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Player of the Game: Josh Wilson (4.074 NRuns: 4.460 hitting, 0.432 fielding, -0.818 running)
Josh Wilson, Michael Saunders and Franklin Gutierrez: 7.918 batting NRuns
Mariners with negative batting NRuns: 5
Mariners outfield: 4.546 fielding NRuns
Mariners baserunning: -2.391 NRuns
Juan Rivera and Reggie Willits: 4.770 NRuns
Rest of Anaheim Angels: -9.340 NRuns
Anaheim Luckbox: 1.908 NRuns
Goat: Ervin Santana (-2.978 pitching NRuns)
FINALLY, we see production against a non-crappy pitcher and the Mariners score a huge slump-busting 8-1 win, hours after hitting coach Alan Cockrell was deposed and replaced with AAA hitting coach Alonzo Powell. While Wilson and Saunders did show progress in Tacoma working with Powell, it'd be premature and rash to credit the offensive outburst to Powell. Most of the lineup still came up empty, especially the still-slumping Chone Figgins, who turned in the weakest hitting performance for the M's today (-1.026 batting NRuns).
Jason Vargas got a LOT of help from the outfield in another narrowly passable performance (5.66 EXERA). Like Doug Fister, he is not nearly as good as his numbers indicate, but Vargas need only throw strikes face his ~27 batters and get the team deep enough into the game to minimize the load on the bullpen.
Aside from most of the bats still not producing, one overlooked weakness that remains after today's win is bad baserunning. Mild rumors passed by me that 3B coach Mike Brumley appears to be making some poor decisions with runners approaching the hot corner that may or may not have cost the M's a few runs. Twice today runners got thrown out at home, and Josh Wilson's triple off the wall got wiped out by inattention on a pickoff by an otherwise abused Mike Napoli (4 SB allowed today), though much of the alleged criticism is with Brumley holding runners on base hits when they could easily score. I'm not sure how much to make of that, but baserunning decisions that involve passing through Brumley's signals should be watched a bit more closely as the season progresses.
Overall, this is a great win that the M's really needed, but more needs to be seen out of key bats in the lineup, and the baserunning continues to remain an issue to watch, as the M's head into a day off and a road trip.