Monday, July 31, 2006

Mariners Hot Again

They may have slumped a little coming out of the All-Star break but now the Seattle Mariners are gaining momentum. Sunday’s 7-3 win over Cleveland gave Seattle their third series win in a row and their seventh win in ten games.

After dropping the first game of their series to the Indians 1-0 the Mariners came back to win 3-1 on Saturday then took the series early Sunday afternoon. Jose Lopez and Raul Ibanez each had two run singles with two outs in the 9th on Sunday to provide the Mariners with the rubber match win.

Now, the Mariners are sitting in an almost perfect position just 3.5 games behind first place Oakland. Seattle will travel to Baltimore for a three game series starting tonight while Oakland visits the Angels for three games and then will travel to Seattle for a weekend series. Considering that the Rangers visit the Twins you have the probability that this time next week the division standings could be upside-down.

AL West Standings
W L Pct GB
Oakland 55 50 .524 --
LA Angels 54 50 .519 0.5
Texas 52 53 .495 3.0
Seattle 51 53 .490 3.5