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MLB Scores: Mariners Beat A’s, Attribute Result To Superior Parenting

The Mariners won Sunday, lifting their overall record to 18-20, and placing the team just a half game behind Oakland for second in the division. With another off day coming up tomorrow*, it’s worth briefly reflecting on where the Mariners are in the season relative to two and a half weeks ago.

*High school teams play more often than the M’s have over the last ten days.

Lets face it, emotions and expectations were not high for this team after they dropped two out of three to Houston — for the second time. The roster was broken, key players were struggling, and there wasn’t an imminent fix on the horizon. The season looked more or less doomed.

The funny thing is, personnel wise, not a whole lot has changed since the team left the state of Texas. Other than the return of Michael Saunders — which I’ll grant was a significant boost — and possibly better health for Michael Morse, this is the same team that left Houston with an 8-15 record. Super performances from Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma have made up for slow starts from other rotation members, and the offense has feasted off of a poor batch of pitchers, but it’s strange that all of this winning has come from the same team that incited so much anger just a few weeks ago.

Unlike the early slate of games front-loaded with prospective playoff teams, the Seattle’s more recent opponents — particularly their pitching staff– haven’t been particularly strong. It’s been documented elsewhere, but just as the M’s probably weren’t as bad as their record suggested on April 24th, their recent 10-5 run isn’t what we should expect going forward, either. We thought, coming into the season, that this could be a 75-80 win team. That still doesn’t look unrealistic.

A quick Happy Mothers Day set of bullets:

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