Mariners Fumble, Disappoint Before Griffey

Week 19 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
8/5 Blue Jays 3 Mariners 1 L
8/6 Blue Jays 7 Mariners 2 L
8/7 Blue Jays 7 Mariners 9 W
8/8
8/9 Brewers 10 Mariners 5 L
8/10 Brewers 10 Mariners 0 L
8/11 Brewers 0 Mariners 2 W

This weekend was all about reliving Mariners history as Ken Griffey Jr was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame and the former Seattle Pilots came to town for a three game series. It was disappointing then when the Mariners allowed twenty runs to score in three games and only mustered seven of their own. Luckily we came away with a win, sparing us from the sweep but it was definitely a disappointing week all around.

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Mariners Rebound After Meltdown in Boston

Week 18 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
7/29
7/30 Mariners 2 Red Sox 8 L
7/31 Mariners 4 Red Sox 5 L/15
8/1 Mariners 7 Red Sox 8 L
8/2 Mariners 8 Orioles 11 L
8/3 Mariners 8 Orioles 4 W
8/4 Mariners 3 Orioles 2 W

The Mariners started the week with a tough series in Boston against one of the best teams in the AL. A sweep later and the Mariners were off to Baltimore. The last two games in the Boston series were particularly frustrating losses; our #1 and #2 starters didn’t factor into either decision and both were walk-off losses, one in the fifteenth and one in the ninth. After losses like that, you might expect a disheartened team to throw in the towel against a good Baltimore team but the Mariners bounced back and scored 19 runs in three games against the Orioles, winning two of three.

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Mariners Stand Pat at Trade Deadline

Week 16 & 17 Recap

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Result
7/19 Astros 7 Mariners 10 W
7/20 Astros 2 Mariners 4 W
7/21 Astros 5 Mariners 12 W
7/22 Mariners 2 Indians 1 W
7/23 Mariners 4 Indians 3 W
7/24 Mariners 1 Indians 10 L
7/25 Mariners 8 Twins 2 W
7/26 Mariners 2 Twins 3 L/13
7/27 Mariners 0 Twins 4 L
7/28 Mariners 6 Twins 4 W
  • The Mariners came out of the All-Star break on a roll, sweeping the Astros and taking two of three against the Indians. We stumbled against the Twins over the weekend, splitting a four game series. This July surge is eerily reminiscent of similar surges in 2009 and 2011 except this year it’s almost completely driven by our young core.

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Mariners Midseason Report: Hope is on the Way

Week 15 Recap

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Result
7/8 Mariners 11 Red Sox 4 W
7/9 Mariners 8 Red Sox 11 L
7/10 Mariners 4 Red Sox 11 L
7/11 Mariners 7 Red Sox 8 L/10
7/12 Mariners 8 Angels 3 W
7/13 Mariners 6 Angels 0 W
7/14 Mariners 4 Angels 3 W
  • Well that was a fun week. The Mariners lost three of four against the best team in baseball, the Red Sox and then swept the Angels in three games just before the All-Star Break. During this seven game homestand, the Mariners scored 6.86 (!) runs per game and hit eleven home runs. It also included two excellent performances by King Felix and the return of Erasmo Ramirez to the rotation. The Mariners head into the All-Star Break having hit a home run in twenty-two straight games and having won three of their last four series.

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Mariners Future is Now!

Week 13 & 14 Recap

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Result
6/24
6/25 Mariners 4 Pirates 9 L
6/26 Mariners 2 Pirates 4 L
6/27
6/28 Mariners 5 Cubs 4 W/10
6/29 Mariners 3 Cubs 5 L/11
6/30 Mariners 6 Cubs 7 L
7/1
7/2 Rangers 2 Mariners 9 W
7/3 Rangers 2 Mariners 4 W/10
7/4 Rangers 5 Mariners 4 L
7/5 Reds 2 Mariners 4 W
7/6 Reds 13 Mariners 4 L
7/7 Reds 1 Mariners 3 W
  • After taking a week off, here’s my recap of the last two weeks of Mariners action, and it’s been an eventful couple of weeks. The Mariners dropped a five game home stand to end the month of June, losing to the Pirates and dropping two of three against the Cubs. That Cubs series was a fun one to watch as all three games went down to the wire, two of them in extra innings. The Mariners started the month of July with two road series against the Rangers and the Reds and surprisingly won both of them.

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Mariners Powered by 41-Year-Old Machine

Week 12 Recap

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Result
6/17 Angels 11 Mariners 3 L
6/18 Angels 2 Mariners 3 W/10
6/19 Angels 1 Mariners 0 L
6/20 Angels 10 Mariners 9 L
6/21 Mariners 3 Athletics 6 L
6/22 Mariners 7 Athletics 5 W
6/23 Mariners 6 Athletics 3 W/10
  • The Mariners started this week in third place with a four game series against the rival Angels and a three game series against the division leading Athletics on the docket. We end this week still in third place after dropping the series with the Angels but winning the series against the Athletics. Just try and predict these Mariners and they’ll surprise you every time.

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Mariners Win, In Dogfight for Third Place

Week 11 Recap

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Result
6/10 Mariners 3 Astros 2 W
6/11 Mariners 4 Astros 0 W
6/12 Mariners 1 Astros 6 L
6/13
6/14 Athletics 2 Mariners 3 W
6/15 Athletics 0 Mariners 4 W
6/16 Athletics 10 Mariners 2 L
  • The Mariners actually had a good week this week. We took two of three from both the Astros and the Athletics and Mike Zunino began showing us why he was such a valuable prospect. Getting the series win against the Astros was a relief despite losing a winnable game on Wednesday via a Tom Wilhelmsen blowup. Winning against the Athletics was a surprise, however. The Athletics had been one of the hottest teams in the majors going in to that series and we played them very competitively. All in all, I’d say it was a successful week.

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Mariners Draft Hitters, Hope is Renewed?

Week 10 Recap

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Result
6/3 Mariners 4 White Sox 2 W
6/4 Mariners 7 White Sox 4 W
6/5 Mariners 5 White Sox 7 L/16
6/6 Mariners 1 Yankees 6 L
6/7 Mariners 4 Yankees 1 W
6/8 Mariners 1 Yankees 3 L
6/9 Mariners 1 Yankees 2 L
  • Big news today as the Mariners have called up Mike Zunino from AAA-Tacoma. In his first full year as a professional, Zunino has hit .238/.303/.503. He has certainly showed his strong power potential but he is not a polished hitter and has struggled against advanced AAA pitching recently. This is clearly a desperate move by the front office to try and salvage something positive from this season. But rushing unprepared prospects is not the answer to the problems this team faces. The roster is still full of veteran stopgaps and hasn’t yet been stripped down like Houston or Miami so what’s the point in bringing up Zunino? If Zunino is on his way, shouldn’t we be calling up all of our other prospects to see which of them will stick? Dave Cameron at USS Mariner makes an excellent argument for why this move signals the end of the Jack Z era in Seattle.

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Mariners Hit Home Runs, Still Lose

Week 9 Recap

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Result
5/27 Mariners 9 Padres 0 W
5/28 Mariners 1 Padres 6 L
5/29 Padres 3 Mariners 2 L
5/30 Padres 1 Mariners 7 W
5/31 Twins 0 Mariners 3 W
6/1 Twins 5 Mariners 4 L
6/2 Twins 10 Mariners 0 L
  • Blech, that was a week to forget. The Mariners split a four game, home and home series against the Padres and then flew to Minneapolis to play the Twins and lost that series. There were two more walk-off losses this week, raising the season total to six. Those kind of losses are particularly hard to swallow because a good team should be able to win those kinds of games and the way the Mariners are losing them really exemplifies our weaknesses. This is not a good team.

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Mariners Shake Up Roster, Now in Full Rebuilding Mode

Week 8 Recap

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Result
5/21 Angels 12 Mariners 0 L
5/22 Angels 7 Mariners 1 L
5/23
5/24 Mariners 5 Rangers 9 L
5/25 Mariners 2 Rangers 5 L
5/26 Mariners 4 Rangers 3 W/13
  • Well, that was an eventful week. Obviously, the biggest news is the roster shake up. Gone are Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley, Robert Andino, and Lucas Luetge. In their place, Nick Franklin, Carlos Triunfel, Jesus Sucre, and Hector Noesi have been called up from AAA-Tacoma. I’ll discuss these moves below, but the short version is, it’s about time. I definitely wasn’t rooting for their demotions, the success of the Mariners is pretty directly tied to the success of these young players. But it had gotten to a point where the level of competition and pressure in the majors was detrimental to their development. Now we get to see if Franklin has anything to offer and if Montero and Ackley are able to turn their careers around.

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