I/O: Nelson Cruz hits a routine fly ball, classically into his power alley, to start this season's 3-run festivities. Segura and Cano trot in ahead of him.
CRUNCH: Reminds me of the Big Red Machine, where the first inning was scripted like a Bill Walsh first half. Sniff. I think I'm going to cry.
I/O: Matty wants to know what he wins, after his 24-karat solid gold guarantee Mitch Haniger comes through in right field.
CRUNCH: The undiscovered country: Best Bet Gloatage. There is simply nothing like rehashing and rehashing a 145-lb. UW pitcher for fifteen years after he last did anything in the majors. If you get over the top enough with it Matt, you can even post art-deco stylings of Olympian deities after your hero's latest rampage. It's a rush.
I/O: Edwin Diaz working on a change.
CRUNCH: Let's hope not.
First of all, a hitter can only start the bat once per swing. Second of all, 50 strikeouts in 25 innings. Third of all, Diaz was a starter and already has a change. The whole thing is feebleminded. Fortunately it's probably just noise.
I/O: Tyler O'Neill struck out in his first two at-bats.
CRUNCH: There goes the Griffey Scenario. Oh, grow up, Dr. D.
I/O: Guillermo Heredia is +6 good things on Ben Gamel (two doubles, a stolen base and a single, compared to two whiffs) and also is the correct platoon partner for Jarrod Dyson.
CRUNCH: Also they're making noises about Heredia developing as a hitter, making progress, that swing plane thingy again. I like Carson Cistulli - here is a late-summer 2016 commentary from him on Heredia as "one of baseball's most compelling fringe players":
Heredia has been among the last players “cut,” as it were, from multiple past editions of this weekly column. Signed at the end of February to a $500,000 bonus after defecting from Cuba the previous year, Heredia has been excellent both at Double-A and, over the last month, with Triple-A Tacoma. Praised by the Mariners front office for his speed and defense, he’s also exhibited considerable promise offensively, distinguishing himself as one of merely 13 qualified batters both (a) at High-A or above and (b) younger than 30 to record more walks than strikeouts. The combination of a league-average bat (a level at which his Steamer projection suggests he’s capable of producing) and center-field defense already suggests the presence of a slightly above-average overall profile.
Hadn't actually noticed that Heredia has a 48:47 EYE, and a .395 OBP, in the minors. That happens with international stars, but still.
I/O: Chris Heston and Nick Hagadone pitch on the radio Sunday.
CRUNCH: Rock on,