Christopher Crawford looks at the good and the bad from the rebuilding Mariners in our latest Team Roundup. (AP)
Mike Zimmer's decision to go for a first down instead of kicking a field goal late in the Vikings' loss to Seattle last Sunday sparked a week's worth of second-guessing. Earlier this month, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli's early removal of starting pitchers prompted a similar response. What their approaches had in common: Neither worked.
Several of the players who saw time in Seattle’s outfield should not have, or at least were clearly not among the best players in the organization. Mariners Outfielders Kyle Lewis was the shining star here, as a player I admit freely seemed better served in AAA to start 2020 in a normal season. Instead, improvements at the plate in terms of plate discipline and pitch selection lead to excellent on-base numbers, to combine with some solid power and unexpectedly solid center field defense.