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July 19, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Mariners have chance right off bat to alter destiny…again

Kyle Seager has a team-best OPS of 1.292 in July for a Mariners offense averaging just under six runs per game this month. But for the Mariners to truly change their season's fortunes, they have to make that elusive, winning run right now against some of the league's inferior teams. Photo Credit: AP

Kyle Seager has a team-best OPS of 1.292 in July for a Mariners offense averaging just under six runs per game this month. But for the Mariners to truly change their season’s fortunes, they have to make that elusive, winning run right now against some of the league’s inferior teams. Photo Credit: AP

Well, if the Mariners still want to change the course of their season ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, they’ll have a shot at doing so right off the bat as we kick-off the post-All-Star portion of the schedule. As mentioned yesterday, the Mariners this season have the pleasure of 19 games against the Houston Astros — a team on-pace to lose 105 games this season.

The Astros would be on-pace to drop 109 games if not for the Mariners, who somehow have managed to go just 4-5 versus Houston thus far. If that’s ever going to change, now is the time for the Mariners to step up to the — ahem — plate.

This Seattle group have been bouncing around the 8-10 games below .500 mark for two months. One way to jump that gap in a hurry would be to do what it is supposed to — with its three top starters on the mound — in Houston starting tonight. Sweep this series, the Mariners sit six games under .500.

And all of a sudden, there is plenty that can happen from there.

But again, it has to happen soon. The Mariners play a home set against the Cleveland Indians right after and then get the terrible Minnesota Twins for a four-game weekend set.

Going 8-2 against those three clubs I just mentioned is hardly inconceivable.

That would get the Mariners to three games under .500 with just a couple of days to go before the trade deadline.

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