Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Who’s hot, who’s not?

The Seattle Mariners had another rough week. After being swept by the lowly San Diego Padres and losing the first game of the San Francisco series, the Mariners were able to reel off 2 wins to end the week and steal the series from the Giants. The team was outscore 17-21 despite some pretty good performances.

This was an odd week where almost all of the usual top performers cooled off while one man stepped up to the plate…literally…and put the team on his back.

Let’s see who makes the list this week.

Who’s Hot Jesus Montero – C/DH

Jesus Montero was by far the best player on the team this week. With some of the regulars cooling off for the week, it was really nice to see Montero step up and take over.

If he can continue to hit this well, he may make an much bigger impact much sooner than most people had hoped.

Montero is certainly becoming worthy of being an everyday starter in your league. #1 catcher is a strong consideration. If you can have 2 catchers starting, it’s a no-brainer.

If not, you may want him in your utility spot.

This week’s stat line: 9 for 24 (.375) with 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 walk, 3 strike outs

Jesus Montero took hometown hero Tim Lincecum to the upper deck

Tom Wilhelmsen – RP/Closer

When Brandon League lost the closer role, there was an immediate announcement that the Mariners closer job was going to be by committee.

‘The Bartender’ Tom Wilhelmsen certainly ended that experiment quickly, earning the job shortly after League lost it.

While he most likely will not be holding this job for the rest of the year, (League wants it back as well as newly called up fireballer Stephen Pryor) but try and squeeze every last save out of this guy until the fun is over for him.

This week’s stat line: 1 win, 1 save, 4 innings pitched, 6 strike outs, 2 walks, 1 hit

Keep An Eye On Michael Saunders – OF

Michael Saunders was on a roll the last couple weeks and cooled off slightly this week. You can’t ask for too much more than he has contributed so far, and he is looking to stay steady and keep his spot in this roster.

Saunders is worthy of Utility consideration and is definitely a filler guy if you have a stud OF who has a day off.

This week’s stat line: 5 for 20 (.250) with 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 1 double, 1 stolen base, 1 walk, 5 strike outs

Casper Wells – OF

While Casper Wells‘ numbers this week should have him as who’s hit, you have to remember he was JUST recalled from Tacoma. Give him a week or two to see how he pans out this time around and act accordingly.

This is definitely a good start, though.

If your league is running low on waiver options and you have an extra spot, you may want to store Wells for now and see if he keeps this pace up.

This week’s stat line: 6 for 12 (.500) with 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 1 home run, 0 walks, 2 strike outs

Tom Wilhelmsen has stolen the Mariners closer role with solid outings (Photo Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE)

Dustin Ackley – 2B

Dustin Ackley has been up and down on my list all year, but one thing is for certain…he is this team’s best hitter. He may be streaky at the moment, but he is showing that he is the future of this club’s offensive persona.

Ackley is an automatic starter at 2nd base if you’ve got him. Unless you’ve got a stud in front of him, then you must use him in a utility role.

This week’s stat line: 5 for 22 (.227) with 3 Runs, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 6 strike outs

Who’s Cold Kyle Seager – 3B

Poor Kyle Seager. He started the season off strong and has slowly fizzled out. Of course we all hope he snaps out of this, but if he doesn’t, don’t be surprised to see Vinnie Catricala get a chance since Chone Figgins, Alex Liddi, and possibly Seager have almost certainly lost their shots at starting jobs…for now.

To make things worse…beyond this week’s listed stat line, he also committed 2 errors in the field and was caught stealing.

This week’s stat line: 2 for 22 (.090) with 0 Runs, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 8 strike outs

Justin Smoak – 1B

Let’s all hope this was a mulligan week for Justin Smoak. After his 2 or 3 week tear, he finally showed signs of humanity and cooled way off. We know he has it in him, we just need to see it consistently from him to stop the thoughts of trading for or signing a big name at some point to replace him.

Smoak is still start-worthy in your fantasy league. Everyone has a bad week here and there.

This week’s stat line: 2 for 21 (.095) with 1 Run, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 4 strike outs

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