Someone has been setting MLB highlights to “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic and there’s nothing better.
— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) May 19, 2017
Also, my favorite Cuban hit a walk-off for the M’s and things just keep rolling at home.
Gaviglio Makes Solid Spot Start
Yet another magnet on the overcrowded fridge door that has been the Mariner bullpen over the last month, Sam Gaviglio came out and showed his stuff in his first major league start. He did an outstanding job, going five innings and allowing zero runs and just three hits. Somewhere else, Chase de Jong is looking on with jealous eyes. Gaviglio and Bergman have solidified their status as quality fridge magnets, the kind that you can press and they play a funny noise or music (my favorite growing up was a guy on the toilet that sang “Taking Care of Business”), de Jong is just a free magnet from the local sketchy Chinese buffet that serves Fruit Loops and lukewarm pizza. Also, the magnet doesn’t stay connected to the fridge very well.
“It’s been great,” manager Scott Servais said of Bergman and Gaviglio. “Good for them. [Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr.] has done a good job game planning. Not trying to get too complicated and too detailed, but trusting their stuff. Both guys have a lot of movement on the fastball. It’s not going to overpower you, but the movement, the location, mixing in pitches, and the game planning and those guys taking their stuff and running with it, it’s been key not trying to do too much.”
Segura Extends Streak
It’s nice to see Jean Segura flash the power every so often. He’s homered in two straight games now, and extended his hitting streak to 19 games, keeping his average at .359. What a guy. He currently has the longest active streak in the majors while continuing to lead the American League in hitting. Quality pickup, DiPoto.
The real storyline this week has been Jarrod Dyson, who homered and scored the winning run yesterday. He set an MLB record by being hit by three pitches in one game, and continues to tear up the base paths.
“Huge,” Servais said of Dyson. “That was close, too. Their guy Jennings is really quick to home plate. He’s hard to steal off of. Dyson was trying to time him, didn’t really have a chance to steal a base, but 3-2, you have to go and try and stay out of a double play. Anyone else is probably doubled up.”
Ariel Miranda gets the start against Chicago tomorrow as the M’s look to win three straight.