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April 22 @ Houston - W
April 23 @ Houston - W
April 24 @ Houston - L
April 25 vs. LA Angels - W
April 26 vs. LA Angels - L
April 27 vs. LA Angels - W
April 28 vs. LA Angels - W
April 29 vs. Baltimore Orioles - L
April 30 vs. Baltimore Orioles - W
Record After the Month of April: 16-13
Yes, I am well aware that this schedule features more than a week of games, but instead of focusing on the semantics, let's focus on how the Mariners will have a winning record after the month of April.
Let's start off by King Felix having two more starts on this slide, one of which is against Houston to open the week. Expect Felix and Iwakuma to start the Mariners off right at Minute Maid Park and come away with the first two games of the series. Although the Mariners would love to walk out of Houston with a sweep, the Astros will find a way to continue to terrorize Joe Saunders on the road. Saunders will lose his third road start of the season, leading to Mariners fans questioning the money the team gave him in the offseason.
As long as the schedule holds true, the Mariners should also avoid Jered Weaver much like they avoided Justin Verlander earlier in the month. Expect Beavan to turn in a solid outing against the Angels, as he is 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 41.1 innings pitched against the Angels over his career.
After the Angels even the series against rookie Brandon Maurer, King Felix will again pitch the Mariners to a victory, capping off one of the best months of his career. He'll also silence any worries about his elbow.
With the series on the line, Hisashi Iwakuma will continue his mastery of the Angels (4-0, 1.23 ERA) and propel the Mariners to the series victory.
With two games left in the month, the Mariners will lose their opener against the Baltimore Orioles, as Saunders will be tormented by the same team that he helped reached the postseason in 2012. But, behind another strong outing by Blake Beavan, the Mariners will finish the month with a 16-13 record, leaving them fully entrenched in the middle of the AL West race at the end of the first month of the season.