Mostly … mostly taketh away.
There’s infinite possibilities of how that game last night could’ve gone, so who’s to say what would’ve happened if Mitch Haniger had made that diving catch in right field in the top of the 6th. We know one thing though! We know the Astros wouldn’t have scored 4 runs in that inning, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead for the bad guys!
We can also be pretty sure that we wouldn’t have seen Nick Vincent or Casey Fien, unless of course the save would have eventually been blown, but who has the time or the energy to get into all of that?
The Mariners lost. Again. Stop me if you heard this one before: Ariel Miranda was cruising along until the top of the 6th inning … finish it. I mean, he was by no means perfect, but getting through five innings, having given up only 2 runs, is pretty good for your 6th starter. Then, in the 6th, he walked back-to-back batters before being taken out of the game, and that was that. 85 pitches thrown. What’s up with that? What’s up with these pitchers who tucker out well BEFORE they get to 100 pitches? Is that what baseball is coming to?
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN???
Fielding aside, Haniger had another fine day at the plate. He had an RBI double, scored for the 8th consecutive game, and walked 3 times! His batting average is creeping up there, his on-base percentage if near .400, and he’s leading the team in slugging with exactly .600. This is quite a player we’ve got our hands on.
Nominal kudos all around. Dyson used his speed to score from first on that Haniger double. Cano had 2 RBI. Chooch Ruiz took a nasty hit off the arm and came around to score.
Jean Segura landed on what’s now the 10-Day DL with that hamstring issue. I, for one, LOVE that they changed the DL from 15 days to 10, mostly because I was sick and tired of the Mariners keeping guys active even though they were hurt, and fiddling with the roster to make sure we had enough backups to survive a few days. This way, Segura gets to rest up and fully heal, while also not missing a full 2 weeks’ worth of games. Mike Freeman was called up and got some pinch hit duty in the 9th inning, coming around to score.
Taylor Motter started at short for Segura and was far and away the offensive star of the night. He went 3 for 4 with 3 doubles, scoring once. It’s going to be REALLY helpful if he can be good, because I don’t know how much more I can watch of Danny Valencia. On top of being just the God damn worst at the plate, Valencia dropped a foul ball pop up that could’ve spared us this game lasting until almost fucking 11am. People are praising his defense like it’s anything special and not absolutely replacement level. In which case, how fucking terrible is Dan Vogelbach?
I’m having a hard time blaming the offense for this one. But, again, 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, including 1 for 4 out of Cano.
But, yeah, this one is on the defense, at least for me. It was a tough play, but Haniger has to make that catch. If you’re going to base your entire outfield philosophy on Defense First, then those guys have to make the defensive plays most other outfielders can’t. They have to make the amazing, Sportscenter Top 10-type plays. Otherwise, what are we doing here? Yeah, it’s nice that Haniger is doing so well at the plate, but that doesn’t mean he can contribute to giving away a lead because he can’t catch a ball that hit him square in the glove!
Everyone just needs to be better, starting right now. Also, rejoice in the fact that after tonight, we don’t have to play the fucking Astros again until late June. Maybe by then half their roster will be dead. Particularly the George Springer half, because fuck that guy.