The Seattle Mariners almost ran their winning streak to three games against the Royals. Almost. Unfortunately, their rally in the 7th inning was not enough as the Royals walked away with an 8-7 win on July 18. Granted, Kansas City is not exactly a powerhouse in the American League Central, so we shouldn't get too excited about winning the first two games of the series. However, it is good to get a winning streak against anyone these days, particularly when you are the Mariners and you are having another subpar season. I suppose it says something about how the season is going when the most excitement we can generate is the potential of winning a series over the Royals.
It has been good to see the Mariners get their offense going in this series. Compared the rest of the league the M's are still pretty dreadful, as their team average remains at .231 for the season. However, Seattle has already generated 25 runs in this series and in the second game on July 17, every Mariner got at least one hit. Imagine that. That is obviously not a common occurrence for Seattle.
Despite winning two of the first three games in the series, the Mariners haven't exactly made any progress in the American League West. They remain 17 games behind the first-place Texas Rangers. According to statistical analysis, they now have a 0.6% chance of making the postseason. I don't think we needed a computer to tell us that type of prediction.
The trade deadline is coming soon, but will Seattle do any dealing? I can name several players that I would like to see hit the road, but realistically I have doubts if there will be any interest. Unfortunately, I think the trade deadline will come and go and the Mariners will still be in possession of Chone Figgins (.185) and Brendan Ryan (.193). Also, contending teams should be aware that they still can't have Felix Hernandez, so the should stop asking.
Is it time for football yet?
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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