The Mariners were able to get one win in Yankee Stadium, which Mariners’ fans shouldn’t be disappointed with. While the Mariners (who are still 8-2 in their previous 10 games) have looked like a different, better team as of late, they aren’t on the Yankees’ level… yet. They now head to Camden Yards to play three against the Baltimore Orioles.
Current record: 57-51
Last series: vs. Rays. In a three game series in Tampa Bay, the Orioles and Rays played to three shutouts, with the Rays taking the first game 2-0 and the Orioles winning the second and third by final scores of 4-0 and 1-0.
Last series against Seattle: July 2 – July 4, 2012. The last time these two teams faced the Mariners were bad, and now the Mariners are good. In game one, Hisashi Iwakuma made his first major league start and joined Ichiro and Munenori Kawasaki in making history by being a member of the first starting lineup to include three Japanese players. The Mariners would go on to with that contest thanks to some late-inning heroics by Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olivo. Josh Kinney would make his debut in a Mariner loss in game two of the series, while Hector Noesi would get his last start of the year the next night in yet another loss to the Orioles.
Familiar Faces: Ask any Mariners’ fan what the worst trade of the past decade was and you’ll likely have a unanimous answer. Baltimore clearly came on the winning end of said trade, plucking Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and other prospects out of the Mariners’ farm system. In five years with Baltimore, Jones has never hit below .270. He has been elected to two All-Star games and won a Gold Glove in 2009. He’s currently ranked in the top 10 in the A.L. in WAR. Tillman is 4-1 on the year with a 2.70 ERA in five starts.
The treasure the Mariners’ received for this package? Erik Bedard. Riddled with injuries, Bedard never made more than 16 starts for the Mariners in 3 ½ seasons. While he was good in the time he was on the mound, his outings rarely went past five innings and he quickly lost favor with much of the Seattle fanbase. Bedard has since been traded to the Red Sox and is now leading the National League in losses with 12, pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.