A Paragraph With The Mariners – 16

I thought today’s edition was going to write itself. In fact, I went so far as to write one out yesterday before the game in anticipation of another losing road effort. Let’s face it, the odds were long. Zack Greinke – reigning Cy Young winner – vs. our offense. Ian Snell – he who’s hardly pitched at all this month, he who’s faced personal tragedy recently, he who’s battling an inner ear infection, he who’s all but guaranteed to be demoted to the bullpen in lieu of Cliff Lee returning (in spite of the fact that Ryan Rowland-Smith has yet to flash his late-season swagger) – vs. a pretty good-hitting Royals lineup. This had Recipe For Disaster all over it. And, to his credit, Greinke showed everyone exactly why he’s a Cy Young winner, going 7 innings of shut-out ball. I have no doubt he would’ve went all 9 innings had he not required a whopping 119 pitches to get through the 7. It’s tough to say we chased him from the game, but at least we made the most of our opportunity against their minor league bullpen. Boy did we need that. By the way, do you know what kind of odds you would’ve had to have given me if I bet – before this series started – that the Mariners would lose the Felix game and go on to win the Greinke game? I could’ve retired on that shit.

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