3 Reasons for the Seattle Mariners Summer Surge

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Reason #3 The Mariners Offense

Tom Murphy
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Not only has the bullpen and Julio Rodriguez been on fire, the rest of the Mariners lineup has been on a tear since the All-Star break. Hitting .262 (7th in MLB), scoring 174 runs (7th in MLB), and slugging .459 (4th in the MLB). Seattle's success at the plate has translated to more wins in the second half of the season.

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Dylan Moore has been sensational in the back end of the lineup hitting .350, with a 1.202 OPS. and 15 RBI after the break. Moore's ability to get on base has been a huge to the Mariners lineup, giving the top of the order more opportunities to drive in runs, and wreaking havoc on the base paths. While also providing some power of his own with six home runs since the break.

Tom Murphy, like Dylan Moore has provided a spark at bottom of the order in the second half of the season. Until his thumb injury this past week, Murphy was hitting .313, with a .909 OPS, and three HR. Hopefully, Murphy will be able to return to the lineup soon, as he has given the Mariners a much needed offensive boost the past two months.

JP Crawford is having an amazing second half, hitting .307, with a .897 OPS, and 16 runs scored. Before his concussion injury, JP was crushing the ball and setting the table Seattle's lineup. While also was making amazing plays around the diamond behind Mariner pitchers.

Each of these factors has shot the Mariners ahead in the Wild Card race and put them in play for the AL West Title

The Mariners offensive breakout, led by Julio Rodriguez has spearheaded Seattle's summer surge. With the M's bullpen also doing a phenomenal job of holding down leads, the Mariners have been unstoppable the past two months. Seattle has earned the right to control their own destiny as the MLB season comes down the home stretch. Exciting times lay ahead for the Seattle Mariners and their fans.