The Mariners have one of the best one-two starting rotation punches in the Major Leagues with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, but with the way veteran right-hander Chris Young (5-2) is pitching,
especially at home, and lefty Roenis Elias throwing in an occasional dandy, good things could be on the way at Safeco Field.
An organization that has not been in the playoffs since 2001, and lost at least 90 games in four of the past six seasons, needs another bat or two in the lineup. But the pending return of starting pitchers Taijuan Walker and James Paxton bodes well for the future.
It would help even more for the offense to generate more runs before there are two outs. To their credit, Seattle is one of the best two-out scoring team in the big-leagues this season. Still, they need more no-out or one-out runs to make a run for a playoff spot.
And here are this week’s power rankings:
1. Giants (1): It’s starting to look like the Giants will go as far as Tim Hudson takes them
2. Athletics (2): Meanwhile, across the Bay, Athletics salute the ’74 World Series champions
3. Angels (3): You have to wonder just how much Raul Ibanez, batting .147, has left in his tank
4. Dodgers (5): No one was calling Jamey Wright “Mo” after recording his second save in 682 games
5. Rangers (6): It was a pain in the neck for the Nationals in Yu Darvish’s return on Sunday
6. Rockies (4): A 10-game homestand is just what the doctor ordered for the road-weary Rox
7. Mariners (8): Right-hander Chris Young is the early-season leader for Comeback Player of the Year
8. Padres (7): The fifth-starter mystery man is slated to step forward on Tuesday at Petco
9. Astros (10): All eyes are on the AL West team heading into Thursday’s Amateur Draft
10. Diamondbacks (9): Miley says he pitched well after giving up four HRs and loses 4-3. Huh?
(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)