Mariners vs Cubs: Polanco Pops Off, Miller Makes Mincemeat of the Opposition, and Superstars Give Us Hope

The Mariners manage to have a few highlights moments in a weekend marred by continued disappointment, including their superstar.
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Despite losing the series, the Mariners kept it competitive against an imposing Cubs squad. The team's offense remains sluggish while the starting pitching had a bounce-back series after hitting a rough patch in the last few weeks. Let's take a look at some of the individuals trying to reignite the team's momentum and get them back on track for a postseason run.

Mariner's Best Hitter: Jorge Polanco

.375/.583/.750, 3 H, HR, R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K

Jorge Polanco has not had the greatest start to his season, but he might be starting to turn things around. Before this series, he had a disappointing .488 OPS. For a player who was brought on to add offensive life in the middle infield (or for any player), those numbers simply wouldn't play. After just one strong three-game set, he's now at a .622 OPS, still underwhelming but it's clearly not too late for a statistical improvement.

One thing that improved significantly against the Cubs was his plate discipline. Leading up to the series, he had struck out 19 times and walked just five times. Against the Cubs, he nearly doubled his total walks while striking out just three times. He kept a much tighter zone during this series, illustrated by his swing rate before and after playing the Cubs.

He also managed to take Javier Assad deep in the final game of the series, launching a ball 399-feet with an exit velocity of 104.8 mph off of a lazy cutter.

Honorable Mention: Luis Urías

.250/.400/.500, H, 2B, 2 RBI, K, HBP

To illustrate how lackluster the Mariners' hitting has continued to be, Urías was the only player to have an OPS >.670 even with no plate appearance minimum. In addition to making some key defensive plays this weekend, he also performed well in the five plate appearances he had. The platoon situation at third base continues with time being split between him and Rojas with Rojas having the slight offensive edge with a .798 OPS over Urías's .731 OPS.