The Mariners’ most recent road trip was always going to be the team’s early litmus test. It’s a hard ask of any team to face three of the best teams in the American League in ten games in ten straight days. Unfortunately, the Mariners 2-8 performance was apocalyptically poor. The team’s Fangraphs playoff odds, already bad, have now plummeted to less than 2%.
Here’s the good news. We now know what we have. Jerry Dipoto will no longer harbor any illusions over whether it’s right to trade Edwin Encarnación and Jay Bruce. The Mariners can see what they have in Shed Long and J.P. Crawford. They can ease up on Yusei Kikuchi’s workload. It’s too bad the hot start couldn’t last, but at least the Mariners were kind enough to show their true colors a quarter of the way into the season.
They’ll start off this six game home stand with two against the Athletics, the first of which is tonight. Mike Fiers, fresh off the second no-hitter of his career (and a 130+ pitch outing at that), will be taking the hill for the A’s. The A’s, expected by many to contend this year, have had an equally rough start this season. This will be the first game of a nine game road trip for the A’s, and it sure would be great if the Mariners could tee off against a tired Fiers and make the A’s use their bullpen early.
Mariners-A’s lineups, 7:10 pm PT at T-Mobile Park. pic.twitter.com/mV1OiFtV8M— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) May 13, 2019
It also appears that there’s more good news on the horizon. Two injured Mariners are making the first steps of their comebacks tonight with Tacoma. Here’s hoping it goes well.
Wade LeBlanc and Kyle Seager are making rehab appearances with your Rainiers tonight in Las Vegas. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. PDT on South Sound Talk 850. #ThisIsRCity— Tacoma Rainiers (@RainiersLand) May 13, 2019
Game time: 7:10 PM PST
TV: Root Sports NW
Radio: 710 AM ESPN Seattle