Forget about the fact that the Mariners are 3 games back. Forget that Justin Smoak had yet another amazing game and is nearly single-handedly (and awesomely) carrying this offense. Again the Mariners were just 2-9 with RISP – and while that’s better than yesterday – they had opportunities to score with less than 2 outs and they didn’t get it done. If the Mariners are going to make any type of faint attempt for the AL West they have to capitalize on these opportunities otherwise they are going to come crashing back down to earth sooner than we all would like.
Okay, now with that said. YAY, Justin Smoak! I turned to my wife after his double and without saying anything and just a big mischievous grin on my face she said “I know, I know, you love Justin Smoak, huh.” YEP! Get used to it Seattle because he’s around for the next 5 years too.
While we beat a Rangers team 2 out of 3 games without Hamilton and Feliz, we still beat a very good Rangers squad and it brings us within two games of being .500. Let’s not focus on how close we are to first place, because that’s not what is important this season. The real race we are in is with ourselves. The effort to stay as close to that even record .500 record as possible, that’s really what is important.
The Mariners have no legitimate chance at winning the west this year. Every team in the division is better than them to include (and I hate saying this) the Angles, who I thought were going to bad this year (silly me).
That’s not to say there is no reason to watch the Mariners it’s been farm more interesting than anyone expected and with each series they win it becomes even more so.
L: Colby Lewis (2-4)
SV: Brandon League (9)
Jason Vargas WPA (0.309)
Justin Smoak WPA (0.164)
Luis Rodriguez WPA (0.058)