Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/8/12
M’s sweep into August

Coming off of two straight series sweeps is the way most teams would like to be heading into New York to face the Yankees.

Too bad the Mariners seemed to find themselves back in the favors of the sports writers who chose them to finish dead last this year.

But, with this club, let’s enjoy all of the wins that we can, because we’re still a few years off any contending chances. 

We welcomed a new player, Eric Thames, to the squad, said goodbye to the nightmare in the bullpen, Brandon League, and Felix Hernandez was once again brilliant.

Jason Vargas finally had his win streak snapped, but he was named the A.L. Pitcher of the month for July, so at least somebody other than us is paying attention to the Mariners these days.

With that high note, I give you my top 10!

10: Just in Thame

With the Mariners facing the Blue Jays, and with Eric Thames now on our side, the newest Mariner decided now was the best time to go yard for his new team.

Against the team that just gave up on him!

Welcome aboard Eric, hopefully our accommodations are a little more pleasant for you.

9: New rookie record

Jason Vargas named AL pitcher of the month for July (photo Yahoo! Sports)

What a way to record your first win in the bigs!

On Monday, Hisashi Iwukuma shut down the Jays over 8 innings, giving up 1 run, and striking out a Mariner rookie record 13 men!

Unfortunately, his next start in the Bronx didn’t go so well.

8: Ichiro again?

Man, we just can’t get away from this guy.

There’s nothing worse for a fan, than when your franchise player for more than a decade is traded away, then your team goes on to play him six times in the two weeks after the trade.

Plus, he’s in the middle of a 13 game hit streak for his new club!

This my friends, is the luck of Seattle.

7: Vargas top pitcher

As mentioned in the opening, Jason Vargas was named the American League’s top pitcher for the month of July.

I’m still just counting my blessings that he wasn’t shipped out at the deadline.

Make room on the mantle at the clubhouse Jason, because Felix is sure to bring that award home for August!

6: Who are these guys?

Despite losing 4 out of 6 to the Yankees, the M’s have been one of the hottest teams in baseball since the All-Star break, including 7 wins in a row.

I want to know who kidnapped our lovable losers, and replaced them with guys who can actually play ball.

5:  No rush on Furbush

With the additions of Carter Capps, and Stephen Pryor to the pen, the M’s don’t seem to be in any hurry to bring back Charlie Furbush to the big league squad.

After his first appearance in Tacoma, and another bullpen session, it seems that management wants to keep him there a bit longer before he returns to his spot in the Mariners pen.

Felix Hernandez once again unstoppable in the Bronx (photo everyjoe.com)

4: Capps gun

Speaking of Carter Capps, what an arm this kid has on him, huh?

Hitting 100 multiple times in a Major League debut, at Yankee Stadium no less.

Hope they don’t test his Wheaties before his next appearance.

3: Guti making progress

I should rename this column ”The Guti Files” because that’s been about the only thing I have written about consistently for the past month.

Anyways, word is, Franklin Gutierrez is making progress towards returning to the Mariners.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

2: Ryan feels unwanted

The on going dilemma for this Mariners franchise since not giving Alex Rodriquez half of the state of Washington’s payroll for a contract, has been what to do with the short stop position.

This years flop is Brendan Ryan.

Sure, Ryan is just as good defensively as Jack Wilson before him, and tons better than Yunieski Bettancort before him, but the one constant through all three of them, is their terrible bats.

Brendan Ryan is barely creeping over the Mendoza line, and that is just not good enough for an everyday player at this level.

Alex Liddi is probably wondering what he would have to do to get any sort of a chance at that spot about now.

1: King for a day

Oh the marvel of Felix Hernandez.

What an honor it is for us to get to watch him pitch for our team.

He’s just getting started too. To bad the season will be over in less than two months, but his best stuff is still there for us to witness.

Another beautiful performance by the King on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

For more on this, check out this weeks My oh My! segment for video and analysis.

There it is kids, another week in the books, another Felix gem, and a new outfielder to learn to love.

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