Mariners takeaway no. 3 – It’s going to be a tough couple of weeks
Losing sucks, but losing three players to injuries sucks even more. James Paxton and Jake Fraley were officially put on the injured list yesterday morning, and on top of that, Evan White was pulled from yesterday’s day game after feeling tightness in his quad while trying to beat out a throw to first base.
This is a major blow to the Mariners who are already missing Kyle Lewis. Jose Marmolejos was able to make an immediate impact after coming in for Evan White, but it’s hard to believe that the replacements for these newly injured players are going to produce in the same way the starters did.
Jake Fraley was an on-base monster and was playing great defense in the outfield. Matter as of fact, the play he got injured on was a diving catch to end the inning. We all know how good Evan White’s glove is and he will be a big loss if he misses a few weeks.
I was super excited to see James Paxton pitch this year but depending on what the MRI says, we might not get to see him for a while. The Big Maple was fantastic in Spring Training and it would be a shame if he’s on the injured list for an extended time. Luckily the Mariners have some starting pitching depth in Nick Margevicius (Paxton’s replacement at the moment) and Ljay Newsome, but they are both not James Paxton.
The Mariners play some good teams this month and it could be a rough couple of weeks for the team without these guys on the field. The M’s will face the Twins, Orioles, Astros, Dodgers, Red Sox, and the Astros again, and the Angels two series against the Astros this month.
It will be a nice opportunity for Braden Bishop and Jose Marmolejos to prove their worth, but I’m keeping my expectations low.