After going 7-2 on the home first home stand of the season (W vs Astros, W vs Rangers and a sweep of the Royals) – the M’s had the exact opposite results on the road (L vs Rays, L vs Marlins and swept by the Astros).
TAMPA Great start to the series with an 8-4 win which saw the bats hammer out SEVEN runs in ONE inning and another strong outing from Logan. Then came the bad news: a 2-3 loss where Marco got hit square on the wrist by a come-backer and a 1-2 loss where Scott was ejected when blowing off some well-deserved steam with regard to the ri-dic-u-lous strikes called on Julio.
MIAMI I occasionally like to listen to the opponents radio broadcast and was pleasantly surprised with the Marlins – they have a woman on their crew and both were well versed in their research of the M’s. But, the only good news from this series was Julio’s first major league homer which was of the THREE-run variety and came after they INTENTIONALLY Abraham – bit of a backfire there 😉 (he got the ball!) and another stellar start from Logan in the salvage game on Sunday – a 7-3 win. Brash had a rough go in the first game, giving up SIX runs in TWO innings – M’s bats tried to compensate and scored SIX runs of their own but ended up with a 6-8 loss. Robbie was OK in the second game but, the bats couldn’t get anything going and they ended up with a 1-3 loss.
HOUSTON yeah, we definitely have a problem – swept for the first time this season 😦 Marco had a decent bounce back start in the first game (after being hit by that come-backer in TB) and, in the same game JP extended his hit streak to ELEVEN but, they would get shutout in that game 0-3 AND in the next, where Chris pitched well, 0-4. The last game was a 2-7 loss where Matt got knocked around a bit and the bats couldn’t muster much in their second go at Verlander.
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.
This game was the M’s 41st comeback victory and their 12th straight vs the A’s And, it was SO cool to see the youth, the future, getting it done . . . No matter what happens over the next three games – the experience for them is INVALUABLE.