Mike Carp, in the month of August, was on a hot streak. There was that clutch home run all the way into somebody's soup against the Angels. Then there was that clutch double that drove in two to win the game, where if the ball was hit anywhere but center field it would've been dinger number nine to what hopefully will be many more. Yes Mariner fans, the future finally looks bright. With Mike Carp posting a twenty game hit streak, 25 RBI, six dingers, and a .313/.353/.545 triple slash line, Carp looked like an obvious front-runner for the Rookie of the Month Award in the month of August, which the red-bearded latino from Long Beach, California won with flying colors. This is great for Mike Carp and the organization, meaning they hopefully have found an answer to the hole at DH, and hopefully have a backup LF for years to come.
Of course, a Rookie of the Month award doesn't mean a whole lot. I mean, it's only one month, around twenty-five plus games in a 162 Game season. And, winning Rookie of the Month doesn't exactly stack up to winning a ROTY or an MVP or an award like that, but it's prestigious. Michael Pineda won the award in the month of April, back when the Mariners were slowly edging their way into contention, and compared to other Rookie of the Month award pitchers, (Aaron Laffey won it once!) Pineda picked up very similar numbers. But Mike Carp has some hefty company in previous ROTM winners like Ichiro, Albert Pujols, Robinson Cano, and Hideki Matsui. Here's to hoping Carp can emerge as a superstar like his company, along with Pineda and Ackley to become key pieces, along with Carp, in this Mariner organization going forward.