SEAside Thoughts: Roller Coaster Ride Continues for the Mariners
After 22 games, the Seattle Mariners currently sit at 10-12 and 4.5 games out of 1st place in the AL West. Injuries to Robbie Ray, Andres Munoz, and Dylan Moore have hurt this team's depth, and a brutal start by some of the offseason acquisitions has many concerned.
On the flip side, the core pieces on offense are playing good to great. Jarred Kelenic has been one of the best stories in all of baseball. Luis Castillo looks like the biggest challenger to Shohei Ohtani for Cy Young. The Mariners could easily have 14-15 wins if a few things get cleaned up.
It's clearly been an uneven start, made evident by going 3-4 at home this week, being swept by the Brewers. There's still a lot of time left, but they need to lock it in soon.
Jarred Kelenic continues to destroy baseballs
As we stated earlier, Kelenic has continued his tremendous run. During the six games at home, Kelenic hit .238 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. Considering Kelenic faced the likes of Corbin Burnes and Jack Flaherty, that near .240 average is pretty dang good.
He continues to be the best position player on the team to start the season, and is a legitimate all-star threat. As this season progresses, it'll be fun to see who gets more home runs, Kelenic or Julio.
Teoscar Hernandez is heating up
Kelenic wasn't the only hitter to heat up this week, as prized trade acquisition Teoscar Hernandez had a fantastic week.
For the week, Teo hit .300 with two powerful home runs against St. Louis. While the Mariners may only be 10-12, the fact that Teo and Kelenic are producing is huge for the 140 games remaining. As this team gets healthy, and sync's up offensively, we could see an offense that is a championship level offense from Julio at leadoff to Kelenic at the six hole.