The Mariners have some really good starting pitching. I think we can all agree on that, even if some of you aren’t big fans of Robbie Ray. So when the MLB.com Twitter account came out with their top ten list of starting pitching duos, I was fully expecting to see the Mariners on there.
Well, get ready to be disappointed. Cause once again, it seems like we are dealing with a bit of West Coast bias against the Mariners.
Look at that. No Mariners on the list. I don’t care which #2 pitcher you are picking for the Mariners, they deserve to be on the list. Luis Castillo is an absolute stud, and proved exactly why the Mariners gave up what they did at the deadline in order to get him to lead their rotation.
Come on, MLB. Put some respect on the Mariners name
Would you want to go with Logan Gilbert? The 25-year-old RHP who is already showing an ability to go deep into games, control the zone, and amp it up when the team needs him?
Or, do you go with his even younger teammate in George Kirby? The absolute control monster. The guy who went 14 straight starts without giving up a homerun, while also not having a multi-walk game during his first 22 starts of the season.
Lastly, would you go with the 2021 Cy Young winner in Robbie Ray? Yeah, he struggled at times, but he still had a 19-game stretch this year with a 2.72 ERA and a K rate of 10.5 K/9 during that time.
Any of them would be worthy choices, and for 2023 I would go with Gilbert. In 2024 I think it’s going to be Kirby, but for now, it should be Castillo/Gilbert sitting at the #6 spot over Manoah/Gausman.
Maybe this is just another time when the Mariners are going to look at a Nationwide poll and think “hmm, we are being overlooked once again. Let’s go show them just how good we really are”. Call it bulletin board material. After the nasty run that the entire Mariners rotation went through last year, I think they are in a great position to dominate opposing lineups all year long.