Mariners vs Blue Jays: Gilbert shines, Canzone cooks, and Raleigh hits bombs

In another somewhat disappointing three-game set, the offense struggled to get going until the last second but these players still found ways to stand out
Seattle Mariners v Toronto Blue Jays
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Best Mariners' Pitcher: Logan Gilbert

7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 R, BB, 8 K

It's no secret that the rotation has been struggling recently. Although they were originally billed by some as the best starting rotation in baseball, Seattle currently has the third-highest starter ERA at 5.83, ahead of just the Nationals and the Rockies. With back-to-back shaky starts from George Kirby and Luis Castillo, Gilbert stepped up in a big way to hopefully resuscitate his compatriots.

In a performance that slightly exceeded his electric first start of the season against the Red Sox, Gilbert was dealing nasty stuff against a competitive Toronto lineup. He had 15 swings and misses, nine of which came from his slider which is one of the most underrated in baseball.

He's currently leading the team in ERA at 2.66 although Bryce Miller is close at 3.00. Aside from his great strikeout ability and diverse arsenal, his stamina is invaluable, especially in the day and age of constant pitcher arm injuries. By going deeper into starts, he consistently gives his fellow pitchers in the bullpen more rest and more days off.

Honorable Mention: Ryne Stanek

1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Like the rotation, the bullpen has had its fair share of issues. One new face that has been remarkably consistent in his five appearances thus far has been Stanek. He continues to find himself in high-leverage situations and had the Mariners not scored so many runs in the tenth inning of the final game of the series, he likely would have earned his second save of the season. While Muñoz is still the main closer for now, Stanek seems to be making a great case for taking over the role.

Right now, opposing batters are whiffing 40.6% of the time and striking out 29.4% of the time. He has given up some hard contact on his four-seam fastball but his splitter has not yet given up a hit. He was also the only reliever to appear in more than one game and not conced any earned runs.