10-game winning streak.
Post All-Star Break lineup, probably not looking to make any more moves before the end of the year.
Rotation: Felix, Oswalt, McClellan, Pineda, Stewart
Zach Stewart is a stand-out after looking like crap in his brief attempt at the majors last season. 8-4, 3.65 ERA, 96 K in 115 IP. Primary pitch is a 92-95mph sinker with 4-6 inches of late drop. Sinker, sinker, slider, sinker, slider. Pretty nasty stuff, only 25 years old. Making up for Pineda's slide toward mediocrity.
Closer Chris "Pure Rage" Perez has already topped David Aardsma's last season total saves (Granted, many of those saves were for the Indians), holding an ERA under 2.00. 26 years old, but in a contract year. Aardsma had an extra year under contract when we made the trade, but we would've been stuck with Aardsma another year, so I'm fine with having to pay up.
Infield: Smoak, Ackley/Schumaker, Iglesias, Chisenhall.
Smoak's underperforming terribly. .230's, single-digit homers at the break. Ackley and Schumaker are sharing time at second. Schu is still a better fielder, and a more consistent hitter at times. Ackley has more power and better speed.
Iglesias is a stud at shortstop, plain and simple. He's got a hoover glove, a great arm, absurd range. He's also been hitting in the .270-.280 range and is sneaking up on ten homers. Might have to find a way to keep him in the lineup even if he didn't bring a bat to the plate, just for the defense.
Chisenhall is keeping about even with Lawrie's development. He's not much different as a hitter, and doesn't have quite as much speed on the bases. He's got a better glove, and is a year older than Lawrie. On the surface, the trade is pointless, but Chisenhall -did- bring along a 4-year contract, while Lawrie was going to want to Get Paid in two years.
Outfield: Saunders/Snider, McClouth, Brown/Viciedo
Kind of a rotating mess in the outfield, after trading off Ichiro and Frank. Saunders and Snider are sharing time in left, also rotating through the DH slot. McClouth has locked down center and is showing more power than expected. Brown, the recent acquisition from the Ichiro trade... at 24 years old, the dude could turn into the Mariner's next Ken, Jr. Hits for average, hits for power, good arm, good glove, good speed.
Might be too late to turn things around THIS season, and injuries are being a bit of a problem... BUT, this is looking like a team that can contend, finally.