Mariners relievers ranked 28th in ERA, 27th in WHIP and 26th in opponent batting average. Were it not for the utterly historically bad Phillies and Red Sox bullpens, the Mariners bullpen would have likely been a bigger story. For context, Seattle’s bullpen ERA of 5.92 is the second worst in team history behind the 1999 squad that posted a 5.94 ERA.
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.
Looking back at 2020 "Marco's been a solid above-average performer since playing his first full season here in 2018," Dipoto said. "He got better in 2019, and this year, he took it to a whole new level and became something more than just a solid above-average performer. I think he took it personally that people (national writers) were looking at him not as an ace and as the Mariners' No.
In a Mariners season dedicated to getting young players experience and finding out what they were at the big league level, every game is precious. For the hitters, 200-250 plate appearances in 60 games gives a partial view. A lot was learned in the case of the Mariners, but there are questions about what was real – both on the positive and negative sides – in a smaller sample for young players.
The 2020 Seattle Mariners used 29 different pitchers in a 60-game season. A lot of them were complete and utter non-entities, which I guess is better than being memorably bad? A great deal of them hucked less than 10 innings, which doesn’t really tell us a whole lot, but does give them the official status of Major League Baseball player.
In San Diego’s case, they’ve rebranded their look at a time where they have a handful of exciting players (maybe the new face of the game in Fernando Tatis Jr.) and are suddenly visible to a national audience. If you’re gonna play on the big stage, you might as well look good doing it, right? The Mariners are ready to make that same jump.
Matthew calls up chef Eric Rivera (who was recently profiled in a wonderful Eater story by Alberto Perez) to talk about his experiences as a fan of the Seattle Mariners. Eric is also the owner of the restaurant Addo in Ballard, which is doing a lot of easy to make and inexpensive take-out meals. How did Eric feel about micro dosing a baseball season?