The Seattle Mariners, who appear to be in a slump, dropped the series finale to the Philadelphia Phillies at home. The Mariners fall to 14 and 18 on the season and currently sit seven games back of the Los Angeles Angels.
The Mariners saw outstanding starts from their starters in the last two games of the series. With Robbie Ray throwing ten strikeouts in game two, and Logan Gilbert, who has been close to perfect for the Mariners, matched his career-high of nine strikeouts. Unfortunately, Gilbert left a pitch up in the zone with the bases loaded, and Rhys Hoskins, who hit three home runs in the series, took advantage. That mistake would prove to be a costly one for Gilbert as his ERA now sits above 2, and he picks up his first loss of the campaign.
“Probably the best I’ve felt, I had everything going. So I felt like I could use that in the game. Just the walks, had the two walks there (4th inning).” – Logan Gilbert, postgame
The Mariner’s offense has gone stagnant over the past 10 games. Putting up 21 runs, and only won 2 games in the span. Though there have been a few bright spots as Julio Rodriguez is now up to a .254 average, Frazier went five for eight against the Phillies, Ty France, and JP Crawford continue to rake, and Jesse Winker has raised his average up over .200.
The Mariners, who have played 16 days in a row, will have an off-day on Thursday. Then will play at Citi Field for the first time. With Marco Gonzales pitching in the first game against the New York Mets on Friday. It marks the first time the Mariners have visited the Mets since 2008. As well as the first time that the two clubs have played since the big seven-player deal in 2018 (Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz for Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and Gerson Bautista). Only Kelenic remains with the Mariners, and only Diaz remains with New York after they recently released Cano.
Game 1: Marco Gonzales vs. Chris Bassitt
Game 2: George Kirby vs. Max Scherzer
Game 3: Robbie Ray vs. Carlos Carrasco
- Mariners name Veronica Hernandez as the General Manager of the Modesto Nuts. She is the first female General Manager in the team’s history, as well as the first Latina General Manager in Minor League Baseball.
- Kyle Lewis is hitting .350/.409/.700 with 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, and 2 BB through five games. The Mariners have committed to him playing a full 20 games with Tacoma, even though the former AL Rookie of the Year looks ready to make a splash with the big league club.
- Last year, the Mariners went 13-15 in the month of May, and would go on to win 90 games.