Mariner of the Week
In one of the closest races of the season, Joel Pineiro barely edges out Randy Winn for the Mariner of the Week. In his start against Detroit on July 31 he went seven innings, allowing two hits and no runs. He also earned this week’s honor in part to his complete game shut out on July 26. He has now pitched 19+ scoreless innings. Pineiro is now 13-5 with a 3.03 ERA. Pineiro also had an undefeated July. I must give an honorable mention to Winn who had three homers, two doubles, 10 RBI, and a stolen base to go along with his .286 average.
Ex-Mariner of the Week
The Ex-Mariner of the week for this week belongs to none other than Alex Rodriguez. This is the second time he has received the honor in as many weeks. A-Rod had a .444 average, which included three long balls and nine RBI. One of those homers was a walk-off grand slam against Boston committeeman, Todd Jones. This came the day after Rodriguez made headline-stealing comments about the current situation in Texas. Rodriguez claimed that he would welcome a trade if it meant that the Rangers became a better team. As every Mariner fan knows, A-Rod came up through the Mariners farm system and quickly rose to be the team's star after the departure of Griffey and Johnson. Rodriguez became a free agent before the 2001 season and signed a record contract with his current club, the Rangers.