While the Mariners are trying to get back on track after being swept by the Houston Astros over the weekend and losing Game 1 to Cleveland on Monday, they still have the most wins in the MLB and have shown some surprising promise in the early going of the 2019 season.
M’s gave themselves a chance, but Astros’ pitching proves to be too much
Greg Amsinger of the MLB Network recently joined 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob, Groz and Tom to discuss what has stood out to him after watching the Mariners during their strong start to the campaign. Here’s a look at some of what he covered.
Mariners can be good while they’re getting better
The prevailing idea about the 2019 season was that the Mariners were entering a rebuild, therefore wins might be hard to come by. But after the M’s won 13 of their first 15 games, Seattle is reminding Amsinger of a team that was able to stay in contention while playing the role of ‘seller’ at the trade deadline.
“The Mariners could be what the Yankees were a few years back,” Amsinger said. “The Yankees were trading away their bullpen arms when they were still in the mix for a wild card berth and everyone was like, ‘What is going on?’ They were sellers, then they kept winning and were in the mix all the way to the end.”
Amsinger could see general manager Jerry Dipoto trading off veterans that bring back players that could still help the Mariners now but have more of an impact in future years.
“Jerry Dipoto’s not gonna lose sight of what the big vision is here. I wouldn’t be shocked if Jay Bruce is traded. I wouldn’t be shocked if Dee Gordon is traded. But they’ll still be a competitive team,” Amsinger said. “He’s gotta tow …read more
Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports