SEAside Thoughts: Mariners continue worrisome trends.
New guys as bad as ever
Despite Teo's oppo taco to help the Mariners come from behind on Sunday, he and the new offensive additions are about as popular in Seattle as Cale Makar.
The trio of Kolten Wong, Teoscar Hernandez and Tommy La Stella have combined to hit .195 in 200 AB's and a combined -0.6 WAR. While Teo is bringing the power we'd hoped for (on pace for 40 HR's) the lack of competitive at bats and poor fielding are making life just so difficult.
The situation was already frustrating because every single Mariners fan knew that Teo and Wong wasn't enough, and yet ownership and the front office felt like it was ok to start the season with.
Baseball is a marathon, so I don't foresee a major change in the next three weeks, but if the struggles continue as we inch closer to June, I think Wong and La Stella will no longer be in Seattle.
Cal, JP save the week on Sunday
Enough negativity! How about JP Crawford and Cal Raleigh on Sunday? Crawford down to his last strike and in an intense environment, was able to come through to keep the Mariners alive. He may only be hitting .238, but he's been a much better looking hitter this year compared to last.
Cal owns Toronto, what more can you say. He's shown that last season was not a fluke, and that he's one of the best catchers in the American League.
There contributions helped salvage a brutal showing in Philly and Toronto, and puts Seattle in position to still have a 5-4 road trip. Sweeping teams is never easy, but the Oakland A's are the worst team in baseball, and the Mariners can get the job done. There's excitement with Bryce Miller being called up for today's start, and the Mariners should be heavy favorites in each game.
The opportunity to head back home to face their arch rival Houston Astros at 15-16 and on a 4 game winning streak could change the vibes completely.
Thoughts on the unis?
I love them. Almost all of the City Connect uniforms have been borderline horrific, and Seattle has a really cool concept. While I was interested in a completely new color scheme, I appreciate the Connect uniforms to be a connection to the history of Seattle baseball. The nods to the Pilots, the trident, the Steelheads and Dave Neihaus is really cool.
I hope they bring some good fortune as the Mariners turn the page to May, and an opportunity to show their championship potential.