Dr. D saw the first 4-5 innings from the upper deck, and then left the ballpark with James Paxton still in the game and tied. That tells you all you need to know about the utility of this morning's post. It also tells you all you need to know about the Mariners' will to win, seeing as we could grok this ugly loss coming from three or four AU's away.
Honestly, that is what lousy pitching will do for you. The position players start making lots of sloppy errors, thinking about the 3-run homers they need in order to give themselves a chance. I'd be glad to blame Scott Servais -- if he had anything to do with most of his starting pitchers running 2+ gopher ratios. Dipoto better get this 83 ERA+ figured out and quick. I dunno, why did 83 ERA's never happen to Pat Gillick?
We kid. One thing you love, is that Jerry Dipoto feels the loss more than we do. If something can humanly be done he'll do it.
I dunno if this counts as humanly doable. Some guy named Christian Bergman is 5-0, 2.17 for the Rainiers ... oh. He pitched in the NL the last 3 years, LOL. Justynius used to crack up at my floundering with stuff like "who is this Pete Goldschmidt guy? he hit the ball pretty far last night" ...
RockiesJeff or G-Money could tell us all about Bergman. It says on Fangraphs that he throws 90 MPH with a confident 86 MPH slider and a confident 80 MPH change. It doesn't explain the confident 8.37 ERA last season in Colorado.
James Paxton looked, from the stands, like he was searching for a foshball or curve ball. He looked like he missed with some fastballs and it looked like there was some walks. And he looked like he got catastrophically destroyed for 2 runs.
(One time Randy Johnson lost 2-1 and a beat writer asked him what went wrong on the mound. Johnson stared a long time and finally decided to dignify the question with the reply, "that's what I give up. My ERA is two." But that's how good the Unit was and how good Paxton is. Any runs at all and you wonder what happened.)
On the other hand, we can still watch the league leaders for strikeouts. Paxton has 45 of them in 38 innings; in 1988 Bill James used to call attention to that kind of thing, even if the pitcher had allowed 0 homers. Very nice K to HR ratio.
Taylor Motter has been booked; they try to pitch him away so he can't pull the ball into the upper deck. He has now gone 10 at-bats since his last mulithit game. So he's pretty much Danny Valencia at this point.
If you don't have an irony detector, Dr. D is confident that Motter can "adjust" back and step into a few fastballs, outer third. He was already holding up on breaking pitches outer third.
I dunno why I turned on Mike Zunino so suddenly. Maybe it's because it seems like he's turned on himself; he's chipping at umpires now where he never used to (because he didn't want the ump holding a grudge against his pitchers). It's kind of weird; he's shown lots of flashes. You'd think he could level out at a mediocre/crummy level if nothing else. The Seattle Mariners have had lots of mystifying young players, haven't they?
But offense, Zunino being part of that, ain't the M's problem. Not since they put Guillermo Heredia's 144 offense in for Leonys Martin. Also, is it just me or do the Mariners seem to have very suddenly married Ben Gamel? it's not just the coupla starts; it's a vibe like they really trust him. Maybe it's just me. But we could grok an eventual outfield of --- > Heredia CF, Gamel/Motter LF, Maniger RF, and then Jarrod Dyson in the Kansas City role.
When you got this kind of talent up and down the roster, including in the bullpen and at the TOR, you ought to be able to figure out a 90, 95 ERA+ some how.