Since August 2, nothing has been able to stop the Seattle Mainers. The team has won 11 of it’s last 13 games. Since then, they’ve catapulted themselves into the thick of the AL Wild Card race, and even closed some of the gap between them and the Rangers. That’s not to mention leaving the stone cold Astros in the dust.
The return of King Felix has behooved the Mariners for sure, but the entire pitching staff deserves credit for the work the team has done of late. Over the last 13 games, the team has allowed an average of 3.08 runs per game.
But let’s not forget the Mariners’ heavy hitting offense. Nelson Cruz has hit .417 with three home runs and four RBIs over the last week. Kyle Seager, the team’s RBI leader has hit .320 with two home runs and nine RBIs over the last seven days; and Robi Cano, the local MVP candidate, has hit two home runs himself over this past week.
The Mariners have a uniquely built line-up, much like the Cincinnati Reds of the early 2010’s, which featured the trio of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce in the middle. While the team didn’t display lots of firepower around them, they were able to produce the runs necessary to win with the star struck middle of the order.
The Mariners now find themselves where they wanted to be two weeks ago. In the thick of a rigorous Wild Card chase. They now sit right outside of the second spot, trailing the Red Sox by just two games. It won’t be easy, but being the hottest team in baseball, with series’ against the Angels, Brewers, Yankees, and White Sox will only help their case.