Seattle Mariners News: Stories From The Past Week
By Dan Hughes
Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to another addition of Mariners Monday. A “In Case You Missed It” look back at Seattle Mariners news, highlights and lowlights. It was a happier week for Mariners fans than the previous week. Though it started off on a low note.
Houston Vs. Seattle
The Mariners started the week welcoming the Astros to Safeco for a three-game series and promptly dropped the opener – a game started by Felix – to extend the losing streak to seven games.
The M’s then followed that up with another loss on Twitter Tuesday to make it eight losses in a row, pushing the Mariners to within just a half game of falling into last place.
But then, the clouds cleared, the baseball Gods showed pity towards our team and Kyle Seager found his swing. He beat the Astros single handed to stop the losing streak at eight, avoid the sweep and put a little life into this team.
Texas Vs. Seattle
The Rangers then came to town and the Mariners won again. This time it was Justin Smoak flashing the lumber and the glove to down the Rangers.
But the Mariners dropped the next game to keep from enjoying a winning streak, another start by Felix unfortunately. But the Mariners came from behind on Sunday to avoid the series loss thanks once again to Kyle Seager.
News and Moves
This past week we saw the Mariners shake up the lineup a few times but we still aren’t sure if any of the moves are permanent. One promising move we witnessd was Abraham Almonte moving down in the lineup on Saturday with Michael Saunders leading off. The team sent Nick Franklin back down to Tacoma, Erasmo Ramirez to High Desert and called up Cole Gillespie and Lucas Luetge in a flurry of moves.
We learned that James Paxton isn’t expected back for at least another month, but that Hisashi Iwakuma could start for the Mariners by the end of this week.
MLB tweaked the dreaded transfer rule – too bad it wasn’t before the Mariners lost two or three games simply because of that rule. And we learned that Robinson Cano‘s first trip back to Yankee Stadium will in fact be nationally televised.
It was a good week for Seattle, going 3-3, earning their first series win since the opening series in Anaheim. Let’s hope the momentum carries them along on this road trip and we can continue to make up ground lost during that week from hell.