The Mariners first month of the season has not been great given their current losing record. Also, seeing Robbie Ray placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season was rough news. However, there have been three bright spots for the Mariners to be excited about this month. Here are three Mariners who dominated the month of April:
Outfielder Jarred Kelenic has been the brightest light in a sea of April despair for Mariners fans. Kelenic had struggled to find his swing in the big leagues until now. With the help of a secret hitting coach in the off-season (who remains nameless), Kelenic looks like the player everyone expected him to be. He hit .308, with seven HR, 14 RBI, five SB, and a .981 OPS. Leading the team in batting average, HR (tied with Teoscar Hernandez), and OPS.
Another star of the month has been starting pitcher George Kirby. Kirby has appeared to put concerns of a sophomore slump to rest with his stellar performance in April. He posted a 2.93 ERA, 24 K, just two BBs, and an impressive 0.95 WHIP across five starts. Kirby’s command is still his best asset as he continues to pound the strike zone and dare hitters to beat him.
The Mariners best-starting pitcher for the month of April has been RHP Luis Castillo. The anchor of the Mariners starting rotation, Castillo has looked the part of an ace. Castillo is starting to look like a prime Felix Hernandez, posting a 1.82 ERA, 38 K, 0.92 WHIP, and a (2-0) record. Even more impressive about Castillo is that he has a current ERA plus of 234, which is unreal. Luis Castillo has done a phenomenal job of keeping the Mariners in games when the offense has lagged and has dominated opposing hitters.