Well, this was unexpected!
Whodathunk that the Mariners would be leading the majors in WINS after the first ELEVEN games?!? Granted, they’ve played TWO more games than every other team but the A’s but, still . . .
Going in to today’s rubber match w/the White Sox, this was the stat leader board . . .
Yes! YOUR Seattle Mariners were leading in ALL the above offensive categories! (plus doubles and stolen bases – which didn’t show within the screen print) 🙂
And, AFTER today’s game . . .
the homer streak is alive! ELEVEN straight games with a home run!
And, the pitching isn’t all that bad – EIGHT wins from starters and SIX saves from relievers (despite our closer being on the IL)
And then there’s the defense . . .
once upon a time, among our strongest suits, now the weakest sauce 😦
Mariners 5 | Blue Jays 0
I won’t soon forget the excitement of James Paxton’s first complete game, as it was also his first no-hitter (the second no-no by a Canadian and the first by a Canadian on Canadian soil 😉 )
I wasn’t able to watch but, heard the last few innings on the radio while commuting on the train (and holding my breath!) and heard the last call (ground out to Seager/Healy) while boarding the ferry 🙂
So great to see James have the success he’s enjoying this season (even before the no-no). We have all known he was capable of becoming the M’s future ace but, crazy injuries seemed to have dogged him, derailing him in one way or another every season. Here’s to James’ continued health because it’s become apparent, when healthy, he can be absolutely dominant – whether he’s striking out 16 one game or giving up no hits the next – he’ll be a huge part of any success the M’s attain going forward.
The bats FINALLY came alive in the finale and just when we thought we’d see one of the final “firsts” (a starters ‘W’) the bullpen totally imploded . . .
a 9-3 lead in the 9th turned into a nightmarish 10-9 loss
Mariners 9 | Angels 10
the positives thus far:
- 3 for 8 w/RISP (after 1 for 7, and 1 for 6 in the first two games
- Robbie breaking out: homer, double, FIVE rbi
- Mitch leading the M’s in homers (THREE) and runs (EIGHT)
- Gene leading the Ms in average (.333), hits (TEN) and steals (THREE)
- Felix seems to have no residual issues with the groin, decent outing yesterday
- Kuma starting out well (despite too many walks) and his lack of a W on Sunday was not his fault
the negatives thus far:
- until today, the bats were cold as ice
- the bullpen has given up runs in FOUR of the SEVEN games so far
Time for the boys to head home, time to stack up some WINS!!!
See you tomorrow @Mariners 🙂
Obviously, the most important first came today . . .
the M’s first WIN ~ finally!
Mariners 4 | Astros 2
Here’s some other Mariners “firsts” from the first series of the 2017 season . . .
(notice that the some of the “new guys” are well represented 🙂 )
- hit = Segura
- double = Cano
- home run = Segura
- run scored = Haniger
- RBI = Valencia
- walk = Cruz
- intentional walk = Seager
- win = Altavilla
- save = Diaz
- stolen base = Haniger
- double-play = Seager-Cano
- outfield assist = Haniger
there were also some bad firsts (first loss, first blown save, first error) but, we’ll choose to focus on the positive . . . this is Rosy, after all 😉
Next up, the Hated Halos – Go M’s!
Mariners 14 | Blue Jays 5
ON the MOUND
Kuma not super sharp but, with some nice adjustments and ending with a quality start . . .
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ THREE strikeouts
Wade L w/his first career save and in the process gives the pen a rest . . .
THREE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TWO strikeouts
AT the PLATE
- Every starter had at least ONE hit
- SEVEN starters had multiple hits (including Nori, Robbie and Shawn w/THREE each)
- Whoa, Nellie ~ TWO hits + BOTH homers + ONE a grand salami = SEVEN RBI
- Kyle also with a homer (of the TWO run variety)
IN the FIELD
- No DP’s turned (FOUR turned against them but, TWO of those scored runs)
- A couple nice catches in the OF (including a nice throw by Nori that almost nailed a runner)
tweets of the game . . .
Mariners 1 | Astros 2
yet another ONE-run loss, Wade M threw a nice quality+ start but, McCullers all but shut down the M’s bat and oh, the wasted chances (lead-off triple in the first that doesn’t score and bases-loaded with no outs = no runs)
Mariners 2 | Astros 5
Tai had to come out of the game due to his previous foot injury, Monty filled in great but, bats were fairly non-existance
Mariners 8 | Astros 9
heart-breaker, down early, tied middle then a roller coaster till the bitter end
tweets of the series . . .