Tag: Mitch Haniger
Your last-place Seattle Mariners
As pointed out in our series primer for the just-completed three-game set against the Oakland A's, the Mariners needed to win that series in order to stay out of the basement of the American League West standings. Spoiler alert: They didn't.
Road trip roundup
The Mariners' just-completed road swing through Florida and Houston contained a little good, a lot of bad, and even some ugly. Riding high at the end of their last homestand, they began the trip four games over .500 and in first place. They return home a game under break-even and in third place, three games back of the Angels in the American League West. A good time was not had by all.
2022 Season Preview: Outfield/DH/Bench
Looking at the lackluster production from Seattle outfielders last year, you might think it's an area of weakness—as a group, Mariner OFs combined to bat .210/.297/.396 in 2021, so it's understandable if that was your impression. But the M's actually have an embarrassment of riches in the outfield. On paper, anyway (or on screen, as it were). Though 2020 Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis will start the season on the injured list again, he figures to be back in action before too long, joining Mitch Haniger, Jarred Kelenic, and Jesse Winker in a steady OF rotation.
Previewing the '21 Mariners: Outfield/DH
The future is bright for Your Seattle Mariners when it comes to outfielders. The present is a little dimmer, but any youth movement has growing pains; 2021 may see a fair number of those as the building of the New Mariner Dynasty™ continues. Top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodríguez will start the season in the minor leagues (as they should) and the guys on the big club have some developing left to do.
M's lose Zunino to DL again
Mike Zunino was getting the day off on July 4th. Chris Herrmann started at catcher and Z was kicking back in the dugout. But then the Mariners mounted a threat against the Angels and Z was asked to pinch-hit and finish out the game. He walked and singled in his two plate appearances, a very good sign after he spent a good deal of pre-game time working on his batting mechanics with Edgar Martínez and Minor League field coordinator Mike Micucci, but rolled his ankle while running the bases.
Cast your ballot
All-Star voting season is upon us. Sadly, you can no longer vote in person at the ballpark; gone are the days of whiling away the between-innings time by amusing your fellows with ballots filled out for the "all-disabled list team" or "worst-stats-ever team" along with your real choices, consigned to history are seating areas littered with little paper ballot chads.
Mid-Road Trip Exam
The Mariners are halfway through their current road trip through Dallas-Ft. Worth, Chicago, and Cleveland, having taken the series with the Rangers two games to one and split the first two with the White Sox. How has it gone? Let's examine.