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Mariners Update – Week of September 12th

After taking two out of three from the A's in Oakland and three of four from the Rangers in Arlington, the Mariners continue to make strides in their chase for a playoff spot, bringing them right into the heart of contention and giving them multiple ways to potentially make the playoffs. Though getting all the way to the top of the division might end up a tall task considering how red-hot the Angels are, but there are still two wildcard spots that are ripe for the plucking and the Mariners continue to play some inspired baseball along the way. With a balanced team that is showing it can bring the lumber to back its excellent pitching, the Mariners seem to be as dangerous as any team in the American League right now.

One of their underrated weapons, of course, continues to be Hisashi Iwakuma, who has obviously developed a major reputation around Seattle but has so far slid beneath the national limelight. On the road in Texas, Iwakuma picked up his 14th win of the season to place him near the top of the winners in the A.L. and giving the Mariners another excellent start to add to his already sensational season. With the win, Iwakuma matched his win total for 2013 and gave him five straight winning decisions without a loss. Though he would finally drop a game to Houston, Iwakuma remains an enormous part of the playoff picture for the Mariners.

With Iwakuma looking to snap back and resume his winning, the Mariners also head into what very well could end up being the most important stretch of their season. Just behind Oakland, the Mariners will get a chance to play the A's at home for an enormous three-game set that means a lot for both teams, then it's on to Anaheim to play the Angels for a four-game set that also will have tremendous playoff implications for the entire division. With the season continuing to heat up, all eyes are on the Mariners around Seattle.


Mariners Update – Week of September 5th

Everything you needed to know about Seattle's ace Felix Hernandez you found out on September 3rd, as the Mariners entered the rubber game in a crucial series in Oakland with King Felix towing the rubber against terrific lefty Jon Lester. Hernandez also was coming off his worst start of the season, a game in which he got tagged four homers and lost to the Nationals. But Hernandez snapped back in true Cy Young form, dominating the A's over eight innings while letting up just one run, which was enough to topple the A's in a well-played 2-1 ballgame. Though all of the wins are big at this point, taking two out of three against the A's in Oakland as both teams battle their way towards a playoff spot shows the Mariners are playing with a lot of confidence, and for good reason.

Part of that has been the timely hitting, which has come around in a very big way right on cue. After Felix and the Mariners fell behind to the Oakland, it was the clutch homers of Corey Hart and Kyle Seager that put them on top, which proved to be more than enough with how well Felix was dealing. Though Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager have been doing it all season long, the rest of the lineup has elevated its game to give the Mariners a playoff-level offensive attack, which has largely tilted the scales in some big ball games in recent weeks.

Leading the way, Dustin Ackley has shrugged off a lukewarm and got red-hot in August, knocking in a jaw-dropping 24 runs in August to provide an enormous spark. Kyle Seager is also starting to really look like the type of 100-RBI man that the Mariners desperately have needed in recent seasons and Cano simply continues to be one of the best hitters in the American League, putting him in contention for the batting title and tallying some big, run-producing hits in key spots. You also can't downplay the importance of Fernando Rodney, who slammed home the final two games in Oakland with key, one-run saves, bringing home important wins and bringing him neck-and-neck with Greg Holland for the A.L. saves title. With the Mariners heading down the home stretch playing some very good all-around baseball, the fanfare around Seattle is picking up in a very big way.


Mariners Update – Week of August 29th

With the Mariners neck-and-neck with the Detroit Tigers for the second wildcard spot in the American League, it's an exciting time to following the M's as they look to make the postseason for the first time in more than a decade. Though it's been the usual suspects of Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez who have provided the foundation for the team this season, not to mention a great season from Kyle Seager, the Mariners have also had some amazing contributions throughout their roster. Following a big series sweep against the Boston Red Sox, the Mariners are primed for a big push down the home stretch as they look to keep up the momentum.

One of the major contributions has come from Dustin Ackley, who was originally billed as the Mariners' next generation second baseman but has since made a nice transition to the outfield. Though his numbers don't jump out at anyone, the Red Sox found out the hard way what can happen when Ackley gets locked in. On the road against Boston, Ackley reached base at least twice in all three games and had a series of clutch hits to boot, leading to six RBIs for the series and five runs scored. Put it all together and Ackley is starting to set the table in a very big way, which has given the Mariners another added element to their lineup.

As we wrap up the month of August and transition to September, the Mariners will also have an incredibly important part of their schedule in which they can't afford to let up. After playing three games at home against the Nationals, the Mariners will travel to take on the Oakland A's, a team that is battling with the Angels for the top of the A.L. West. From there, the Mariners will head to Texas to take on the Rangers, a team they would love to get revenge against after dropping two out of three to Rangers at home. With the Mariners right in the thick of the playoff chase, the season simply continues to heat up.


Mariners Update – Week of August 22nd

The Mariners are simply on a roll at this point, winning games left and right as they hunt down the other top teams in the American League wildcard race. After sweeping the Blue Jays and winning two out of three in Detroit, the Mariners find themselves in a great spot to continue to challenge for a playoff position, giving their fans plenty of reasons for optimism. The Mariners have become a force to be reckoned with both at home and on the road, which is exactly what they'll need to continue doing if they want to make it all the way back to the postseason for the first time in more than a decade.

One of the most promising parts about the Mariners, of course, is that they're getting all kinds of contributions from all over the roster. Though Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano have been getting their fair share of kudos (and rightly so), the Mariners have had plenty of other players who have been dominating on the field as well, both in the pitching rotation and in the lineup. One of the players who simply can't be overlooked has been Chris Young, who has won his last four decisions and just pitched six shutout innings in a crucial game against the Tigers in Detroit.

Also showing flashes of dominance lately has been Hisashi Iwakuma, who has taken down a win in each of his last three starts, including eight shutout innings in a big win in Philly over the Phillies. Like Young, Iwakuma's latest win moved him to 12-6 on the season, helping to give the Mariners one of the best tops of the rotation in the league when added with King Felix – the clear favorite for the Cy Young. With the pitching rotation really stepping up their game and the Mariners showing their ability to come up with clutch hits as well, this is a team that could do some serious damage coming down the home stretch.


Mariners Update – Week of August 8th

Another start and another incredible performance from Felix Hernandez, who now has once again pushed his ERA below 2.00 and is starting to look like the clear favorite to win the American League Cy Young Award. In a recent dominating performance against the Braves, Hernandez went eight strong innings, allowed just one earned while striking out eight and ended up getting a much-needed win, improving his record to 12-3 on the season. Hernandez is now up to 15 straight starts going at least seven innings and allowing two runs or less, extending his Major League Baseball record and continuing to keep the Mariners right in the thick of the playoff race.

Looking up at the standings, the Mariners still have some work to do and some serious competition, as the Angels, Blue Jays, Royals, Yankees and Indians are also within striking distance of the final playoff spot. But even after a short losing stretch against the Orioles, the Mariners bounced right back with a two-game series sweep against the Braves and are looking like the team that the Mariners thought they had after an exciting offseason. If the Mariners can get some timely hitting and King Felix continues to be arguably the best pitcher in the league, Mariners' fans know that they will have a great chance to make a run at the postseason.

The Mariners also have some golden opportunities against other A.L. opponents coming up. After a four-game set at home against the White Sox, next they'll host the Blue Jays for three games before heading out to face Detroit in a huge three-game series against the A.L. Central-leading Tigers. They'll continue to be tested on the road as they'll head to Philly and then Boston before finally coming home to take on Texas and Washington to close out the month of August. With plenty of baseball left to be played and the Mariners right in the thick of the playoff race, it doesn't get any better than this.


Mariners Update – Week of August 1

Felix Hernandez simply keeps on pitching gem after gem, as the Mariners' ace right-hander just notched his 14th straight start in which he's pitched at least seven innings while letting up two or fewer runs. That happens to be a Major League Baseball record. With that type of starting pitching, it's no wonder that Felix has ran his record to a very impressive 11-3, even though he recently took a tough loss against the Indians in which he went seven strong but was on the losing end of Corey Kluber's first career shutout. Thanks to an ERA hovering around 2.00 and the wins coming around this season, Felix still looks like he's got the inside track on the Cy Young if he can keep it up.

The Mariners will also be looking to turn it around a bit since they've had a little bit of a rough patch following the All-Star break. Though the Mariners remain right in the thick of the playoff race, they've had a few tough losses so far in the second half, and the M's and their fans know that they'll have to start winning the close games if they want to end up breaking their playoff drought this season.

The good news is that they have more going right than just dominating starting pitching of Felix Hernandez and the closing skills of Fernando Rodney. Robinson Cano continues to swing a red-hot bat and the Mariners have also gotten a major lift from Hisashi Iwakuma, who has won four out of his last five starts and continues to put together a very impressive season. It won't be easy in the near-term, however, as the Mariners will head to Baltimore for a matchup with the A.L. East-leading Orioles before coming home to take on the Braves, White Sox and the Blue Jays, making for both challenges and opportunities as the Mariners look to get back on track.


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.

This 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 picture.


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.

And 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 20

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.

It's 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 the Astros.


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.

Of course, 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

The 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 league.

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 to town.


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 the corner.

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.


Mariners 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.

It's 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.


2014 Seattle Mariners Schedule

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.

Any 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.

This 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

The 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

Who 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.


The Fans

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.

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