The M’s come home from a highly successful 5-1 road trip against a very good team in Baltimore and a pretty stinky one in Cincinnati. The Mariners go nine games over .500 for the first time in 2016. Because the Rangers are destroying the Astros (again,) their western division lead will remain 1.5 games over the Texans.
The Mariners escaped one of Wade Miley’s less impressive outings, and to sweep the host Reds 5-4. 6.0 innings, 8 hits, with most coming in the first few innings, one walk and 6 K’s. The bullpen pitched three innings of perfect relief, with Steve Cishek picking up his 12th save.
The offensive show today was provided by Leonys Martin. The center-fielder, hitting lead off after Ketel Marte went on the DL with a sprained thumb, had four singles. The M’s had to come from behind to win, with catcher Steve Clevenger driving in the winning run. It was more of a struggle than the previous two games, but an exciting win.
So the M’s come home, leading their division to open a series against the A’s, an off day and then a series against the Twins and two games against the “rival” Padres. All of these teams are struggling, so it’s important the M’s take as many games as possible. The Mariners really caught a break with the schedule in May. They’ve played mostly struggling to terrible teams, including the A’s (twice,) Astros, Angels, Reds, Twins, and Padres. Only the Rays and Orioles had decent records.
The schedule gets much tougher in June as the M’s play the Rangers (home and away,) the Indians, Red Sox, Tigers and Orioles. June could be the critical month in their summer itinerary. The M’s are playing well right now, but they’ve been able to be the bullies on the block. We’ll see how they do when the competition gets more intense.
Last post of the weekend. Thanks for reading