Game 30: Rangers 3, Mariners 1

Rougned Odor is on my fantasy squad. I’ve had a few of these bittersweet moments throughout the season with guys like Dallas Keuchel and Odor, but the Mariner fan I am finds joy in the fact that I’m just a fourth place team. His home run tonight helped my case, but swamped a 13 inning effort for the M’s, who sink to 13-17 on the year.

The Bad: Runners On, Evan Marshall, and a Growing DL

The Mariners’ DL list is a mile long, and that’s hardly an exaggeration. Evan Marshall took over in the 11th inning, only to come up literally screaming and holding the back of his leg. He’ll likely be out for several months with a hamstring injury. Reliever Jean Machi also left the game early with a thumb injury. This is absolutely the last thing the struggling M’s bullpen needs, especially with relievers Chase de Jong and Dillon Overton filling in for injured starters.

The M’s also struggled, again, with stranding runners. MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports they went 0-12 tonight with runners in scoring position. It could be as simple as a case of them trying to do too much and overthinking it, but it’s been an issue all season and needs to be addressed.

The Good: Gallardo, Canó, and Segura

The starting pitching has been up to the occasion recently, stepping up after injuries to Felix, Kuma, and the Big Maple. Gallardo allowed just four hits and one earned run over six innings of work, you can’t ask for much more from your starter. The bullpen kept the game tied until the 13th when Odor provided the decisive two-run shot. Despite the injuries, or perhaps in response to them, the pitching has been stellar the last few games.

It’s always good to see home runs from smooth-swinging Robinson Canó. He launched his fourth of the year off of Yu Darvish, who is winless in Seattle over four starts. Jean Segura continues to do what he was brought over to do: hit the baseball. He recorded three more hits to bring his average to .343 on the season, in the top five amongst qualifying American League bats.

Despite the loss, the DL, and the last decade and a half of misery, Mariner fans still have reason for optimism. The M’s take on the Rangers again tomorrow, Chase de Jong starts in place of King Felix and looks to water down that ERA of his.