Examining the M’s first week
The first two series for the Mariners have both been on the road against the White Sox and the A’s. They first had a four game series against Oakland where they finished 2-2. Then they went to Chicago where they went 1-3
In Oakland Felix Hernandez and Hisahsi Iwakuma both won there games, while Joe Saunders and Brandon Maurer lost theirs. Hernandez and Iwakuma looked dominant only allowing 1 earned run, while Saunders and Maurer both looked very poor. Granted Maurer is a rookie but both of them will need to step it up
In Chicago Blake Beaven got a no decision after giving up a five run lead in the fifth inning of the first game, while Kameron Loe got the win in extra innings. Loe would lose the third game of the series on a walk off home run. Hernandez and Iwakuma would not pitch nearly as well in their two starts giving up a combined total of seven earned runs. The M’s closer Tom Wilhelmson has two saves over the first seven games.
Seattle’s bottom three in their starting roatation will have to step it up, which they will have a chance to do as they start a three game series against the Astros at home.
As far as hitting goes, Michael Morse and Franklin Gutierrez have been amazing. Morse has hit and outstanding five home runs, and Gutti has hit two as well. Kendrys Morales and Michael Saunders each have one as well. It is still very early so players who are slumping early on such as Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley still have a lot of time to figure things out.
The Mariners now have a ten game home stand, starting with a three game series with the Astros. Hopefully the M’s can sweep them and get some momentum going in this early season. They will need it if they truly want to have any chance of competing this year.