Feel free to put him in the bullpen if you must, but I’m not even sure he’s good enough for that role right now. Maybe in a blowout, in lieu of using a backup catcher to eat an inning, you can go ahead and throw Miranda in there. But, at the VERY least, he needs to not be starting anymore.
And don’t give me this shit about how he threw 6 no-hit innings in his last start! “No hitters” cease to mean a God damn thing when you walk 6 people and give up a run! The fact of the matter is, Miranda hasn’t been worth a damn since the end of June; he’s only ranged from mediocre to Fucking God Awful, and it’s time to give him a break. Yes, we all appreciate his good health this year, but it’s getting to be fucking ridiculous to keep running him out there when the world is destroying him.
Last night, the Mariners lost 5-3 to the Rangers. Someone for the Mariners pitched six innings, giving up only 1 run. That someone was Andrew Moore, in relief. As you might have suspected, Ariel Miranda got the start, and couldn’t finish the second inning. He gave up a 2-run double in the first, and another 2-run double in the second, and that was that. 1.2 innings, 6 hits, 3 walks and only 1 strikeout. Fucking PATHETIC.
The Mariners did about as well as could be expected against Cole Hamels, getting 3 runs off of him in his 6 innings, but couldn’t crack the Rangers’ bullpen. Haniger continued his torrid September, with 3 more hits (just a triple away from the cycle this time around) including a 2-run homer. Seager had the other RBI on his solo homer in the second, his 23rd homer on the season. While this year has been a step back for Seager compared to his 2016, he has quietly put up a very Kyle Seager-esque stat line when compared to his career numbers. It’s a bummer to see his batting average, on-base percentage, and RBI numbers all down, but the power numbers are still there, which lessens my concerns about his future prospects.
Not a whole lot out of the rest of the lineup, though. 0 for 6 with RISP generally won’t get the job done.
Yeah, so anyway, time’s a wastin’, Mariners! Now might be a good time to rip off a 10-game winning streak!