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FanPost Friday: Taking the temperature two weeks into the 2022 Mariners season

The Godfather Part II of polling posts (we’re going to Cuba, baby)

Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners
what is a strike zone if not bullshit persevering?
Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Hello and welcome back to FanPost Friday! We are now two weeks into this season and despite last night’s strike zone frustrations, I honestly feel more excited and optimistic about this team than I have in years. At the very least, we’re still in the fresh and new portion of the season, where possibility is still everywhere and the bats that haven’t quite popped yet still have plenty of time to make it happen. But, we’ve also got some players who are clearly dialed in already and in general it’s so much fun to have a lineup with so many competent and potentially explosive bats each game.

No prop bet polls this week, but we are gonna take the temperature of the LL hive mind on the very small sample size of two weeks of baseball. But first, let’s see how y’all did prognosticating on the Home Opener last week.

Congrats! There are multiple correct answers here.

So! It was a little outside to a righty, a little inside to a lefty, so the 24 people who picked one of those options were right. But, it was also utterly perfect so I’m gonna give to to the 142 bet-hedgers out there, as well. What a fun moment from a fantastic night.

The rest!

  • 39 people correctly guessed OTHER for who was going to receive the first pitch from Ichiro, as I feel I got the ol’ bait and switch from whoever said it was a “SURPRISE GUEST” when we all know Julio Rodríguez and Ichi are best buds and throwing partners from Spring Training. Julio was the perfect, in-plain-sight choice, of course.
  • The majority (178 voters) correctly guessed a ball for Marco Gonzales’s first pitch.
  • Adam Frazier led the Mariners off with a hit, as is his nature, and 105 people are clearly Frazier Believers.
  • Heeeeheheh

I was there in the lower level and I definitely heard someone bang on something during José Altuve’s first at-bat, so I’m gonna say everyone but the 17 people who said “No” got this right.

Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Okay! This week’s polls! Let’s see how y’all are feeling about this team right now.

Poll

Is Jesse Winker cursed or unlucky?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Cursed. Definitely cursed.
    (113 votes)
  • 79%
    Unlucky, he’ll be fine.
    (600 votes)
  • 6%
    The Frogurt is also cursed.
    (46 votes)
759 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Are you worried about Julio Rodríguez’s bat?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Yes
    (98 votes)
  • 43%
    No
    (342 votes)
  • 44%
    Ask me again in June
    (346 votes)
786 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Are you worried about Jarred Kelenic’s bat?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Yes
    (237 votes)
  • 34%
    No
    (270 votes)
  • 35%
    Ask me again in June
    (285 votes)
792 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is the best option at catcher right now for the Mariners? Use whatever metric you prefer.

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Tom Murphy
    (382 votes)
  • 42%
    Cal Raleigh
    (326 votes)
  • 7%
    Luís Torrens
    (55 votes)
763 votes total Vote Now

Poll

In your opinion, are the Mariners playing above or below their true talent level right now?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Above
    (16 votes)
  • 47%
    Below
    (375 votes)
  • 50%
    More or less right on the mark
    (399 votes)
790 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Of the starting rotation, who has impressed you the most through 2-3 starts?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Robbie Ray
    (37 votes)
  • 74%
    Logan Gilbert
    (589 votes)
  • 0%
    Marco Gonzales
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Chris Flexen
    (7 votes)
  • 19%
    Matt Brash
    (157 votes)
794 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which reliever are you the happiest to see when they come out of the bullpen?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Paul Sewald
    (356 votes)
  • 4%
    Drew Steckenrider
    (35 votes)
  • 1%
    Diego Castillo
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Erik Swanson
    (6 votes)
  • 39%
    Andrés Muñoz
    (292 votes)
  • 0%
    Anthony Misiewicz
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Justus Sheffield
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Sergio Romo
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Yohan Ramirez
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Festa
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Penn Murfee
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Koch
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Other
    (9 votes)
748 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Do you like the nickname/theme "THE ELECTRIC FACTORY" for T-Mobile Park?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Yes
    (241 votes)
  • 32%
    No
    (244 votes)
  • 36%
    I was unaware
    (275 votes)
760 votes total Vote Now

Poll

And finally, (/pulls pin on grenade) do you want the Mariners to bring back "Louie, Louie" for the 7th inning stretch?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Yes
    (499 votes)
  • 32%
    No
    (240 votes)
739 votes total Vote Now

That’s it! The Mariners take on the Royals this weekend at the ELECTRIC FACTORY, so let’s keep stacking up some wins and maybe some sleepy bats will wake from their spring slumber. Go Mariners.