As the Mariners emerged from the brief fevered dream of playoff contention, I braced myself for a flurry of losses while wishing them back in the Top 10 for draft picks. I still don’t know enough about the class to know what number will be the limit between elite and just plain very good, but every time you pick in the top 10 you significantly increase the odds. However, it is much more fun to recap the wins than the losses, and it is especially the most fun when said victory is led by the young Mariners who will be part of the team for some time to come. Tonight Justus Sheffield, Luis Torrens and Kyle Lewis all helped to march the team to victory, and that, friends, is good.
Sheffield posted his third quality start in a row, going six innings and forgoing a single run, with two walks and five strikeouts. Sheffield wasn̵
I love this rebound from Sheffield. He had some problems in the inning, Grisham worked very well in this AB using him on the inside edge before putting him away with the slider. He also should have had a K called first, a high FB, but bounced with SL. pic.twitter.com/Qy8fbFNWca
– Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) 20 September 2020
What I particularly liked about this was that before there was a strike three called the field, a fastball right on top of the zone. I don’t know if it’s Torrens’ shot, but it looks like that high shot wasn’t there during this series, which is a little disappointing when you have a staff of pitchers who like to throw high shots in the area.
The Mariners took advantage of starter Luis Patino, who struggled for the lead, walking two before Ty France hit a single RBI – after an 11-shot battle, I like watching France at the pot – to give the Mariners a 1-point lead. -0. They had a chance to extend that lead in the second when Luís Torrens started with a base hit by a Patiño fastball at 96 mph that pulled back to center at 107.1 mph. Tim Lopes also had a very successful single in the middle, and old friend Dan Altavilla, to Patiño’s relief, accompanied Dylan Moore on four pitches before hitting KLew trying to block solid bases. Rude!
Smelling of blood, the Padres rushed into the third to finish the match. Fernando Tatis swung on his first shot from Sheffield, hitting a double on Kyle Lewis’s head which I thought would ruin Sheff’s HR / 9 numbers. Machete Machado, Mariners Killer, then set fire to a substitution located at the ankles in the right field to score Tatís. Austin Nola then flew away and Manny Machado decided to test the arm of inner mate Tim Lopes from the outside. Spoiler alert: Tim Lopes arm is like Ed Sheeran, he will play everywhere.
But wait, the TOOTBLANing wasn’t over for the inning. After the double game, Wil Myers chose, but with Eric Hosmer beating – which I think is pretty good – Myers got kicked out trying to steal, to which I say why? Theoretically the Padres should know that Torrens has a strong and precise arm? But hey, thanks for the free release. Sheffield said in the post-match interview that in the third inning he felt the game was speeding up on him and he needed to remind himself to breathe, so it’s great that the defense was able to help him catch him and give him that. space to breathe. Praise the defense? What a strange new world is this?
Deep in the inning, the attack helped Sheff breathe even more easily, beating up their old teammate for two more runs on Luís Torrens’ bat:
Torrens was hitting .364 with Padres; he is currently beating .442 with the Mariners. More fun facts about Luís Torrens: his nickname for MLB is “Churro” and he has a shepherd puppy named Kygo that you can follow on instagram and I would die for him too. WATCH THIS SNOOT:
Justus is back after aiming for 3-1 and crossed Hosmer, Pham and The Crone Worth in 12 pitches, which led me to formulate a theory that I’ll tell you about shortly, but first you should know the Mariners are gone down 1-2-3 in the fifth and then Justus went out and fought. Despite kicking off by hitting Profar with a gear shift, Justus then grazed Trent Grisham with a throw. This brought to light the ever-dangerous Tatís, who has recently gone into crisis but has already had a success in the game. Sheffield landed two strikes on him in three shots, but Tatís fought him for eight shots, eventually blasting a ball to the ground (109.4 mph EV, the most hit ball in the game) just inches from the taut glove of JP Crawford. Machado struck in a nearly double forceout and Nola smoked a ball at Ty France at 105.7 mph; France faltered but recovered in time for a slow Nola. A sigh of relief, really.
Also a sigh of relief: Kyle Lewis hitting the ball hard and over the fence again.
I hope there is a ROY crown, and I hope they are measuring Kyle Lewis’ head for it now.
Sheff was sitting around 85 shots after that bit of Houdini-ism, so I was surprised to see him come back out in the sixth, but here’s the thing: it was 12 more shots, 1-2-3 innings, shutting Sheff out at 99 shots, 57 strikes for the night. This is a nicer-looking serve than if he had started fifth (87:49), from a hit point of view, and it also adds to his string of quality starts. But also, and more importantly, it helped me form a thesis (I told you she would come back). I wondered why Sheff has such a wild split between home and street (2.66 WAS at home versus 5.66 on the street) and here’s my thought: Sheff throws with a lot of emotion, and I think he tries particularly hard to have that inning close. after his offense scored him some points. And while this has sometimes led him to overthrow, trying to establish that dominance, the more he knows himself – not a bully pitcher, the more a guy who will work back and forth and up and down, hit points, have weak contact and get ahead. to the hitters and put them away with the cursor without relying too much on it – the better the results it has.
Also a good thing tonight: Casey Sadler! His shit was moving all over the place, he hit the strikezone and hacked all the way to his inning. I’ll never forget you for being the only watchable part of that loss to the Giants, C-Sadz.
OK, but really, Casey Sadler may have been the real deal. The 89th percentile turns on its curve and is pretty sure to find it at the bottom of the zone in the hit count. Bender carrying a .176 xwOBA.
More like Casey Happyler. pic.twitter.com/pALaBFIXEr
– Nicholas Stillman (@nick_at_day) 20 September 2020
Kendall Graveman also had a goalless inning, although the highlight of her inning was Kyle Lewis too, because it’s KLew’s world and we’re just living in it.
Yoshihisha Hirano also pitched an inning tonight. We will not talk about it here. All you need to know is that the Mariners won, 4-1. Oh, and our ROY> ROY of the Padres too.
Tomorrow the Mariners will close the season series 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 LL Slack, will recap one for you, so tune in to see Zach potentially split in half.