After Anthony Gose's fly ball landed where, among others, Mike Cameron, Franklin Gutierrez, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Diaz, Ichiro, non-sedate Austin Jackson and hell maybe even Michael Saunders would have caught it and after James Jones was picked off first my wife and I put the kids to bed and watched the film Edge of Tomorrow.
I won't give away plot spoilers but the film involves a character stuck in a Groundhog Day time vortex, forced into a horrific battle until he dies. Then he wakes up and does it all over again. Every day he learns from his past failures and gets a little bit farther before, inevitably, death.
The Mariners have adapted, they have learned, and after today, or tomorrow, or the next day they most likely will be dead. We can draw encouragement from the fact that they stayed alive a lot longer than before and may have, hopefully have, learned a few things along the way. But as they say, Valar Morghulis, death comes to us all.
Today Tom Wilhelmsen and Daniel Norris face off on getaway day in Toronto. This road trip looked awful the day the schedule came out and it's been every bit as bad as we could have imagined. Since baseball is fickle the Mariners may very well score 11 runs, Colby Lewis could outpitch Jason Hammel in Texas and Death's hounds kept hungry for another day.
The bad news is 1) Boy oh boy oh boy oh boy are the Mariners are in a tailspin and 2) Daniel Norris is left-handed and welp:
Mariners have faced 7 lefty starters in last 17 games. 3 ER in 48 1/3 IP. 0.56 ERA. 1-6 in those games— Gary Hill (@GaryHillJr) September 25, 2014
Whatever. Clearly I'm spending this space talking my way through my favorite baseball season since college ending in such a bloody and horrific crash. The season is NOT over. Let's win this stupid game. Hit it Bartender:
- Mariners @ Blue Jays, 1:07 PM PST
- TV: ROOT, Radio: 710 ESPN, Online: Mlb.tv
|SEATTLE MARINERS||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Austin Jackson - CF||Dalton Pompey - LF|
|Chris Taylor - SS||Munenori Kawasaki - 2B|
|Robinson Cano - DH||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Kendrys Morales - 1B||Adam Lind - 1B|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|Logan Morrison - LF||George Kottaras - C|
|Michael Saunders - RF||Kevin Pillar - RF|
|Mike Zunino - C||Anthony Gose - CF|
|Brad Miller - 2B||Ryan Goins - SS|
|Tom Wilhelmsen - RHP||Daniel Norris - LHP|