Mariners lose to Houston 3-2, still find few wins here and there

Mariners lost baseball game today. It wasn’t a big game, and it wasn’t a meaningless game. I would even go so far as to say it wasn’t even a “meh” game. I just felt Game. Maybe it’s the fact that yesterday we lost Julio Rodriguez and Dylan Moore in what we hope will be two short stints of IL, or maybe losing to the Houston Astros doesn’t hurt all that much. The stars are not only good, they are beautiful Very well There is nothing wrong with admitting that we are not on an equal footing with them (yet).

Or maybe that despite losing another game to the Houston Waste Management, there were many “wins” in the ball game. Sure, they don’t get into the winning streak, but they point out that this team is on an upward trajectory which is no accident.

Now, if I may, here’s a good-bad-good sandwich I learned in driving camp. It’s basically just amplifying the boys twice and saying some kind of muddled thing in the middle that needs to be said. But we get some good stuff because I refuse to let the Astros spoil the good vibes

July 31, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; The Seattle Mariners started firing bowler George Kirby (68) against the Houston Astros in the first half at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory credit: Thomas Shea
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A few weeks ago, young, impressionable George Kirby (in a good way) ripped off the benefits of having a fellow Cy Young who knew a thing or two about what it’s like to correct course.

As noted in the baseball writer’s world, Robbie Ray recently returned to the often-used ballpark from his time in Arizona: the two-seam fastball. This stadium was useful to Ray during Arizona’s All-Star Year. His willingness to return to the pitch after a three-season break shows that he is not afraid to revisit something he has worked with in the past, but under new circumstances. Kinda loved to draw as a kid, let the hobby fall by the wayside, and take it back into adulthood with a whole new set of skills from just being an adult.

After seeing Ray’s success after partially reintroducing the field during this season, Kirby showed why the Sailors were so keen on Elon’s young man. He approached Ray to learn the pitch, and wanted to add it to his tool belt, thereby showing his eagerness to learn and grow as a player. So he practiced and soon he was ready to show off his new skills (look mom, look! See what I can do!) in a game.

Here’s the first game to use the Kirby duo on July 26 vs. Texas:

Young George did what we (who are we?) in the business world call his “soft launch” and threw the new pitch a total of seven (7) times. These pitches resulted in three (3) hits called hits, two (2) in play, one (1) ball, and one (1) ball. So he dipped his feet to get a little wet and produced nothing but fruitful tones. Glory.

Here’s his second game on the pitch, today against the Astros:

As you can see, George used the All-Star Break to get more comfortable with the field and it shows. Up from 14% to 31%, second only to the four-tiered fastball with 32%. Today he’s had a variety of results, but this one comes with a little more pitch usage area. Check out his stitching results today:

Like I said, more of a mixed bag. But what is encouraging is that it is over 13 At the time when his stitching resulted in a so-called strike. yes.

So Good Behold, Kirby made his first start against one of the top teams in the league and wasn’t afraid to throw the pitch he only recently did. Why is this important?

It’s important because it shows motivation to get better day in and day out. He shows he’s not afraid to feel uncomfortable if it means he’s helping himself and his team. It shows he set his mind to be a competitor, not just a player.

I’ll take that any day of the week.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros

July 31, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros-seeded hitter Jordan Alvarez (44) scores a run and quarterback Mauricio Dupont (14) scores against the Seattle Mariners in the 10th inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory credit: Thomas Shea
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If I can write “The Astros” in that section and leave it, I will. But I won’t. Because I have more to say and I’m still running on my Adderall kick, and if you’re also involved in the musical styles of ~medicine~ to get your work done, you know this is a freight train you can’t stop. Case in point, I just wrote three lines about my Adderall kick.

Well, the bad.

We are lost. But like I said at the top, I didn’t really feel like losing all the time. However, there were some significant moments that left me, as a fan, shaking my damn head. Even the cat I was covering the game with was not happy. Well, she’s never happy.

I know I included it in the previous Good™ section, but George Kirby also deserves a disgraceful mention for starting that segment as well.

Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros

HOUSTON, TX – JULY 31: Houston Astros #27 Jose Altuve hits a field in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 31, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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Who knows if that was intentional or not, but on the first pitch of the game after you injured your star player to be a top level player on one of his stars? Not good looking. It could have slipped, or it could have been the unwritten rules. Both are good. Altuve’s arrogant little smile is also not good and he is lying in dirt on the plate. Either he thinks he’s getting into the Mariners’ head or he loves the pain. I’m fine with it because we have no shame about these parts here.

But conditions are not good. While I understand the need to stand up for oneself and not walk at times, this moment was more in the camp “when they go down, we go up”. The klassy-with-ak Astros broadcast then took it upon itself to paint the sailors as having a “history” and a “reputation” for revenge. millimeter.

This is the same team that, as stated in the tweet, had a player and manager suspended for retaliation. Oh, and also the team that set the record for hitting the Mariners with more pitches in a season than any other opponent in Seattle history.

But let me be clear, the worst thing about this is just the bad vibes it gives off. I don’t think Scott nor Kirby would waste their time lighting a fire with no wood or bonfire and just newspaper.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros

July 31, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros captain Jose Altuve (27) steals the home plate as Seattle Mariners’ Cal Raleigh (29) waits for the pitch in the first half at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory credit: Thomas Shea
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Fun Fact: The beloved Seattle Mariners ranked #1 in All From baseball in no-faults, I mean, they have the fewest fouls among the rest of the league at 34 with the closest closest being the St. Louis Cardinals with a score of 41. Suffice to say, fouls are often not made by the lady but, since life is silly at times, it has The team stumbled today after a few star-less moments that resulted in Altuve stealing the house (with Abraham Torow almost dunking Kirby’s head with a throw to the board) and Kyle overtaking Tucker Eugenio for third.

Fortunately, the team settled down a bit and survived by only two runs.

Seattle Mariners vs Washington Nationals - Game Two

Let’s pretend this photo was taken today.
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Let me cut to the chase. Our country is good and they continue to be patient when the offense needs a little extra time to start. After Kirby’s few innings today, the Bulls (minus Bernardino) threw five (5) innings without goals, giving up only two (2) hits and one (1) walk while hitting four.

Sure enough the new guy Brennan Bernardino she did He gave up on game-winning success, so the stylus wasn’t clean, but the group of Murfee, Brash, Sewald, and Swanson continued to show their resolve. Coming out of a loss and saying “Hell, yeah, we did a good job” isn’t normal, but since when did sailors become normal?

The Mariners Bullpen reminds me of golf’s mantra, “Drive for show, hit the dough.” Sans Munoz and a bit of Brash, “The pen is mostly made up of guys that Little League coaches dream of: they’re key guys. They don’t need to wow the crowd, and they don’t need to end up on the Top Playlist at the weekend. They’re stubborn. They focus.” They are here to do their jobs.

Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros

HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 31: Jesse Winker #27 of the Seattle Mariners shakes hands with Adam Frazier #26 after he hit two home runs in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 31, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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*raises your finger* and one more thing.

Chaos Ball.

Believe.

It doesn’t matter, you get better.

Differential fun.

As mentioned above, the Mariners are not an ordinary team, they are a team cool Team (raises our blood pressure). What’s amazing about this year’s team, in particular, is the palpable competitive leadership in our core squad. It’s a “I can’t quit” situation. I got you, I got you, say sentiment players like Jesse Winker, Carlos Santana, and Julio Rodriguez.

Winker embodies the eighth day in the second half at home, the “I can’t quit” attitude. I say “I can’t quit” instead of “I won’t give up” because if there is one thing that is true about this team it is that they are incapable of failing to do their best.

It’s easy to let go of this team and point out every flaw. It is easy to see losses as bad and cause for anger. The team, like all of us, are human. They are strong-willed and fiercely competitive humans, at the time.

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