Reaction: Mariners Glide past Astros, Win 4th Series in a Row

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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The shocking news of Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln stepping down, comes the same day of the equally shocking news that the Seattle Mariners (11-10) actually won a home series. With an inspired effort against the reeling Houston Astros, our True to the Blue, Hometown nine are on quite the roll as they took 2 of 3 games from the ‘Stros.

This is the fourth series in a row that the M’s have won, having taken out the Yankees, Indians, and Angels already. If the Mariners aren’t careful they just might end up in the driver’s seat of the American League West.

Jose can you see?

Another All-Star season for Altuve. High-5! (outsidepitchmlb.mlblogs.com)

Huston’s Jose Altuve is giving Robinson Cano a challenge (and may have even passed him) to to title of “best 2nd baseman in the MLB.”  Always a solid defender, Altuve is off to another hot offensive start.  Luckily for the M’s, his teammates don’t seem to help him much, but none of that is under Altuve’s control.  The Venezuelan is hitting .330 on the year. This includes 5 hits and 3 doubles against the Mariners. Expect yet another All-Star game for Jose this year.

Robbie Does Dallas

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel was not having a good day on Tuesday, he gave up 5 runs in 6 innings. And just how did that happen?  Well, Robinson Cano came up to the plate in the fifth with Ketel Marte, Nori Aoki, and Seth Smith on board. Cano singled to shallow left, allowing Seth Smith and Nori Aoki to touch home, Ketel Marte ran to third, however, a confused Astros defense conceded the run to attempt to get Robbie out at second. Thirty confusing seconds later Robbie ended up on second; advancing in the most interesting method possible.

Walker has the talent, finally he is now putting together the consistancy (bleacherreport.com).

Then in the seventh, Robbie nailed a gopher ball 399 feet over the fence for a grand slam, leaving True to the Blue faithful chanting “good times…..good times…”

Walker shakes the Fist

Former Mariner Doug Fister came out on Monday and put together a solid performance in a loss. Fister registered a quality start with 6 innings and only 3 runs given up.  The only problem is that the Mariners Taijuan Walker came out on fire and stymied the Astros with an impressive performance.  Walker recorded his second win even though the offense could only muster 3 runs. What we have seen from Walker so far is the materialization of the hype that we have heard about this kid for the last 4 years. If Walker can keep a semblance of this going for the rest of the season, then “watch out AL West!”

 

Season stats IP H R BB K WHIP ERA
Taijuan Walker

(W, 2-0)

7.0 6 1 1 11 0.96 1.44
Cano finally living up to expectation? (USAtoday.com)

SSU Man of the Series

This award goes to Robinson Cano.  With 5 hits, 2 HR, and 10 RBI Cano was a one man wrecking crew.  Cano’s Grand Salami this Tuesday was just what the doctor ordered to get him out of his hitting funk.

Cano raised his season average to .247, with 8 HR, and 24 RBI. If the M’s can get this kind of production regularly, this could be a special season.

Date Opp. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K
Apr 27 HOU 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0
Apr 26 HOU 4 1 2 0 0 1 6 0 0
Apr 25 HOU 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1

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