7/22: Open Game Thread

Brad Miller, AL Player of the Week - Scott Halleran

RHP Ubaldo Jimenez Vs RHP Aaron Harang

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The Seattle Mariners have the longest current win streak in the big leagues at six games, which still just feels so odd. But it hasn't just been the past six days that the club has been playing like one of the game's best.

Consider where the club was about a month or so ago. When I was writing series previews elsewhere, the offense was ringing in around 24th or 26th or somewhere in that range in many categories. Now? They're 11th in baseball in wRC+ and 13th in wOBA. No, not over the past month. That's where they are now for the season.

The past 30 days has really helped erase the memories of how bad they were in April and May. They're first in those aforementioned categories. They're also first in slugging. They're third in on-base percentage.

And it hasn't been because of pitching and defense. Despite the metrics saying they've been bad in the field and mediocre on the mound, they have the sixth highest fWAR in that span.

This is bonkers, you guys. The Seattle Mariners have been awesome at baseball for an extended period of time. Because of their offense!

Yeah, regression this and luck that. Who cares? Who effing cares? Enjoy it, because maybe it'll last. Maybe it won't, but then you'll be the one thumping your chest about being right while the rest of us had a blast watching something other than soul-sucking defeats.

Lineups

Cleveland Indians
1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Nick Swisher (S) 1B
3. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
7. Jason Giambi (L) DH
9. Drew Stubbs (R) RF


Seattle Mariners
1. Brad Miller (L) SS
2. Nick Franklin (S) 2B
3. Raul Ibanez (L) LF
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
6. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
8. Mike Zunino (R) C
9. Dustin Ackley (L) CF

For your hour-before-the-game chatting pleasure, I'll ask these questions: What is your confidence level for the team down the stretch? Can they get to, or above, .500? Will they regress heavily and be difficult to watch again? How excited are you for 2014?
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