Game 5: Angels 5, Mariners 1

It must be the 1980s.

Jogger pants are back in (and very comfortable), Russia and the US aren’t exactly talking right now, and the Mariners are losing. Yes, the Mariners haven’t done too hot over the last decade and a half, but the 80s were particularly taxing on baseball fans in Seattle.

The Mariner bats simply haven’t been up to speed so far in the young season, and it’s cost them four of their first five games. Canó, Cruz, and Seager are batting .200, .105, and .125 respectively, something simply has to change.

Cruz Gets His First RBI of 2017

After five games, Nellie finally recorded his first RBI of the year, bringing in Mitch Haniger with a single. Some have speculated that Cruz and Canó are still fighting through the after-effects of the flu they came down with in the Spring, but Cruz dismissed that notion to the Tacoma News Tribune’s Bob Dutton: “”I don’t feel anything from the flu at all, I really feel pretty good. If you saw my BP, you’d know.”

He also made the very valid point of mentioning the small sample size thus far, reminding us that that can certainly distort our perception of their performance. Of course not everyone can have the start that Bryce Harper is having, and we know enough about Yasiel Puig to know that he’s not going to hit 97 home runs this season. Just calm down, everyone.

Mitch Haniger is a Good Runner

Haniger has been as consistent as any, despite the dismal appearance of his Mendoza batting average, and has scored five of the M’s nine runs scored this year. He’s making the most of his chances on base, an excellent sign for someone batting in front of the like of Robinson Canó and Nelson Cruz. Jean Segura continues to be a tough at-bat for opposing pitchers. To sum things up, I don’t miss Taijuan Walker or Ketel Marte at all. That trade is looking better and better every single day.

 

King Felix, who left his first start early due to a tight groin, is now totally healthy and will make his second start of 2017 against the Angels in Anaheim.