We don’t often find ourselves rooting for the New York Yankees, but Seattle Mariners fans couldn’t be happier after the Bronx Bombers took four straight games from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend. The sweep dropped Boston in the American League wildcard standings and left the Mariners a mere 4.5 games out of the wildcard lead.
At the same time, the Mariners helped their own cause by taking two of three from Tampa Bay, who sits 1.5 games ahead of Seattle in the wildcard hunt.
Though they remain eight games behind the first place Los Angeles Angels in the American League West, the Mariners have managed to stay playoff relevant by continuing to win ballgames.
A host of players who weren’t on the Opening Day roster have played integral roles in logging W’s along the way.
Hours before a series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, the Mariners announced they had traded utility man Mike Morse to the Washington Nationals. In exchange for Morse, Seattle received minor league outfielder Ryan Langerhans, a left-handed 29-year-old who is a former top prospect of the Atlanta Braves.
Morse had been all but eliminated from the Mariners’ future plans after injuring his shoulder and missing extended time in 2008. The shortstop/third baseman/outfielder had spent all of 2009 at Triple-A Tacoma, where he had posted a respectable batting line of .312/10/52 in 66 games this season.