Mariners take two of three from Rangers, move to a game over .500
At this point, winning the American League West is not going to happen. Down 15 games to the Astros, the Seattle Mariner’s best bet is to go for the Wild Card. This week, they got off to a good start winning a series versus intra-division rival the Texas Rangers.
|Jul 31||Texas||W 6 – 4|
|Aug 1||Texas||W 8 – 7|
|Aug 2||Texas||L 5 – 1|
Robinson Cano is batting .272, with 19 home runs and 74 RBIs. The All-Star MVP has been on fire and to demonstrate he had 6 RBI in this series vs the Rangers. On Tuesday night he doubled twice and drove in 3 runs to bring the M’s back from the dead.
Dyson has a great night
Reserve outfielder Jerrod Dyson set the stage for Robbie’s RBI double when he stole his 200th career base. Dyson now has a successful steal rate of 85.1 percent, second in MLB history behind Carlos Beltran (86.4 %).
”I’m going for 300 now,” Dyson said. ”It’s a good milestone for me, especially being a backup guy basically my whole career. Getting a chance to play every day is special to me.”
Dyson also made an Ichiro like assist when the Ranger’s Delano Deshields tried to take 3rd base.
”He made a great throw, and the pick and tag that (Kyle) Seager put on DeShields was just awesome,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ”A big point in the game and you have to make a big play. We did tonight.”
The King, Felix Herandez had a rough go of things this week. Mounting injuries and 11 years of hard throwing seem to be pushing him off the pedestal of the staff ace. His 96mph fastball hovers at 90 these days and the strikeouts has gone down. Monday’s effort is more typical of the King as he went 5 an 1/3 inning with 6 hits allowed and 4 runs given up. With 2 home runs allowed early, his pitch count went up dramatically as he put the M’s in a 4-0 hole. The Mariners would make the comeback and win 6-4, unfortunately the win would go to the pen.
The King is still capable of good starts as we saw against the Yankees on July 20th and the White sox just 5 days earlier. Unfortunately, he has a 4.28 ERA, good for an average pitcher but nowhere near his glory years. As Felix fans, we must accept that he will be an up and down pitcher from here on out.