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Seattle Mariners, offensive is bright spot Jersey

Messaggiodi Helena il 8 aprile 2017, 3:55

The one consistent bright side to the Mariners season so far has been the starting pitching. Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and James Paxton have so far combined to throw 17 innings while giving up just four total runs. Paxton in particular looked excellent, giving up just two hits in six innings, and giving one of Gerardo Parra Womens Jersey the best offenses in baseball fits with his blend of power pitching and continued pounding of the inside of the strike zone.
The Seattle Mariners season is now three games old, and it hasn’t been an ideal start to the year. The Mariners are currently 0-3, with three close losses against the division rival Houston Astros. Luckily, there are still 159 games left to play, and there’s plenty of time to turn the season around. Here are some observations from this unfortunate beginning to the Mariners season.
Hernandez and Iwakuma each struggled slightly with pitch location, giving up a combined four solo home runs due to a couple of pitches that ended up in the middle of the strike zone, but other than that each looked good. Should Hernandez, Iwakuma, and Paxton keep pitching this effectively, the top of the Mariners rotation will keep them in games all season long.
The Silent Bats. The offense had four games to forget in Houston. The series was really punctuated when the Mariners loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the 13th inning Wednesday night, and they only scored one run. They eventually lost that game 5-3 in 13 innings. The first two games netted one Mariner run. Again, we’re hoping the Mariners are building to a break out this weekend in Anaheim. Last night newcomers Jarrod Dyson and Jean Segura put up RBI singles in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie, and they gave Seattle their first win of the season, 4-2. Segura is the only Mariner regular batting over .200 going into this weekend’s series, a trend that should be toppled quickly.
The Seattle Mariners played four close games against the Houston Astros to start the season, but they ended up on the short side of the stick in three of those games. At 1-3, the Mariners now head into Anaheim for three games against the Angels. The Angels also had a four game set to start the season, opening in Oakland. They went 2-2, winning Tuesday and Wednesday before dropping the series finale last night for a series split with the A’s. Mariners fans are hoping Seattle will be able to build on a series finale victory and gain some traction this weekend in Anaheim.
Jarrod Dyson was the hero for the Seattle Mariners last night helping deliver their first win of the season.
Starting Pitching. Despite two quality starts in the Houston series, no Mariner starter notched a win against the Astros. Tonight will be the debut of Yovani Gallardo. Acquired in the off season from Baltimore, the Mariners are hoping he can put an ugly 2016 behind him. The veteran started 23 games for Baltimore, but he went 6-8 with a career high ERA of 5.42. All Mariner fans will be watching Felix Hernandez closely on his start Saturday. Hernandez isn’t missing his turn in the rotation, but he left his start on Monday early after five innings pitched with groin tightness. He gave up 2 HR in the 3-0 loss, but he was otherwise effective striking out six batters in his short outing. With Drew Smyly already on the D.L., Seattle can hardly afford to lose another starting pitcher this early. Hisashi Iwakuma will throw the finale of the series on Sunday. Iwakuma was a tough luck loser in his debut, losing 2-1 despite not allowing a runner into scoring position. Like Hernandez, he gave up two solo HRs in his start.
Going 1-3 vs. the Astros? Not the splashy start to the season the Seattle Mariners wanted. But, I have to think better days are ahead, even if the offense laid an egg in Houston. Seattle has only one batter currently batting over .200. I’m sure if that held up, it’d be some kind of record. The Mariners are going to start hitting and scoring more runs. The pitching staff did enough that with some run support that this team will look more like the contenders I think they actually are. I’m going on a limb, and I’m calling for a road sweep over the Angels this weekend to send the Mariners over .500 at 4-3, which would be a sweet ending to a bumpy first week.
The Mariners biggest addition this offseason was shortstop Jean Segura. After hitting .320 with 20 home runs and 203 hits in 2016, he was expected to provide another explosive bat at the top of the order for the Mariners. So far, he has lived up to expectations. In the 5-3 loss on Wednesday, Segura provided both earned runs for the Mariners with a two run home run in the fifth inning. In his Mariner debut on Monday, Segura had two of the Mariners three hits. So far, it looks like Segura was worth the price the Mariners paid.
If you were told that the Astros scored a total of just 10 runs against the Mariners in three games, you would think that the Mariners probably won at least one, and probably two of those games. After all, last year the Mariners averaged 4.74 runs per game, and they added some dynamic new pieces this offseason in Jean Segura and Jarrod Dyson. Yet, the Mariners have only managed four runs in three games, and have really struggled to hit the ball with runners in scoring positions. They have managed only one hit with a runner in scoring position all season (their other three runs this season came off a two run home run and a bases-loaded walk). For the Mariners to win, their situational hitting simply has to be better. The most glaring example was in their most recent game (a 5-3 loss in 13 innings). The Mariners had the bases loaded with no outs, up 3-2 in the 13th inning, with the potential to put the game away. Instead, Danny Valencia hit a soft fly ball to shallow center field, and Mike Zunino and Jarrod Dyson struck out swinging. These first three games have proved that the Mariners will be in a good position to win all season because of their starting pitching. If the offense is able to perform better with runners in scoring position, they should still be in the playoff chase come August and September.
According to Greg Johns of, Hernandez exited the game after experiencing tightness in his right groin. It looked like the right-hander may have tweaked the muscle while covering first base on a grounder in the fourth inning. Mariners manager Scott Servais and the head athletic trainer checked on Hernandez, but he remained in the game. He would record four more outs before calling it a night.
The Seattle Mariners didn’t get off to the start they hoped for on Opening Day, suffering a 3-0 shutout loss at the hands of the division rival Astros in Houston. To make matters worse, their longtime ace Felix Hernandez was forced to leave the game with an apparent injury after five innings.
King Felix wasn’t exactly having a dominant outing, allowing two runs on five hits over the five frames. The scoring came via a pair of solo homers off the bats of George Springer and Carlos Correa. Nevertheless, Hernandez had racked up six strikeouts with no walks and tossed only 65 pitches before getting the early hook. So his removal clearly wasn’t performance-related.
After the game, Hernandez told reporters that he felt alright and didn’t believe his groin would prove a major issue. When asked if he would make his next scheduled start on Saturday against the Angels in Anaheim, he replied, “Oh yeah, for sure. I’ll be there.” Per Johns, Servais echoed that sentiment.
While it’s good to hear him optimistic following something of a scare, it remains to be seen if the King will actually make that next outing. This early in the season, the M’s might decide to take it easy and give him a few extra days to recover, making sure he’s 100 percent ready to go.
At this early juncture, they can afford that. You never want to sideline your number-one starter, but if it means the difference between missing one start and being out of commission for an extended period, it’s best to err of the side of caution. Seattle will probably see how Hernandez feels over the remainder of the week.
After eight consecutive seasons of 200 or more innings (and 10 straight years of making at least 30 starts), Felix missed some time last year with a calf strain suffered under the regrettable circumstances of celebrating a home run. He was limited to 153.1 frames over 25 outings, and the rest of his numbers were decidedly below his usual high standards: 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 1.88 K/BB ratio.
Hernandez, who turns 31 in a few days, is hoping that 2017 is a bounce-back season for him. If the Mariners are to reach the playoffs, they’ll need him to pitch more like his vintage self. Yesterday was Hernandez’s ninth consecutive Opening Day start – the longest active streak in the major leagues – and everyone knows what he means to Seattle as the leader of their staff.
Though the Mariners have started the season 0-3, they have definitely shown some promising signs. The starting pitching so far has been excellent, and they have shown an ability to be patient at the plate and get runners on base. If they are able to find some offensive production with runners in scoring position, they will still be in a good position to make the playoffs.
It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint. The baseball season is the longest of professional sport season.
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