In today’s game thread, I wrote that there were likely going to be fewer runs in today’s game than in yesterday’s 10-3 beatdown of the Texas Rangers.
It turns out I was correct. Nominally.
I wrote about Mitch Haniger, currently one of the hottest hitters in baseball, who entered the game with 24 hits in his last 50 at bats. He would go on to add a couple more this evening, extending his hitting streak to 7 games.
So Haniger juuust missed a HR by a matter of feet for the 2nd time in 2 games. Here's unaltered footage of him striding into second base: pic.twitter.com/P58XkLRBu4— Zach Milkis (@Milkis_Good) September 14, 2017
I wrote about Mike Zunino’s offensive resurgence, his 21 dingers on the year, his September wRC+ of 177, and, uh, the fact that this season according to fWAR he’s only the 5th MOST VALUABLE CATCHER IN ALL OF BASEBALL. Here he is tying his season-high for homers:
No doubt about it!— #Statcast (@statcast) September 14, 2017
.@Mariners catcher Mike Zunino crushes a 470-ft homer, his longest ever recorded by #statcast. https://t.co/gNG0oe8XyQ pic.twitter.com/6u0jRnQmgn
Now, because merely tying his season-high in homers wasn’t enough, here he is setting a new season-high for homers:
I wrote about Kyle Seager who hit his 150th career home run last night and extended his hitting streak to 9 games. Here he is extending that streak to 10—clearing the bases in the process:
I wrote about Robinson Canó’s much-needed production from the heart of the order, and his absolutely scorching September wRC+ of 204. Here’s what he did today:
Okay, so you can’t win ‘em all.
And though I didn’t write about Jean Segura, whose offensive output has cooled somewhat as of late, he contributed 2 runs on 2 hits, including this little ditty coming on the heels of Zunino’s first homer:
Then there’s M’s starter Mike Leake, who, upon his arrival two weeks ago, infused the rotation with a sense of stability that has eluded this team all year. He didn’t disappoint tonight:
Pounding the zone with a mix of sinkers and cutters, Leake surrendered just 1 run in 5.2 innings. Though he wasn’t perfect, he did more than enough to earn his 3rd win in as many starts as a Seattle Mariner.
James Pazos, Emilio Pagan, Marc Rzepczynski, and Edwin Díaz (topping out at a casual 102) combined for 3.1 innings of no-hit garbage time ball, and that was that.
Tomorrow, with Félix Hernández back on the mound, the M’s will attempt to seal the series win. Something tells me that if the offense keeps it up, he’ll be alright...