The thing that I take away from this game is simply the Mariners going 1-7 with Runners In Scoring Position (RISP). That’s not going to help you out and it’s not going to help your pitcher out.
I think if the Mariners had won this game the amount of momentum surrounding the team would have been extreme and the fan expectations may have been too great for a group that realistically isn’t going to continue having the amount of luck they’ve had. Losing this game sucks, but it may have brought a few people back down to earth. This team isn’t bad, but it’s not good either. A nice mediocre middle.
As for Michael Pineda, it was unrealistic to believe he was going to go the whole season without giving up a home run. Ironically the two gave up were against two left handed hitters. This isn’t an opportunity to scream and shout and say “SEE HE’S BAD AGAINST LEFTIES!” But judging by his 2.84 xFIP against right-handers and his 4.05 xFIP against lefties it’s obvious that he’s going to have some bumps and bruises along the way until he can throw the change-up more consistently.
For what it’s worth, Fangraphs has the pitch as being a slightly positive pitch so far (0.1 runs above average and 0.17 runs above average per 100 pitches thrown). So don’t misunderstand me. I think the pitch is decent, just inconsistent at this point.
Mariners of the Game:
Jack Wilson WPA (0.078)
Milton Bradley WPA (0.051)
Chone Figgins WPA (0.043)