Game 33: Mariners 10, Phillies 9

What on earth is going on?

All of the Mariners’ starting pitchers are hurt, an outfielder assigned to AAA is leading the charge, and the M’s are refusing to be forgotten or written off. It’s beautiful, inspiring, and incredibly confusing all at the same time.

Ben Freaking Gamel

Not to discount anything, but this is far from the pre-iPhone Phillies rotation, or team in general. I have sincerely never heard of any of the pitchers used in this game, apart from Neris, who I was forced to pick up in fantasy baseball due to a horribly played draft that left me with zero closers.

Gamel has more than filled a lineup spot left by Haniger, he’s stepped up and torn apart the competition. He went 4-5 last night with four RBI, three of which came from a fourth inning home run. I mentioned it before, but when Haniger comes off the DL, and if Martin starts heating up a bit more in AAA,┬áthe M’s will have a real situation on their hands. For now, a Dyson, Gamel, Heredia, Haniger outfield sounds pretty magical. Motter’s versatility is as beautiful as his hair, but Gamel’s surge and Haniger’s return may confine him to the infield. He provided a clutch double late in the game to put the M’s up for good.

“I don’t think the situation gets too big for Taylor,” Servais told reporters after the game. These small-name guys are really driving this run for Seattle, and each one is a testament to DiPoto’s genius as a GM. The depth alone of each position is staggering, and something we haven’t seen from Seattle for a long time.

Iwakuma Hits the DL, Hell Somehow Not Breaking Loose

That’s right, folks. That’s now 80% of the M’s projected starting rotation on the DL. Felix, Drew Smyly, Big Maple, and now Kuma are all out the rotation, even if just temporarily. The ability of the rest of the bullpen and Ariel Miranda to put things together has been outstanding. DiPoto has made some smaller moves, including selecting AAA pitcher Sam Gaviglio, to bolster up the minor leagues while they continue to move guys up and down.

It’s only appropriate with the M’s in Philly to exhort Mariner fans to “trust the process” as DiPoto deals with these injuries. It’s worked out so far, and guys are finding ways to score. I’m not complaining.

The M’s are currently leading the Phillies 7-3 in the top of the seventh, Gallardo got the start today.