While the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers have been getting all of the media attention for their winning ways this month, the Seattle Mariners are another team that deserves some notice for what they’ve been doing in July.
After a 12-5 thrashing of the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon, the Mariners have now recorded back-to-back sweeps and are 11-5 in July. They’ve won four of five series this month and have 27 divisional wins this year, more than any of their AL West rivals.
What’s most surprising about Seattle’s recent hot streak is how they’ve been doing it. With (gasp) offense. The M’s lead all of baseball this month in runs scored (102) and home runs (27). It’s been an absolute group effort offensively for this ball club, with six players already reaching 10+ RBI for the month. They have four starters hitting over .300 in July. To attest to how awful the Mariner offense has been over the first three months of the season, the team still doesn’t have a player in their lineup hitting over .300 for the season.
The veterans like Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales are continuing to lead the offense like they have all season. The young farmhands like Kyle Seager, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller and Michael Saunders have provided the support that good teams expect out of their young guys. And, dare I say, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley have remembered how to hit a baseball! It’s been a perfect lineup combination that the Mariner faithful have been waiting years to see.
They’ll look to extend their six-game winning streak when they head home for a homestand that starts Monday with the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners will have their back end of the rotation on the bump for the three-game series against an offense that has been scoring runs all year, so M’s fans can only hope that their offense stays hot upon their return home to Safeco Field.