The Seattle Mariners recap from week one of the season is full of ups and downs for the team. After starting out the 2013 MLB season 2-0, the Mariners have lost four of the last five games coming into Monday (April 8). Those losses have all come against the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox.
With all seven games coming on the road in the first week, the 3-4 record might be viewed as a step in the right direction. Fans watching the games might have a different opinion, though, as three of the losses could have easily been victories.
Hisashi Iwakuma Pitches Well, Loses To Chicago
The bright spots on offense during the first week of play include five home runs and a .310 batting average from Michael Morse, four extra base hits and a .304 batting average from Franklin Gutierrez, and a .294 batting average from Brendan Ryan to go along with some great defense that he has been playing. The problem has been getting hits with runners on scoring position and the entire lineup being inconsistent.
During that same week, Dustin Ackley went just 1-for-20 for a batting average of .050 on his resume. Even moving him down in the batting order hasn’t helped him out, despite finishing the Spring Training games with a lot of momentum. Three other hitters from the starting lineup are hitting below .200 as well and they are Kyle Seager (.192), Justin Smoak (.190), and Jesus Montero (.182).
The pitching has also been hit-and-miss, with two starters finding success while the other three have struggled quite a bit. After two starts, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma have each pitched to a 2.57 ERA over 14 innings. They both also won a start, showing that they are indeed the two best pitchers in the rotation right now.
Brandon Mauer, Joe Saunders, and Blake Beavan each have ERA’s of 9.00 through their first starts, showing that there is a lot of improvement possible in the second time through the rotation. These three pitchers will all face off against the Houston Astros in the second week, possibly giving them a shot to get things back on track.
Despite going 3-4 in the opening week, the Mariners are just 1 1/2 games behind the Oakland Athletics for first place in the American League West. Currently, the team resides in third place within the division, which in itself is a nice step up from one year ago. With a nice home stand coming up, now the team has a chance to put together a nice win streak in front of the loyal Seattle fans.
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