Monday, May 02, 2011

Mariners Begin to Perform

A satisfying 5-1 road trip at Detroit and Boston has lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 13-16 record. Still not good but the M's are no longer MLB bottom feeders. Suck it Twins!

Jack Cust and Chone Figgins are starting to hit, mighty Miguel Olivo is mashing the ball hard (including a hilarious warning track home run) and Justin Smoak returned from his father's funeral as the middle-of-the-lineup thumper everyone in the Emerald City hoped he would be. Once the offense went from abysmal to feisty (tons of walks, annoying singles and the occasional barrage) the wins began to rack up.

The pitching has been tremendous during this stretch as well. Erik Bedard threw a nifty gem against the Tigers, earning his first win in two years while Michael Pineda continues to impress with a 97-mph heater. Relief arms Aaron Laffey, Jamey Wright and David Pauley have been surprisingly (and unsustainable-y) efficient.

Huge homestand starting on Tuesday as division leader Texas and struggling Chicago come into Safeco Field.

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