BREAKFAST BALL CLASSIC: AN IMPORTANT SERIES WIN AND THE ABSURDITY OF IT ALL

The Mariners won today and won a series away against the Cleveland Indians on their home turf. The Indians haven’t dropped a series at home since last year’s All-Star break. The Mariners snapped that streak by outscoring their opponents 32-18 and outhitting them 42-34 in four games.

 

Besides the second game of the series, where Cy Young winner, Cory Kluber kept their bats at bay the Mariners led a multifaceted attack by striking with the long-ball and base hits with runners in scoring position. The Mariners hit 10 homers in the series which brought home 18 runs of their 42, and went nearly .500 w/RISP, with 14 hits in 29 attempts. These numbers are #GOOD.

 

Sunday’s breakfast baseball classic didn’t disappoint Seattle baseball fans. The M’s piled it on in the second inning driving in five runs. Healy opened up the inning with a leadoff double and was sent home by a Dee Gordon single—Gordon advanced to second on the throw at the plate. Jean Jean the Hitting Machine Segura echoed Gordon’s single with an RBI line drive to center field. To cap the inning, Robinson Canó hit a 2-run homer to claim his 100th in a Mariner uniform.

 

Mariners starter, Marco Gonzales took it from there by pitching his second quality start in a row; only giving up two runs on six hits in six innings pitched. Since his rocky performance against Kansas City April 10th Gonzales has looked sharp, mixing his pitches and finding his command on the edges of the zone. The potent Cleveland offense was unable to get much going against the young lefty. Gonzales is well on his way to his own cheering section in Safeco Field.

 

After Altavilla struggled again on the rubber by allowing two runs to score because of his two walks the Mariners’ lead was cut to within two runs. Luckily for Seattle, Ryon Healy to the rescue. The first baseman continued his spike in form with a solo shot to deep left field in the fifth and did it again in the 8th when it counted most with a 2-run blast. Healy ended the day hitting 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. He’s now hit three home runs in two games.

 

The Mariners added another insurance run in the ninth inning as Mitch Haniger continued his tear in April by hitting a rocket well over the wall in left field and through the section’s exit tunnel. He’s now three behind Ken Griffey Jr. for the most RBIs by a Mariner in the months of March/April with 27. Good boy Mitch is proving to be the All-Star we always knew he could be.

 

The Seattle Mariners are doing beautiful things. Here are some numbers to chew on. 57 of the Mariners’ total 126 runs this season have come with two outs. That’s 45.2% of their runs. With two outs, Haniger has eight runs and nine hits, Seager with seven runs and 12 hits, Canó with eight runs and 13 hits, Segura with 10 runs and 15 hits, and Gordon with four runs and 11 hits. As of now, the Mariners sit third in the league in slugging, fourth in home runs, sixth in OPS, eighth in batting average and hits, and 10th in runs scored. Again, these numbers are #GOOD.

 

By far the most interesting figure is the percentage of runs scored with two outs. This statistic leads one to suspect that maybe the Seattle Mariners are something that they haven’t been in a long time, clutch. If they can maintain their winning ways against the Oakland Athletics and Anaheim Angels this next home stand the Mariners might just find themselves in a comfortable second place in the AL West.

Who would have thought?

GO M’s.

(Cover photo: The Seattle Times)

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