But don’t worry, next year when it matters again, they’ll get right back to the losing!
James Paxton got the start and did about as well as you’d expect: 5.2 innings, 3 runs, on 6 hits, with 5 strikeouts. Suffice it to say, he’s still rounding into shape from his latest DL stint, and should be back to his old dominating self next week sometime. Just in time to watch the playoffs from his couch.
The offense picked him up today, so at least he was able to salvage a no decision. Gamel had 3 hits and an RBI in the leadoff spot. Alonso and Valencia each had homers and combined for 5 RBI. And, the Mariners’ bullpen did their job to round out the 6-3 victory.
It’s been a while since this team was able to go Pagan-Vincent-Diaz, with them all throwing shutout innings. Brings back fond memories of better Mariner times.
This may or may not be James Paxton’s final start. We know Felix is done, and we got word that Mike Leake is also being shut down to rest his arm or some damn thing. We’ve got Erasmo going today, Marco Gonzales going Friday, and Andrew Moore going Saturday, with Sunday TBD. Could be Albers, could be Paxton, could be a bullpen day. I guess we’ll see.
If this was Paxton’s final start, we might as well congratulate him on his very best season as a Mariner. Oh yeah, in spite of all the injuries, he’s hit career highs in appearances (23, all starts), innings (130), strikeouts (147), wins (12), and WAR (3.5). This was, officially, the year that James Paxton became the Ace of the Seattle Mariners’ pitching staff. And, if he hadn’t missed 10 starts, we might be talking about a really special season.
Look at it this way: as it stands, the Mariners won a little over 60% of his starts. If you tack on 10 more starts, and give the Mariners 6 more wins, BOOM, we’re right there in the thick of that second Wild Card spot. And that’s not even taking into account how poorly he’s pitched in the first few games after returning from the DL those two times! I mean, just this month alone he took two hard-luck losses because he was building up arm strength and therefore was stuck on a low pitch count. Every time he came back from a leave of absence, he had to get his mechanics back in line; if he was just healthy all the way through, he never would’ve had those mechanical issues and a reduction in arm strength. It’s not out of the question, with the way he was going, for the Mariners to win up to 70% of his starts if he’d been fully healthy all season!
You want a reason why the Mariners didn’t make the playoffs? Well, there’s 1 of about a billion right there.
The Mariners have fallen to 16th in the draft order with last night’s victory, so that’s just fucking great. There’s only one more game for the A’s to roll over and fucking die for us, then we go to Anaheim to close out the season. Hopefully on a nice, fat, juicy 3-game losing