The Seattle Mariners, 11-17 as they prepare for a weekend series versus division-rival Oakland, can’t wait for struggling players to figure it out as the spring turns to summer in the coming weeks.
Carson Smith gave up a game-winning double to Johnny Giavotella in a 4-3 loss Wednesday, after the Mariners scratched across a run in the top half with pinch-hitter Dustin Ackley’s sacrifice fly against Angels closer Huston Street.
In this week’s episode of The OFP Report, Jason A. Churchill, Alex Carson and Steve Silver discuss whether or not it’s too early to start looking for options beyond Dustin Ackley, a Major League Baseball rule change, plus the T-Bag segment, Player of The Week and Patrick Kivlehan is the Man In The Box.
While starting the season strong isn’t necessary, it’s much preferred to the alternative — a loss on Opening Day. At home. With your ace on the mound. Amidst a bevy of high expectations from across the baseball landscape.
Dustin Ackley had two hits for the Mariners, including a two-run homer.
Though it’s been clear enough for a few weeks and as close to official without being so, the club has set its starting rotation after optioning Roenis Elias to Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners also optioned right-handed reliever Carson Smith, which clarifies the bullpen too.
Dustin Ackley drove in the Mariners’ first run with second-inning single off Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco, who allowed a run and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Taking a shot at the World Series is terrific. Taking numerous shots is optimal.
In this week’s episode of The OFP Report, Jason A. Churchill and Steve Silver discuss the backup plan to an Austin Jackson nightmare, what Kyle Seager’s offensive ceiling is and what the options are if a projected regular doesn’t perform or misses significant time.
In this week’s episode of The Hot Stove Report, Jason A. Churchill and Alex Carson discuss Rickie Weeks, the off-season for the American League, and a potential role for Roenis Elias.