SEAside Thoughts: WE'RE BACK BABY!
Rocky Mountain Relief
Nothing like playing the Colorado Rockies to get back on track. Everyone, including me, we're pretty frustrated after starting 4-8, but it's important to keep perspective. The Mariners had to basically play a 7 game series against the defending AL Central champs, and face a healthy and fresh Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. They also had to take on a Cubs team that is 8-6 and probably should have swept the Dodgers in LA this weekend.
Shout-out to the Cubs, I really like their aggressiveness the past two off-seasons. They signed Suzuki, Stroman, Swanson, Mancini and Bellinger to massively raise their floor. This team will compete in the NL Central this summer and will be a major threat to sign Shohei Ohtani.
Back to the Mariners, they didn't play with their food, crushing the Rockies in a sweep to get back to .500. The pitching was absolutely dominant, both sides controlled the zone, and the defense has now played 5 straight clean games. The Mariners are in 2nd place and only 1.5 games behind Texas for the division lead.
Congrats to Marco!
Marco missed his start on Friday against Colorado, as he went on paternity leave. Co grays to the Gonzalez family! Another congrats goes out to Tommy Milone. Milone got the Gonzalez replacement start, and did admirably.
Milone went 4.2 innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 3. Those innings helped, and Seattle doesn't win that game without him. Unfortunately, as the business goes, Milone was DFA'd immediately after. It sucks, and I hope Milone is able to find himself back in Seattle or get a real chance somewhere else.
Here's to Tommy Milone!