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July 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm ET
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Oh My Stars & Garters! A Winning Road Trip

Well now, that was productive…

The Mariners, limping along after losing two of three at home to the Cubs (re-read that again…), somehow, someway won four of six against bona-fide real-live major league teams, ON THE ROAD.

What the heck?

Well, they did it with some good pitching, and lifts from the kids. Plus a big lift from their best ‘veteran’ player on the roster…

Kyle Seager isn’t an oldster. He’s not going to be trade bait this season. But he is a veteran in the sense of ‘not a rookie’ and ‘started for an entire full season in the bigs without people looking at Eric Wedge funny’.

He’s probably not going to be a star – rather he’ll max out as a solid contributor to a winning team. But for a team like this, where the kids are going to have to sink or swim on their own once the trading deadline hits, Seager is invaluable.

How valuable?

If the Mariners had a bad road trip, they’d be closer to Houston than the Angels and in danger of sinking into last place. Seattle’s not going to win the West, nor will they be a wild card. A .500 season is the ceiling with this bunch, and when the inevitable veteran deals happen, that’s going to be a great finish for a kid-laden squad.

Seager, on this trip, went 12-22 with two home runs and two doubles and seven runs scored. Without that performance, it could be said the M’s would have been in the soup.

Again, he’s not going to be a star. Felix Hernandez – he’s a star. Nick Franklin could be a star. Mike Zunino has a chance if he can adjust to the big leagues smoothly without losing confidence. Seager? He’s a good-to-great player and that’s about it.

This past week, that’s exactly what the M’s needed.

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