M’s won the first two games in Minny by one run; lost the next two via one blowout and one shutout. Offense is definitely off to a slow start so, let’s focus on the good, like the new kid on-the-mound today – making his big league debut for the M’s in the Chicago home opener . . .
Matt Brash –> 5.1IP-4H-2ER-6K
there was at least ONE bright spot at the plate – Suarez’s first homer as a Mariner . . .
I’m extremely disappointed in the Mariners (and MLB in general) regarding vaccine protocol. It is grossly unfair to the players and coaches who are vaccinated when those who aren’t get exposed and have to undergo the COVID quarantine. What happened to one for all, all for one? OR, taking one for the team? The bullpen was the one bright spot so far this season and now they are down FOUR arms for at least TEN days.
ON the MOUND
rare, HUGE struggle for Flexen (on a night where he REALLY needed to go l o n g) 1.2IP-10H-8R-8ER-1BB-2SO
new guys (Mills, Ramirez, Fetcher) were thrown into the fire and go badly burned –> for EIGHT runs
First, the M’s not only lose their first road series (vs. Tiger) and lose Robbie due to a broken hand (hit by a pitch on the 13th)
Tough one for the Mariners. Detroit walks it off in the bottom of the 9th. 5-4 the final. First series the Mariners have lost on the road this season. Heading into the clubhouse to get reaction and an update on Cano.
but then, on the 15th comes the extremely disappointing news that Robbie has been suspended . . .
We have issued the following statement on today’s announcement by Major League Baseball that second baseman Robinson Canó has been suspended for 80 games for a violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program: pic.twitter.com/VNEPgahIRS
It was going to be bad enough to do without Robbie for 4-6 weeks because of injury.
Now, not only does the team have to do without him for much longer but, the reason could have a larger, different impact on the team. Truly one of the biggest challenges the organization has had in many years. It will be interesting to see if the team is able to pull together and if Scott and Jerry can pull the right strings in order to get the right pieces, shuffle the field, respectively to ensure all bases are covered for the rest of the season.