fifth win against two losses. Good ratio when the Mariners have twenty- four wins against twenty-nine losses. This is especially true when in spring training he was not in the starting rotation and was sent down to triple A.

James Paxton makes his return Wednesday night in Seattle against the Colorado Rockies again. It will be nice if Paxton can go five or six innings and keep the Mariners in the game. This being his first game back he will be on a pitch count. The bullpen that did an excellent job in the last three games should be ready to go.

After this short two game series at home against the Rockies the Mariners will face the Tampa Bay Rays in a three game series over the weekend. They will have Monday off and then play three against the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays. They will play the Twins again in Minnesota for four games and then go to Texas to take on the Rangers for three before returning home once again. If the Mariners can win each of the series at home and then win three or four on the road in Minnesota and Texas they will be in good shape at that point. Go M’s.

 

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Trout Out for Couple Months

Here in Seattle we know it was like having Robinson Cano out of the Mariners lineup for ten days and how the offense went into a tailspin. In fact the offense is still working its way back to be where it was before his absence. The same most likely happen to the Los Angeles Angels who will lose centerfielder Michael Trout for two months.

Trout announced that he was going to have surgery on his left thumb. What is making it bad beyond the fact he is best player in the major leagues he looks to having his best season ever. He is currently batting .337 with sixteen home runs and thirty-six runs batted in. His best home run season was 2015 when he hit 41 home runs while 2014 he had 111 RBI’s. At this rate he may have hit more home runs however 111 RBI’s would have been hard to pass up.

We remember when Ken Griffey Jr was out for quite some time in 1995 when he returned the Mariners made a move to win the American League West over the Angels. I am not sure whether the Angels have the personal to do the same thing on Trout’s return. The Houston Astros are so far ahead in the division this year it may be hard for anyone to catch them in the West and likely not the Angels at this point.

I am sure we won’t miss seeing Trout when he faces the Mariners however we hope a good recovery for him. He reminds me of Bo Jackson with his power and speed. It will be interesting to see what the Angels will do with him out of the lineup for that amount of time. In the meantime we hope that the Mariners will be able to get back into the race with the return of their starting pitchers in June and July. Also we hope that the offense will now be able to do their job. If they can get back to scoring around five runs a game the Mariners should have a good chance to move up and battle the Texas Rangers for second place in the division and the wild card. I don’t think the Angels and the A’s have the power to compete over a long period of time; however, we will see won’t we. Go M’s.

Mariners Shut Out Red Sox

The Seattle Mariners on Sunday avoided the sweep against the Red Sox and snapping their scoreless streak as well. Also they blanked the Red Sox as well behind the pitching of Christian Bergman. He pitched seven innings giving up four hits, two walks and two strike outs; if he continues pitching this way for the Mariners even when Felix Hernandez, Iwakuma and Drew Smyly he could be the fifth starter.

He was followed by lefty James Pazos who faced one left and then Nick Vincent in the eighth inning who gave up one hit. Edwin Diaz is back in the closer role. He pitched well however Kyle Seager and Jean Segura did not make it easy both having errors in the ninth inning. In fact Segura’s error should have been a game ending double play however Diaz was sharp and struck out two batters. He did not give up a hit or walk anyone.

The game was still in doubt until the top of the ninth inning. The Mariners were leading 3-0 when Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer over center field to make it 5-0.

The Mariners now go to Colorado to face the Rockies for two games before coming home. They face the Rockies in two games at Safeco Field as well. It is a day game today because of Memorial Day. Sam Gaviglio makes another start for the Mariners. Like Bergman if he continues to pitch like he did in his last outing will make it difficult to keep him out of the rotation when the other pitchers get healthy and either he or Bergman could be the long reliever out of the bullpen as well.

Speaking of the bullpen they should be all ready to go today. Nick Vincent may be the only one that might not pitch. If he doesn’t most likely Steve Cishek will take his spot. Vincent and Cishek look to be the primary guys in the seventh and eighth inning. Depending on the score and who is up for the opposition Edwin Diaz may come in the eighth inning. In that case Vincent or Cishek could close the game. If they are facing tough lefties in the ninth we could see lefty specialist Marc Rzepczynski as well.

The Mariners sent starter Rob Whalen back down to Tacoma after pitching Saturday against the Red Sox. The Mariners brought up Rainier closer Ryne Harper. He had an era of 1.89 in fifteen games with three saves. He has nine walks and twenty-four strike outs in nineteen innings. I have to say that he does deserve a shot to pitch out of the Mariners’ bullpen. Depending on how the game goes today we could see him come into the game. The Mariners lineup is their regular lineup except Nelson Cruz is playing in right field because of no designated hitter. Ben Gamel playing left field and Guillermo Heredia will be coming off the bench. Go M’s.

 

 

The Mariners Get Blanked in Fenway

The Seattle Mariners continue to struggle offensively on the road. They have only scored nine runs in the last nine games. Of course you can’t win too many games that way. They had five total hits in the game on Saturday. Guillermo Heredia continues to hit lefties well had two of the hits along with Jarrod Dyson. Valencia batting second this time had the other hit.

Rob Whalen made his first start in a Mariner uniform after being called up earlier in the week. He had a rough start giving up three runs in the first inning. He did a good job from the second inning through the fifth inning and then gave up a two-run homer to Jackie Bradley Jr in the sixth inning. He was replaced by Casey Lawrence who pitched the final 2 and 2/3 innings so the bullpen was saved at least. Also Bradley Jr made some outstanding catches in the outfield too.

James Paxton who made a rehab assignment on Friday night is expected to pitch for the Mariners in their first home game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. I am sure the Mariners will try to limit his pitches and hopefully he will make it through five innings and allow the Mariners to be in place to win the game.

I am sure manager Servais have asked the guys to relax and we hope that they can score some runs in the Sunday final in Boston. They do go to Colorado for two games where we hope that the bats come alive. I was hoping that when Robinson Cano came off the disabled list on Tuesday when the Mariners faced the Nationals that the Mariners bats would come alive as well. We hope to that Mitch Haniger will be able to make his rehab assignment this week so he will be back into the lineup. Whatever the case the pitching and hitting need to come together; they can’t let this drag on too much longer before being out of the race. Right now they have the worst record in the American League at 21-29 just behind the Kansas City Royals. They are currently two games behind the Oakland A’s and four behind the second place Los Angeles Angels so a little winning streak would put them right back in the thick of things.

Mariners Win in Washington

The Seattle Mariners finally won a game after losing five straight games. They beat the Washington Nationals in the final game of the three game series after giving up a lot of runs to them in the previous two games. The Mariners lost five in a row since they had beaten the Chicago White Sox in the first game of the four game series against them at home.

The last game they had won Ariel Miranda who pitched a wonderful game giving up three hits in five innings Thursday afternoon also had beaten the White Sox in the first game in the four game series. Going into this game the Mariners had won only three games while losing ten after having their record come to 17-17. The Mariners record now is 21-27.

The Mariners offense that scored only one run in the previous five games beat the Nationals on Thursday 4-2. The Mariners offense came alive in the sixth inning on a home run by Nelson Cruz. It put the Mariners ahead 3-2. The Nationals had scored their two runs the previous inning going ahead 2-0. The Mariners made their fourth run in the seventh inning.

The Mariners bullpen did a good job giving up three hits in four innings and did not issue a walk at all. Although he was a little wild Edwin Diaz recorded the save.

The Mariners now go to Fenway Park in Boston. Fenway being an offensive ball park it would be nice if the Mariners can come more alive in this series before heading to Colorado where we know the ball will fly.

One thing we do know is that the pitchers will need to do a better job than they have been. At least the bullpen gave hope in the last game in Washington shutting the Nationals out.

A positive thing the Mariners will not have to face lefty Chris Sale who beat the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Yovani Gallardo who gave up ten runs in his last outing for the Mariners will be facing the Red Sox on Friday night. We hope that he does a better job and can go at least six innings. The most important thing is that he gives the Mariners a chance to win the game.

The Mariners will be facing Eduardo Rodrigues who has an era of 3.10 in nine games. He has started eight of those games and has struck out 55 batters in just over 49 innings. So the Mariners will have to look at getting the bat on the ball. He is a lefty so I expect that the Mariners will go primarily with a right handed hitting lineup. Of course Cano and Seager should both be in the lineup even so.

Regardless how this series goes it would be nice if the Mariners could win this opening game against the Red Sox. The Mariners may have James Paxton back soon since he has gone on a rehab assignment. More news on that front could come today. Go M’s.

Mariners Go to Washington

The Seattle Mariners series at home against the Chicago White Sox was just awful. Not only did they lose three of the four games the losses were not even close. They were similar to the victories that the Mariners had against the Phillies except in reverse.

The pitching was not only horrible giving up over twenty runs the offense was missing the whole series. The recap of the series the Mariners won the first game 5-4 then on Friday lost 2-1. On Saturday and Sunday both games were over in the first inning. They went on to lose 16-1 and 8-1. The defense did not help either in both games.

The offense did not work with Robinson Cano being on the disabled list. He comes off the DL Tuesday against the Nationals in Washington D.C. We hope this will help the Mariners offense. The Mariners will not have the DH in this series along with going to Colorado next week for two games. The Mariners need to pick things up so they don’t get further behind in the standings. Outside of the Houston Astros being in first place the Mariners are not far behind the Rangers, Angels and A’s. Right now the Mariners record is 20-25. They will need to go at least 4-4 on the road trip. Anything less will make things hard for sure.

The Nationals are playing pretty good ball and are in first place in the national league east division however the Mariners have done well playing inter-league games. We hope this will continue.

James Paxton is expected to make a start on a rehab assignment this week which if things all go well he will be back in the Mariners rotation soon. The first game in the series against the Nationals Christian Berman will start for the Mariners. He pitched outstanding in his last start for the Mariners. If he is able to keep the Mariners in the game for at least six innings this will work for them. Nelson Cruz is expected to play right field against the Nationals. This will mean that either Ben Gamel or Guillermo Heredia will not start however they will be ready for pinch hitting duties.

The Mariners have recalled Mike Zunino from Tacoma. The hitting by the catchers has been awful since he was sent down to Tacoma. We hope that his offense will be improved over the time period he was gone. His power did improve with the Rainiers and the Mariners hope that will happen with them. He doesn’t need to have a high batting average just something OK with his power returning. I am sure we are all wondering how many more chances the Mariners will give to improve his hitting. The Mariners need him to be above the .200 mark instead of being down less than .175. His defense is the only thing giving him a chance to be on the ball club. I am sure the Mariners patience is running thin.

The Mariners not only need the offense to improve they need the pitching to do so as well. This goes not only for the starting pitching it goes for the bullpen as well. At this point they have the worst bullpen in the major leagues. The Mariners need Edwin Diaz to return to his closing role at the same time with Steve Cishek. The pitching needs to keep them in the game along with the offense getting back where they were before Cano went out with his injury. Go M’s.

 

Return of Cano

Robinson Cano has been out for the Mariners since the end of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mariners were swept by the Toronto Blue Jays than at home won two out of three against the Oakland A’s. Now they have won the first game against the Chicago White Sox and losing the last two. They play the final game Sunday against the White Sox. In the ten games they have gone 3-7.

The Mariners pitching has had its moments on the positive side however the bullpen has been struggling as well and the offensive has had bad times mainly in these three series without Cano. On Saturday night the first inning Mike Freeman who was playing second base because Danny Valencia was out to so Taylor Motter played first base. Motter had been playing in Cano’s spot before. Freeman made a miscue on a grounder that should turn into a double play. Next thing we knew starter Yovani Gallardo gave up four runs in the first including a two-runner. It was not the end of it. By the time Gallardo left the game he had given up ten runs. Later on the Mariners scored one run for the game.

Lefty Dillon Overton entered for long relief. In his four innings he gave up five runs. Not a pitching game by the Mariners and the hitting continued to suffer. So they didn’t need to use another reliever in the ninth inning Freeman who had made the error in the first inning went in and pitched. He gave up three hits and a run. Not bad under the circumstances.

Robinson Cano is suspected to rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday when they go on the road to face the Washington Nationals. When Cano went on the disabled list the Mariners were in second place and now they are in last place. The Texas Rangers who the Mariners beat in the last series has won at least ten games. In fact they won ten games in a row. The Angels and A’s have been doing well since playing the Mariners too.

Of course the Mariners haven’t been winning only because of Cano being out of action though it hasn’t helped that they are not scoring many runs. The Mariners are hoping that James Paxton the ace this season will return soon. He is expected to make a rehab assignment and then meet the Mariners while they are on the road. With Overton pitching Saturday night the Mariners have brought up Chris Heston to start on Sunday. Like several other pitchers this is another trip up for Heston to start. We hope that he will do a good job like Christian Bergman and Sam Gaviglio did in both of their starts.

We all hope that the Mariners hitters can come back alive starting Sunday and the pitching can be solid though they will still be without three starters when Paxton returns. Go M’s.