I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS! The Mariners are a game away from tying the longest win streak in team history (set back in 2001), as they enter the All-Star break with a 14-game win streak.
I don’t care who you are, but there is no way that a single rational person out there could of realistically and reasonably predicted that this would happen. Teams don’t do this very often, and it’s not like the Mariners are a juggernaut like the Dodgers, Yankees, or Astros. In fact, that win streak back in 2001 (as far as I found), was the last time that the Mariners had a double-digit win streak, having one of the longest droughts in pro baseball.
The Mariners are now 51-42, and are on fire heading into the All-Star break
Just a few weeks ago, fans were quite upset. The Mariners were 29-39, ten games under .500. There were plenty of fans out there who wanted Servais fired, were complaining about a bunch of players on the team, and there was a legit chance that the Mariners would be sellers at the deadline instead of buyers.
Now, after a 22-3 stretch over the last four weeks, the Mariners find themselves nine games above .500 for the first time all season. For once, I want to thank the Angels. I don’t know if they are the reason or not, but the Mariners have really gelled as a team since the brawl on June 26th. Despite the suspensions to Jesse Winker, JP Crawford, and Julio Rodriguez, the Mariners just keep winning.
There is a funny part about this stretch to me, and it’s the fact that despite being 22-3, they’ve actually lost back-to-back games during that stretch, losing the brawl game 2-1 to the Clowns and then losing 2-9 to the Orioles. That means that they are 17-1 in their last 18 games.
3-0 vs Oakland, 2-1 vs the Angels, 2-1 vs the Orioles, 3-1 vs the Athletics, 2-0 vs the Padres, 4-0 vs the Blue Jays, 2-0 vs the Nationals, and 4-0 vs the Rangers. That’s what has happened over the last 25 games, with the Mariners outscoring opponents 100-55 over that stretch.
The M’s are healthy (well, getting there), with Lewis about ready to come back and Haniger progressing well. The offense has been heating up, and the pitching staff has been nasty. You can look anywhere in the starting rotation or the bullpen, and it’s straight dominance. Ray has been nasty, with just an occasional home run blip. Murfee, Munoz, Castillo, and Sewald have made things really difficult for opposing hitters at the end of games.
Things are great in Seattle right now, and it’s a real fun time to be a Mariners fan. It’s going to be interesting to see how aggressive they are at the trade deadline. The action doesn’t stop even though today’s game is done, as the MLB Draft is about to start, and the Mariners will look to build their farm system. As always… Go Mariners!