Well, the good news is that James Paxton isn’t injured, or currently in pain (so says he), but the bad news is his mechanics and timing are off, and that’s resulting in some pretty shitty performances.
The Rangers put up 7 on him in less than 4 innings, and that was that. Tony Zych gave up an inherited runner, but otherwise suffered no ill effects. Zac Curtis was called up to replace Chase De Jong and went 3 innings, giving up 3 runs, so expect him to go back to the minors any minute now.
On the offensive side of the ball, Ben Gamel continues to be an on-base & run-scoring machine. It’s clear that Gamel won the job over Guillermo Heredia, and with the run on right-handed starters we’ve faced, it appears center field is now a strict platoon between Heredia and Dyson. Interesting. Speaking of Dyson, he hit his 4th homer of the season, which is pretty insane for him. In case it wasn’t clear, 4 is a high for him in a season; he came into this year with 7, over a 7-year career in Kansas City. So, bully for him.
This game was a snooze from the jump, so I’m not going to give it too much thought. Paxton needs to figure his shit out and do it in a hurry. 2pm game today with Gallardo, so I dunno, maybe skip it? Maybe go outside and get some fresh air? Maybe watch literally anything else that might be on TV? Yeah, do that. Fuck the Mariners.