The 2020 season is finally underway. It took a long time and even though the results weren’t what we wanted, Mariners baseball is back and that is freaking sweet. That being said, there were still some positives and plenty of negatives, so let’s highlight three of each in our game 1 run down.
1. Kyle Lewis is really fun to watch. In his first at bat of the season, he sent a 95 MPH fastball from baseball diva Justin Verlander and sent it 439 feet onto the railroad tracks in Houston. Lewis didn’t get many fastballs after that, striking out twice before ending his day by being robbed by Jose Altuve in his final AB.
2. Marco Gonzales had a decent day. He wasn’t as sharp as you’d like when facing down Justin Verlander, but he didn’t receive much help either, but more on that later. But he battled, showing a goos curveball and his usually solid command. It was a bit of a tough luck loss for Marco, but after the lengthy delay, it was a solid outing.
3. Yohan Ramirez has got some serious stuff. A hard rising 95-97 MPH fastball with some serious breaking balls. Ramirez pitched around a leadoff walk in his MLB debut against his former organization and while he didn’t have much control, he was truly filthy.
1. Shed Long had a rough night in the field. He couldn’t handle a slightly wide throw from Kyle Seager on a double play ball, which lead to an extended 5th inning that saw Houston score 5 runs. Long also made a nice play going into right field, but made an awful throw that pulled Evan White off the bag. He wasn’t charged with an error, but it was.
Long did make a good play on the other side of the bag on a high chopper, and also flew out to the warning track and got his first hit of the year. It’s a crucial year for Shed Long’s defensive development and it didn’t get off to a great start in 2020.
2. Jose Marmolejos looked like a career minor leaguer who was completely overwhelmed by the situation. He didn’t provide any value at the plate and never saw a ball off the bat, allowing an easy out to fall for a double. The Mariners are convinced he can play, but after taking him over Jake Fraley and Braden Bishop… It didn’t go well for them on day 1.
3. The Mariners Bullpen is not good. But we knew this. It’s not designed to be good. It’s designed to be a pot of pasta. They’ll throw every noodle on the wall and see if anything will stick. There’s a chance a few will, but buckle up for some real struggles in 2020.