The Team: Seattle Mariners
I suggest we all enjoy this article because, in two days, we will be reading about the Washington Nationals again. Instead of a team from the Washington on the East coast, we focus today on a team from the Washington on the other side of the country. On Tuesday night, the Phillies welcome in the Seattle Mariners.
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The Mariners currently sit in the middle of the AL West standings at five games behind the first-place Astros. Seattle has been decimated with pitching injuries early on in 2017. Right now, they are without Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, and Drew Smyly. It is difficult when one pitcher hits the disabled list, but when there are three (and arguably the top three) in a rotation, it becomes very difficult to handle.
Offensively, they are tied for sixth in runs scored with 155 through Monday. In terms of power, Seattle sits right in the middle of the major league rankings with their 34 round-trippers through the first month of baseball. Their team OPS ranks just ahead of the Phillies (.745 to .743) for twelfth best in the sport.
The M’s boast some talented names for the Phillies arms to deal with the next couple days. The speedy Jarrod Dyson will be hitting at the top of the order. Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, and Nelson Cruz make a formidable middle of the lineup. And because I want to, Carlos Ruiz will be back too, and that does matter.
Let’s take a closer look at how the Phillies can keep the ball rolling in the win column against Seattle.