It’s the weekend, everybody! You may be upset about the Mariners slow start, but things could be a lot worse; the St. Louis Cardinals now have serious reason to question the reality of gravity. I mean, if Brett Cecil claims he didn’t doctor the ball that stuck to Yadier Molina’s chest protector on Thursday, it really makes you wonder what kept that ball afloat. While I cannot provide an explanation for such a physical impossibility, I can help you kick your weekend off with some news from around the league.
In Mariners News...
- Max Povse followed up Andrew Moore’s impressive debut for the Arkansas Travelers, spinning seven scoreless innings of his own.
- If you enjoy eating bugs, you’ll love the newest addition to Safeco Field’s concession stands.
- Former Mariner Joaquin Benoit may deserve some credit for Dan Altavilla’s new and improved slider.
Around the league...
- Despite consistently impressive FIP numbers, Michael Pineda struggles to prevent opponents from scoring.
- Fifty-second time’s the charm? After starting his career 0-for-51 at the plate, Wei-Yin Chen recorded his first major league hit.
- Highly-touted international player Shohei Otani says he sees both Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Harper in himself. For what it’s worth, combining those two all-stars last year would give you a 10-win player. Sign me up.
- Even though Angel’s Ace Garrett Richards’ elbow is all healed up, he’s headed to the disabled list with a bicep injury.
- Some people can pitch. Some people can hit. Not only can Michael Lorenzen of the Cincinnati Reds do both, but he may continue to see opportunities to play both ways.
- Yesterday was a big day for Seattle music.
- Kelsey Plum made history again, becoming the first Husky to ever win the John R. Wooden award.