clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Mariners Punish Pitches in the Zone

Here’s what happens when professional baseball players get fastballs above the waist.

MLB: Seattle Mariners-Media Day
Providing high quality entertainment in place of Robby Cano and Jean Segura since 2017
Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Mariners, who were offensively frustrated their last two games, showed up on Tuesday seeking redemption. They proceeded to punish Baseball America’s 25th ranked prospect, Lucas Giolito, chasing him after just 30 pitches in the first inning. Ryan Divish dropped this bit of knowledge:

I can confirm that the Mariners did in fact made contact every time they swung at a pitch thrown by Giolito. In fact, the first three innings of the game showcased Mariners capitalizing on pitches left in the zone:

(Disclaimer: We all know how angsty MLB Gameday has been this spring).

Leonys Martin started the day with a single off of a 0-2 fastball down broadway.

After a Mitch Haniger single, Kyle Seager worked a hitter’s count and pulled a waist-high fastball into right field for an RBI single.

Later in the inning, Tyler “spring superstar” Smith made Giolito pay for hurling a fastball right down the pipe and crushed a ground-rule double.

That was the last we saw of Giolito, but the Mariners weren’t done there. Mike Zunino found himself ahead 3-1 before turning on a mid-thigh height fastball.

Chris Beck clearly didn’t believe Tyler Smith was capable of punishing fastballs down the middle, and basically told him to prove it. This is what happened:

Just for good measure, Mitch Haniger gave John Trupin a belated birthday present, driving a high fastball the other way for a triple.

The Mariners redefined C-ing the Z. Jerry’s Equation may only consider strikeouts and walks, but today we saw our boys work favorable counts and capitalize on hittable pitches. This allowed the Mariners to build a 7-1 lead through three innings. The rest of the game, from an offensive standpoint, was less than enthralling.

Seattle’s pitching got off to as hot a start as their bats; James Paxton only needed eight pitches in the first inning to retire the side. MLB Gameday recorded him up to just north of 95 MPH on the gun today in four innings of work. He struck out four without issuing a walk, allowing just one blemish in the form of a Yolmer Sanchez solo-shot.

The White Sox fought back in the sixth and seventh innings, combining for five runs in two frames off of Vincent and Overton. Overton, however, bounced back nicely in the eighth when he struck out the side.

Other noteworthy occurrences from today:

  • Mitch Haniger stole third. Is there anything this fella can’t do?
  • A tangential note: I have a Mitch Haniger jersey now. It came at the end of last week. Here’s an artsy photo for proof.
  • Former Mariner Mayckol Guaipe pitched for the White Sox today. He struck out two in an inning of work.
  • Today is Pi Day.

Seeing the Mariners win today was refreshing. They were due after getting outscored 33-5. They take on the Dodger’s tomorrow afternoon at 1:10. Until then, I’m gonna watch my roommate play The Show.