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The Seattle Mariners are in second place

May 7, 2014, 8:35 AM EDT

Fernando Rodney AP

I know the bulk of you who read these morning posts don’t watch many Mariners games because of the tyranny of time zones, but I feel like it’s worth pointing out that the M’s are now 16-15 and sit in second place in the AL West.

They’ve done this by winning four straight games and nine of 11 overall. The freakiest part of that nine of 11 thing? Both of the losses in that stretch came during Felix Hernandez starts.

Three of those nine wins came against Houston and, no, beating Houston is not exactly a big resume piece. But the others have come against Texas (two wins) New York (two wins) and Oakland (two wins). They’ve averaged 5.72 runs a game in that span. Overall the M’s offense has not been insanely good, but it has been good by their own recent standards.

And, for the entire season they’re averaging more runs per game than the Yankees and Red Sox. Which, however flukey and early it is, is kind of fun.

  1. Hugh Jass - May 7, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Enjoy the good times Robbie Cano, there will be very few of those…

    • lazlosother - May 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      There are 240 million of them.

    • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      I bet you he’s over at Cow Chip Cookies right now, enjoying an excellent morning cappuccino and a couple of the best chocolate chip cookies on the third rock from the sun.

    • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Cano’s former team is currently in second place in the AL East.

      • yankees218 - May 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        They’re tied for first

      • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Look carefully. They are a couple of percentage points behind.

    • watdoiknow - May 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      hmm.. seems like a bitter Yankees fan.. and BTW.. nice 3rd grade screen name.

  2. IsThird - May 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  3. [citation needed] fka COPO - May 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Don’t sleep on the Mariners. And, yes, I suppose that does mean that I am telling you to go Sleepless in Seattle.

    BOOO, BOOO!

    • Francisco (FC) - May 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Guessing you’re not a Tomeg fan (is that how these pairs are defined? Smooching together their first names in any way possible?)

  4. Bob - May 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    The Mariners are 3-3 against the Astros, lost two of three at home vs. Houston two weeks ago and needed a ninth-inning rally to win the one game in that series. So don’t take away too much credit for their three wins against the Astros.

  5. shawnuel - May 7, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Seattle has done this with 3 starters out for most of the season. Iwakuma just came back, Paxton, who was looking very good, is still out at least till the end of the month. Taijuan Walker may be back in 3 weeks. Chris Young has been an effective stop-gap and Roenis Elias might be a minor break-out in his rookie year. If he ends up being a 5th starter in a rotation of Felix, Iwakuma, Paxton and Walker, that is potentially, very good. Lots of growing pains but plenty to smile about this season for Mariner fans.

  6. scatterbrian - May 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    This time last season, Colorado was 18-13, a half game behind San Francisco.

  7. Kevin Gillman - May 7, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I find it very ironic, and a bit hypocritical of the Yankees organization, former and current who kissed Robbie’s ass 2 years ago, knowing his contract was coming up, buying almost every player money can buy, and the ONE guy who shuns him, they rip on him every chance they can get. Let it go Yankee organization, and let it go Yankee fans. You’ll buy someone else soon.

  8. zdravit - May 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Imagine how much better they’d be with uber-prospect Jesus Montero behind the plate.

  9. yankees218 - May 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    That’s because we’ve played now games. It evens out in the end. But as of now, the yanks are up a game in the win column and down a game in the loss column. .5 + (-.5) = 0. Aka tied for first place.

    • facebookuser111 - May 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Just cant handle an article not about the Yankees can you…?

      • yankees218 - May 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        I was simply correcting someone who made an incorrect statement. I love Robbie and my cousin plays on the Mariners, so I actually it’s great that they’re in second place.

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