Looking beyond suck: the AL West is up for grabs

Okay the Mariners be bad. Again. For the last decade. Is there a silver lining? Well, maybe. The M’s continue to dance a game and a half or so ahead of the Angels. The Halos remain laughably bad given their ridiculous spending on aging stars. The real news, however, is the hometowne team has pounded the division leading A’s two in a row driving the Athletics into a tie with the Rangers. Texas got off to a huge early lead in the division, but chose June to do a graceless cannonball into an empty swimming pool.

The Mariners go into their series finale with Iwakuma pitching and a scant 9.5 games off the pace in the West. What if they chose today to get healthy, and suddenly remembered, as a team, how to hit? Stranger things have happened, and no other team seems particularly interested in taking charge.

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