Seattle Mariners news has been very positive when it comes to the offense. Playing the Texas Rangers on Sunday, September 20, the Mariners won 9-2 to also win the three-game series. Home runs from Robinson Cano (17th) and Franklin Gutierrez (15th) helped pace the offense.
Cano went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, Kyle Seager was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and Jesus Sucre went 2-for-4 from the nine-spot in the lineup. The Mariners managed 14 hits and drew six walks on the day, plating nine runners to easily win game three of the series. Seager had two doubles to push his season total to 35 and it all helped Felix Hernandez improve his record to 18-9 on the season.
Franklin Gutierrez is having a resurgent season for the Mariners, showing that he can still bring a lot to the plate. In 146 at-bats this season, he has 15 home runs and 35 RBIs to his credit. Gutierrez has a .315 batting average and an amazing 1.061 OPS in the limited action. These numbers make it likely the Mariners could bring him back for the 2016 MLB season as well.
While recent Seattle Mariners news has been largely negative due to the team underperforming, it doesn’t take away from the success the team has had in the month of September. In 18 games this month, the Mariners have posted a 12-6 record so far. The offense has found a way to stay consistent and the pitching has been much better than it was in the rough summer months.
There are some tough games coming up next week, as the Mariners travel to play the Kansas City Royals from September 22-24. The Royals are battling for the best record in the American League this year, so the Mariners are looking to play the role of spoiler for about a week. Once the series in Kansas City has concluded, the Mariners travel to play the Los Angeles Angels from September 25-27. Then it’s time to return home for six games to close out the 2015 MLB season.
Ketel Marte (pictured) continues to do well from the leadoff spot, going 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored on Sunday. Since getting promoted from Triple-A Tacoma, Marte is 48-for-169 with a .284 batting average. Marte also has a .353 on-base percentage and seven stolen bases that the front office hopes he can build upon next year. That’s a piece of Seattle Mariners news that is worth remembering, as Marte could begin the 2016 MLB season as the leadoff hitter for the team again.
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