There aren’t a lot of ups when the Mariners get swept by Los Angeles. There aren’t many ups when you score nine runs and lose, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. There are 155 games remaining and you have to play them to see how it goes.
The 1-2 (and 3?) Hitters
Jean Segura has been outstanding at the plate. Through seven games, he’s looking like the 2016 NL hits leader, erasing some of the skepticism that comes with one outlier season. Hitting .333, he’s the top of the order hitter/get on-base presence that the Mariners have been looking for.
Also solid has been Mitch Haniger. The young right fielder has proven to be a solid piece in the lineup. Keyword being proven.
Some were skeptical of his ability as he was relatively new to the big league scene coming to Seattle. Dipoto spoke very highly of him in the offseason, but only plate appearances can prove his ability and he’s starting to do that.
After starting 1-for-12, he’s hit .333, with 3 big homers. In a lineup plagued with poor hitting, he’s sticking out.
Then we come to Robinson Cano. The rock of the Mariners order. He had been ice cold through the team’s first six games, 5-for-24 cold. Credit to Robbie though, he collected a hit in all the games, but the third Houston game, his average still was just a touch above the Mendoza line.
Sunday’s game in Anaheim was the season premiere of The Cano Show. He hit his first round-tripper of the season and collected five RBIs on the day. All in all, a solid reemergence of the Mariners core hitter.
The Mariners mid-offseason acquisition had a rocky spring. He left a lot of people wondering if he could actually bounce back from a career-worst year.
Now, Friday night was a mixed bag for Gallardo. He only made it through five innings, gave up eight hits, and now has an ERA of 5.40.
Typically playoff teams do not have a fifth starter with a 5.40 ERA, but I think it’s how Gallardo handled himself on the mound that makes him an “up” from this series.
In the third inning, the Angels led 1-0 and had the bases loaded with just one out. Facing Albert Pujols, he induced a potential-double play groundball to previous Gold Glove winner Kyle Seager. Seager misplayed the transfer and got nobody out.
The run that scored was earned because the scorer can’t assume Seager would have turned the inning-ending double play even with no error. That contributes to Gallardo’s higher ERA. He then buckled down. Getting two outs without letting another runner cross the plate.
I think, with his Friday performance he’s at least earned a little bit longer of a leash than the fans have given him.
The reliever looking to pitch his first full big league season has pitched 4.2 innings in four appearances this year and has yet to surrender a run. With a WHIP of 0.64, he’s really solidifying his role in the bullpen early.