Mariners vs Reds: Dumper Discipline, More Quality Starts, and a Mariners' First

In their first sweep of the season, things finally started to click against Cincinnati for the Mariners as they wrap up their latest homestand
Cincinnati Reds v Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds v Seattle Mariners / Steph Chambers/GettyImages
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Best Moment: The Return of GarvSauce

Mitch Garver has been shaky in 2024. Although he was quite productive for the Rangers last season, he's slashing just .160/.283/.280 over 60 plate appearances so far. Things just haven't seemed to come together for him but he finally broke out in a big way on Wednesday, hitting his first home run of the season.

Garver hit the ball 393 feet with an exit velocity of 105.4 mph, good enough to make it a home run in every ballpark in MLB. Ideally, this is the start of a torrid hitting stretch that lifts him out of his current slump. What's funny about it is that he hit 19 homers last year, and not a single one of them was off of left-handed pitchers. His first for the Mariners? Off of a lefty. Oh baseball.

He clearly has the ability to pound baseballs across county lines but with his swing seemingly out of whack, there seem to be more serious issues at work here. Diagnosing the problem would require a discussion all on its own but for now, let's just hope that things start to turn around for him.