What’s the opposite of FOMO? GTBMO? Glad To Be Missing Out? That’s what I have with the Mariners.
I didn’t watch a single minute of the Mariners last night, but I would check in on Twitter, in between catching up on episodes of Another Period. I wanna say I finally gave up and went to sleep just after the Mariners scored to go up 2-0. Paxton was cruising along on some crazy-low pitch count, and I figured one of two things would happen: he’d continue to dominate and we’d get a much-needed shutout victory; or the shit would hit the fan. And, in the case of the shit hitting the fan, let’s just say I’d rather not stay up and watch.
And so it came to pass. Apparently Paxton passed up an opportunity to start a double play in the 8th inning, and would eventually give up 2 runs to end his night. With a 3-2 lead, the Mariners opted to bring in their closer, even though Paxton had only tossed 78 pitches, and really only struggled for the one inning.
Now, if this were the very beginning of the season, I’d be more understanding. You have a closer, that’s what he’s there to do: close games. And, early in the season, you might want to watch your starter’s pitch count or innings load. But, we’re smack dab in the middle of this thing. Moreover, you’ve seen what this bullpen is capable of. It’s not exactly lockdown. In fact, in the month of June, it was tremendously over-worked! Now, obviously, the Mariners stunk down in Houston, and as such Cishek has had a nice, long break in between outings.
But, I’m sorry, Scott Servais is a fucking idiot for not at least bringing in Paxton to start the 9th. This isn’t coming from some macho dude who thinks it should be like the “Good Ol’ Days” where starters finished their games on the reg. This is from a guy who DOES, however, think it’s ridiculous to pull a starter who has thrown less than 80 pitches in a game he’s sufficiently been dominating.
And I don’t give a flying fuck what the numbers say! Fuck your numbers! Teams could be batting 1.000 against Paxton the 3rd or 4th time around; the Royals weren’t going to do shit against him last night! Not based on what I’ve read, and from highlights I’ve seen. If there was EVER a time to give your starter a chance to get the complete game, last night was it.
And instead, what happened? The manager kowtowed to expectations. Oooo, it’s the 9th inning, gotta get that closer in there! Bullshit. This group was supposed to be different, was supposed to THINK differently. But, Servais is the same slave to convention that Lloyd McClendon was, that Eric Wedge was, that every other schmuck was who has managed the Mariners since their inception.
What a collosal disappointment. Football season can’t start soon enough.