Brad Miller ended the pre-All-Star portion of the schedule in a 1-for-14 funk, but he blasted out of that one in a hurry over the weekend. Miller went 5-for-13 (.385) with two homers, seven runs batted in and an on-base-plus slugging percentage (OPS) of 1.346.
And the Mariners swept the Astros, you may have heard.
Miller becomes the first Mariners rookie to win the honor since Ken Griffey Jr. way back in 1989.
We’ve mentioned before that a good gauge of these young players the Mariners have called up will be to see how quickly they pull out of slumps.
Miller was in a minor funk.
Nick Franklin had gone 6-for-36 (.167) over a more sustained period before breaking out big-time against the Astros. But he went 4-for-15 (.267) with a homer and five RBI against Houston, four of them coming on one swing with yesterday’s grand slam.
So, that’s a start.
Things get interesting this week with the Cleveland Indians in town for a three-game set starting tonight. The Indians got the Mariners off on a bad note with a four-game sweep back in May and a lot of the negatives to this season can be traced back to that weekend.
Now, with six wins in a row, the Mariners have a shot at erasing a lot of the bad started off by that Indians series — and can do it against a Cleveland squad that is hanging in and challenging for the AL Central lead.