Game 35: Blue Jays 7, Mariners 2

It’s always really cool to see all these guys leave Seattle and do amazing things elsewhere. Except it’s actually really frustrating and probably my fault for bringing the world’s spiteful energy against the team I love. Justin Smoak had a killer game and the Mariners’ scotch tape pitching game couldn’t hold it together against a better-than-Philly Toronto squad.

Canó Scratched From Lineup

Robinson Canó had a killer game Wednesday against Philadelphia, going 4-5 with three RBI. Unfortunately, he was unable to replicate that in tonight’s opener against Toronto. Robbie was a late scratch, replaced by Mike Freeman. It goes without saying that the M’s can’t afford to miss out on much more offensive firepower with Haniger out of the lineup. Gamel has been a sigh of relief in that two spot with his performance, but without those pillars of Canó and Cruz in the starting lineup, nothing is certain.

“We cannot sit and feel sorry about what’s going on,” Cruz said. “We have to go out there and compete with what we have and try to win games. We’ve been doing pretty well without some good players. We definitely want those guys back, but we can’t do anything but go out there and compete.”Cruz pulled out the boom stick with a two-run moon shot in the first, but that was all the M’s could scrounge together.

Segura continues to get on base, recording two hits including a double to bring his average to .369.

De Jong Struggles Again

It sounds harsh, but we can’t expect a whole lot more than what we’re getting from Chase de Jong. He’s young, inexperienced at the major league level, and made his debut this season. His starts are taking place of those of one of the greatest Mariner pitchers of all-time, and he went out with just three days’ rest to face a strong Blue Jay lineup.

“I’ve talked to guys that have been around a very long time and they still say they’re learning stuff late into their careers,” De Jong said after recording the loss. “So I’m just trying to be a sponge and adapt as quickly as I can. There is a learning curve, but we still have to be up here and compete and do our job. And tonight I did a pretty good job my first couple innings and then had that one slip away pretty quickly.”

It doesn’t take a statistician to know that de Jong really let things go in the fifth, but here’s a chart courtesy of FanGraphs to quantify just how much de Jong blew up in the fifth:

DiPoto Shuffles Minor Leaguers to Keep Things Fresh

The M’s recalled Zac Curtis from AAA and sent Dan Altavilla down to keep arms fresh in the bullpen. They also picked up Casey Lawrence from Toronto and optioned him to AAA, just like they traded for Bryan Bonnell from Philadelphia. Basically, the M’s have looked like this while traveling the country. Let’s just hope that slimy Icelandic coach doesn’t take a swing at Servais’ knee.

“We’re going to be very fluid as we go through this stuff with our starting rotation,” Servais said. “We’re just trying to keep as many fresh arms available as we can. You may not see the game managed in the traditional fashion. You might see guys getting pulled in the fourth inning, just where they’re at, kind of like we did with Dillon Overton and Christian Bergman the other day.”