When the Mariners left on their current 9-game road trip Sunday after a 4-game sweep courtesy of the Angels, optimism wasn’t abundant. The offense was struggling yet again and on the docket was a three game set with the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, three games with perhaps the hottest team in baseball in the Chicago White Sox and another three with the Angels who would have to be the second hottest team in the league if the White Sox were the first.
But after a 10-8 extra innings win against the White Sox on Saturday, which ended a 9-game winning streak for the palehos by the way, the Mariners appear to have things turned around. It’s not just the tangible results — a 3-2 record so far — but the intangible fight the team is showing.
Saturday’s game was an example of a total team victory. Over the course of the 12 innings, manager Eric Wedge used every man in his bullpen save for Shawn Kelley and received contributions from every position player available to him with the lone exception of Alex Liddi. The team scored 10 runs despite Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager combining to go 0-for-11 from the 2 and 3 holes.
This is a team that suddenly looks to have put it together offensively and is playing the type of baseball over the course of the last five games that can define the kind of team it will be not only this season but for the foreseeable future with the core being developed right before fans’ eyes.
It is games like these that build confidence and spur a continuation of the same. The Mariners are defining themselves in the beginning of June and it’s as a team to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future.