It’s probably too little too late, but the Mariners snapped their five-game losing streak this afternoon with a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Starting in place of the struggling Chris Young, Tom Wilhelmsen put the Mariners in an early 2-0 hole, but they jumped in front in the fourth inning with an RBI single from Kyle Seager and a three-run homer from Logan Morrison. The rally snapped an 18-inning scoreless streak for Seattle. The Blue Jays tied things up in the fifth, but the Mariners moved ahead for good in the sixth with solo homers from Morrison and Mike Zunino. Seager then added some insurance with an RBI single in the seventh. Fernando Rodney gave up a solo homer to Kevin Pillar in the ninth, but managed to hang on for his 47th save of the season.
This win means that neither the Athletics nor the Royals can clinch a Wild Card spot even if they win their respective games tonight. The Mariners are 2 1/2 games back of both teams at the moment and need a miracle to avoid elimination.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had already started that conversation.
Rendon, 27, is coming off of his best career year to date. He finished the 2017 season batting .301/.403/.533 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI through 605 plate appearances, good enough to earn him sixth place in NL MVP voting. He made his third postseason appearance after helping Nationals through the National League Division Series, and contributed a pair of extra-base hits before the team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 5.
Rendon is still arbitration-eligible through 2019, but stands to receive a hefty payday once he enters free agency in 2020. While it stands to reason that the Nats would want to lock up a player who contributed a whopping 6.9 fWAR last year, making him the most valuable player on their roster, an extension appeals to Rendon as well. “Why not stay with one organization?” he said Sunday. The 2018 season will be his sixth with the team.