Mariners Update – Week of July 25
Despite a couple of tough losses to start the second half of the season,
the Mariners are still right in the heart of the playoff race in the American League, though they also have a huge opportunity
in a four-game set against the A.L. East-leading Baltimore Orioles. If the playoffs started tomorrow, the Mariners would edge
out the Blue Jays, the Yankees and the Indians for the fifth and final playoff spot, showing the improvement that the Mariners
continue to make as they look to take their game to the next level. Though they have some serious work to do if they want
to catch the A's and the Angels, it's still a long season and the Mariners have had some dramatic comebacks before –
something they did back in 1995 when they came from more than a dozen games back in August to win the American League West.
time around, the Mariners also have some considerable firepower, most notably with Felix Hernandez continuing to be absolutely
dominant. In another great outing against the Angels, in which he let up zero earned runs (one unearned) in a no-decision,
King Felix lowered his ERA all the way down to 2.02 and now looks like the clear favorite to win another Cy Young Award. More
impressively, the outing marked the 12th straight start that he's gone at least seven innings and let up two runs or less,
which is a mark that no other American League pitcher in the modern era has ever surpassed in a single season. In fact, only
Tom Seaver's 13-game streak in 1971 has been more impressive.
With Felix firing on all cylinders and Robinson Cano still
near the very top of the entire league in batting average, the Mariners look like one of the teams to beat in the American
League, which should make for a very exciting second half of the season as they look to keep the pressure on the A's and the
Angels. With the playoffs clearly in sight, baseball is back in a very big way in Seattle.
Mariners Update –
Week of July 18
For anyone who attended or watched the All-Star Game, Seattle Mariners' were front and center. Not
only did Felix Hernandez start the game for the American League, it was Robinson Cano who hit out of the three-spot and Kyle
Seager came on in the later innings, showing the rest of the league what Mariners' fans already know. And that is that the
Mariners have plenty of star power these days, not to mention a balanced squad that gives them a chance to win every single
time out. You can't forget about Fernando Rodney either, as the dominant closer leads the American League in strikeouts and
picked up a hold in the All-Star Game.
But the rest of the league really got a taste for what King Felix is capable
of. Going up against the very best National League hitters, Hernandez sliced through the heart of the order in the top of
the first inning at Target Field in Minneapolis. At the end of the inning, Hernandez worked around an infield single from
Andrew McCutchen and ended up striking out two N.L. batters in a scoreless opening half-inning of the game. With Hernandez
setting the tone, the American League would go on to win the game 5-3, bringing home-field advantage in the World Series to
the American League in the process.
And that home-field advantage very well could come into play this season, if the
Mariners can keep up their stellar first-half of the season. Even though the Mariners are third in the competitive A.L. West,
they would snag the fifth and final playoff spot in the A.L. if the season ended today, with their record just ahead of the
Blue Jays, Yankees and Royals. The Mariners will also have a great opportunity to start the second half on a high note as
they head to Anaheim to take on divisional rival Los Angeles in a three-game set, followed by a home stand against the Mets
and the Orioles.
Mariners Update – Week of July 11
When the Seattle Mariners picked up Robinson
Cano before the start of the season, they were looking for a spark to get their talented team to launch to the next level.
So far, with Cano's sweet swing in the heart of the lineup, that's exactly what has happened, as the Mariners have been firing
on all cylinders for long stretches during the 2014 season. Cano continues to swing a very hot stick and has given the type
of consistent run-producer that their lineup desperately needed, and his abilities have also provided a clear spark to the
rest of the lineup with Cano putting pressure on pitchers.
But it definitely isn't just Cano either, as the Mariners
have turned the heart of the order into one of the strongest tandems in the league. Both Kyle Seager and Cano have at least
50 RBIs already this season, making them only the sixth team in the league to have two players already at that mark in run
production. Seager actually drove in at least 20 runs in both May and June, showing that he's starting to really feel it at
the plate. James Jones has also been a big-time spark plug as well, stealing bases left and right to give the M's a serious
threat on the base paths as well.
Of course, it definitely helps to have Felix Hernandez continuing to mow through lineups,
possibly on his way to another Cy Young. Hernandez hasn't let up more than two earned runs since May 12 and has gone at least
seven innings in every single start, which has been a good enough stretch to lower his ERA to 2.11 and improve his record
to 10-2. Thanks to King Felix doing what he does best and both Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager continuing to swing a potent
bat, the Mariners' fans are eagerly anticipating seeing if they have what it takes to stay right in the thick of the playoff
Mariners Update – Week of July 4
With another hot streak, the Seattle Mariners are starting
to show what they really can do once they start to get rolling. The M's left.500 behind a long time ago and now are storming
up the standings in the A.L. West, with a team that is starting to click both offensively and on the mound, bringing in some
key wins against some of the toughest teams in the league. Though the A's obviously look like a force to be reckoned with,
as well as the Angels, the Mariners have also flashed their potential in a big way recently and have made it clear that there
will be a third entity in the hunt for the division this season.
But what really has fans excited is because they're
seeing what Felix Hernandez is capable of once he pitches his game and gets some serious run support. This season, the former
Cy Young winner is having what could end up being a career year, going 10-2 in his first 18 starts with a ridiculous WHIP
of just 0.92. With those type of numbers, Hernandez is now neck-and-neck with Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees in the discussion
for the Cy Young, giving the Mariners an excellent chance to win plenty of games heading deeper into the season.
now the Mariners seem to just keep on hitting as well, with Robinson Cano leading the way and giving the Mariners an element
in their lineup that they've been missing in recent years. With Cano hitting at a high click and tormenting pitchers in the
process, other guys like Kyle Seager and speedster James Jones have kept the pressure on pitchers all throughout the lineup,
making the Mariners the dual threat that fans have been waiting for. Thanks to strong pitching and a lineup starting to come
together very nicely, the Mariners are right in the thick of things in one of the tougher divisions in Major League Baseball.
Mariners Update – Week of June 27
Don't look now but here come the Seattle Mariners. Though the Mariners
have been showing some major signs of life since the beginning of the season, the wins have been coming with a little more
regularity in recent weeks, propelling the Mariners further above.500 and placing them right in the thick of the A.L. playoff
race. After cooling off the previously hot Royals in Kansas City with a three-game sweep, the Mariners recently kept it rolling
by taking two of three from Boston as well, keeping them churning up the divisional standings in the process. With that type
of momentum heading toward the midway point of the season, the Mariners have put themselves in great shape as they look to
make their playoff aspirations a reality.
And Mariners' fans got to see exactly what makes their team dangerous recently
during that series against Boston, as the defending champs came to Seattle and immediately were shot down in the first game
by Felix Hernandez. Hernandez has been red hot and is now right in the middle of the Cy Young race – again. But the
most impressive game of the series was the one that followed up Hernandez's opening series win, as the Mariners jumped all
over Jake Peavy and broke out with an 8-2 romp the following day. In the game, it was Endy Chavez providing a spark at the
top of the lineup and Kyle Seager knocking in four runs on the door, which proved to be more than enough with a good pitching
effort across the board.
With the M's picking up some momentum, fans would love to see them keep it up through the rest
of the first half of the regular season, which would set them up to potentially turn their playoff aspirations into reality.
The Mariners also have a few big games against divisional rivals coming up, providing the exact opportunity they have been
looking for. After starting the month in Houston against the Astros, the Mariners will play a few series before coming home
to take on the A's in a three-game set heading into the All-Star break.
Mariners Update – Week of June
It's often in the middle of losing streaks that you find out what a team is made of, which is exactly what happened
recently as the Mariners halted a losing streak by winning a few in a row, keeping the Mariners above.500 as they look to
continue making a push up the A.L. West standings. Though a lot of the buzz has been about the Athletics in the division so
far this season, the Mariners and the Angels have shown that they're definitely not going to go away, with the balanced approach
of the Mariners starting to pay major dividends.
No around the division is surprised to see what Felix Hernandez is
doing, however, as the dominant right-hander is once again putting together type of season that could very end up with yet
another Cy Young Award. His worst performance over the last month even showed just how good he actually is, as King Felix
went 8 1/3 against the Rangers and allowed just one earned run, which ended up bringing him his second loss of the season.
Still, Hernandez has one of the lowest ERA's in the league and has been winning at a terrific clip, delivering 14 quality
starts in 16 outings this season to remind everyone that he's the gold standard for starting pitching in the league.
also been great to see the strong performances from Fernando Rodney, who has been settling into a groove in both May and June
and is among the league leaders in saves this season. With Hernandez dominating at the top of the rotation, Rodney slamming
the door shut with regularity and Robinson Cano continuing to swing a very hot bat, the Mariners look very dangerous in the
A.L. West as they hope to chase down the A's. The Mariners will also have plenty of opportunities coming up to do exactly
that, as they'll head to Kansas City to play the smoking hot Royals before coming home to take on both the Red Sox and Indians
at Safeco. Following a nice home stand, the M's will then head to Houston to close out the month back in the division against
Mariners Update – Week of June 13
It's been an exciting few weeks for the Seattle Mariners
and their fans, with Robinson Cano among the league's leaders in batting average and Felix Hernandez dicing up whatever lineup
happens to be in front of him. A couple games above.500 even after a tough series against New York, the Mariners are right
back in thick of things following strong showings in Atlanta and Tampa, putting them in position to challenge the Angels and
A's at the top of the A.L. West. The Mariners have been doing it both in the batter's box and the mound in recent weeks, giving
fans some serious optimism as they continue to showcase one of the most balanced rosters in the division.
Mariners fans are still abuzz about King Felix's performance on June 8 against Tampa, as the dominant right-hander simply
couldn't be touched on his way to a ridiculous 15 strikeouts over just seven innings. In the game, Hernandez let up just four
hits, walked only one and didn't let up a run, pushing his record on the season to 8-1 and solidifying him as an early Cy
Young candidate – again. With Fernandez pitching like that, the rest of the division and league understands very well
that the Mariners are not a team to be trifled with when he's on the mound.
With a hit in each of his first 11 games
of June, it's also been a great run for Cano, who continues to be the spark in the lineup that the Mariners had hoped that
he would be. Thanks to Cano's consistency and ability to spray the ball all over the field and Kyle Seager coming on strong
as a major run-producer, the Mariners are starting to show some major signs on the offensive end that could do wonders on
their quest to take down the division-leading Athletics. With a lot of baseball left to be played and the Mariners looking
to turn the corner, fans know that anything can happen from here.
Mariners Update – Week of June 6
Mariners are starting to show what they're capable of, as they've been doing it both on the mound and at the plate in recent
weeks as they've moved closer to the top of the A.L. West standings. Robinson Cano has been on fire and so has Felix Hernandez,
which is one way to get the wins to keep on coming as we move deeper into the season. It also doesn't hurt that the Mariners
have Hisashi Iwakuma taking the bump every now and then as well, as he's shown that he's more than capable of dominating some
of the best teams in the league. On June 4, Iwakuma dominated the Braves in Atlanta by tossing seven shutout innings on the
way to delivering the Mariners' fifth straight win.
But the driving force of the team remains Cano and Hernandez, who
have really started to turn it on in recent weeks. For Cano, the multiple-hit games have started to come with some regularity,
with the smooth-swinging second baseman easily leading the team in batting average and hits so far this season. Then there's
Felix Hernandez, who won his fifth straight start when he thoroughly dominated the Yankees in New York on June 2. In the game,
Hernandez brought his ERA to 2.57 and improved his record to 8-1, again making him one of the most dominant pitchers in the
With that combination, the Mariners and their fans are looking for the M's to do some big things throughout
the rest of the season as they look to chase down the division-leading Oakland Athletics. After heading to Tampa for a big
road series, the Mariners will be hoping to build even more momentum as they come back home to play the Yankees, who will
be looking for some revenge after the Mariners blew them out just a couple of weeks ago in a makeup game in the Bronx. With
the Mariners coming on strong, the season is definitely starting to look up in Seattle.
Mariners Update –
Week of May 16
After an up-and-down first month to the season, the Mariners have pulled it together very well in May.
The best stretch of the season, so far, occurred early in the month as the Mariners took three out of four from the A's in
Oakland, showing that they're the type of team that is at its best when they're playing the best in the American League. After
splitting a series against the Royals, the Mariners head deeper into their May schedule looking to keep the momentum going
and move further up the standings in the A.L. West, a division that seems as wide open as any in baseball.
And it all
really came together recently when the Mariners beat up on the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco in a wild 12-5 win. After some struggles
over the previous month, Felix Hernandez went deep into the game while the Mariners jumped all over Rays pitching, scoring
nine runs in the first three innings and never looking back. In the contest, Stefen Romero led the way by going three-for-five
and driving in three, though Robinson Cano, Corey Hart and Justin Smoak all drove in at least two runs as well. With that
type of balanced attack, the Mariners had more than enough pitching from Hernandez and the bullpen to get the job done, showing
what the Mariners are capable on a nightly basis.
With Robinson Cano continuing to swing a hot stick and guys like Stefen
Romero and Justin Smoak also giving a major spark, the Mariners are starting to look like the major factors that many anticipated
them to be before the season started. And the challenges will continue as the Mariners head out on the road to take on the
Twins and the Rangers before coming back home, starting a home stand that will bring the Astros, the Angels and the Tigers
Mariners Update – Week of May 9
The one thing the new-look Mariners aren't is boring, as
they've been a bit all over the map so far this season but find themselves right near the top of the A.L. West standings after
almost a month and half of baseball. With a nice road winning streak against the Astros and the division-leading A's, the
Mariners have snapped out of their late-April lull and are once again looking like a formidable force in the A.L. West. Add
in a recent two-game sweep of the Yankees in the Bronx and the Mariners are suddenly looking like one of the most formidable
road teams in the league.
Now the Mariners get to show that they can do it at home too, as they have a bevy of big home
games in May that will give them an opportunity to continue making their move up the A.L. West standings. Home series against
the Royals, Rays, Astros, Tigers and Angels in May will mean that Safeco will be hopping throughout the month with the Mariners
looking to build some momentum and take their talented roster to the next level.
And leading the way has been the sweet
swing of Robinson Cano, who tallied a team-high 39 hits in his first 33 games of the season and looks to be very comfortable
swinging in the heart of the Mariners' lineup. Cano has also been leading the team in batting average and has knocked in 19
RBIs so far, providing a stable building block in the order that has allowed guys like Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager to continue
their hot starts to the season. With the hitting and pitching coming around and the Mariners' ability to beat some of the
toughest opponents in the league on the road, the Mariners are suddenly looking like major contenders in the A.L. West.
Mariners Update – Week of April 25th
After some very early season success, the Mariners will now be looking
to shake out of their first losing spell of the season. That's OK, though, as every team has to go through down spells, and
the key is to prove resilient and turn the ship around. Even after some tough losses, the Mariners are still optimistic that
their new look will prove to be a boon to the entire organization, as they now have the talent level to blow away teams both
in the batter's box and on the mound. Snapping an eight-game losing streak, the Mariners got back into form to close out a
series against the Astros on a high note, though now they'll have new challenges with upcoming series against the Rangers
and the Yankees to finish out the month of April.
Even with the losing streak, however, there doesn't seem to be anyway
to derail Felix Hernandez, who continues to be an absolute dominant force on the mound. After five starts in 2014, King Felix
was leading the A.L. in strikeouts and had racked up a 3-1 overall record with an ERA barely over 2.00, suggesting that he's
right back in Cy Young form and is still one of the very best pitchers in the entire league. With Felix doing his thing on
the mound every fifth game, the Mariners know they can put aside a losing streak or two, with the wins sure to be right around
And a place the Mariners would love to get a few wins is New York when the take on the Yankees to end April
and begin May. For starters, the two clubs have major history with each other, most notably when Ken Griffey Jr. led the Mariners
to a come-from-behind ALDS win over the Pinstripes in 1995. It will also be the first time that Robinson Cano will play for
the Mariners in Yankee Stadium after years of putting up huge numbers in the Bronx.
Mariners Update – Week
of April 18th
When you have Felix Hernandez dominating on the bump every fifth day, you tend to have plenty of chances
to win in Major League Baseball, which is exactly what the Mariners and their fans are rediscovering as they look to continue
a strong early start to the 2014 season. King Felix didn't waste any time pointing out that he's still one of the very best
pitchers in the entire league, improving to 3-0 in his first four starts and putting together quality starts in all of them.
Hernandez is even looking like he's back in Cy Young form with an ERA below 2.00 in the early going and striking out more
than 12 batters per nine innings.
Outside of Hernandez, the Mariners also have plenty of unsung heroes on the pitching
staff that has also made life very difficult on opposing batters in the early going. In particular, Fernando Rodney has been
the bane of late-inning comeback attempts by slamming the door three times in the early going and not letting up a run in
his first four appearances. Then there's Yoervis Medina, who racked up four early holds that have been crucial in adding to
the Mariners' win column already in 2014.
But the Mariners are also proving that they have plenty of upside in the batter's
box as well, with Robinson Cano, Justin Smoak and more flashing some of their immense talent and giving the Mariners a chance
every time they take the field. Following a couple of tough losses against the A's and the Rangers, the Mariners also have
plenty of opportunities to get right back on track, as they'll take on the Marlins and the Astros before closing out the first
month of the season with matchups at home against the Rangers and then on the road against the Pinstripes.
Update – Week of April 11th
So far so good for the new look Mariners, who got off to a blistering start by sweeping
division rival Los Angeles and then continuing to light it up at the plate. It definitely helps that Robinson Cano is no in
the heart of the order on a regular basis, as the sweet-swinging second baseman has given them exactly the pop they've needed.
Of course, other veterans like Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley have gotten off to good starts as well, giving the Mariners
some big-time power in their lineup as the Mariners look to continue swinging their way up the A.L. West standings.
not only about the refreshed lineup, however, as King Felix is just as dominant as ever in the early going, striking out nearly
12 batters per nine innings and winning of his first two outings. With Felix on the bump and the Mariners' much improved lineup,
they're already looking like divisional contenders in the early going, with strong showings against the Angels and A's on
the road to start off the season. Felix Hernandez isn't the only one dominating on the bump, though, as Fernando Rodney is
showing his ability to slam the door in the late-innings, improving the Mariners' chances of winning every time that he takes
to the hill.
After playing some tough early road games, the away matchups continue in April as they head to Texas to
take on the Rangers and then to Miami to take on the Marlins in their first interleague matchup of the season, before finally
coming home to play the Astros and Rangers then heading on to New York to take on the Yankees to wrap up the first month of
the season. But with some big early wins against division rivals and both the offense and pitching staff clicking, the Mariners
look like they have a bright season ahead of them as they continue to challenge in the A.L. West.
The Seattle Mariners are ready to take a voyage up the standings and all the way to the top in 2014,
and fans are definitely looking forward to seeing if their talented team has the skill to make it happen. Safeco Field is
sure to be rocking for the biggest home contests of the season, of which there are plenty. Be there with the rest of the most
dedicated Mariners fans this season to cheer on Seattle from the stands as they look to swing their way up the standings in
another season loaded with twists, turns and nail-biting moments. As soon as you're there soaking up the vibes of a great
game loaded with jaw-dropping moments, you'll be glad that you're not sitting anywhere else.
The Mariners will surely
be looking to earn some big victories this season each time the Oakland Athletics walk onto Safeco Field. The A's were the
team atop the A.L. West standings once the regular season was over last year, so the road to the 2014 division title likely
goes through them. The Mariners won't back down from anyone, though, and will look to take it to the A's in front of their
loyal fans many different times over the course of the season, providing a steady stream of big-time thrills in the process.
divisional game is a big contest, so when the Texas Rangers come to Seattle it's always an important series, though you can
also catch big-time divisional rivalries when they take on the Astros and the Angels as well. The season might be a long 162
games, but sometimes one game is all that separates first and second place by the end of the year. With a talented team loaded
players who can do a little bit of everything, this is a team that you definitely don't want to miss out on this season.
Seattle Mariners Team Info
The Seattle Mariners play in the American League West division of Major League Baseball,
a division that also features the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros. The Mariners finished
in fourth place in the division 2013, and are looking to rise in the ranks of the A.L. West this time around. The Mariners
have some quality pitching that could be enough to get some big wins, with Felix Hernandez leading the way, but the offense
has to step up its production for the team to consistently win games against the better teams in the American League.
team has some youngsters with a lot of potential, and a couple of those players can experience breakout seasons it could make
all the difference in the world for Seattle. The Mariners made a big splash in the off-season by signing free agent second
baseman Robinson Cano, one of the best players in the American League and a guy noted for having one of the sweetest strokes
in the game. The M's are hoping that Cano can help them contend in the A.L. West, and he should certainly help the team produce
runs, something that has plagued this team over the last few seasons. With a reloaded roster and plenty of reasons for optimism,
passion and enthusiasm is running rampant in Seattle.
The MLB Experience
When it comes to baseball, there's
no better way to catch a game than from your seat in the stands. Major League Baseball is home to some of the most impressive
players in the world, of any sports, and fans line up to gain access to stadiums across the United States so they can see
their favorite teams take the field and show what they've got. Head to the stadium this season to see the Mariners and experience
the majesty of Major League Baseball, as this is just one of those sports that springs to a completely different level when
you get a chance to see it first-hand the way it was intended to be seen.
Seattle Mariners History
Seattle Mariners were founded in 1977 and played their home games at the Kingdome from 1977 to 1999, when they moved to their
current stadium, Safeco Field. The organization has had some great teams over the years, including the 2001 team that set
the record for the most wins in the regular season with an incredible 116. The Mariners have yet to win a World Series title
or an American League Pennant, but they have captured three division titles over the course of the relatively short history.
They've also had plenty of amazing players, including all-time greats like Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Ichiro Suzuki,
Edgar Martinez and many more, giving their fans plenty of thrills in the process.
Seattle Mariners Trivia
holds the Mariners franchise record for the most home runs in a single season?
The answer is Ken Griffey Jr., who blasted
56 beastly bombs into the seats in 1997 and 1998 in two of the most underrated seasons in baseball history. Griffey Jr. would
go down as one of the greatest players in the history of baseball thanks to his abilities both in the field and at the plate.
When you head to a Seattle Mariners game this season, you'll find yourself seated amongst some of the
biggest baseball fans in the country. The Mariners have a solid fan base that supports the team regardless of their record.
When the team is winning, though, Mariners fans are about as animated as it gets, making it always a good time to join the
hardcore fans in the stands at Safeco Field this season and see what being an M's fan is all about.
But don't forget
about the road games, as you'll get 81 different opportunities to see the Mariners do their thing. Once you're there in the
stands during a crucial away matchup, you'll be glad that you're not sitting anywhere else, as you'll see your favorite team
from a whole different perspective. With a balanced team that can do a little bit of everything on the diamond, you definitely
won't want to miss a pitch of the action this season.