This is the team we saw all Spring Training. After a rough start to 2017, the M’s are now on the right track, winners of five of their last six games. Felix wasn’t as dominant as he can be yesterday, but it didn’t matter, with Haniger and Seager combining for eight RBIs.
Basically, the Mariners are fun to watch again, and that hasn’t been easy to say over the last decade.
Haniger Maintains the Hot Bat
The man simply can’t be contained. He’s doing everything he needs to exactly when he needs to do it. From drawing a bases-loaded walk against the Rangers to breaking up the Marlins’ no-hitter, he is straight-up annoying for opposing pitchers.
ESPN quotes manager Scott Servais as saying: “Mitch started out a little rough, the first couple of games to get the season going was a little rough but over time the at bats started to get better and the results come”
According to Rotoballer, he’s put up a slugging percentage of .620 over the last two weeks, with an OPS of 1.053, drawing nine walks and scoring 12 runs. He’s officially my favorite part of the Taijuan Walker trade. Plus, he’s on my fantasy team.
Third baseman Kyle Seager also had a solid game today, ending with a double and a single and driving in four runs, along with two walks to keep everyone happy upstairs.
Felix Struggles, Doesn’t Matter
It’s refreshing to see the early-season trend of solid starts with no run support come to an end. We’ve seen dominant outings from Paxton and Miranda over the last five games, but Kuma, Gallardo, and Felix struggled a bit. Gallardo drew the short straw of having a rough night while the M’s were getting (almost) no-hit, but the rest were blessed by solid run support.
Of his performance, Felix said: “I knew I didn’t have my best stuff today but I was going to battle and stay in as long as I can.”
Ichiro Leaves on a High Note
Ichiro isn’t the man who build Safeco, but he definitely filled it up while he was batting leadoff. In his final at-bat of the series, he did something not so common for the slap-hitting right fielder: he hit a home run.
Many have speculated that this was Ichiro’s last at-bat in Safeco, but I’m not so sure. The man is 43 and showing no signs of slowing down, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him in Seattle again.
The M’s now head to the dumpster fire that is the Oakland Coliseum to face the A’s for a three-game series. James Paxton looks to continue his dominance and gets the start tonight.