The day started out cloudy, stormy even – Seattle Sports Radio lost a transformer to a lightening strike! As I made my way via ferry, freeway and link light rail to meet my Dad at the Glove, it was one of those days that had me thanking the powers that be at the time of the stadium project that opted for a retractable roof. But, apparently, well before the first pitch they had it on good authority it would be safe to “pop the lid” and the roof slid back to expose the green grass and clay-colored diamond dirt to the elements.
The game, much like the day, started out a bit bleak – maybe a slight hangover from the thirteen-inning fan-tab-ulous marathon that was the the night before that the M’s won 1-0 (and to which I listened intently on the radio). No score through five innings: the Y’s had two singles, four walks; the M’s had one walk. And then came little Sam Haggerty ‘popping the top of the game’ by homering in the 6th, breaking the scoreless tie and breathing life into BOTH teams. The top and bottom of the 7th saw each team score THREE runs – a score that would hold (Ty singled, Mitch singled him home, Carlos homered he and Mitch home). Diego and Paul retired their respective sides in order in the 8th and 9th – it was truly a thing of beauty.
SO. MUCH. FUN. to beat the Yankees 🙂
And, the M’s did just that – taking the series 2-1 and the season series 4-2 (first time since 2002 that the M’s have taken the season series). #SeaUsRise
And, the only thing that made this even sweeter – is that it was attended with my Dad ❤
Now, THAT is how to serve up a Happy Home Stand! Winning ALL three series, 7-2 overall record, including a “royal” sweep!
ON the MOUND
Marco: a tale of two pitchers . . . a great bounce back start vs the Astros where he went SEVEN and only gave up ONE run getting the win in an 11-1 M’s victory. Then a sad start vs the Rangers where he didn’t even make it through FIVE innings, giving up SIX runs in the M’s 6-8 loss.
Chris: off to a slow start but, steady progress . . . He posted his second loss in as many starts in the M’s loss via shutout vs the Astros. Then, got his first win of the season, going SEVEN strong vs the Royals.
Matt: walking to victory and not . . . kind of a crazy start vs the Astros, where he picked up the “W” despite walking SIX. Then, in a no decision vs the Royals, he walked another FOUR and gave up THREE earned runs but, the M’s offense exploded, giving them the 13-7 victory.
Robbie: so far, just call him Steady Eddy . . . two nearly identical lines for Robbie in both his home starts: 6 innings 3 earned runs and one walk that gave him one victory and one no decision. The best news is the M’s won both.
Logan: super solid stud – .54 ERA after three starts he earned his second victory via a 6H – ZERO ER – ZERO BB performance vs the Rangers
OUT of the PEN
Still a strength, the pen combined for: 30IP-23H-8R-5ER-10BB-32K-1S
always good to have LESS hits than innings pitched
always good to have MORE strikeouts than innings pitched
only ONE save in SEVEN victories but then, there was only one save opp (thanks to the stellar offense)
AT the PLATE
Exceptfor a shutout vs Verlander, the offense was nothing short of spectacular! When was the last time you heard (read) those four words in reference to the Mariners?
Ty was the obvious standout hitter of this home stand – safe to say, he is ON FIRE . . . – 18/38 posting 19 RBI – 4 HR – 3 2B – 7 BB – He is TOP THREE in the AL in AVG (.371), HR (5), RBI (19) OBP (.459) SLG (.656) and OPS (1.115)
Eugenio and Adam are proving to be solid contributors
JP’s been steady from the start and just getting better
Jesse, continues to be “Mr. Patience” w/SEVEN more walks and leads the Majors w/FIFTEEN total
Julio and Jarred starting to come around, slowly but surely
Mitch missed all but the first game at home on the COVID DL (Skip was out for most of the home stand as well)
As a team so far in this young season, M’s offense is TOP THREE in the following categories . . .
IN the FIELD
The defense has been fairly steady – a few spectacular plays, a few uncharacteristic flubs
They can definitely TURN TWO – second in the league in DP’s w/16 (turned FOUR in the first FOUR innings of Matt’s start vs. Houston)
Fielding Percentage of .983 (10th in the AL) could definitely be improved
For a team where the expectations were few and far between, it was a happy and exciting circumstance for these Mariners to be playing in front of a packed stadium on the very last day of the season in a game that still mattered. It was so much fun for the players and win-starved fans alike. The experience gained from near-playoff baseball should prove to be invaluable to the young players going forward – in other words, despite not getting over that last hump, the future is looking bright.
And then, there was the special goodbye to Kyle Seager . . . emotional for him, his teammates and the fans. They were behind the entire game but, we’d seen them come back time after time (42 to be exact) so, all hope was not lost. Until the top of the 9th, when the out of town scoreboard turned in favor of the Red Sox and dashed any post season hope for the M’s (even if they had won the game, they help they needed hadn’t materialized). It was at that point that the crowd started chanting “Kyle – Seager!” and he was given the opportunity to have a moment with the fans (he was even presented with the 3B bag!). Kyle gave his all for eleven years – and it’s such a shame that, like Felix, he was never able to take part in post season baseball. Even with that, he seemed to harbor no regret and in fact spoke glowingly about his years with the M’s and, especially THIS specific team which, according to him, had a particularly special bond.