The Mariners have gotten off to a slow start this season, but they went 6-3 on the home stand, led by newly acquired OF, Mitch Hangier. To begin the season, the middle of the lineup has been off to a slow start.
Cano is only hitting .242 with 12 RBIS but has been heating up in the past couple games. Last night against the Oakland Athletics, Cano went 1-4 with a RBI single in the first inning off Cesar Valdez.
SS Jean Segura has been on the 10-day DL since April 8th, but SS Taylor Motter has filled in quite well. He has hit .282 with 4 HR and 8 RBIS with an OPS of 1.067 in 39 at bats.
The offense is starting to heat up, but Mitch Hangier has been on fire all year. Mitch is hitting .303 with 4 HR and 15 RBIS and his presence has been felt in the Mariners lineup. He is also an incredible defender, leading all the MLB with 1.4 WAR, higher than reigning AL MVP Mike Trout.
The pitching rotation led by LHP James Paxton has not lived up to expectations. RHP Felix Herandez has been rough the past couple games but has been getting more run support from the offense the past 2 starts. The King doesn’t throw 95+ like he uses to but has developed a curveball to go along with his deadly changeup.
LHP James Paxton has been everything that has been expected and even more. The tall lefty went on a 23-inning scoreless inning, which was ended last night against the Oakland Athletics on a RBI single by SS Adam Rosales.
James has adjusted to being able to throw inside to right-handed hitters, which he struggled with last year. He has also been able to elevate is fastball averaging 94 MPH, which sets up his 12-6 curveball which makes hitters look like they have no control over their swing.
The Mariners look to keep up their hot streak, traveling the Oakland for a weekend series with the Athletics. It is early in the season so don’t count the Mariners out of the AL West this year with a struggling Texas Rangers and a streaky team in the Houston Astros.