Each of the second and third game saw the M’s earn FIVE runs (one short of a win in one game and just enough to win the other). So, in the two games combined, they had EIGHTEEN hits, FIVE doubles, THREE homers and FIVE walks . . . very decent production.
Mitch is on F I R E !!!
I know, it’s only three games but, still . . . fun to see him leading the majors in BA/OBP/OPS/SLG 🙂 especially since I picked him to be the best “new-comer” last season and he was off to a great start but, then got hurt (a couple times 😦 )
Speaking of injuries . . .
oh, Nellie! a homer in each of the first TWO games and then some freak accident, turning his ankle stepping into the dugout 😦
James had a bit of a blip on Saturday (OK – giving up a grand slam in the first inning is not how anyone draws it out) but, he’s allowed a mulligan or two if he can just stay HEALTHY this season (please! please! please!).
Mike Leake had a nice > quality start in Sunday’s game: SEVEN innings – FIVE hits – TWO earned runs – THREE walks – FOUR strikeouts
Overall, the BULLY was pretty great. As mentioned, Eddie’s save on Thursday was a bit of an adventure but, Sunday’s was a gem: 1-2-3 SIT!!! The pen followed up James’ short and not so sweet outing with FOUR.ONE innings of HITLESS, SCORELESS ball!
So, really seems that it all comes down to health . . .
Seems like the new guys (Gordon, Healy, Marjama) really have a chance to contribute.
Kyle off to a slow start (but, then, you can pretty much draw up his season in PEN – slow start but great defense and in the end .260 w/25 homers.
As mention, Mitch is hot and Robbie’s not far behind, Segura should be steady.
Get well soon, Nellie and Zu!
And, of course the arms . . . please protect the arms!
Next up – short 2-game series w/the Giants in SanFran and then the Twins home-opener (another Thursday/Saturday/Sunday series) then off to Kansas City for three).
Saying the Mariners do ceremony well is a serious understatement.
So easy to get engrossed in the moments, the memories and the emotions that you can almost forget that after the celebration, there’s still a baseball game to watch 🙂
prepping for the ceremony
The M’s pulled out all the stops, deservedly so, for Junior . . .
from the 24 in center field, on either side of home plate and even flying in the sky to baseball 24’s in person (Rickey Henderson and Tony Perez) and other famous 24’s on the video screen (Jeff Gordon and Kobe Bryant)
from fellow Seattle Hall of Famers (Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Spenser Haywood and Gary Payton) to all of the current M’s wearing backwards caps and 24 jerseys during batting practice to video tributes from none other than Hank Aaron and Willie Mays and the announcement that Junior’s sweet swing will be immortalized in the form of a statue outside Safeco Field next season ❤
One of the greatest sluggers of all time has a message for Junior.
~ Jarrod! a one-hitter at the O’s and a nice start vs. the Rangers ~ One of the greatest moments so far this season was Franklin’s 8th inning 3-run homer that ended up winning the 1st game against Texas (Felix’s reaction in the dugout was absolutely priceless) ~ Speaking of Felix – super, super performance – becoming and ACE before our eyes ~ Erik seems to be getting better – didn’t quite get through 6, but progress made ~ Jason actually did well vs. the O’s (a point forgotten in the despair of the loss) he was in trouble every inning but battled and battled (and battled himself right down to AAA) ~ Definitely some clutch hits and great defense enjoyed on the home stand Bleak peeks…
The bullpen virtually imploded in the 2nd and 3rd games against the O’s – here’s hoping it was just one of those “blips” that pens go through (as they did end up rebounding nicely vs. the Rangers) and that with a little rest over the ASB they will come back with a vengeance
~ Junior’s flair for the dramatic a 3-run shot that tied a game vs. the D-Backs in the 8th inning – a game the M’s would eventually win) and a solo shot (in a losing cause) vs. the Padres that was the 5000th in M’s franchise history ~ Ichiro = hot, hot, hot he continues to lead the majors in BA on his way to another 200+ hit season. He also recorded the 1900th hit in his major league career ~ Russell continues to muscle picked up right where he left off after returning from his grandfather’s funeral ~ So far so good, with the bat AND the glove for Wladdy filling in for Endy ~ Starters, for the most part were bright – Jarrod had two QS (and actually got one win!), Felix was Felix, Jason was good again and Brandon’s making baby steps in improvement ~ Bullpen was sure and steady as per usual
And look, ma! An 11+ run differential for the home stand 😉
~ losing Endy (due to the outfield collision) for the season ~ losing Yuni (just when he was improving a few things) for a couple of weeks to hamstring strain
I’m not sure if having the best record in one-run games (15-12) is a GOOD thing or a BAD thing. All I know is that with the amount of Tums I’ve consumed in the late innings recently, I’ve surely compensated for any calcium deficiency I might have had 🙂
When one ponders upon the multitude of times that just a couple more runs would have been the difference between W and L, it is indeed exasperating. But, but this rosy one also sees it as hopeful ~ for as bad as the offense has been, it only needs to be a little bit better to make a HUGE difference. (provided that the pitching can stay the course – and that may be a tall order)
After losing 6 of 9 series in May, the M’s are off to a winning start in June, having won their first 2 series of the month and posting the 2nd highest BA and SLG so far in June.
Overall team ERA of 3.74 is good enough for #1 in the league
FEWEST runs ALLOWED in the league
2 pitchers in the top ten in the league in strikeouts (Felix #5, Erik tied at #9)
2 players in the top ten in the league in average (Ichiro at #1, Russell at #9)
In April, the M’s had the highest BA w/RISP in the AL – it is now the lowest (.234)
FEWEST runs SCORED in the league
The ERRORS continue to mount – 45 is the MOST in the AL
left bookend of the home stand the Sox… ~ great to take 2 of 3 from the Bostons (and I got to see both wins in person!!) ~ whodathunk the the combination of Vargas, Olson and Jaku could hold the Sox to only 11 runs and get two team wins? Way to step up! ~ and talk about shutting the door via the pen … ZERO runs given up by the bullpen all weekend! ~ game one: Ichi two homers and Yuni two walks – likely never to happen again 😉~ game three: 9th inning victories are fun and exciting! right bookend of the home stand the Giants… ~ game one: best of both worlds, Randy pitches well and gets to pay his respects to the fans, but the M’s win ~ game three: Felix was more like Felix (though he had one rough inning) and nice to see Jr. and Adrian’s power displays (and Yuni walked twice more!) ~ series win = always good
Halos in the middle… ~ the hitting finally shows up (in the first two games) but then the pitching falls A-part ~ Ichi hits lead off home run in the third game of the series on Wednesday and the M’s would not score again (shut out on Thursday) until the bottom of the 6th vs. the Giants on Friday
Only 8 wins so far in the month of May and no back-to-back wins for the entire month.