Chris Heston got the start yesterday; the 11th starter the Mariners have used through 7 weeks of the season. You might remember him from that 19-9 shellacking against the Tigers back in April. That was the game where Felix Hernandez left early with his shoulder injury; in that game, Heston gave up 5 runs in 2 innings. He was immediately sent down to Tacoma. Well, desperate times call for desperate measures, so he was called up for Sunday to get the spot start (Dillon Overton had appeared the night before, going 4.1 innings of relief, giving up 5 runs in the process, and was forced back down to make room; thanks again Yovani Gallardo).
Heston, in his start yesterday, went 3 innings and gave up 7 runs, as the Mariners would go on to get destroyed again, this time 8-1. I don’t anticipate Heston will be long for this rotation; how could he? Two appearances, 5 total innings, 12 total runs? In case you were wondering, that’s very BAD on the Chase De Jong scale; at the very least, I’d think you’d have to bring him back before you gave Heston another start, but what do I know?
I didn’t watch this game, because fuck that noise. I’m tired of watching these garbage pitchers. I don’t understand how people who attend these games aren’t constantly throwing garbage on the field, because I’d be pissed if I paid to watch these Mariners play baseball.
Dan Vogelbach got a temporary call-up to start in place of Danny Valencia (Mike Freeman was sent down to make room). He got a hit, but I wouldn’t get used to him being around, because I hear he’s going right back to Tacoma. Sounds like Valencia’s hand injury isn’t serious and will just be shot up full of drugs, so that’s neat.
The Mariners get a day off before an east coast swing through D.C. and Boston. Robbie Cano will be back. And, by all accounts, Mike Zunino will be returning, so the long national Tuffy-mare is finally over.
Considering the Phillies, Blue Jays, Athletics, and White Sox are all god-fucking-awful, yet the Mariners could only manage a record of 5-8 against them the last two weeks; and considering the Nationals, Red Sox, and Rockies are all pretty-fucking-great, it would only stand to reason the Mariners will literally be murdered in the next week and a half. But, since this is baseball, and baseball makes no fucking sense ever, watch the Mariners come out swinging and actually manage a winning record in this impossible stretch.
What a dumb, dumb game. I’ll be happy to have the next day off of thinking about this stupid team.