Yes hello I am assuming you're reading this story because you know the Mariners destroyed worlds at Safeco Field. If you didn't already know that, yeah, the Mariners destroyed worlds. They won 13-3 and captured a home series win against the A's.
More importantly, the M's are now 10 games over .500.
That's pretty damn cool. They won in emphatic fashion tonight in what was one of the most fun games of the season.
The runs came in bunches against a crippled A's pitching staff. With Sonny Gray scratched from the game due to a strained trapezious, the A's called on Zach Neal to make the start. Prior to this game against the Mariners, Neal had just three relief innings on the season. It was great to see the M's take advantage of the young starter's inexperience. He ended the game with 4 IP, 7 R, 0 BB, 1 K. The Mariners didn't stop there, scoring six runs off the A's bullpen. No matter what the A's threw at Seattle and no matter how big the lead grew, the team kept fighting.
It was a complete game from the squad. Every starter except Chris Iannetta reached base at least once. The M's totalled 17 hits and smoked four home runs. The pitching staff combined for zero issued walks.
Not every game will be like this. But there sure seem to be a hell of a lot more of them than usual this year. A double-digit win margin is nothing to sneeze at. The M's +54 run differential is the 3rd-best in baseball. For the first time in a long time, the offense and pitching are both clicking. It's been a hell of a lot of fun through the first two months of the season. Let's keep it rolling.
Onto the bullet points!
- This is the second game I've recapped in a week. Both games were wins but in both games, a starter got injured. You're welcome and I'm sorry, respectively. Leonys Martin was the latest victim. He appeared to tweak his hamstring sliding into second on a stolen base in the third. While it's completely reasonable to panic given how great Martin has been recently, the early returns are encouraging:
Martin thinks it just a cramp and said: "I hope to be back in a few days. We got the off day tomorrow. I'm going to be all right."— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 26, 2016
- Adam Lind was the hero of the game, belting two home runs in a 4-for-4 showing. He drove every pitch with authority. That's not something he's done much of this season. It's far too early to declare that Lind has turned a corner offensively. However, this is the kind of performance that's hard to dismiss. Unlike his previous home runs this season, the two he hit today were no-doubters. If this really is the beginning of a breakout for Lind, watch out.
- From here it gets tricky to figure out who had the best performances. Robinson Cano had the worst WPA on the team according to Fangraphs (-0.10). That's weird because he hit a home run and had a tremendous throw that nabbed a greedy Billy Burns trying to leg out a triple:
- The rest of the lineup was pretty solid. Luis Sardinas went 2-for-4 in his first game back with the big club. Norichika Aoki also went 2-for-4 with a double. Kyle Seager went 2-for-5. If it were any other game these guys would be top performers. Instead they're just footnotes in a game where a lot went right for our boys of summer.
- Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a quality start, posting a line of 7 IP, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K. He wasn't killer, but he was solid. At this point I'm totally satisfied with that from The Bear. It's pretty clear that he's not the same guy he was before. That's fine. All the team needs him to be is an effective innings eater who won't lose you any games.