Sailors baptize Rangers with something old, new


Some days the Mariners play a game I know I want to see again. These evenings have been rare over the past year and a half, but in the still grizzled afternoons of mid-January, I know tonight will be a game I remember. Our hat closet at LL is such that we should be experts in our hometown new 26, capable analysts, sometimes critical, but also true fans. Today on the site we started with a dark topic, analyzing Evan White’s miserable pains on set in this young season, and there was some things worthy of criticism about this game, but we end the night in a effervescent glow of past, present, and future glory.

30-40 years ago, Justin Dunn’s line would have been enigmatic, but would have left us with no assessment tools for those who didn’t watch all the pitches. 6.0 innings, two earned runs, no ace tricks but more than capable, surely. Instead, to offer a brief rainstorm before the parade, it wasn’t as good of a night as some numbers show for Dunn. He threw barely 50% of strikes, walking more (3) than he chaired (2) and sitting 88-90 through the last innings with his fastball. Dams aren’t everything, but paired with below-par control, descent speed and still suspicious change, Dunn was duller than his baseline might indicate. And yet, to his credit, with energy undermining and working his longest outing in nearly a calendar year, he missed barrels and didn’t snowball in the disastrous innings that marked his previous debut. Is it the joy of facing the Starless Order of the Rangers instead of the heaviest formation of the Angels? Maybe, but every pitcher has to face mediocre teams at times, and everything counts.

Offensively, on a day that reached over 99 degrees Fahrenheit in Arlington, things were anything but freezing for the M’s, although things didn’t really turn out until the middle of the odd start of 8:05 p.m. local time. Dylan “Put the UTIL in Mutilator” Moore had his deadliest shot of the day to start the score and lead into Daniel Vogelbach, whose double was of the “no we didn’t move anyone” grounder variety over there”. It was a worthy single, and revenge for his first appearance on the dish of the day, which ended in an ominous bat flip for Rangers starter Kyle Gibson.


As Texas took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd, their effort to reignite a dying attack with the first opening of Globe Life Field’s new retractable roof ended there, but it worked too well for their guests. Leading the fifth, with Moore in first row and JP Crawford (2 in 4 with a night walk) in second, Kyle Lewis understood.

As Mike Blowers would say on the show, despite the sound of the fake Rangers crowd noise / what looked like a paved eight-lane freeway just behind the left-field fence the entire game, it wasn’t a bad ground. Lewis lined up a single earlier with a radiator running on his hands, so it made sense for Gibson to switch to his solid slider. Although the pitch misses its spot, it’s still a limit hit, barely a meatball, that tops the scoring.

Expectation / Reality

The new Kyle in town certainly made an impression on Texan impostor Kyle, and was 3 for 5 a night with a walk to boot, but Seattle’s most iconic Kyle was the man of the hour in town where he was. has strengthened his career. multiple times, and tonight Kyle Seager was kind enough to meet The Narrative in the middle. After Dylan Moore threw another RBI single in the middle to 6th to make 5-2, Seager turned it into a laugh with the first big salami globe trot in Globe Life Field’s existence.

I’m hardly a diviner for a player’s state of mind, but it’s really something to see Seager excel this season, as he crawls around the age of 33, looking more lively as ever and bouncing around the new Arlington digs with a roster full of youngsters headed nowhere. fast but maybe, just maybe, somewhere slow. Players with much more and much less at stake either opted out or risked continuing to play, and here Seager remains, in his 10th MLB season, posting numbers that, combined with a shortened 2019 on injury , are in line with its best. Someday Kyle Seager will be on the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and like many influential but underqualified Sailors, he won’t. But he will stack up as well as almost any player in history to connect over a decade into the greats. Hopefully when Kyle the Elder finally hangs him up, instead of a year-long prostration tour at the Jeter, the Rangers take off Seager’s jersey and then turn it on. They will be perfectly entitled to that, because his ownership of their franchise has helped him build an exceptional career.

Finally, because we’d be wrong to ignore him, Dylan Moore continued his absolutely scorching gutting of the ball in the young season. His spray of a fastball from Jesse Chavez hit unfamiliar ground, going 435 feet to neutral as the first bullet to knock the center wall past the 407 sign in GLF history.

Jake wrote of Moore last week, aiming to find out the slight adjustments the MUTILator made to strengthen his contact without sacrificing impact. We’ve seen Taylor Motters come and go, less than a month in the year is barely time to start cleaning the decks for a freshly 28-year-old utility that has drawn its first ride (s) ( s) of the year tonight. But Moore is at least a little more like one of the pieces a great team should have; the skeleton key that can fit all locks, handle all positions, hit enough to scare the pitchers, run enough to worry catchers and furious opponents that he’s the guy who beats them for time in time.

The Mariners are that guy on a team this year, in a lot of ways. A 10-2 win does wonders for Seattle’s hitherto gruesome differential, but even as a one-time win it’s a reminder of what this year can contain. Moments of analysis. Questions to criticize. Sparks of hope. Embers to remember and come back to in dark days, to remind us that spring is always around the corner, sooner or later.


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