Monday, April 19, 2021

"Series" Thread (Games 17-18): April 19-20 @ Mariners

Mon 4/19 7p: Dustin May vs. Justus Sheffield
Tues 4/20 1p: Julio Urias vs. Marco Gonzales

The Dodgers dropped the finale with San Diego but still won the series, and their 13-3 record is still best in baseball. So now it's up to Seattle for a quick two-game turnaround against...the second-best team in the American League, the 10-6 Mariners (who lead the AL West by a half-game over the Angels). And yet just one week ago, the Mariners were 24th out of 30 in ESPN's MLB power rankings, and now sit 2.5 games ahead of the then #4 Houston Cheaters (in fourth place)!

Even the local Seattle newspaper is aghast ("Just like weather, clouds could form on Mariners’ season, so enjoy it while you can"), reminding us that the M's weren't picked to win more than 80 games this year, they've lost starter James Paxson for the season already, and 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis hasn't played a game yet this season (right knee injury from spring training). Lewis could be back for the Dodgers games. (We still won't have Bellinger, of course; and now Gavin Lux is also on the 10-day IL.)

I'm still just chuckling about the Mariners' 2021 logo, #SeaUsRise, which happens to be the same name as a Florida non-profit using music to address and motivate global climate action. Is a rising SEA supposed to be a good thing, or a bad thing? I'm totally confused now.

55 comments:

Steve Sax said...

GAME 1

Betts CF
Seager SS
Turner DH
Smith C
Taylor 2B
Pollock LF
McKinstry RF
Neuse 3B
Rios 1B

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers are 0-1 with Sheldon Neuse in the lineup. Let's hope that trend changes today.

Steve Sax said...

Yikes we are already down 3-0 and we aren’t even out of the bottom of the second

Steve Sax said...

Mookie with a two-out double, then Seager HR. 3-2 Seattle

Steve Sax said...

Someone please teach Will Smith how to hit.

Steve Sax said...

Zach, nice job.

4-3 Seattle. Sheffield chased.

Two out, T6, two on for LA

Steve Sax said...

Dammit. raley Ks.

4-3 , mid 6

Steve Sax said...

Big David Price in for May, to start the sixth.

Steve Sax said...

Seager can’t hold the damn ball. We don’t get out of the inning.

Steve Sax said...

Lots of Dodger fans at Safeco Field!

Steve Sax said...

I mean, T-Mobile Park!

Steve Sax said...

Turner up with one out and Mookie on second (single), Seager on first (walk)

Steve Sax said...

3-2 count to Turner

Steve Sax said...

Turner Ks

Steve Sax said...

Will Smith is fading like a flower.

Dodgers strand 2. 4-3 Seattle at the stretch.

Steve Sax said...

AJ Pollock is awful so far.

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers go to the ninth down by one.

Steve Sax said...

Nice AB by Rios to work a one-out walk. Here’s Mookie

Steve Sax said...

Mookie is gonna K here

Steve Sax said...

0-2 count

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Mookie!

Steve Sax said...

1-2

Steve Sax said...

Oh no. Hit Mookie bad

Steve Sax said...

Right forearm. Don’t think it’s broken but Mookie crumpled at the plate.

Steve Sax said...

Corey fucking GIDPs to end it. Brutal.

Steve Sax said...

It's the curse of Sheldon Neuse.

Steve Sax said...

GAME 2

Taylor CF
Seager S
Turner 3B
Smith DH
Muncy 2B
McKinstry RF
Pollock LF
Rios 1B
Barnes C

Betts out of the lineup, probably due to that plunking last night. Dammit

QuadSevens said...

After the past two games and two innings of this game, we look like we're regressing back to our "bad-against-lefties" days.

QuadSevens said...

Pollock with a double and Rios moves him over. Runner on third with one down. Barnesy up.

QuadSevens said...

CT3 was just robbed by nice diving play by Seattle's second baseman. Damn!

QuadSevens said...

Corey "I Always Swing At the First Pitch" Seager comes through with the RBI hit! 1-0 Dodgers!

QuadSevens said...

Top of the 6th, still 1-0.

QuadSevens said...

Urias through six innings with just one infield hit given up.

QuadSevens said...

VGon in to pitch the 8th. Works around a walk. Still 1-0 Dodgers.

QuadSevens said...

BTW...Only 3 hits total in this game so far. Two for the Dodgers, one for Seattle.

QuadSevens said...

Final line on Urias: 7IP BB H 11K

Jumbo Jack!

QuadSevens said...

CT3 with a walk and stolen base. It's GEICO time! Kenley warming up.

QuadSevens said...

Seager flies out to center. CT3 advances to third. One down.

QuadSevens said...

Great time to break out of your mini slump JT!

QuadSevens said...

Nope. Grounder to third and CT3 is cut down at home.

Steve Sax said...

Jeez CT. Out at home? Not good

Steve Sax said...

Come on Max, you gotta swing at one of those.

Steve Sax said...

1-0 LA going to the bottom of the ninth.

😬

QuadSevens said...

Couple of wide strikes called against Muncy to end the top of the ninth. 1-0 with Kenley coming in.

QuadSevens said...

Would have really liked to have at least one insurance run.

Steve Sax said...

Come on Dodgers, I want to enjoy my Jumbo Jack tomorrow

QuadSevens said...

Two down! Kenley's cutter is looking good today.

QuadSevens said...

Kenley hit 97 on his first pitch to Seager! He's pumped up!

QuadSevens said...

WIN!!!

QuadSevens said...

Nasty slider to finish off Seager! Sweet!

Steve Sax said...

KJ with 2Ks in the one-inning save!!! Wow

Steve Sax said...

We’d better spend the off-day in the batting cage

Steve Sax said...

Brewers @ Padres about to start: Burnes vs. Paddack

SF @ Philly: SF just opened up a 6-spot in the 8th vs. Philly, lead 10-6 (B8)

Steve Sax said...

SF won.

MIL 5, SD 0, B3

Steve Sax said...

Milwaukee won. SD is 4.5 GB