Mariners vs. Rays: Raleigh rocks, Kirby continues his scorching month, Garver goes long twice

Other than a blown 11-3 loss on Tuesday, Seattle kept it competitive and were able to avoid a sweep with a win in the finale against the Rays
Seattle Mariners v Tampa Bay Rays
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Best Moment: Mitch Garver homers in back-to-back games

A recurring for Seattle's lineup is that they are (allegedly) still getting warm. A perfect example of that has been Mitch Garver. After a .553 OPS in March/April and a .617 OPS in May, his .837 OPS in June is more what we expected after his free agent signing. He's been staying hot game after game and has hopefully made the necessary adjustments to keep it up for the rest of the year.

An interesting tidbit about his approach is that his whiff rate (31.3%) and strikeout rate (30.0%) are both in the bottom 12% of qualified hitters but his chase rate (18.9%) and walk rate (13.7%) are in the top 5%. It seems like the problem is that he's getting beaten in the strike zone. When he makes contact in the strike zone, we get the long balls that were advertised.