Reaction: Mariners Win Two, take Series behind Slugging Cano

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The Seattle Mariners opened the 2016 season with a series win against a quality opponent in the Texas Rangers. Though the M’s lost the first game on Monday 3-2, they crushed the Rangers 10-2 Tuesday night, then made a slick 9th-inning comeback to send Rangers fans home saddened with a 9-5 loss in Arlington.

Cano the crushes 4 home runs and the doubters

We at the Seattle Sports Union have been critical of one Robinson Cano. I personally have called him out for failing to play to his contract. As well, his former coach Andy Van Slyke was not that happy with him either.

Well, Robbie has decided to shut us all up. Just take a look at this line over 3 games:

AVG HR RBI SLG
.308 4 7 1.231

Not too shabby eh?  Granted it is near impossible to keep up these kind of results an entire year, it is important to note that the last two seasons, Cano has been miserable in the 1st half of the season. By the time Cano warmed up, the M’s were already out of contention.

If Cano can be “The Man” that we all want him to be–and that his contract dictates–there could be good times ahead for this team and the M”s faithful.

Scott Servais shows fire missing from the previous regime

Servais not about to take any guff (m.mlb.com)

Scott Servais got a beer shower in the Seattle clubhouse and had a champagne bottle sitting on his desk after the 10-2 beat down of the Rangers on Tuesday.

How did Servais do it?

With some spit and vinegar I dare say as the M’s manager got in a shouting match with reigning AL Manager of the Year Jeff Banister (Rangers manager).

Upset at the Rangers for hitting catcher Chris Ianetta, Servais unleashed a verbal barrage that definitely was not approved for all audiences.

”I’ve said it since the day I got the job, it’s OK to show emotion once in a while,” said Servais, who spent six years in player development with the Rangers. ”Obviously, there were some things that went back and forth tonight, but that’s part of the game.”

Servais who has never managed at any level, showed the M’s fans that matters little, as the former catcher showed us he understands that leadership means one has to stand up for his players when they get plunked. Leadership and an ability to fire up this teams was woefully lacking last year, and hopefully we can put that listless 2015 far behind us.

King Felix victim of bad luck again

New harido, but same bad luck (www.cbssports.com)

I am quite certain that had Felix Hernandez played for any competent team, he would have 200 wins by now.

There is a reason why Felix won the Cy Young award with 12 wins a few years back, the M’s just refuse to help him win. I have no idea if it is some karma issue or sheer incompetence.

On Monday, Ketel Marte and Kyle Seager booted routine ground balls that would have saved Felix from an obnoxious three-run 5th inning. The King gave up one hit with six strikeouts but didn’t get the defense he needed.

Coincedenally, the M’s jumped out to a two-run lead against Texas pitcher Cole Hamels as Cano and Seagar hit a solo shots each. But other than that, the bats were quiet. Hamels struck out 8. It wasnt the strongest game for the King, but with a 1.50 ERA, one worries for his Hall of Fame legacy, with all the wins he has been cheated out of.

Leonys Martin gets his revenge

A “prove it” year for the center fielder Leonys Martin (thenewstribune.com)

Cano wasn’t the only Mariner to go yard, former Ranger turned M’s center fielder, Leonys Martin crushed a line drive to right field, for a solo shot.

The light hitting Martin was traded to Seattle, because Texas was concerned over his ability to hit. Given a chance to hit leadoff, Martin made the most of it.

Hopefully, this is a portent of things to come.

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