Mariners Opening Series vs. Houston Astros: 3 Up, 3 Down

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Apr 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports /
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After the heavy anticipation of the 2017 season, the Mariners dropped their season opener, and the 4-game series, to the Houston Astros.

The first series of the season didn’t go as hoped, losing three of four games to the Houston Astros. The Mariners are currently in fourth place in the AL West with a record of 1-3.

Opening day disappointed many Mariner fans as the team fell 3-0 in Houston and Felix Hernandez was forced to leave the game early with a groin injury. The next game resulted in another loss, 2-1, in a game started by Hisashi Iwakuma who allowed just four hits over six innings.

James Paxton was on the bump in game three and was phenomenal, but his six scoreless innings were squandered by a 13 inning marathon ending 5-3 on a George Springer walk-off home run.

The three-game losing streak was snapped on Thursday with a 4-2 victory behind a strong start from Arial Miranda.

Sure, I guess 1-3 is better than 0-4, but this is supposed to be the season that the Mariners finally make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

It’s safe to say everyone is a little disappointed in the slow start, but hey, look at the bright side. There are still 158 more games to be played this season and the team hasn’t even played a home game yet.

There is a lot to take away from the Mariner’s opening series in Houston, besides their record. This article looks at the pros and cons from the series performance, three of each to be exact, in what we call, 3 up, 3 down.

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