Mariners drop ice cream, lose to Astros 11-1, Jerry Dipoto buys fans a gelato instead

Today I went swimming at Seattle’s Coleman Pool, a saltwater public pool situated in the perfect place on the planet, Lincoln Park. Saltwater, in case you did not know, makes you further gentle and bouncy within the water. For hours I swanned round within the water feeling like a misplaced mermaid, lighter than air, buoyant as a balloon. Then it was time to get out, and again on land, I felt heavier than ever—like my limbs had been manufactured from lead, my legs magnetized to the Earth’s core.

That’s what it seems like taking part in the Astros after the Mariners have soared in opposition to lesser competitors: a excessive out of the blue minimize quick, a dismal reminder of how earthbound we’re. The countless moving-through-quicksand feeling of taking part in the Astros.

It was a Verlander begin in Houston, so that you already know the way this went: the Mariners did little to nothing in opposition to Verlander till late within the sport, when he was inexplicably nonetheless within the sport regardless of a double-digit lead in opposition to the Mariners, and Dusty Baker lastly, reluctantly pulled him. Verlander has seen the Mariners greater than some other membership, and he is aware of precisely how to assault them; the Mariners’ “swing early and infrequently” strategy was ineffective, however then once more, so was it once they tried to wait him out in counts. Justin Verlander owns the Mariners, and till his physique says Enough!, that would be the case. These are laborious truths, however true nonetheless.

Robbie Ray, then again, was eminently knowable to the Astros, who appeared completely unperturbed by something he threw at them. They laid off all of the pitches they wanted to lay off and hit each pitch they wanted to hit and constructed a 4-0 lead in opposition to Ray earlier than he’d cleared the third inning—which he did not, as a result of at that time, Servais and co. well pulled the plug and despatched out a slate of pitchers that ran the gamut from Penn Murfee (admirable and serviceable, as all the time) to Matt Brash (acquired yelled at by Cal Raleigh) to Tommy Milone (horrible) to Ryan Borucki (much less horrible, nonetheless not nice) to Luis Torrens (someway solely gave up one run, possibly that is his means into discovering extra taking part in time?).

Maybe that is why, halfway by way of the sport, it was introduced that the Mariners have acquired Luis Castillo from the Reds, strengthening that well-known Cincinnati-to-Seattle pipeline. Personally, I’m extraordinarily bummed that it took each Marte and Arroyo to land Castillo—however that’s by far the minority opinion among the many Lookout Landing employees. At the very least, the Mariners have now hopefully acquired the ace-level pitcher they thought they had been getting in Ray, however who has at instances failed to present up for that designation this season, tonight’s outing being one other instance.

But anyway. Mariners pitching getting the doorways blown off by the Astros lineup, that is nothing new. Justin Verlander giving Mariners batters a swirl, that is nothing new. Let’s speak about one thing that was new and attention-grabbing:

Hello, Cal Raleigh! I do not know the way intently you had been watching these previous two video games, however Cal Raleigh has been SPICY. He was so mad concerning the hit yesterday in opposition to Muñoz he threw his masks off in disgust. Despite attempting to hand-hold Robbie Ray in opposition to the Astros, issues did not go nicely tonight. And by this level, our CalBoy has HAD IT. He does NOT need Matt Brash shaking him, and he is not having it. He desires Brash IN THE ZONE and to THROW HIS F’N PITCH, and he offers his fellow rook some stern however vital phrases. There was not a lot to be joyful about with this sport, however Cal Raleigh’s rising confidence on the plate and behind it’s completely a storyline to watch. Now he’ll get a new problem in working with Luis Castillo, and I personally am excited to see what occurs subsequent as Cal continues to take extra of a driver’s seat function along with his varied batterymates.

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