As the Mariners collapsed from the brief feverish dream of playoff contestation, I braced myself for a barrage of losses while accepting them to return to the Top 10 for draft picks. I don’t know enough about the class yet to know what number will be the cutoff between elite and just very good, but every time you pick in the Top 10 you increase the odds dramatically. However, it’s a lot more fun to recap wins than losses, and especially the most fun when that win is led by the young Mariners who will be a big part of the squad for a while. Tonight Justus Sheffield, Luis Torrens and Kyle Lewis all helped move the team forward to victory, and that, my friends, is good.
Sheffield posted their third consecutive quality start, scoring six innings and giving up just one run, with two goals and five strikeouts. Sheffield wasn’t always precise – he started out with precision, painting corners against a dangerous lineup of Padres. However, after getting two quick outs in the second, he walked Jake Cronenworth four lengths and gave up a single to Jurickson Profar, who seems to finally find his stride as the Padre. However, Justus managed to right his own ship with an excellent attack against Trent Grisham, hitting him like a hired jerk, before returning for his punch in the slider:
Love this rebound from Sheffield. Ran in some trouble up the round, did a really good job of Grisham in this AB by tapping him on the inside edge before stowing him away with the slider. I also should have had a K called on the field before, a high FB, but bounced back with the SL. pic.twitter.com/Qy8fbFNWca
– Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) 20 septembre 2020
What I especially liked about it was that there has been a missed shot three times before – a fastball right up the area. Not sure if that’s Torrens’ framing, but it just seems like that high strike hasn’t been there during this streak, which is a bit of a letdown when you have a pitching stick that likes to throw high pitches. in the zone.
The Mariners took advantage of starter Luis Patino, who struggled with the lead, walking two before Ty France hit a single RBI – after an 11-pitch battle, I love watching France at home – to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. They had a chance to extend that lead in the second, when Luís Torrens started off with a base hitting a Patiño 96mph fastball which he pushed back to the middle at 107.1mph. Tim Lopes also had a hard hit single in the middle, and old friend Dan Altavilla, in relief from Patiño, walked Dylan Moore on four shots before hitting KLew looking to scrimp on goals. Coarse!
Smelling the blood, the Padres leapt into the third to tie up the game. Fernando Tatis swung on Sheffield’s first pitch, hitting a double over the head of Kyle Lewis which I thought would screw up Sheff’s HR / 9 numbers. Machete Machado, Mariners Killer, then set fire to a changeup located at his ankles in right field to score Tatís. Austin Nola then flew away and Manny Machado decided to test the arm of compatriot Tim Lopes from the outfield. Spoiler alert: Tim Lopes arm is like Ed Sheeran, he’ll play anywhere.
But wait, TOOTBLANing wasn’t over for the round. After the double play Wil Myers made a single, but with Eric Hosmer at bat – which I think is pretty good – Myers got sent off trying to steal, to which I say why? Theoretically, the Padres should know that Torrens has a strong, precise arm? But hey, thanks for the free release. Sheffield said in the post-match interview that in the third inning he felt like the game was picking up speed and he had to remember to breathe, so it’s good that the defense was able to l ‘help take it and give it that space. breathe. Praise to the defense? What strange new world is this?
Down the sleeve, the attack helped Sheff breathe even better, beating his former teammate for two more points on Luís Torrens’ bat:
Torrens was hitting .364 with Padres; he currently beats .442 with the Mariners. Other Luís Torrens facts: his nickname by MLB is “Churro”, and he has a Sheepadoodle puppy named Kygo that you can follow on instagram and also I would die for him. WATCH THIS SNOOT:
Justus came back after being taken a 3-1 lead and passed through Hosmer, Pham and The Crone Worth on 12 shots, which led me to formulate a theory which I’ll tell you about in a moment, but you should first know that the Mariners lost 1-2-3 in the fifth, then Justus came back and struggled. Although he started off by hitting Profar with a change, Justus then grazed Trent Grisham with a pitch. It brought to mind the always dangerous Tatís, who has fallen in recent times but has already had success in the game. Sheffield got two strikes on him within three shots, but Tatís fought him for eight shots, eventually detonating a ground ball (109.4 mph EV, the most affected ball in the game) just inches from the glove strained from JP Crawford. Machado hit in an almost double-play force and Nola smoked a ball at Ty France at 105.7 mph; France upset him but recovered in time to get a slow-footed Nola. A sigh of relief, indeed.
Also a sigh of relief: Kyle Lewis hits the ball hard and over the fence again.
Hope there is a ROY crown, and I hope they measure Kyle Lewis head now.
Sheff was sitting about 85 throws after that bit of Houdini-ism so I was surprised to see him come back in sixth, but here’s the problem: it was another 12 lengths, 1-2-3 inning, closing Sheff to 99 sites, 57 strikes for the night. It’s a nicer line than if he had started in the fifth (87:49), hitting the ball, and also adds to his streak of quality starts. But also, and more importantly, it helped me form a thesis (I told you it would come back). I wondered why Sheff had such a split between home and road (2.66 ERA at home vs. 5.66 on the road) and here is my thought: Sheff throws in with a lot of emotion, and I think he is particularly trying to stop this shutdown. round after his attack scored him some points. And although at times that has caused him to reverse, to try to establish that dominance, the more he knows himself – not a crushing pitcher, more a guy who is going to work back and forth and up and down, hitting points. , get weak contact in front of the hitters and put them away with the cursor without relying too much on it – the best results he has.
Also a good thing tonight: Casey Sadler! His things were moving everywhere, he hammered the strike zone and carved all the way down his sleeve. I will never forget you for being the only observable part of this loss to the Giants, C-Sadz.
OK, but really, Casey Sadler might have been a good deal. 89th percentile is spinning on its curve and is confident enough to place it at the bottom of the zone in the batting count. Bender wearing an xwOBA of .176.
More like Casey Happyler. pic.twitter.com/pALaBFIXEr
– Nicholas Stillman (@nick_at_day) 20 septembre 2020
Kendall Graveman also had a scoreless inning, although the highlight of his inning was also Kyle Lewis, because this is the world of KLew and we all live in it.
Yoshihisha Hirano also pitched an inning tonight. We will not discuss it here. All you need to know is the Mariners won 4-1. Oh and also our ROY> the ROY of the Padres.
Tomorrow, the Mariners close the season against the Padres at 1:10 PT, and Zach Gottschalk, longtime San Diego Padres worshiper and frequent virtual shouter of “TRUE TO THE BROWN” in the LL Slack, will recap that one for you. , then log in to see Zach potentially split in half.