Aug 7, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22, second from left) and pitcher Felix Hernandez (34, right) give high fives to first baseman Logan Morrison (20) and third baseman Kyle Seager (15) following the final out of a 13-3 victory against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
For the Seattle Mariners, the 2014 season isn’t over. They are right in the middle of the AL wild-card hunt and very much vying for a spot in October.
But, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun and look ahead to the postseason awards. The Mariners have a chance at multiple winners for the first time in a long time. Let’s take a look at the categories, the candidates and the likelihood that a Mariner will walk away with it.
AL Silver Slugger
While Cano could still win the award at 2B, with his home run numbers down this year, some will argue against it.
Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins leads all AL second basemen with 20 homers, but sports a .237 average. Jonathon Schoop of Baltimore has 15 homers and a .210 average. Cano is 4th in the AL with a .322 batting average. That’s second among 2B with Jose Altuve of the Astros leading the league.
You could argue for Altuve or Dozier but Cano is likely to get it again.
But Cano is not the only Mariner in line for a possible Silver Slugger.
Kyle Seager could earn his first this season, to go along with his first All-Star nod.
Seager is 2nd among AL third basemen in homers and RBI to Oakland’s Josh Donaldson. But his average is about 20 points higher than Donaldson’s. He will face some stiff competition from Josh and Adrian Beltre (.324, 18, 71) but you could definitely argue a case for Kyle.