He’s gotten off to a good start while the pitchers around him have been scuffling in the early going. Baltimore’s pitching rotation has a 5.40 ERA, and the numbers get uglier when you take out John Means’s mark of 0.77. The bullpen has run hot and cold, depending on the pitcher in question, with an ERA of 4.62.
Rookie outfielder Ryan Mountcastle is dealing with some early season strikeout issues, with 17 in the first nine games, and his 21.4% swinging strike rate has something to do with it. Within those numbers, though, are some signs for optimism. For all of Mountcastle’s developmental goals of walking more, it’s not as if he’s chasing more pitches this year — at least not yet.
Seattle left-hander Justus Sheffield (0-1, 7.20 ERA) will square off against Baltimore southpaw John Means (1-0, 0.77) in the opener, while Mariners lefty Nick Margevicius (0-1, 7.71) will be opposed by rookie right-hander Dean Kremer (0-1, 9.00) in the nightcap. Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager highlighted a four-hit performance with two homers and four RBIs on Sunday in an 8-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins. His three-run shot in the ninth inning provided the final salvo in the contest.