Another month of Mariners baseball is in the books. For most of us, it’s a great thing. Not because of how they did, but because we can try and forget about it and move forward with a new month.
Sure, I know that a lot of people out there love wallowing in misery, as you can tell when you read comments or peruse social media. It seems they prefer to see the team struggle, expecting them to do so, and finding joy when it happens. I think it’s the vocal minority though, with a lot of fans out there still choosing to find the joy and positivity in the Mariners.
There are still things to be happy about. Julio is a stud, France is a hitting machine, and Gilbert looks like an Ace. Kyle Lewis is back and playing in the majors, and even Evan White is back to resuming activities and is playing in Tacoma.
With the turn of the calendar to a new month, it’s time to make another round of predictions. First, let’s check-in and see how the May predictions went.
Mariners go 18-10: Well, they went 10 and 18 so I was backward with it. The pitchers had an ERA of 4.63 and allowed a slash line of .258/.361/.440, while the offense only scored 3.79 runs per game with a slash of .243/.317/.386.
Winker goes on a tear: He hit better, but it’s nowhere near good enough. A slash line of .243/.301/.350 is an improvement on his April slash of .169/.326/.197, but you need better production from a guy that should be a thumper in the 3/4 spot.
Kelenic gets good: This one looks really bad. Still, I’m sticking in the corner of Kelenic who doesn’t turn 23 until the middle of July. He’s back in Tacoma and is hitting .348/.400/.652 with three 2Bs and three HRs, but a K rate of 34%. I believe in him, and will continue to do so for a long time.
Goodness, that was bad. Let’s try and do better this time around. Here are three bold predictions for the month of June. To switch things up, they are going to get bolder as I go along. Here. We. Go.