Mitch Haniger has my vote for AL Rookie of the Year. Also, they should grant me a vote for that award.
Nelson Cruz had the game-winning hit last night, but Haniger won the game for Seattle. We saw Heredia’s quality contribution, Scott Servais get angry, and a struggling M’s team pull off the sweep against a perennial contender in the Texas Rangers.
Iwakuma Struggles, Bullpen Holds it together
Hisashi Iwakuma didn’t look the same coming through Spring Training, and he hasn’t quite found his Kuma groove so far this season. He only lasted three innings, giving up seven hits and six earned runs. All three scoring plays came off of hanging breaking pitches up in the zone, probably not where he wanted to leave them (thanks, John Madden).
The bullpen came together for a solid outing, stringing together five scoreless innings between Marshall, Pazos, Zych, Rzepczynski, and Altavilla, with Edwin Diaz getting the win.
Haniger and Heredia Go Yard
I’m a big Guillermo Heredia fan. I loved his hot start to the Spring and the flair he brings to the game; he’s like our own personal Yasiel Puig (before the whole speeding thing). With four starts, he’s scored four runs and continued to be a burden on the basepaths, as he was during Spring Training. He added a home run of his own today, which just snuck over the left field wall under the scoreboard.
Haniger has been unstoppable over the first two weeks of the season. He recorded his fourth home run and now has 11 RBIs on the year while batting just under .300. When asked which of his big plays today; the home run, the catch, of the walk, was the biggest, he told MLB.com’s Greg Johns: “I’d say probably the catch, just to keep the game tied. That was big.”
Segura Runs, Cishek Begins Rehab Assignment
Jean Segura continue on his 10-day DL sting, working through a hamstring injury. According to team sources, he did some on-field running, though not at full speed. While I feel it’s bigger news when I get my lazy body outside and run, it’s good to see Segura healthy and improving, he should be ready to go once his stint is over.
After having off-season microfracture hip surgery, reliever Steve Cishek will be reporting to the M’s new AA club the Arkansas Travelers to continue his recovery. I’m sure nobody has ever been happier to go to Arkansas, but no doubt Cishek will be anxious to get back to Seattle and re-join the major league club.
The M’s host all-time Mariner great Ichiro Suzuki and the Miami Marlins, Ariel Miranda gets the start tonight.