Sound the alarms; the Seattle Mariners are no longer below a .500 winning percentage. This has not been the case since May 3rd. Yes, I understand, no longer being a losing team does not win you any trophies, but this means more than bragging rights. Being with the Seattle Mariners for the longest win streak in baseball, trade rumors have been more positive and the fans are getting excited.
On June 19th, the Mariners had just lost four out of five games at home to their division rivals, the Los Angeles Angels. The Mariners" record dropped to 29-39. The season looked bleak. Fans were calling for Scott Servais to be fired. There was reason to believe the Mariners were going to be sellers at the trade deadline. Since that sad, Sunday afternoon, the Mariners proceeded to go 13-3. This was obviously massive, but this goes beyond their win-loss record. The Mariners have given the front office a reason to be buyers at the trade deadline.
Seattle Mariners Trade Rumors
As with almost every other team buying at the trade deadline, the Mariners need pitching. Both starting and relief pitching. The Mariners have 5 viable starting pitchers right now, but they lack depth. As it stands today, if the Mariners needed a pitcher to fill in the rotation, that guy would be either Tommy Malone or Justus Sheffield.
They are not in a spot where they can be “giving away" games. To go along with the lack of depth, George Kirby is at 60 innings pitched which is seven innings shy of any season he has had in professional baseball. You have to assume that Kirby will have his innings limited at some point. The Mariners need to have a replacement for when, or if, Kirby gets shut down.
The team used seven different starting pitchers this season and most Seattle Mariners trade rumors seem to focus on pitching. To go along with those in the rotation right now, the two other guys to start games were Matt Brash and Penn Murfee. Brash was in the Opening Day rotation but was sent down to AAA due to struggling and Penn Murfee was used as an opener on a doubleheader day.
The rotation has been remarkably healthy so far, but throughout a 162-game season, you have to plan on your rotation having at least one injury. The team needs to be prepared if that happens. The bullpen has performed better as of late, but you can always look to add a reliever or two as Seattle Mariners trade rumors swirl.
Early Seattle Mariners trade rumors had the team focused on hitting. As a result, they already acquired Carlos Santana from the Royals on June 27th. This was to add depth to an injury-riddled lineup. At the time there was concern that Ty France‘s forearm injury would keep him out for more than just a couple of weeks, so that was part of the reason the Mariners had acquired the veteran first baseman.
The lineup still lacks depth, but reinforcement will be made from within. Jesse Winker is currently serving his six-game suspension from the brawl with the Angels, he is set to return on July 12th. Mitch Haniger has only played in nine games this season due to COVID-19 and a Grade 2, high ankle sprain that has sidelined him for over two months. Kyle Lewis made his season debut on May 24th after struggling with a knee injury. Just four games later, he was hit in the head with a pitch and has been out with a concussion ever since. Both Lewis and Haniger are aiming to return by the end of July.
If Winker, Haniger, and Lewis return, that leaves the Mariners with a very deep lineup. Their biggest hole would then be second base, but Dylan Moore and Sam Haggerty have performed well and you have Adam Frazier and Abraham Toro if needed.
Ride the Win Streak Wave
The Mariners are scorching hot right now. They have found a way to dig themselves out of a hole that looked too far too deep. This was the type of baseball that Mariners fans were promised at the beginning of the season. It needs to be said that the Mariners do not go on the fantastic run or have a lengthy win streak without Julio Rodriguez.
He is awesome and the baseball world has started to take notice. Rodriguez has won consecutive American League Rookie of the Month Awards and he won American League Player of the Week for June 27th through July 3rd. Rodriguez should be at the All-Star game in Los Angeles in a couple of weeks. Seattle, you have a superstar on your hands.
Even with this win streak, the Mariners are not in a playoff position. The Mariners have not cliched anything. The season is far from over. But the Mariners did give their fans hope with this win streak and they gave their front office a reason to add more pieces.
Which Seattle Mariners trade rumors do you hope come true? How long will their win streak last? Let us know in the comments below!
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