Jul 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) makes a face after swinging at a pitch in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to another week of the Mariners Market, where I take a look at some of the past performances by players in the past week, suggest a move the M’s should make, and do a quick little recap on how the past week has gone for the team.
Well we have reached the All Star break, and the M’s are not half the team that I was expecting them to be. Pinpointing one thing responsible for the M’s struggles is incredibly difficult to do, as they are just about average in ever single aspect of the game. Their pitching is mediocre, with a team ERA checking in at 3.76, that’s good for 13th in baseball. Their hitting, well it’s been absolutely dreadful as they are second to last in the MLB in batting average and 27th in runs scored. Even worse, the M’s are last in both runs scored and batting average with runners in scoring position. The M’s make up for the terrible hitting with their fielding though, as they check in at 4th in the MLB in fielding percentage and errors committed.
So when you tally up the average pitching, the abysmal hitting and great fielding, that comes out to being, well, average. And their record would seem to back that up. They find themselves going into the All-Star break at 41-47. Seattle is 7 games back of the now first place Los Angeles Angels, and 7 games back in the Wild Card as well.
The M’s went 3-4 this week, and have now traded off wins with loses for the past eleven games, Sadly, the Mariners have not put together a win streak of 3+ games since their sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays in late.
That being said, the Mariners Market is all about individual performances, and in this slideshow I will look into who’s been hot for the Mariners in the past week, and who has not.
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