COPY AND PASTE DEPT.
The M's bats-and-pen 6, their rotation 3 - check. √
Balmer gets pole-axed by Sosh's Scrubs and is no longer front of the WC pack - check. √
Royals get smoked again by NL rivals - check. √
Rays and Jake Odorizzi fall prey to a 5-and-14 Red Sox pitcher (Porcello!) - check. √
And so in the space of two days, the M's go from -1 outside the playoff pack to +1 in front of it. And the madding SSI crowd, which had chuckled good-naturedly over Tuesday coffee, at poooor toothless Dr. D's suggestion of a James Paxton play-in game, sits up with a start at its Thursday coffee:
We're now two games' margin short of everybody asking Scott Servais if he could please oh please manipulate James Paxton into a survival game. Well, they would be asking it 40 days and 40 nights from now :- ) And by two games short, we mean one game short. "He Who Must Not Be Annoyed, Eh" has the mound Thursday.
Tomorrow's news today, babe
Who is your fave #2-5 rotation scrub, when it comes to lending James Paxton a hand the next month?
MARCO WOOD - see these intriguing remarks from Mal and Bat
ARIEL MIRANDA - The M's are in fact 13-10 in his starts so far, and we can hope that a light will come on for him (7+ strikeouts, 2+ walks)
ERASMO RAMIREZ - Poor debut for the M's but 104 and 108 ERA+ for Rays last two years
YOVANNI GALLARDO - The vet in the mix, as saith the Counselor:
Don't Look, but HWMNBN is pitching another mediocre two or three run five n' dive to propel the Mariners to another typical victory. Dare I say that you know who is the most trustworthy arm behind James Paxton? We should revisit this issue at the +3 post mortem tomorrow.
Honestly could see any of the four stepping up, though asking any particular one of them to step up would be tough. As Mojo says, "stepping up" means a 5 IP, 3 ER start or three. Would be gratified to hear which of the scrub SP's ye noble Denizens fancy to do so.