The Seattle Mariners completed their three games series against the Chicago White Sox and were only able to win one game. The M’s were almost swept by the visiting team but were able to rally in yesterday’s game. Now, Seattle is 3-3 on the season and the series against Chicago taught us a few things about the Mariners. Here are six things I took away from the second series of the season.
Mariners takeaway no. 1 – We can rally, so don’t ever count us out
Let’s start with the good news. The Mariners had a huge rally on Opening Day against the San Francisco Giants and were able to score six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the team a lead. We witnessed a similar thing in yesterday’s matinee. The Mariners were down 4-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning with no momentum at all.
Dallas Keuchel was dealing and the Mariners had a tough time getting to him. Jose Marmolejos came in for Evan White and started the inning with a walk, followed by a Dylan Moore bloop single. That forced the White Sox to make a change and brought in Matt Foster.
From then on, the Mariners turned the switch on and scored seven runs to give the team a four-run lead. Taylor Trammell got his second hit of the season, Ty France had an incredible at-bat and drew a walk, Kyle Seager hit a double to clear the bases, and other players pitched in as well.
So, my takeaway is that the Mariners can shift the momentum quickly with just one small spark. This inning started with a big walk from Marmo and a lucky hit from D-Moore, and getting Dallas Keuchel out of the game. That opened the floodgates and the Mariners poured it on as they did on Opening Day.
Is it luck or skill? I don’t know, but the Mariners have had two big comeback wins to start 2021. So, don’t count the team out even when all hope is lost.
Now, let’s look at another positive takeaway from the series.