It’s been a really busy week, so I’m keeping this brief. After blowing the Minnesota home opener, the M’s routed the Twins on Saturday behind some solid Mike Leake pitching and a ton of hitting up and down the lineup.
Sunday’s game was snowed out. It will be made up at the end of a road trip in mid-May.
On Monday, the Mariners were destroyed 10-0 in the series opener with the Royals. The M’s got exactly 2 hits – both singles – and 2 walks. On top of that, Marco Gonzales got absolutely murdered and wasn’t able to get out of the third inning. 2.1, 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts. Meanwhile, Tyler O’Neill is motherfucking tearing shit up in AAA for the Cardinals, so GREAT FUCKING TRADE DIPOTO.
Don’t think I’m not going to bring up this trade each and every time Gonzales takes a dick in the ass this year, before he’s either ultimately traded for peanuts on the dollar or given his outright release. What a crock of shit deal.
Anyway, the M’s were able to shrug that off and come back strong, winning 8-3 on Tuesday. Felix had an okay start (5.2, 3 runs, 6 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts), and the top of the lineup did top of the lineup things. Shout out to Jean Segura, who was a homer short of the cycle in this one. Also, shout out to Seager for starting to bust out of his early-season slump in this one, with a 2-RBI double to really sock the game away.
Then, on get-away day yesterday, the Mariners earned a hard-fought 4-2 victory. Paxton got the no decision, going 6, giving up 2 runs off of 6 hits & 1 walk, with a whopping 10 strikeouts. Safe to say he’s rounding into mid-season form (so his DL stint should be any day now). Seager was the hero in this one, kicking off the scoring with a sac fly in the first, then homering in the go-ahead runs when the game was tied 2-2. Rock solid bullpen work followed, with Nick Vincent getting the win, Juan Nicasio getting the hold, and Edwin Diaz getting his 4th save of the new year.
The Mariners are now 6-4 and have easily played the fewest games in the AL West. Another off-day today only exacerbates that figure. Predictably, the M’s are in third place. The Angels are on a hot streak, at 10-3, and the Astros are the Astros, at 9-4. Shohei Ohtani is annoyingly amazing, and I hate every single person on the planet.
I do think there’s reason for optimism with the way the Mariners have played so far, but let’s not go crazy. Lots of off-days have us as a very well-rested ballclub; let’s see what this team is made of when it has to play 20 games in 20 days or whatever bullshit this schedule has in store. Also, we’ve yet to see a fifth starter in the rotation. Is anyone excited by Ariel Miranda’s minor league mediocrity thus far? Is anyone even remotely confident in Erasmo Ramirez, whenever he returns from the DL? We’ve already got Marco Gonzales stinking up the joint at least half the time, and Felix is going to be an adventure every time out, so all the problems we had heading into the season are still there.
But, yes, 6-4 with the imminent return of Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino, and Ben Gamel is pretty fun. Also, this early-season schedule has been pretty easy. Going forward, aside from the games against Houston and Cleveland, the rest of the month of April looks do-able.
Oakland’s coming up this weekend. Let’s just keep winning and see what happens, huh?