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Julio Rodriguez Full of Confidence Despite Mariners' 0-2 Start to ALDS

Devon Platana
Rookie OF Julio Rodriguez is full of confidence despite his Seattle Mariners' 0-2 start to the ALDS.
Rookie OF Julio Rodriguez is full of confidence despite his Seattle Mariners' 0-2 start to the ALDS. / Marcia Jose Sanchez / Associated Press
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The Seattle Mariners' backs are up against the wall as they're down 0-2 to the Houston Astros in the ALDS. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday and while some players might be nervous heading into an elimination game, Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez is full of confidence.

Mariners insider Daniel Kramer asked Rodriguez about his thoughts following Seattle's 4-2 loss on Thursday. The 21-year-old simply said that he believes his team is "right there" with the Astros and that the Mariners have more than enough talent to compete with the reigning ALCS champions.

Astros vs Mariners ALDS

The truth is that Rodriguez isn't wrong about the Mariners keeping things close with the Astros. Seattle was up 7-2 in Game 1 before collapsing in the final two innings and even led 2-1 in Game 2 before Houston scored three runs in the final three frames.

Having said that, it's clear that the Mariners need to work on closing games out. When it comes to the first four innings in both of the games thus far, Seattle outscores Houston by a total of 8-4. However, when it comes to the fifth inning and beyond, the Astros have an 8-1 edge.

Learning to deal with adversity in the playoffs is something that comes with experience. Considering how it was over 20 years since the Mariners' last postseason appearance, it's unsurprising that they're struggling to finish off the Astros, who own three World Series appearances with a championship win since 2017.

If Rodriguez wants to get his Mariners back into the series, he needs to continue his strong work. The AL Rookie of the Year frontrunner has two doubles, a triple and a pair of RBIs while slashing .333/.400/.778 in the ALDS thus far. Hopefully, the rest of the team picks up some slack.

Things won't get any easier for the Mariners in Game 3, though. They're slated to face Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., who's 10-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 18 career games against Seattle. Only time will tell if Rodriguez's confidence is enough to get the win.

Astros vs Mariners Game 3

The Mariners might be down 0-2 in the ALDS, but cutting the series deficit down is a realistic goal. While FanDuel Sportsbook favors the Astros at -110 on the moneyline to win Game 3, the Mariners' -106 odds equate to an implied probability of 51.5%.

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