Big week looms for Mariners

A road trip that many thought would turn the Mariners into “sellers” heading towards the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline instead gave the team reason to believe they could be in the AL West pennant race well beyond the deadline and into the dog days of summer.

Winning two of three from the Dodgers and Red Sox on the road is something few teams have done this season and it says a lot about the makeup and tenacity of this entertaining group of players.

But they can’t let up on the gas pedal. The upcoming week at home looms large.

The Mariners have three games against the Orioles starting tonight and then four against the Rangers — a division rival they have not defeated this season — beginning on Thursday night. Those four games could be even bigger in the big picture than any of the nine games played on the recent road trip.

It isn’t a coincidence that the rotation is set up to where the four best starters are set to face the Rangers, beginning with All-Star Felix Hernandez on Thursday night. It gives the Mariners an excellent chance to 1) end a five-game losing streak against the Rangers this season and 2) set the tone for a series that takes both teams into the All-Star break.

While the Mariners are playing the last-place, but still dangerous, Orioles of the AL East at Safeco Field, the Rangers are in Anaheim to face the Angels in a three-game showdown for first place.

After that comes what shapes up as one of the most important weekends of baseball of the season. 

 — Jim Street

One comment

  1. shep1

    I am so very happy for Chris Shelton! I really admire the excellent AAA numbers he has accumulated after having the wind knocked out from beneath his wings after spring training. His persistence and patience will soon pay off for the Mariners in the playoff stretch ahead. I would also like to say that Langerhans is a tough out with a mission and outstanding acquisition and Franklin G. is the bomb my brothers with his gold glove defense and red-hot bat! Lastly, but not leastly, the HALL-OF-FAME caliber pitching demonstrated thusfar! God has his hand directly on Team Seattle from top to bottom. We need to all give thanks and give back to the fans through continued encouragement of one another. One more thing, Johjima is a changed man since DL time. He is a natural born leader and catalyst for good things to come, as well as Johnson, who is also awesome. I just can’t say enough good things about this TEAM SEATTLE! I could go on and on! One thing for sure though; Wak’s is #1 and has special attributes of a winning manager that these Mariner players and fans are responding to in Seattle and abroad. I live in S.FL and attended 150 minor league games a year till this year. That was until MLB.COM and MLB on channel 213:>) The guys at MLB TV are bringing it like no other media has ever done before. God Speed to all and will see you in an hour. Let’s get those bats going a little earlier tonight guys:>) Shep

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