Mariners vs. Angels: Nuke Raley, B-Money, and Rye Bread and Mustard in the sweep

Seattle capped off a 6-1 homestand with a sweep of the division rivals Angels, with the offense actually leading the way the entire time
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After an outstanding showing against the Astros, the Mariners took care of business by beating the Angels handily and outscoring them 19-5 across three games. With a record of 34-27, they now hold a 4.0 game lead over the Texas Rangers to stand atop the AL West.

Best Hitter: Luke Raley

12 PA, .333/.500/1.111, 3 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 1 SB

Raley has been immensely streaky this year. After a hot stretch to begin the month, he slowed down significantly towards the end of May. After taking some time, off he came back as good as ever, getting power back in his swing. All three of hits were for extra bases in this series and he got on base six times. He also hit two home runs, the first of which was against a Carson Fulmer slider that hung up in the lower middle part of the zone.

The second home run was against a Griffin Canning sinker that ended up middle-middle and was consequently smoked at 110.8 mph. The distance was just 354 feet but it was more of a line drive home run with a launch angle of just 20 degrees.

Because of his tendency to alternate between hot and cold, his season OPS of .756 seems underwhelming for someone who's been known to have ridiculous hitting outbursts. If he can find consistency, he'll be an integral part of fixing the team's still lackluster hitting.

Honorable Mention: Ty France

12 PA, .300/.417/.700, 3 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

France is slowly but surely warming up. After posting a disappointing .646 OPS in April/March, he improved to a .826 OPS in May and has an 1.000 OPS over the last two weeks. Things seem like they're coming together for him as he's getting on base and hitting for power. His home run against Matt Moore was off the bat at 108.0 mph and traveled 417 feet.

His 114 OPS+ still has a way to go before he returns to his 2021 and 2022 form but he seems to have made the necessary corrections to fix the mistakes he was making earlier in the season. Like Raley, having a productive Ty France at first base would be a huge boost to the offensive momentum for the team.