Mariners Breakdown: Chaos Ball Returns?  A look at AL’s wildcard leaders

Mariners Breakdown: Chaos Ball Returns? A look at AL’s wildcard leaders

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 16: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with teammates after hitting a double home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 16, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

The Mariners were in need of some good vibes after a disappointing series loss in Texas last weekend injured them in the American League wildcard race. A trip to Anaheim apparently helped.

Mariners hit four home runs and beat Angels 11-7 to complete the sweep

Seattle found its old friend “Chaosball” in its first two games against the Angels, using its speed on bases to take advantage of weak defenses in its opponents in the ninth inning of a Monday night win, and then had one another ninth-inning blast in a second straight win on Tuesday night. And in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon, they found their strength with four homers to beat the Angels 11-7 and earn a win that pushes Seattle to the top of the wildcard standings.

To be completely transparent, we usually do our weekly Mariners breakdown videos Bob Stellon Mondays, but we noticed a pattern: The Mariners had lost a few weekend series in a row, but had a lot of fun during the week (you might remember what they did against the Yankees at T-Mobile Park). So we decided to wait a few days this time and see how the Angels series went and, well, we’re not mad about it.

In this week’s video with Bob, he shares his thoughts:

• Whether the Mariners are really back or not
• How big was the enthusiasm for the M’s in the city
• What’s fun about watching the M’s?
• Bob’s growing appreciation for Mariners Utility player Sam Haggerty
• What we want to see from the upcoming Oakland street series

To see more from Bob, visit Seattle Sports’ Wyman and Bob every Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. And subscribe to the Seattle Sports YouTube channel here to ensure you never miss the latest videos from Bob and the rest of our team.

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