Normally, I would've put something out about this right at the turn of the month. I was out of town, so I wasn't able to get back to a computer until Tuesday. With how great the month was for the Mariners, I think it is still worth taking a look at some of the more impressive stats from the winningest month in team history.
That's right. The winningest. For the first time in team history, the Mariners won 21 games in a single month, besting the mark of 20 that had been tied over and over throughout their history. They went an incredible 21-6 over the month, going from four games over .500 to 19 games over .500. It's even more astonishing when you realize they lost the first game of the month, and also had a three-game losing streak at one point.
It was enough to put the Mariners up to the top of the AL West, a place they had not been this late in the season since 2001. Which is just an insane thought. I'm pretty sure there are some people on this site that weren't even around then. The fact that they have become adults without ever seeing the Mariners in first place when it matters blows my mind.
Anyway, I wanted to get to some of the stats that stood out the most from the month of August, and were huge contributors to getting the Mariners not just back into contention for the playoffs, but for a first round bye if they can manage to hold on to and win the division. We start off with the biggest one, the star of the team, and the player making waves nationwide as the next face of baseball... which he has been doing since the All Star Game and Home Run Derby during his Rookie Season