Jerry Dipoto Show: Mariners ‘very excited by complete nature’ of team

Apr 21, 2022, 10:47 AM | Updated: 2:33 pm
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Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford and left fielder Jesse Winker leap in celebration after Wednesday's win. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Mariners now have two series wins at home under their belts, having improved their record to 7-5 entering Thursday thanks to five wins over their last six games, and the vision for the team that general manager and president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto has seems to be coming to fruition.

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“We’re very excited by just the complete nature of the team,” he said during his weekly Jerry Dipoto Show, which airs at 8:30 a.m. each Thursday on Seattle Sports Station 710 AM.

The Mariners have certainly been playing like a complete team as of late. Even with a 4-0 loss to two-time Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros last Saturday, the Mariners have outscored their opponents 33-12 over the last six contents, averaging 5.5 runs per game and allowing just two per game.

It’s been a pleasant turnaround after the Mariners started cold on offense over their first six games of their year – they didn’t score more than four runs in any of those games and have now scored more than four runs in all but two games since.

“You know, we get on base, we make contact, we’ve got a little power, we can run,” Dipoto said.

Meanwhile, the M’s have been solid on the mound and in the field from opening day. They’re currently sixth in MLB and third in the American League with a 2.86 team ERA, are second in MLB and tops in the AL with five quality starts (a start where a pitcher goes at least six innings and allows three earned runs or less), are fourth in MLB and second in the AL in WHIP (1.06), and are seventh in MLB and fourth in the AL with a .209 opponent batting average.

Defensively, Seattle has committed just five total errors, tied for ninth in MLB.

“We’ve played good defense. From the start, I’ve effectively told people don’t sleep on our pitching, it’s probably a little better than you think. So very excited about where we are a dozen games in, for sure,” Dipoto said.

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You can hear this week’s full episode of The Jerry Dipoto Show in the podcast below or at this link.

The Mariners go for a series sweep against the Texas Rangers at 6:40 p.m. Thursday night at T-Mobile Park. Coverage will be carried on Seattle Sports Station 710 AM, and the Seattle Sports app starting with the pregame show at 5:30. For details on how to stream Mariners radio broadcasts online, click here.

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