Drayer- Yusei Kikuchi showed the Mariners something in Sunday's win


A topic of conversation on the Mariners pregame show Sunday was the stopper role and how, after being outscored 36-11 in the previous three games by the Twins, the Mariners could sure use one. In a step-back season that will not be judged ultimately on wins and losses, this seemed like a great opportunity to learn more about the man on the hill in the series finale with Minnesota: Yusei Kikuchi. The performances overall have been strong, but facing the Twins after watching them obliterate Mariners pitching for three days presented a different challenge. Fastballs that caught too much of the plate, something Kikuchi himself has pointed to as an area he needed to improve in, were hit out of the park.

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