The Seattle Mariners have been on fire recently, winning 7 games out of their last 8. Both defense and offense have been top notch in the past 8 games, led by Ariel Miranda and Nelson Cruz. With the Mariners getting players such as Felix Herandez and Mitch Hangier coming off the disabled list.
The pitching staff was really affected by the injury bug, losing 80% of their projected opening day rotation. LHP James Paxton has returned to the rotation and didn’t miss a beat on the mound already picking up a win in his lone start.
With most of the rotation up minor leaguers have really stepped up when they got their call. RHP Christian Bergman has really stepped up and giving the Mariners quality starts. His best start came against the Oakland Athletics with a 4-0 victory.
LHP Ariel Miranda has stepped up in a big way, throwing a complete game in Sunday’s win against the Tampa Bay Rays. Only giving up 1 run on 4 hits.
Pitching hasn’t been the only thing that has produced. In 8 games, the Mariners averaged 7.1 runs a game with a .354 batting average, 20 doubles, 10 HR’s, and 53 RBI’s led by Nelson Cruz, Danny Valencia, and Mike Zunino.
Mike Zunino has been very inconsistent in the Mariners lineup in the past two years, but ever since he got called up he has been a different monster. He had a career-high 7 RBI’s in Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays with his first career grand slam.
Nelson Cruz has continued to thrive this season, placing him in first place in all-star voting for American League designated hitters. He is hitting .297 with 14 HR’s and 45 RBI’s. He looks to get a berth in his 5th all-star game.
Mariners first basemen Danny Valencia struggled early in the season but this home-stand has been a different story. Valencia has gone 9-9 and has shown no signs of slowing down his hot swing.
As the all-star break creeps up the Mariners look to chip away at the Houston Astros who are very dangerous coming out of the AL West. The Mariners continue their longest home-stand of the season against the Minnesota Twins.