Washington Nationals: 5 to watch in interleague series with Mariners

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May 17, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Christian Bergman (56, center) waits on the mound before being relieved for against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15, left) and first baseman Danny Valencia (26) stand next to Bergman. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Christian Bergman (56, center) waits on the mound before being relieved for against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15, left) and first baseman Danny Valencia (26) stand next to Bergman. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 2, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura (2) waits for a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

Jean Segura

With Taijuan Walker on the disabled list for the Diamondbacks, the Mariners don’t miss the pitching depth they would’ve had right now. But, even if Walker were healthy, they seem to have found a great shortstop they got back in that deal in Segura.

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This month, Segura has been one of the best hitters in the American League. He is hitting .349 with five doubles, two home runs, and 12 RBI’s. His 29 hits are the third most in all of baseball this month and he recently had a 17-game hitting streak.

Right now, Segura is a constant threat to get on base and this lineup appears to go as he goes. Over the last three games of Seattle’s weekend series against the White Sox, the Mariners scored three total runs and Segura was 1-for-12.

If there’s one concern with Segura right now as a leadoff hitter, it’s the fact that he is not having much success stealing bases. This season, he has been caught stealing four times in six attempts, which you can’t be doing with hitters like Cano and Cruz coming up in the lineup.

In 29 games against the Nats, Segura has had a good amount of success at the plate as he has a .316 average with three home runs and eight RBI’s. Last year, he hit ..476 (10-for-21) and had all three of those home runs. In addition to his success against Roark, Segura is 4-for-7 against Joe Ross and 7-for-13 against Gio Gonzalez.

With 20 hits against the Nats in the last two years, it’s almost a given that Segura is going to be a tough out this week.

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Who are the players you are watching in this week’s Mariners-Nationals series? Let us know in the comments section below.

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