It’s #BlueFriday and it’s been a fantastic week for Seattle sports…so far (the Mariners still play all weekend and the Huskies have their home opener against Hawaii tomorrow). Let’s take a look at how each Seattle team has fared this past week.
The Mariners got a HUGE series win in Oakland against their AL-West rival Athletics. After losing the first game, James Paxton and Felix Hernandez got the team back on track with stellar pitching performances. Having Felix back was big for the team, as he outdueled Jon Lester. The offense is still a bit inconsistent, but they only need to be average with Seattle’s elite pitching staff. However, the M’s did tally 10 on the board against the Texas Rangers last night, which is great because they only had a 6-9 record against the struggling Rangers going into this game. They finally took advantage of a bad pitcher in Robbie Ross. Anyway, back to the pitching. With King Felix, Paxton, and Hisashi Iwakuma leading the way, the M’s are going for a playoff push, as they trail the Detroit Tigers by a .5 game for the second AL wildcard spot and are now only 3 back of the A’s for the first wildcard spot. Their series against the Rangers continues tonight.
The Sounders continued to score goals, as they netted four against Western-Conference-worst Chivas USA. Obafemi Martins and Andy Rose had two goals a-piece, and those all came in the first half. In all honesty, Seattle probably should have won by more, as Clint Dempsey narrowly missed a couple attempts. All in all, though, it was a solid 4-2 win for the Rave Green. In doing so, the Sounders are now 5 points ahead in the Supporter’s Shield race. They get a much-needed rest before they take on Real Salt Lake next Friday, a game with bigger implications.
And finally there’s our beloved Seattle Seahawks. After unveiling the Super Bowl championship banner to a packed crowd, the Seahawks got the NFL season started with a 36-16 rout of the Green Bay Packers. The Hawks started this season right where they left off: as the best team in the league. The explosiveness of Percy Harvin to add to Marshawn Lynch‘s physical play makes this one of the hardest offenses to stop. Not to mention, signal-caller Russell Wilson looked the best he’s been. And the defense…looked pretty good, as they forced a couple turnovers and held a really good Packers offense to only 16 points. However, this team can still play a lot better, especially on defense – there were some missed tackles earlier in the game. THAT’S SCARY. They get a week-and-a-half off before they travel to San Diego to match up against the Chargers.
Tomorrow is the home opener for UW and they will look to have a much better outing against Eastern Washington. Cyler Miles will take the reigns at quarterback as the offense hopes to be more explosive this week. It will be interesting to see how the team responds after an underperforming win at Hawaii.
Go Seattle. Go sports. Great time to be a Seattle sports fan, folks.