Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Those are football numbers!

The Seattle Mariners came out swinging in Arlington last night, assaulting the Texas Rangers 21-8. That’s right, folks. The Mariners scored 3 touchdowns and the Rangers scored 1 and successfully converted their 2 point conversion!

All jokes aside, it was a very impressive performance that hopefully shows that this team is finally making some progress.

There was lots to enjoy about this impressive show of power, but I was told to narrow it down to just 5 reasons.

Here are my 5 reasons to love last night’s “Blackjack” performance.

5. No Ichiro? No Problem!

Ichiro Suzuki got the night off so he got to watch the run fest from the bench. With his presence not in the lineup as the Mariners played ring around the bases, it shows that this Mariners team does NOT need him. It’s easy to fall in line and say how much we all love Ichiro and how much he has done and helped bring fans to Seattle.

The futility is no longer worth it (from a fan’s perspective at least) and the Mariners should feel a lot better about either trading him this season or letting him go when his contract is up.

Here is my assessment of Ichiro’s replacement for the night in response to Managing Editor Q’s Twitter question:

@NWSportsBeat Nah. His replacement, Chone Donkey Figgins, put up Ichiro numbers. 1 for 5, 1 walk 2 K’s, 2 runs, a stolen base. 0 RBI 4 LOB

— Brandon Choate (@NWSBBrandon) May 31, 2012

4. Paying Dividends

Those who questioned or were angered by the Michael Pineda trade should be silent at this point, right? Jesus Montero is already showing flashes of brilliance of what he can become in the future – a power hitting DH (or catcher) that the Mariners have yearned for as of late.

Yes, Montero is inconsistent right now, but last night’s performance was a testament to what this guy can do. Remember, this guy is young and he is in his first full season in the big leagues. If he can put up these numbers, he is poised for a hell of a career.

3 for 4 with 4 runs, 4 RBI, 2 walks, a double, a home run

3. The future is now

The combo of Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero and Kyle Seager had their way with Texas

I’m going to be nice and throw Michael Saunders in this discussion, although this isn’t really his category. I’m trying to highlight as many stud performances as possible! Saunders, Dustin Ackley, Alex Liddi and Kyle Seager are a battery of youth and the future of Mariners baseball.

Their performances last night were not only amazing, but also absolutely clutch.

In a time where fans are giving on their beloved team, these guys are sparking interest in the team again. By putting out huge performances like last night’s, it gives Mariners fans reasons to hope again.

The 4 guys went a combined 10 for 20 at the plate with 8 runs, 7 RBIs, 5 doubles, a home run, 2 walks, 4 Ks.

2. Where there’s Smoak, there’s fire

After all the crap the myself and many other Mariners fans have been giving Justin Smoak, he has seemed to turn it around. Since the series in New York against the Yankees, Smoak is swinging his bat like he finally realizes his job may be on the line.

And with each swing, we’re seeing more and more effort from this guy.

We haven’t seen the lackadaisical Smoak of the recent past, yet a revitalized Smoak who looks hungry at the plate.

3 for 5 with 3 Runs, 6 RBIs, a double, 2 home runs, 1 walk, 1 K.

1. Break from futility

All in all, this win was just nice to see for everyone. After watching the team struggle to put up runs in many games this year, it was exciting to see them come to life. Even if for one night only, (it better not be!!) the fans were actually able to sit down and enjoy Mariners baseball.

Will we see 20+ runs again this season? Probably not. What we would like to see, though, is more consistent hitting like we saw last night.

And about one-third to half of that run total each night would be nice, too.

Check out this beautiful BOXSCORE from last night’s game!


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