Things are looking up for the Mariners today, which is what happens when you outscore the best team in baseball 31-11 over two games.
As the Mariners open a three-game set in Chicago today against a red-hot White Sox club, they should have a little extra bounce in their step. By winning 2-of-3 against the Rangers, they inched out of last place in the AL West, now .003 percentage points ahead of an A’s team that has lost eight straight.
Now we’ll see now if there is any new-found confidence among young hitters Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley after they bashed some pretty good Rangers pitching around the past couple days.
What does two big days with the bats do for a team? One thing is for sure. It gives them a needed statistical boost. A third of the way into the season, when team numbers normally nudge up or down by a percentage point here or there, the Mariners trended upward nicely the past two games.
A team that ranked 12th in the American League in runs with 187 going into Tuesday jumped three spots in those two games, now sitting ninth with 218.
The .226 batting average bumped up to .234. A .359 slugging percentage now sits at .374. The .287 on-base percentage climbed to .295.
It’s going to take a lot more to get those numbers up to respectable, but maybe this was a kickstart for a team that has finished last in the AL in scoring three straight years.
It’s windy today in Chicago, which could mean balls flying out at U.S. Cellular Field, even with what figures as a nice pitching matchup between Felix Hernandez and Jake Peavy. Will the Mariners flex their offensive muscles again? We shall see.
Certainly this doesn’t look like quite the struggling offense that got perfected by Philip Humber when the White Sox visited Seattle in April. It’s going to take more than a couple big games at Rangers Ballpark to prove anything, but building on what they accomplished the last couple days in Texas certainly would be a nice step.