Whodathunk that the Mariners would be leading the majors in WINS after the first ELEVEN games?!? Granted, they’ve played TWO more games than every other team but the A’s but, still . . .
Going in to today’s rubber match w/the White Sox, this was the stat leader board . . .
Yes! YOUR Seattle Mariners were leading in ALL the above offensive categories! (plus doubles and stolen bases – which didn’t show within the screen print) 🙂
And, AFTER today’s game . . .
the homer streak is alive! ELEVEN straight games with a home run!
The Mariners have 27 home runs in their first 11 games, which is the most by an MLB team since the Cardinals hit 29 in 2000. (Though worth noting the Dodgers have 22 in their first 9 games going into tonight's game at Coors Field).
The #Mariners have scored 85 runs in 11 games. The Mariners become the 6th team in the expansion era (1961-c) to score at least 85 runs in the first 11 games of a season (last: 1999 Cleveland Indians, 90 R).
For those too young or too new to SEA — as well as those witnesses who want to get all blubbery again over Edgar — here is "The Double," an excerpt from my book, Out of Left Field. #EdgarHOFhttps://t.co/1D41JwYlAd
Well, at least I cannot be accused of being a fair-weather fan (not that the weather hasn’t been more than fair this summer) . . .
During the way too long stretch of lean years, I posted religiously (it seemed baseball WAS my religion) . . .
season after season
series after series
game after game
at-bat by at-bat
pitch by pitch
And now – FINALLY – they are enjoying some success despite some injuries (as usual) and a significant suspension (totally UNusual) but, my recent move necessitates a 4am wake-up call to start an extremely long daily commute that makes it nearly impossible to even watch entire games, let alone sit up and blog. And, attending in-person requires a lot of preparation and accommodation (the ferry only runs so late). I say this not to elicit pity – I would not trade my new home (or view) for anything – but, merely as a reason for my prolonged absence. Add to that planning (hosting) our daughter’s wedding this coming September . . . just not a lot of time for my Mariners 😦
view from my living room on Anderson Island
But, hey – they seem to be faring pretty darned OK without me 😉
Sending FOUR well-deserving players to the All-Star Game (Edwin, Mitch, Nellie and Jean) and re-signing BOTH their GM AND their Skipper to long-term deals. They may have finally found the consistent leadership they’ve been seeking. Couple that with young players and vets alike that are contributing night-in and night-out and it’s made for a pretty special first half.
First, the M’s not only lose their first road series (vs. Tiger) and lose Robbie due to a broken hand (hit by a pitch on the 13th)
Tough one for the Mariners. Detroit walks it off in the bottom of the 9th. 5-4 the final. First series the Mariners have lost on the road this season. Heading into the clubhouse to get reaction and an update on Cano.
but then, on the 15th comes the extremely disappointing news that Robbie has been suspended . . .
We have issued the following statement on today’s announcement by Major League Baseball that second baseman Robinson Canó has been suspended for 80 games for a violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program: pic.twitter.com/VNEPgahIRS
It was going to be bad enough to do without Robbie for 4-6 weeks because of injury.
Now, not only does the team have to do without him for much longer but, the reason could have a larger, different impact on the team. Truly one of the biggest challenges the organization has had in many years. It will be interesting to see if the team is able to pull together and if Scott and Jerry can pull the right strings in order to get the right pieces, shuffle the field, respectively to ensure all bases are covered for the rest of the season.
I won’t soon forget the excitement of James Paxton’s first complete game, as it was also his first no-hitter (the second no-no by a Canadian and the first by a Canadian on Canadian soil 😉 )
I wasn’t able to watch but, heard the last few innings on the radio while commuting on the train (and holding my breath!) and heard the last call (ground out to Seager/Healy) while boarding the ferry 🙂
So great to see James have the success he’s enjoying this season (even before the no-no). We have all known he was capable of becoming the M’s future ace but, crazy injuries seemed to have dogged him, derailing him in one way or another every season. Here’s to James’ continued health because it’s become apparent, when healthy, he can be absolutely dominant – whether he’s striking out 16 one game or giving up no hits the next – he’ll be a huge part of any success the M’s attain going forward.
Unfortunately, I’ve yet to see this stunning work of art in person . . .
I was actually working from home the day it was unveiled (Thursday, April 13th) but, didn’t realize until too late that the unveiling was occurring (otherwise, I could have at least watched it on TV/Twitter, etc.)
Thankfully, there are plenty of pics/videos on social media – the detail is impeccable . . .