The Seattle Mariners have won their last seven games, but don’t count on them making a run at the AL West crown this year.
The M’s swept the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros on both sides of the All-Star Break by scoring a plethora of runs, averaging 6.5 runs per game over the winning streak. They still trail the Oakland Athletics by 11 games in their division, and will have a hard time becoming a factor in the race unless they decide to be unlikely buyers at the trade deadline.
The good news is they have plenty of pieces with bright futures. They have one of the best pitchers in the game in Hisashi Iwakuma. They have an unexpected hero in Kyle Seager, who has played much better than expected to going into the season. They have a solid young catcher in Mike Zunino who is starting to come around after a slow start at the plate, and they still have Felix Hernandez for a very long time.
Seager has cooled off after being on a 15-game hitting streak, tallying just one hit over the last three games, but the 25-year-old’s best baseball is likely still ahead of him.
The Mariners will have to face one of the Cleveland Indians‘ up-and-coming stars in Zach McAllister on Tuesday. The 25-year-old could be a future ace for the Tribe, as he has a deep arsenal of four pitches and has the ability to throw them all for strikes. He was a little nervous to throw some of them recently due to the fact he was coming off a middle finger injury, but he should be completely ready to go now.
Mariners’ manager Eric Wedge left yesterday’s game after a dizzy spell. He’s expected to be back for today’s game.