Seattle at Toronto, April 28-30
Friday, April 28 2023 @ 10:00 AM EDT
Contributed by: Magpie
We all remember, with horror, what happened the last time Seattle came to town. We must even endure a rematch of the Game One starters from last year's brief and painful post-season. Let us not speak of it further.
The Mariners have been playing like a .500 team that's been a little
unlucky (3-6) in the close games. They've scored 108 runs; they've
allowed 107. I think they're a little better than that. I don't think
they're good enough to play any October baseball, but they should manage
to win 85 games or so.
As you've probably heard by now, Robbie Ray needs elbow surgery and will miss the rest of the season. It's the first time in his career that an arm injury has put Ray on the IL, and the Mariners made it through 2022 without a single starter missing time to injury. Their luck was bound to run out, and so it has. Chris Flexen had been filling Ray's rotation spot, and he's been really awful, but the Mariners don't really have any promising alternatives. They gave Tommy Milone a start a couple of weeks back against the Rockies. He did okay, but when Tommy Milone is the first guy who gets a chance... (Milone was instantly Designated For Assignment afterwards, cleared waivers, and was outrighted to Tacoma.)
The good news in Seattle is that Jarred Kelenic seems to finally be delivering on the promise we've been hearing about for what seems like time immemorial. It's early days, but a .325/.376/.688 slash line with 7 HRs in 22 games would seem to meet anyone's expectations, and then some.
All that is interesting enough but what's really important this weekend is the return of Teoscar. Our old chum!! He was pretty good, and he was quite a bit of fun. I'm happy to move on, but good luck to him in the Western Division.
I suppose some of you are also excited about seeing Tayler Saucedo again. But if you are indeed one of those people... well, I don't know. Perhaps you should pause and reflect on just where life has led you.
Fri 28 Apr - Castillo (2-0, 1.52) vs Manoah (1-1, 5.13)
Sat 29 Apr - Flexen (0-4, 8.86) vs Gausman (2-2, 2.84)
Sun 30 Apr - Gonzales (2-0, 3.32) vs Bassitt (3-2, 4.82)