A little way in my unpublished draft queue for Lookout Landing is a queue ready to go out. “10 Ways to Cope with Being a Sailor’s Fan” is a handy title with some decent strategies for getting past what sailors put us on year after year (what I learn in therapy has to be put to good use somewhere, right?). The only problem is that “10 Ways…” is set to break out while hosting the A’s at home and tracks three consecutive series losses to red socksTwins and angels. I expected, from our course, that the sailors would lose at least one of those three games and send M’s Base into complete chaos.
But this loss never came.
Since the end of the Angels series on June 19, the Mariners have been 16-3 and have won their last 6 series, which includes a sweep that finished this afternoon in a 6-5 win.
In the three days prior to the Blue Jays series, The North ™ had failed to score in the first half. Today wasn’t one of those days and George Springer made sure of it.
Before I had a chance to turn on my TV, my phone was buzzing with a notification from the MLB app telling me that George Springer had reached the top of the first. He didn’t mention he got off the first pitch of the game.
at that time Poetry Like this could have been the crucial race in the game. Wouldn’t it just be a case of the #JustMarinersThings type where they lost 1-0 from first court in a playoff?
Fortunately, that wasn’t the headline for today’s feed. Instead, I should be using the wordplay I’ve been using sitting on Since the day LL hired me.
Half of the first half didn’t exactly smell of optimism, and in fact, it kind of smelled like it did. Julio, Ty and JP did this fun thing as they all found their own unique way to get out (flyout, pop out, groundout), sitting 1-2-3.
Blue Jays lead, like the hair spray that keeps my frizz at bay in summer, won’t last long.
The last time Carlos Santana went out on the bat, he bundled the green light to give the Mariners the final lead during Saturday’s 2-1 win. Turns out he wasn’t quite done sending some baseballs to summer camp at the ballpark (and he sent them in in a hurry, and it looks like Dad needed some “me” time).
Carlos, Carlos, Carlos. Damn, what an addition I was.
But, since all good things come to an end in the end, the Blue Jays will be back in the fourth inning to take the lead after former Colorado Rockies (Rockies?) Raimel Tapia sent Logan Gilbert’s fastball in the opposite direction and over the left field wall.
Side note: If you think about it, all home runs are opposite home runs because they are sent to the opposite part of the court where the bowler was sending the ball.
Tapia’s scoring prowess was imitated in the next half when Bo Bichette did what Bo Bichette did and hit the ball. without going out. And while recording two rounds. Annoying, but I understand.
Jump into the bottom half of the fifth inning and the Mariners decide to join in the scoring fun with RBI’s scoring machine, Sam Haggerty, and young one-on-one Julio Rodríguez. The two cut the lead into one, with the sailors looking hard from outside inward.
Now, for the interesting part of the game. The part of the game that didn’t happen anywhere close for the game.
I’m talking about advertising for all-star MLB shooters and reserves.
After Ty France this is We came close to a MLS first-round vote, after Logan Gilbert was a beast in the first half, winning Player of the Month in April, and after Julio took on the role of Julio, it almost seemed a given that this trio would be the making of the team.
Here are Angie Mentink’s thoughts on the situation (worth reading the whole thread):
So yeah, my Twitter game could be weak, but I’m pissed. I had to learn how to make a thread. I understand that great players from every All Star team have been left out, but MLB has taken that up on Ty France. It leads every AL 1B in batting average, on base percentage, OPS and bWAR
– AngieMentink (@AngieMentink) 10 July 2022
And this is my much more eloquent way of saying the same thing:
No Ty France. No Logan Gilbert.
With all the fuss of Ty France’s disdain and Logan Gilbert’s omission, I almost forgot Julio did it. Make it ROOKIE, though.
Julio Rodriguez is joined by Alex Rodriguez (2x, 1996 and 97) and Ken Griffey Jr. (2x, 1990 and ’91) to be the only Mariners selected as All Star players aged 21 or younger.
– Mariners PR (MarinersPR) 10 July 2022
Mention Julio along with The Kid and ARod? not bad.
Did Julio just make the All-Star Team? yes. Would he have achieved success if the league was not required to have a representative for each team? maybe yes. At this point, did the sailors still have a game to win? Yuuuuuuuup.
Enter: 6th Inning Big Dumper (Cal Raleigh, I heard it called).
On a day that saw BD do the unimaginable (hit one song), he also did the unimaginable (led in a run on a sacrifice fly). RBI hooked the game up, bringing the sailors one step closer to getting that nice sweep.
Ah, and -. Bo Bichette, again.
This time, Lil’ Bo Deep (brand) followed his two-running single earlier in the game with a home run single that went up to the left of center. You can get one.
At this point, the chance of the sailors making the sweep again diminishes. After Bichette’s home run, Seattle’s chance of winning dropped from 54% to 32%. Yikes.
But, fear not, Carlos Salamatana is here.
Carlos. Santana. Do. He. She. repeatedly.
– Seattle Mariners (@ Mariners) 10 July 2022
This time, Santana hit a baseball en route to becoming a home run and giving the M’s a 6-5 lead in The lower part of the eighth.
If we don’t do the live rounds, the changes in the eighth turn are also very good.
Luckily for us, not only did we have Paul Swald on the hill at the top of the ninth inning, we had:
game over. The sequence is over. The annual Canadian invasion ended.
Who knows if I’ll publish a list of “10 Ways to Cope with Being a Sailor’s Fan”. Turns out there is a very effective way to approach being a Mariners fan.
Watch them win.
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