I think I speak for us all when I say that I expected yesterday to be the “pinch me, I’m dreaming” moment for these Mariners. And yet…
That means this one has to be the pinch. I’m bracing for it.
The headline news of the day is, of course, the triumphal return of reigning AL Rookie of the Year, Kyle Lewis, as reflected in the lineups:
Go ahead, let yourself be excited. Kyle Lewis just might push this team from being “fun” into “very fun” territory, and we all know Lewis will show up hungry to join the action. The fact that the Mariners will have three (3) honest-to-God outfielders in the outfield should not be taken for granted either.
Unfortunately, thanks to getting Dustin May’d in the arm(s?), Ty France is taking the day off. While it’s hard to put a damper on the return of the younger Kyle, it doesn’t feel great when your team’s (early) fWAR leader misses a game, let alone one against the reigning champs. Marmolejos is also off today, with the M’s pulling their “both catchers in the starting lineup” stunt again.
Max Muncy has returned from his day off, making for another tough out in the heart of the lineup, although Montero’s late-game plunking means that the Dodgers are without their rightly-beloved leadoff man, Mookie Betts. Instead, Mariners Legend Chris Taylor will step up first against Marco.
Having Marco on the mound feels like much less of an assurance now than it has in the past, but his strong recovery after a shaky start in his last outing left a lot of room for optimism.
The last time the Mariners faced Julio Urías, he failed to make it out of the second inning in a 6-4 Mariners victory. I won’t put too much stock in that, but just remember: now that we’ve slain Goliath (once (in April)), we may never lose again.