Mariners have a miserable end to Yankees series: 3 Up, 3 Down

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Ben Gamel
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Ben Gamel /
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3 Up

As much as we want to act like the weekend was the worst thing to ever happen to the Seattle Mariners, it wasn’t all horrible, and on the weekend there are some really good things to take away.

1. Yonder Alonso is a beast

While he only collected two hits in 7 weekend at-bats, his pinch-hit, game-winning homer in Friday’s game made everyone want to hug Jerry Dipoto and thank him for swapping Boog Powell for the All-Star first baseman. Since the deal, he’s hitting .288 with an OPS of .795 and has had his fair share of endearing moments. It seems safe to say most want him back next season.

2. Albers continues to be steady

While his ceiling may lie somewhere between “average” and “good,” Albers has shown in three starts that he can hang in the Mariners mediocre rotation. He’s making a reasonable case to be the Mariners fourth or fifth starter down the stretch, and I for one can’t really complain based on how he has pitched so far.

And yes, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt in Sunday’s contest because he had no defensive help in the first inning and that would jade anyone’s day.

3. Corey’s Brother

Yes, yes, Player’s Weekend is over, but the clear, league-wide winner was Kyle Seager. With the cleverest of names on the back of his jersey, a nod to his younger brother who plays for the Dodgers, he came up with a nice knock in Friday’s game to make things interesting.

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In all, the Mariners had a tough weekend, but they still sit just a game and a half back of the second wild card spot, and can make that up pretty quickly if they play well against the Orioles. They likely weren’t going to catch the Yankees anyway, and they left themselves in a fine spot by not getting swept. What’s best for the team and the fans is to put this series behind us and move on to the next one.