Dallas Keuchel is on my fantasy team. I couldn’t bring myself cheer for him, and I feel guilty coming away with a solid day in fantasy. Oh, well.
Felix Exits Early
King Felix really didn’t have that bad of a start. Yes, he allowed two homers, but he struck out six over five innings and only allowed five hits. He left after five innings due to groin tightness, which is just as awkward to type as I expected, but is expected to be fine by his next start. He was saddled with the loss in this one, but with a powerful offense behind him, starts like today’s will result in a win more often than not moving forward.
Keuchel was stellar for Houston, shutting down the Mariner bats over seven strong innings. The Astros used three pitchers to complete the shutout with Ken Giles (who is NOT available in my fantasy league) getting the save.
Mariners Silenced at the Plate
This is why I love the 162 game season; I can totally forget about games like this. We all expect our team to come out of Spring Training with guns blazing and tape measure shots left and right, but it’s a long year, and there will always be games like this. If it’s any consolation, Seattle won the walk battle, drawing four walks to Houston’s one. Unfortunately, only runs count towards the final score, and we didn’t get many of those today. Segura managed two singles out of the leadoff spot, a wonderful sight to see against elite left-handed pitching. Canó and Cruz and even Haniger will be working hard behind him to make those base hits count.
The Mariners continue their road trip to start the season in Houston tomorrow with Iwakuma getting the start. He’ll look to brush off a rough Spring Training and keep the Astros held down at the plate. Hopefully we can get some offense going tomorrow.