The Seattle Mariners finished up a long 10-game road trip with three wins and a sweep of the struggling Colorado Rockies. Seattle went 4-6 on the road trip, but given the caliber of their opponents, things could have been a lot of worse. The Mariners pulled off this sweep with great pitching and pretty solid hitting, including several home runs. Granted, they were in Colorado.
Offense coming alive
Even though the Mariner offense is still towards the bottom of the league in terms of productivity, I like the direction of some of these hitters. Ichiro can still hit and I like what I see from Jesus Montero and Kyle Seager. Dustin Ackley was in a bad slump earlier in the year, but he seems to be having more success in the leadoff spot. Even Justin Smoak is hitting for power and Mike Carp may turn into an effective hitter if he can get his average up a bit.
I am having a hard time getting a read on this team. Are they improving? Dare we believe that they could be a team that people talk about as we get deeper into the year? At 17-24, they aren't exactly making a run at the top spot in the American League West. Still, they have shown signs of cohesion, and it is fun to see multiple Mariners hit home runs. Of course, Coors Field is fairly friendly to the long ball.
We'll know how good this Mariners team is in a few days after they finish their series with the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. It will be interesting to see Felix Hernandez take on Yu Darvish on May 21. The Mariners are temporarily out of the cellar, but they could easily find themselves back at the bottom if they can't get it done against the mighty Rangers.
The author lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in Seattle and still roots faithfully for the Mariners even though they are sometimes frustrating to watch. He gets to Seattle whenever he can to see his M's. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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