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Wild wild west: The Mariners win their fourth in a row, the A’s drop their third in a row

Jul 2, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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When you read that headline, you should not think of The Escape Club or Will Smith. You should think Kool Moe Dee. Everyone always thinks of someone besides Kool Moe Dee and that’s just wrong.

That aside, yes, the AL West is becoming all kinds of fun lately. Today the Tigers finished off a sweep of the A’s behind a better-than-he-has-been-but-not-as-good-as-he-can-be Justin Verlander. Verlander scattered nine hits (if there were ten, those hits would have been “weathered”) as the Tigers put up a six spot in the sixth with three RBI singles and an RBI double. Meanwhile, Seattle knocked off Houston 5-2, as Chris Young struck out eight and the M’s bullpen once again put up zeroes.

That’s four straight wins for the M’s and three straight losses for Oakland. The A’s are still in first and the M’s are still in third, but Seattle is now only four and a half back. They were 7.5 back when we woke up on Monday morning. If the season ended today, well, we’d be sad because it will likely have ended abruptly due to some huge, national tragedy that required the season to be suspended. A nuclear accident? Alien invasion? The Rapture?

But whatever caused it to end, it would end with the Mariners in the playoffs.

Which would also be suspended, but let that go for a second.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    And the Angels are right there in second place!

  2. philliesblow - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    If the season ended today, this would be the reason:

    Thought you would have known about this, Craig.

  3. rawdog2013 - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Stick to your own division Philliesblow and get off our threads.

    A’s own this division. I think what the Angels and Mariners are doing is really cute, but they’re not overtaking “Let’s go Oakland!”

    • extavernmouse - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      “Rangers own this division. I think what the As and Angels are doing is really cute, but they’re not overtaking “Let’s Go Texas!” — Rangers fan, 2012.

    • philliesblow - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    • echech88 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      From a dude named rawdog. Nothing else need be said.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      As if people really needed more of a reason to hate oakland, along comes this guy

    • cmp78 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      I think Dave Mahler has the best response to this:

      M's have arrived. I've got A's fans talking smack on my TL.— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) July 2, 2014

    • Tick - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      As a life long A’s fan that bleeds green and gold, I beg you not to speak for my team. You sound like a Giants fan. Please go back across the bay where stupid is acceptable.

  4. ironcurtin64 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Craig – No more talk about how well the Mariners are doing. You’re going to jinx us. I haven’t felt this optimistic in years.

  5. scatterbrian - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    No love for Robert Conrad?

  6. tmc602014 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    I vote for the alien invasion.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    The real crime is that no one ever thinks of Dru Hill.

  8. worldchampionseahawks - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Definitely reason to be cautiously optimistic. Lloyd has got these boys playing excellent baseball, and they are fun to watch!

  9. scatterbrian - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Seattle was 4.5 games back on June 9th after sweeping Tampa. Ten days later they were 8 games back.

  10. beastmode5150 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    And Oakland is still a dump, with garbage fan support.

  11. ctony1216 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Must be somewhat gratifying to Robinson Cano: Mariners’ record: 47-38; Yankees record 41-42.

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