Come for the dangling prepositions in the title, stay for the analysis of a game I didn’t even watch!
Boy, that was really something, wasn’t it? Here’s Baltimore – one of the hottest teams in the American League – having feasted on the bottom-feeders in recent weeks, to achieve the best record in the league, hosting Seattle, who just lost three in a row at home to the struggling, infirmed Angels. Shirley, the Mariners would find it tough sledding in the bandbox that is … whatever they call the Orioles’ stadium (don’t call me surely).
That’s when the 3-4-5 hitters decided to drop the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B all over the place.
- Cano – 3 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored
- Cruz – 3 for 3 with a homer, 5 RBI, and 2 runs scored
- Seager – 2 for 4 with a homer, 3 RBI, and 1 run scored
All 10 runs batted in were batted in by those three players in a 10-0 rout to open up the series. Wade Miley had a semi-efficient 6 innings of 2-hit ball, Nuno pitched in (!) with a couple of perfect innings, and Steve Johnson got some work in as our last man out of the bullpen (now that Mayckol Guaipe has been returned to Tacoma, with Benoit coming off of the DL).
The Mariners really needed a win, they really needed a soft landing for the bullpen, they needed to give an extra day off to Peralta and Cishek to get their heads clear, and they needed to get the game completed under the shadow of some suspect weather conditions. It was really the most perfect start to this road trip (where it’ll be a MIRACLE if we get through it without a game being cancelled and needing to be made up during the dog days of the season where the Mariners are short on extra days off).
Also, as I said before, I didn’t watch the game, but my hat’s off to Miley for repeatedly getting through that lineup without getting killed. I’m not holding out hope that he’s going to be anything more than what we thought he was, but as long as he’s not anything less, I think we can be okay. A guy like Miley is just what this team needs. THIS team. Where the hitting is professional, and runs are scored at a respectable pace. But, if you put Miley in the rotation in some of those prior Mariners teams – with the likes of Ackley, Smoak, and the rest of those duds – we’d be constantly pulling our hair out whenever Miley took the mound.
Miley needs run support. Those infantile offenses who struggled to score 3 runs on a nightly basis would NEVER be able to do the job. Yeah, Miley will eat up innings, and he’ll “keep you in ballgames”, but only if your offense is scoring 4+ runs a night. Anything less and you might as well roll with me out there on the mound, because I’ll get you pretty close to the number of Quality Starts that Miley will get you on an annual basis (relatively speaking).
Honestly, it always feels good when we make it through a Miley start with a victory, because I know Taijuan Walker is right around the corner. And then we’ve got an increasingly more interesting Karns, before it’s right back to the top of the rotation with Felix again. I guess what I’m really trying to say is: