Reaction: Mariners get over Hangover and Pluck the Orioles

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Your American West leading Seattle Mariners (23-17) got over a bump in the road last weekend and returned to their winning ways against the Baltimore Orioles (24-17) taking 2 of the 3 games and winning their 6th road series this year.

Tuesday, May 17:      Seattle 10 – 0 Baltimore
Wednesday, May 18: Seattle  2 – 5  Baltimore
Thursday, May 19:     Seattle  7 – 2  Baltimore

The Mariners now move to a game and ½ ahead of the Texas Rangers for the lead of the division as they head to inter-league play.

Taking offense

Seattle Mariners v Baltimore Orioles
Lind gets a home runs, Cruz with a HR, Martin with a HR, everyone gets a HR! (Photo by Maddie Meyer)

Winning these two games is no small feat, the Orioles boast a tremendous offense and an immense home field advantage. It was however, the Mariners who put up the crooked numbers on the board, and did it in remarkable fashion.

Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz were their normal amazing selves. In game 1, Cano had 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 RBI. Not to be outdone, Cruz added 2 more runs on 3 hits (one a home run) and 5 RBI.

The hit parade would continue in the 3rd game as a pair of struggling hitters got into the mix. Adam Lind lifted a 366 ft HR to score 3 runs in the 6th inning, and in the 9th Leonys Martin clubbed a 368 foot blast to add his 7th home run on the year.

Taijuan on

Can Walker break through the slump and reach that next level of greatness? (

Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker had an amazing 4 games to begin the season—then the last 4 games happened. On Wednesday, Walker gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. The game started off poorly with two solo shots, given up to the O’s Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters, then ended poorly as he was chanced off with the 4th run coming off a wild pitch in the 5th.

This is Walker’s 3rd loss in the month of May, a month he wishes he could forget. The last 3 starts have been particularly brutal where he has allowed 11 runs and five home runs in just 12 2/3 innings.  To be fair, shoddy defensive play has contributed 3 unearned runs.  Walker has not had much support offensively, making one wonder if Felix Hernandez’s curse of poor run support is rubbing off on Walker.

Taijuan Walker’s last 4 starts:

Date Opp. Dec IP H R ER HR BB K
May 18 @BAL L 5.0 5 4 3 2 2 3
May 11 TB 5.2 5 4 4 1 3 9
May 6 @HOU L 2.0 2 3 1 2 0 0
May 1 KC L 5.0 7 3 2 0 0 4

I would walk 500 Mileys?

Has anybody noticed what the bearded one from Southeastern Louisiana has been doing? By no means is he Cy Young, but Miley has been giving the M’s quality start (6 innings giving up 3 or fewer runs) after quality start.  In the last 5 games, Miley has earned 4 wins by virtue of not getting behind early and keeping walks to an absolute minimum. With only 8 walks in 5 games, Miley is forcing the opponent to beat him rather than beat himself. I fully expect Miley to throw out a couple more stinkers in the season but if he can continue to rack up quality starts this M’s offense will reward him with wins.

Date Opp. Dec IP H R ER HR BB K
May 17 @BAL W 6.0 2 0 0 0 3 1
May 10 TB W 6.0 4 4 4 3 1 6
May 5 @HOU 6.0 5 2 2 1 2 5
Apr 30 KC W 9.0 5 0 0 0 0 4
Apr 24 @LAA W 7.1 6 4 4 2 2 3

SSU Man of the Series

Martin looking to make his bat as hot as his glove (

While Cruz and Cano clobbered the ball this week, We should recognize one centerfielder, Leonys Martin.  Martin had been struggling offensively all year and he had a bit of a break out this week with 2 home runs. The 28 year old has played amazing defense, including several great plays against the wall to rob the O’s of extra base hits.  But offensively, he had his share of struggles until this week.  With 4 hits including 2 homers, he earns our SSU Man of the Series.

Date Opp. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K
May 19 @BAL 3 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 0
May 18 @BAL 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2
May 17 @BAL 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0


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