I don’t care if Pillar hit a walk-off home run, nothing can ever redeem him from his reaction after Bautista got rocked by Odor last year. I don’t know what his plan was, and I don’t know if he did either.
But, in the end, the M’s end up getting swept in a four-game series, and Safeco is looking sweeter and sweeter by the second.
Miranda Continues to Be Solid
We could see Miranda for most if not all of this season. He’s been filling in for the injured Drew Smyly, but was looking bullpen-bound in Spring Training. Granted, this hasn’t been the most routine month or so for the bullpen, but nobody has particularly stood out, and the idea of Chase de Jong spending more time than absolutely necessary scares the crap out of me. If Smyly gets healthy enough to get back in the rotation, I could see Miranda spending some time as a long reliever in the ‘pen.
He ended up with eight Ks in a game that was closer than any from this series, at one point striking out five straight. “They’re all important,” Miranda said after the game. “I wanted to go out and do my job just like I do every start. As you know, we’re in a tough position with a lot of injuries right now. But I just have to go out and focus on my start and do well.”
Pitch count was the real issue for Miranda, who ended after 100 pitches over five innings. That suggests he wasn’t controlling the zone as much as the Seattle brass would like, getting deeper into at-bats than necessary. His third walk came on his final pitch, and ended up scoring on a home run by Justin Smoak. Regardless, it’s more than we can ask for right now from a Mariners pitching staff that is absolutely in shambles.
Steve Cishek is Back
Speaking of people who look like ghosts, Steve Cishek is finally off the DL, out of AAA and back in a Mariner bullpen that so desperately needs help. Robbie Canó continues to sit to let that quad injury heal up, and 500 other injuries continue as usual. Mitch Haniger took a hitting session today and felt zero pain, which is excellent news.
The M’s host the A’s for a three-game series, hoping to make up for the ground lost on a 2-4 road trip.