Mariners vs. Yankees: DMo stays scorching, Bryan Woos the crowd & his parents

Seattle managed to split a four-game series against the red-hot Bronx bombers while a few players continued their stellar seasons
Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees
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While I wouldn't necessarily call it a rivalry, the Mariners and the Yankees have at least some history. After all, they were on the receiving end of Edgar Martinez's walk-off double in the 1995 ALDS. The Yankees also beat the Mariners in two consecutive ALCS matchups in 2000 and 2001. Needless to say, it's usually pretty exciting when these two teams have the opportunity to face each other and this series was no different.

Best Hitter: Dylan Moore

16 PA, .417/.563/1.000, 5 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K

It really doesn't look like Moore will be slowing down anytime soon. He's been on an absolute tear, posting a 1.059 OPS for his 77 plate appearances in the month of May, and has been the backbone of the Mariners' offense. He did it all against the Yankees, racking up three extra-base hits, batting in four runs, and striking out just twice in 16 plate appearances.

His slash line for the series is actually a pretty good representation of his style of play. He's got great quality of contact numbers, walks at a 12.4% clip, and strikes out at a rate just a smidge above average at 23.4%. In addition to hitting the ball slightly harder this year, he's also getting more lift on the ball, allowing him to hit fewer ground balls and collect more extra bases. In the month of May alone, he's already accumulated six doubles, a triple, and five home runs. If he keeps it up, he'll blow his numbers from previous seasons out of the water.

Honorable Mention: Ty France

16 PA, .250/.438/.500, 3 H, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K

It's not as appealing of a slash line as Dylan Moore's but in a vacuum, it's quite good, especially the 0.438 on-base percentage. It's no secret that Ty France isn't having a great year and seems to be continuing the struggles he had last season, which is why his strong showing in New York was a welcome sight.

The main problem is that he doesn't seem to be doing anything particularly well this year and has really struggled on defense, currently hovering at -4 OAA and -1 DRS. He's not particularly fast, hasn't hit the ball very hard or very frequently, and his 2024 slash line of .236/.298/.370 is not what Seattle should be expecting from their first baseman. It's a big reason why there has been conversation about pursuing potential first base trade targets, like Pete Alonso, to help drive a deep playoff run in October. France still has a few weeks to really pick it up but his starting spot may be hanging in the balance.