A lot of good things are happening for the Seattle Mariners this season; they all just aren’t combining to mean lots of wins for the M’s. Their pitching staff has been better at home than on the road but what the entire team did to the Los Angeles Angels to end the first half proved just what the Mariners are capable of and that they should strive to be better in the second half.
Each month of the first half the Mariners ended below .500 winning percentage. That is true of April, May and June but July has a much different look thanks to the three game sweep of the Angels. They didn’t squeak out three victories either, it was a three game whipping job. Overall they outscored the Angels 18 – 6 showing that they can put wins together when Joe Saunders, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are on their game.
Obviously when Hernandez is on his game, shutouts tend to happen. That was the case both in the middle game of this series and during his one inning of work in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in route to helping the American League shutout the National League.
King Felix really wanted to get back to the mound this year at the big game and he earned the right then didn’t waste the opportunity. I’m not going off the deep end and claiming a miracle comeback for the 2013 Mariners but they certainly could use the second half to springboard into a successful 2014.