The Mariners are making their way into August, and have started off on a strong note taking the series against the red Sox with a 2-1 series win. They've continued to chip away, and find themselves waking up on August 3rd with a record of 56-52, 6 games back of the division-leading Rangers and 3.5 games back of the Blue Jays for the final Wild Card spot.
Not bad for a team that so many claim to be having a massive failure of a season.
The team could be doing better. I don't think that it's crazy or outlandish to say so. Kolten Wong, who I long defended, was recently DFA'd. Teo just hasn't been as good as anyone expected, and if he was any semblance of what he was for the Blue Jays, the record and offense would be in a much better spot.
Teo and Wong were two of the reasons that I thought the Mariners were going to be more involved at the trade deadline. We had heard rumors that the Mariners were open to trading not just Paul Sewald, but Teo and Ty France as well. With their strong starting pitching, there was even rumors that they would trade one of them away to try and find a solid and controllable hitter to improve their lineup.
When the dust settled, it ended up being just Paul Sewald that left the team. It was a nice return, and I still think that the Mariners got the W in that deal with the Diamondbacks. I want to dive into why I'm disappointed with how the deadline ended up going for the Mariners... and why I'm also okay with it and think that might have been the right move.