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You’ll never guess which team has the AL’s best record since the All-Star break

Aug 21, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Over in the National League the top records since the All-Star break belong to teams that have been strong all season: Cincinnati, Washington, Atlanta.

However, as Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times notes the American League’s top post-break record belongs to the team that had the league’s worst record going into the break.

Seattle went 36-51 in the first half, but the Mariners are now 23-13 in the second half and tied with the Rays for the AL’s top mark during that time. And the doubly amazing part is that they had a five-game losing streak within that, meaning the Mariners went 23-8 surrounding the five losses in a row.

They’re still in last place in the AL West at 59-64 overall, but thanks to the second Wild Card being added the Mariners are now at least on the fringes of contention. With just two more wins they’ll match their 2010 win total and eight more wins will match their 2011 win total.

  1. beefytrout - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    The Mariners have the best record of any last place team in baseball, and with their win yesterday, the AL West is now the only division where there are no teams with a negative run differential.

  2. whitdog23 - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    wow! “the best record of any last place team”?? thats pretty lame to think that’s something good to claim

    • beefytrout - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      thanks for pointing that out.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Of course it’s a good thing to claim. For the Mariners, it’s a sign of progress.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      This would only be true if every cellar dwellar were 30+ games out of first and weren’t very competitive. Clearly that is not true of the M’s, meaning it definitely means something to their opponents, especially after the break. They were the only team to pick up wins against the Rays on their recent 10 game roadie.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    I knew it wasn’t the Red Sox

  4. Brian Donohue - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    and starting next year they get their ticket out of the cellar, thanks to the arrival of the Minute-Maidens!

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Put the M’s in the NL West and they would be in the thick of things

  6. gnrfan8804 - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    take that ichiro!!……M’s fans have to be encouraged by this team. ackley, montero, seager, saunders are all playing in there first full season and have all shown moments of greatness. at one time, if he doesnt still, seager led the league in 2 out rbi’s. theres a bright future and may just need one or two pieces to bring it all together. that alone is why you DO NOT trade Felix, despite what everyone was saying last week. you just cant be sure of what you get for him (see cliff lee to texas trade). ….its very possible, despite being a huge fan of his, that ichiro may have been hurting this team more than helping.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Dude, the Ichiro trade wasn’t his decision. Besides, the M’s had young talent waiting behind him that they needed to see if they could play at the big league level. While your final point may be true, it wasn’t Ichiro’s fault. Take out your venom. He was one of the best players in M’s history.

    • IdahoMariner - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Ichiro said he was happy to be traded if it would help the team, so I really don’t understand the venom.

      And I really, really fail to see how being the best hitter on his team, though no longer at his own standard of excellence anymore, could hurt the team. As was quickly apparent, he wasn’t blocking anyone that needed the at-bats (Carlos Peguero couldn’t hit and was like watching a three toed sloth try to cover right field). Thank god they picked up Thames, he at least isn’t horrible out there or at the plate.

      If you can’t appreciate what Ichiro gave the team, you haven’t been paying attention for the past eleven years.

      Go Ichiro AND go Ms!

      • IdahoMariner - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        I should say that Thames was obviously awesome last night, and trayvon Robinson has been totally fun to watch (loved how he laid out to make that catch Friday trying to keep iwakuma’s perfect game attempt going in the fourth), but until wells and Peguero showed they had absolutely nothing to show us, I don’t think they were even thinking about Robinson. Lucky for him the other two tanked, because he might be here to stay.

  7. scouter2012 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Ichiro asked to be traded.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      You really buy this, seeing as how nothing came out before the trade, and yet mysteriously the day he was traded, he “asked for it several weeks ago?” This despite the fact the M’s were trying to resign him a week earlier? Look, he was an impending free agent. This was unnecessary spin by the team that was fearing public backlash over a business decision. A likely sound business decision at that. If you need further proof, replay the standing ovation he got in his first at bat that night.

      • Reflex - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Ichiro was a 10 and 5 guy, he didn’t go anywhere unless he wanted to, and in fact he could pretty much decide where he was going.

        I don’t hold it against him. He’s near retirement and wants a ring. The M’s are two years out from serious competition.

      • IdahoMariner - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Dude, Seattle is the best team in baseball at keeping their trade activity away from the media.

  8. gnrfan8804 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    hey, my ‘take that’ line was just a joke. i love the guy, is still my fav player and it was heart breaking because i hate the yankees with a passion. but good points were made that the he wasnt productive and since his trade, the younger guys get more time in…..not trying to fire anyone up negatively, just showing my excitement for there recent success. us M’s fans have so little. seems like forever ago that they were one game back of first and leading the wild card in late august then went on a small rough patch that killed there season (think it was 07). that was a fun season, but what have we had since? keep it up M’s!!!!

  9. IdahoMariner - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Also, we are sitting on a 6 game win streak, and Felix is pitching tonight. A good day to be a mariner fan.

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