May 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (17) returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners: Finally Looking And Playing Like A Team

This baseball team that’s playing in Seattle isn’t playing the like the Mariners we know. They are not in 4th or last place, they are hitting well, the pitching has been great, and they are above .500!!! WHO IS THIS TEAM?!

It’s the Seattle Mariners alright but an all new Seattle Mariners. This Mariners team since ending their 8 game losing streak are 13-5 and have been one of the hottest teams in the majors.

The Mariners have had help from many of their players, which many of them have gotten on a hot streak as well. Kyle Seager ended the losing streak with two home runs and since then he’s remained hot.

Michael Saunders had done well in the leadoff role, Stefen Romero has been getting better and better, and James Jones has not just secured his probable future in Seattle but the end of Abraham Almonte as well.

Pitching wise Felix finally ended his winless streak last night. Hisashi Iwakuma is back and has been lights out, Fernando Rodney has finally stopped giving us high blood pressure when he’s brought in, and the bullpen is somewhat doing well.

Either way this Mariners team is showing us that they could possibly be a contender this season. Remember that movie Major League? Well, picture the M’s as that team, a bunch of nobodies who want to prove themselves worthy of a division title and prove themselves to their fans that they are a good team.

May 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) is greeted by catcher John Buch (4) after hitting an RBI-sacrifice fly during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

With how well the Mariners have been playing you have to wonder what are they really capable of? Well, for one thing they are capable of a possible division title run but right now I think myself and the fans are focused on the American League Wild Card.

The M’s are sole possession of the Wild Card lead. They are +0.5 game up on the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, and the Texas Rangers. Now I know its still very early but God do I love seeing the Mariners in first place of anything!

The only thing the Mariners need to improve on is their bullpen. Right now the only good pitchers in the bullpen are Dominic Leone, Danny Farquhar, Joe Beimel, and Rodney.

Yoervis Medina and Charlie Furbush are big problems for the M’s. Both Charlie and Medina have ERA’s above 4 and they remind me of those “Fernando Rodney roller coaster innings”, in other words they tick me off, they have problems locating their pitches, they give up too many hits, and they raise my blood pressure too high.

I think the M’s really should think about calling up a couple guys from Tacoma to fill Furbush’s and Medina’s spot in the bullpen. Stephen Pryor, Carson Smith, and Logan Bawcom are possible candidates for those spots in the bullpen.

But again this team is a whole lot different from any M’s team in the past 5 years. This team has something that the 2009 Mariners had when Jr returned……..great chemistry. Chemistry has been the biggest key to the Mariners success so far.

Robinson Cano has been a great contributor as well, he’s provided that veteran All-Star role in the lineup that has helped this team become a team that is playing together and with a purpose too.

We can only hope that the Mariners continue this hot streak and continue to play as a whole unit. If they do that they will emerge at the end of the regular season as either Wild Card or AL West Champions.

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  • Mr T

    Please proofread; it’s like a 7th grader wrote this article.

    • Dan Hughes

      Why? When we have people with absolutely nothing better to do, than nitpick a few grammatical errors in an article, such as yourself. Thanks again!

    • lee cousins

      BIG deal.

  • GD

    According to FanGraphs Here are the top ranted AL teams in SP, RP, Fielding, and Batting compared with where the M’s are currently ranked:

    1. A’s
    2. Tigers
    3. Royals
    4. Mariners
    5. Red Sox
    6. Indians
    7. Angels

    1. A’s
    2. Red Sox
    3. Indians
    4. Mariners.
    5. Twins
    6. Royals

    AL Fielding
    1. Angels
    2. Royals
    3. Mariners
    4. Rays
    5. Tigers
    6. Red Sox
    7. A’s

    AL Batting
    1. Angels
    2. Rays
    3. Blue Jays
    4. A’s
    5. Tigers
    6. White Sox
    7. Yankees
    8. Royals
    9. Twins
    10. Mariners
    11. Rangers

    • GD

      So if we can get our offense to continue with their hitting, as we’ve seen lately, hopefully we can bring our batting up to #4 too.

      I’m shocked…Elias and Young have been saviors for the past 6 weeks for us and the only reason we are at the top of the division. Iwakuma has been outstanding since being back too. Exciting to see Walker & Paxton return. Can’t wait to get Mauer sent to AAA, and Elias would be incredible in the BP replacing the weakness of Furbush. Pryor is VERY close too and would push Medina back to AAA as well. If our offense can improve to a #4 ranking in the AL we will have the most “balanced” MLB team out there. THEN if we can land Kemp for RF that could very well push us over the top into serious contention.

      • Dan Hughes

        I don’t see the Dodgers looking to move Kemp anytime soon. If anything, they will look to move Andre Ethier. The Mariners could put together a very attractive offer to make that happen. Question is; does Seattle want Ethier? Right now, I would say no.

  • lee cousins

    Their needs to be some further tinkering done to get this team in better shape, most notable the B.P. Elias should replace someone in the B.P. as well other fitting needs, and their are other who could be change out since we have the replacements to do it, in the hitting department Miller is still a question mark that needs to be fixed just as Almonte was, I’m intrigue with this Taylor hear plenty of good things about him wonder if he’s been consider but even so still think we need another proven bat in the lineup, I’m curious to see if something can be done before the trading deadline, all in all these are interesting times for our Mariners if handle right we might be on to something good here,…let’s not end this like last nights game,… thank you very much.

  • tedsfrozenhead

    Slow your roll. Still a lot of players hitting .240 or below and too big a reliance on injured players like Hart that said reliance actually make his numbers look acceptable.
    Heading in the right direction to be sure, not there yet though. Let’s wait till we get our starting pitching worked out and give everyone a serious shot and then see how we look at mid season.