Game 39: Mariners 6, A’s 5

Let’s never go on the road again, ok? Ok. The M’s rebounded from a four-game series sweep in Toronto by coming home and pulling one out against the ugliest uniforms in the majors, the A’s. Also, why does Kyle Seager keep hitting home runs to that same exact spot?

Gallardo Solid in Start, Diaz Removed as Closer

Yovani Gallardo and Ariel Miranda deserve some sort of award. They aren’t in the running for the Cy Young, but they’ve provided stability for a team that has had none thus far in the season. “Gallardo did a really, really good job tonight,” Scott Servais said. ” It was probably the best fastball he’s had all year. He got us deep in the game.” That depth and those inning eaten up by a starter have been luxuries for a team missing 80% of their original starting rotation.

In sudden but not super shocking move, Edwin Diaz has been removed as the closer for the M’s. Tony Zych stepped up to get the save last night, and the return of Steve Cishek gives the M’s more options while Diaz works out a few issues. Diaz has been all over the place in almost all of his appearances, the worst of which was a blown seven-run lead against Anaheim on April 9th. He’s posted a superb K/9 ratio of 11.74, but posted a drastically different and actually terrible BB/9 of 5.87. Last night, he was particularly out of control. Against lefties, he managed to at least keep things in the zone:

But when facing right handers, he was all over the place:

Diaz is young, and young means raw. He’s got the arm, brings the heat, but he’s clearly overthinking things up there. Apart from needing their young potential closer to work on mechanics simply to win, I’m sure Servais took him out to preserve some good relations with opponents. How Rajai Davis got out of the way of that 96 MPH fastball last night is beyond me.

I don’t expect to see Cishek stepping up right away as the closer as he continues to take it easy, but Zach, Vincent, and others could see opportunities, according to RotoWorld. Also, don’t forget about Shae Simmons, who we could see before July as he comes back from a flexor injury sustained in Spring Training.

Shoutout to FanGraphs for the charts above.

Seager Homers, Canó to the DL

Kyle Seager loves to get them just over that right field wall, and I don’t mind it either. Canó was out of last night’s action and was placed on the DL today, retroactive to May 13th. That brings the current Mariners DL to this:

  • Drew Smyly, 60-day DL
  • Shawn O’Malley 60-day DL
  • Shae Simmons 60-day DL
  • Evan Scribner 60-day DL
  • Evan Marshall 60-day DL
  • Ryan Weber 10-day DL
  • James Paxton 10-day DL
  • Hisashi Iwakuma 10-day DL
  • Felix Hernandez 10-day DL
  • Mitch Haniger 10-day DL
  • Robinson Canó 10-day DL

And I’m probably missing somebody. Good hell.

 

Heaven help us, Chase de Jong gets the start tonight looking for his first win of the season.