Everything was going so good we were starting to wonder if we even needed Cano. That was before the Allstar break. The Mariners opened July winning only five of their 13 games in the month before the break. That included getting swept by Colorado to end the first half.
The break was well needed, but coming back from the break, the M’s didn’t get off to a blistering start at all. Seattle began to spin their wheels in the mud and that has carried itself through August and into September.
Two of the bright spots for the club all season long have been outfielders Mitch Haniger and Ben Gamel. Haniger this year is batting .279 but it feels like he’s better than that. The amount of clutch hits that he’s provided has been monumental for the team. Some could say that along with Edwin Diaz, he is the MVP of the team this year.
Gamel is batting .281 in 2018. He only has one home run this year, which is very different from his total of 11 last year. His slugging and on-base percentages, on the other hand. are just simply awesome. The man lives on base and seems to get the type of hits that Ichiro did in his prime. He pokes the ball through the holes on any side of the field.