Mariners drop ice cream, lose to Astros 11-1, Jerry Dipoto buys fans a gelato instead

Today I went swimming at Seattle’s Coleman Pool, a saltwater public pool positioned in one of the best place on the earth, Lincoln Park. Saltwater, for those who did not know, makes you additional gentle and bouncy within the water. For hours I floated round within the water feeling like a misplaced mermaid, lighter than air, buoyant as a balloon. Then it was time to get out, and again on land, I felt heavier than ever—like my limbs had been manufactured from lead, my legs magnetized to the Earth’s core.

That’s what it appears like taking part in the Astros after the Mariners have soared towards lesser competitors: a excessive abruptly lower quick, a dismal reminder of how earthbound we’re. The infinite moving-through-quicksand feeling of taking part in the Astros.

It was a Verlander begin in Houston, so that you already understand how this went: the Mariners did little to nothing towards Verlander till late within the recreation, when he was inexplicably nonetheless within the recreation regardless of a double-digit lead towards the Mariners, and Dusty Baker lastly, reluctantly pulled him. Verlander has seen the Mariners greater than another membership, and he is aware of precisely how to assault them; the Mariners’ “swing early and infrequently” method was ineffective, however then once more, so it was after they tried to wait him out in counts. Justin Verlander owns the Mariners, and till his physique says Enough!, that would be the case. These are exhausting truths, however true nonetheless.

Robbie Ray, however, was eminently knowable to the Astros, who appeared totally unperturbed by something he threw at them. They laid off all of the pitches they wanted to lay off and hit each pitch they wanted to hit and constructed a 4-0 lead towards Ray earlier than he’d cleared the third inning—which he did not, as a result of at that time, Servais and Co. well pulled the plug and despatched out a slate of pitchers that ran the gamut from Penn Murphy (admirable and serviceable, as all the time) to Matt Brash (acquired yelled at by Cal Raleigh) to Tommy Milone (horrible) to Ryan Borucki (much less horrible, nonetheless not nice) to Luis Torrens (by some means solely gave up one run, perhaps that is his approach into discovering extra taking part in time?).

Maybe that is why, halfway by the sport, it was introduced that the Mariners have acquired Luis Castillo from the Reds, strengthening that well-known Cincinnati-to-Seattle pipeline. Personally, I’m extraordinarily bummed that it took each Marte and Arroyo to land Castillo—however that’s by far the minority opinion among the many Lookout Landing employees. At the very least, the Mariners have now hopefully acquired the ace-level pitcher they thought they had been getting in Ray, however who has at instances failed to present up for that designation this season, tonight’s outing being one other instance.

But anyway. Mariners pitching getting the doorways blown off by the Astros lineup, that is nothing new. Justin Verlander giving Mariners batters a whirl, that is nothing new. Let’s speak about one thing that was new and attention-grabbing:

Hello, Cal Raleigh! I do not understand how intently you had been watching these previous two video games, however Cal Raleigh has been SPICY. He was so mad concerning the hit yesterday towards Muñoz that he threw his masks off in disgust. Despite attempting to hand-hold Robbie Ray towards the Astros, issues did not go nicely tonight. And by this level, our CalBoy has HAD IT. He does NOT need Matt Brash shaking him, and he is not having it. He desires to brash IN THE ZONE and to THROW HIS F’N PITCH, and he provides his fellow rook some stern however needed phrases. There was not a lot to be joyful about with this recreation, however Cal Raleigh’s rising confidence on the plate and behind it’s completely a storyline to watch. Now he’ll get a new problem in working with Luis Castillo, and I personally am excited to see what occurs subsequent as Cal continues to take extra of a driver’s seat position together with his varied batterymates.

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