Seattle Mariners Win Series with the Texas Rangers

 Posted by on September 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm  Sports  No Responses »
Sep 232012
 
Mariners versus Rangers baseball game at Safeco Field

Mariners versus Rangers baseball game at Safeco Field

I was at the first game of the Seattle Mariners – Texas Rangers series at Safeco Field a couple of days ago. I came prepared to see the Mariners get trounced by a much more offensively talented team as they usually do. Much to my surprise, not only were the Mariners competitive, but they actually won the game and scored more than a couple of runs. The Mariners subsequently won the short series with the Rangers this weekend.

This season, as in recent years, the Mariners have struggled to score runs. For whatever reasons, the Mariners have been slow to realize that, no matter how good your pitching is, you still need to score runs to win baseball games.

As the season winds down, it’s clear that the Mariners will not make the playoffs but perhaps they can demonstrate that they have the seeds for a brighter season next year.

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Mariners Resume MLB Season in Oakland Today

 Posted by on April 6, 2012 at 10:30 am  Sports  No Responses »
Apr 062012
 
Mariners playing baseball

Mariners playing baseball

Spring is finally here even though you can’t tell from the colder than normal Seattle weather. And spring means baseball as the Mariners and Oakland As resume their four game set in the United States. They split the first two games in at the Tokyo Dome in Japan last week. Today’s first US game in Oakland features Jason Vargas for the Mariners. I’ve been pleasantly surprised how well he has pitched in the past few years.

It may take a few weeks before we know if the Mariners will contend for the division this year but most analysts are not optimistic. In fact, at 100/1, Vegas thinks that the odds of the Mariners winning the World Series this year are slim at best. Until the Mariners start losing games, let’s hope this will be a turnaround season.

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Mariners Need More Offense to Compete in 2012

 Posted by on March 14, 2012 at 9:56 am  Sports  No Responses »
Mar 142012
 

Seattle Mariners game

Seattle Mariners game


With the MLB season just a couple of weeks away, it’s hard to imagine the Mariners being competitive this year without any proven big bats. There is no way that you can expect them to beat the powerhouse Angels or Rangers when their offense can’t score more than a couple of runs per game! And both the Angels and Rangers have upgraded their rosters this season, especially with the addition of future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols.

The Mariners do have several young players such as Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp and Jesus Montero, who could become All-Stars one day but probably not this year. So I think we are in for a long season again. On the bright side, they couldn’t do much worse than they did in the past two years–or could they?

I agree with the Mariner’s GM Jack Zduriencik plan to rebuild the organization by focusing on its own prospects. But, unlike the NFL, it takes a long time to rebuild a baseball team using the farm system. I don’t see the Mariners seriously competing for the division until they have at least a few consistent power hitters on their squad.

When Zduriencik came to the Mariners a few years ago, he overhauled the team by emphasizing defense. Well, the past few years have shown that, in contrast to football, good defense in baseball doesn’t win many games. And good defense certainly doesn’t draw the crowds. C’mon Jack, give us fans some more offense for a change.

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16 Days Until Seattle Mariners Baseball

 Posted by on March 12, 2012 at 6:44 am  Sports  No Responses »
Mar 122012
 
Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field

Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field

March is very much of a transitional month in the Pacific Northwest. With each passing day, the promise of sun and warm weather gets closer. The Mariners, of course, are already enjoying the summer weather down in their spring training camp in Peoria, AZ.

One of the treats of summer in Seattle is going to see the Mariners play at Safeco Field. OK, it used to be a treat to watch them play. In the last few years, the team has been a disaster except for some decent pitching especially from Felix Hernandez. But there is a glimmer of hope this spring. The Mariners have a bevy of decent prospects and young talent that may make an impact this year or the next.

As a Seattle Mariners fan, however, I’ve learned to handle disappointment. But I will hold my breath and doubts for now and wait for opening day on March 28th.

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