The Seattle Mariners have been showing some signs of progress after their first 10 games. They have been involved in some close games since the opening series in Houston, and have hung tough, win or lose.
The pitching rotation struggled some through their first turn of rotation. The Mariners starters were ranked last in MLB the first time through the rotation, with an ERA of 10.55. The youth movement with players like J.P. Crawford, Evan White and Kyle Lewis – the forgotten Rookie of the Year, mixed with veterans has shown strides.
After struggling against Astros in Houston, the Mariners traveled to Anaheim to face the Angels. Justus Sheffield was solid in the first two innings of his start, then the wheels came off in his third inning of work. He gave up four earned runs and walked a total of four Angels. The Mariners would go on to lose that game by a final score of 10-2.
The middle game of the three-game series was when the Mariners’ offense finally exploded. In the sixth inning, they scored five runs in the inning, and added on two more each in the 7th and 8th innings. JP Crawford started his first career game in the lead off spot in the lineup. It worked out, leading to a 10-7 win.
In the Series finale, Marco Gonazles, the Mariners’s ace, went deep in the game going 6.1 innings with 6 strikeouts. The Mariners offense was on when the DH, Jose Marmolejos, went yard for his first major league home run. The offense got in a groove that night, leading to a 8-5 victory. The Mariners would end up taking the series 2-1.
The Mariners opened their home schedule with a 5-3 victory over Oakland. Taijuan Walker was the story in the home opener. He went deep, pitching seven innings with eight strikeouts and only two walks, while only giving up on head. The Mariners’ offense gave him five runs which, led by Crawford and Kyle Lewis.
For the next two games Hey offense struggled against Oakland’s pitching,. The Mariners lost games by a final score of 3-2.
Report Card on Mariners
I’d give the Mariners a B+, as they are showing positive strides in every aspect of the game.
The starting rotation needed to show improvement after the Anaheim series. Their bullpen needed to show improvement. Seattle’s relievers, both young and old, struggled with men on base. The Mariners’ number-one problem is issuing too many walks, which is an issue that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Despite some struggles, both the offense and pitching have been impressive. The team has shown the ability to get past their losses, and move on to the next game, will constantly trying to improve. for that, I give them an A-plus.
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