We felt like a long time ago that we saw red-eyed Kyle Seager waving goodbye to the crowd at T-Mobile Park. It felt like a very long time ago when we saw Taylor Trammell laughing as he made an improbable catch on the field, or T-France thriving in the first-team next door to the Golden Glove, or Paul Siswald’s baffled hitter with his fastball sitting a full mark below average. MLB, or any of the other champions who have stepped up to help propel the 2021 Mariners to an unlikely 90 wins. And it seems like a very, very, very long time ago, last year’s Opening Day sailors started winning in a way that would become an icon for 2021’s sailors: the messiest way possible. After a long series of increasingly meaningless plays, they finally won a walk.
Today, in their season opener, the Mariners’ contract somehow in an off-season marked by uncertainty, a wide range of personnel changes including the departure of their third base player, baseball’s annual long winter sleepover, and they drew a company that connected the line between the 2021 team and the 2022 team. Yes. , this team looks different, with goodwill veering toward rotation and a cornerstone of the franchise missing from third base, but the 2022 Sailors are here to assure you that they’re ready to remain the cuddly idiot I fell in love with last year It was equal parts fun and frustrating, ready to make you feel Comfortable with uncomfortable feeling.
In painless baseball, Robbie Ray was as announced on his Mariners debut. The old saying is that a lone homing pigeon won’t hit you, and the only hummingbird that Ray allowed didn’t actually hit him. He’s gone seven innings – the first bowler in this major competition this year to score the seven-game mark – throwing 96 shots, 63 of them for strikes (65%), living up to his reputation as a thrower. Described by John Ray as a wild artist in his 40s, his philosophy of pitching is remarkably simple for the uninitiated: fast balls up, sliders down, there he is, hit it if you can. Significantly, the twins, in fact, could not beat her; Ray handed out only three hits over his seven innings, including a pair of badly damaged singles, one to perennial pest Carlos Correa, and running away from home from fellow No-Twin Jyo Urchilla when one of Ray’s slides grabbed too much of the board and Urhsela literally golfed in The stands for running at home. He collected five hits and 17 strokes, more than twice the next closest bowler in the game.
Here’s Ray’s pitch distribution from today:
However, despite not letting the hitters do much of his stuff, Ray had to dance out of danger several times thanks to occasional driving lapses that saw him hit a bat and make a four-track. Ray mentioned in his post-match interview that his blunders were where he wanted them to be and he felt his stuff were shaky, which is a bit exciting when the eight hitters and nine hitters walk at once apiece, but we’ll take that back to get things swinging, for sure We won’t equivocate about Ray’s performance today. Ray ran an incredible 90% lead rate last season; Haters will say he can’t stand it, but he stranded all six contestants who were allowed to make it to base today, ordering double play, strike, and poor contact when he needs it.
Not that Ray wasn’t grateful to the outside players for putting away fly-outs – here he expresses gratitude to Julio for catching Carlos Correa’s stranded and stranded fly (Julio, for his part, was a brilliant center run, scoring four no-sweat fly-outs ).
Unfortunately, bringing the feelings of 2021 also means bringing about the 2021 offense that can’t always be counted on. Twin sailors fought in a game of “No, Actually, You First”, stranded by ten – 1-0! – Beads of their own at the base. The Mariners’ only rounds of the day came in Mitch Hanniger’s first half at home:
Perhaps this was supposed to be a three-round streak at home as Adam Frazier looked to have come from pole position when Miguel Sano seemingly missed the bag, and while we love the chaotic energy of challenging two pitches on the season, the The sailors unfortunately came up short on this one. It turns out that the clearly stated audible replay explanations are no longer satisfactory When they are still wrong.
And that’s all the sailors will get. All game long. This is the unpleasant part of the Chaos Ball, remember, that in order to get to win one round we have to suffer a lot from not taking advantage of the chances first. Twins player Joe Ryan was clearly the weakest of the first-name bowlers, and was struggling with the area hard; He issued as many lanes as he did in the exhibitors’ strike (4), and cast only 42 of the 70 strike fields—and that was an area that looked more like a post office than a postage stamp. There was a one-in-the-third chance where the Marines threatened against Ryan, which was hidden when Correa made an excellent hitch on Mitch Hanegger’s hot shot (106.3 off the bat, giving Hannimal two of the three most hit balls in this game) that looked left and RBI. Correa also stole Adam Frazier with a jump catch, which means Frazier cheated on a two-stroke today. I will be very happy to see Korea back for a while at the end of this series.
The Sailors got base hitters against Ryan but repeatedly failed to pounce in his four innings of action, and thus were left to deal with Joan Doran’s utter stench. This was the first time I had seen Doran and a man, Edwin Diaz’s comparisons are not out of place. This stuff is totally electric, with not only triple digit heat but sinister motion as well. Ty France managed to turn the 101 into the outside black for one hit, and Jesse Winker followed him with a key hit of his own, but Duran proceeded to hit the side to limit any damage. I don’t usually post opposing team stuff in summaries but I want you to understand what they were dealing with:
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(Yeah, I misspelled his name there, I was going phonetically, sorry Jhoan.)
The sailors also failed to do anything against the less combustible Jorge Alcala — too rough when it’s 94-98 somehow. less flamethrow-y – and left Danny Coulombe, which means they went into the last two rounds of the game clinging to a one-round difference. Paul Sewald was himself Paul-the-Wall, getting top of the Twins lineup to quietly graduate (Buxton, Polanco), ditching Correa on a milling machine that was efficiently handled by Eugenio Suárez, who had a rough day at the board but made several plays Solid third.
That left Drew Steckenryder in charge of the bottom of the ninth set, and the first hitter he faced was troublesome Louis Ariz, who went down 0-2 and then worked a nine-pitch shot before golfing a small shot to base. Hit the – 70.9 MPH EV with an xBA of 0.830, incredibly annoying. Stick bounces to get Sano out to Raleigh and hit Alex Kirillov in a disgusting change. This provoked the embattled Gary Sanchez from New York, as the crowd chanted his name: Ga-ry, Ga-ry, Ga-ry. What a fairy tale, isn’t it? What a beautiful story about redemption and the power of changing the landscape and moving to a less toxic environment.
And off the bat, it looked as if a story was being told:
Flat circle time. The one-running baseball is back, baby. Prepare accordingly.
Kate’s Unsung Hero Game Award:
Cal Rallye may not light the box score with a single chopper, a mini chopper powered, and twice a walk, but he quietly enjoyed one of the best games on the field today on both sides of the ball, masterfully handling the throwing crew, controlling the running game, and working several key blocks And keep the ball in front of him. It was a visual leap forward from where Cal was last year and hopefully a sign of things to come.