The Seahawks have won only eight season-opening road games in their history, and in only one of those did they beat a team coming off a playoff campaign.
Author: Steve Rudman
Boosted by the arrival via trade of veteran starter Mike Leake, as well as a remarkable start Sunday from Andrew Albers, the Mariners sneaked back into the wild card race.
The Mariners traded INF Chris Taylor to the Dodgers in June 2016 and received a minor league pitcher now out of the game. Since then, Taylor has become LA’s third-best hitter.
With premium talent at all key positions coupled with a favorable schedule, Washington has a splendid chance to win every regular game, starting with Rutgers Friday.
The Mariners had a chance to take possession of the second wild card, but two losses over the weekend at Yankee Stadium landed Seattle 1.5 games in arrears.
Nelson Cruz and some new kids on the block — Yonder Alonso, Erasmo Ramirez and Andrew Albers — helped make for a 4-2 week that kept the Mariners in the race despite many injuries.
The Mariners had a good start to the week, sweeping two in Oakland, but dropped four in a row to the Angels while James Paxton was lost to the DL with a pectoral strain.
The number retirement ceremony for Edgar Martinez at Safeco Field Saturday is also about boosting his chances for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Mariners lost ace Felix Hernandez to the disabled list for a second time, but split a series in Kansas City and acquired All-Star 1B Yonder Alonso to platoon at first base.
Kenny Easley had a long and painful journey to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but his wait ends Saturday when he joins four other career Seahawks in Canton.