The two storylines converge when Seattle beats Cleveland 4-0 – Lookout Landing

The two storylines converge when Seattle beats Cleveland 4-0 - Lookout Landing

An idea that is often misattributed to Leo Tolstoy or John Garnder, says that there are only two plots: a man goes on a journey and a stranger comes to town. This afternoon’s Mariners game had both.

Robbie Ray’s starts are always a journey, and the pitch today was the Rangers line-up. The world-building for this story can come from two background facts: The average starter’s four-seam fastball has a 9.9% slugging percentage and the Cleveland Guardians lineup has a league-leading slugging rate of just 9.0%.

So it was really something that Robbie Ray was able to collect nine breathers on the 30 times that Rangers swung at their four-seamer today. Ray had all his pitches working today, but the cheese stood alone. He was overwhelming, driving power up and down the strike zone. Even though he only averaged 93 mph today, when he got it up in the zone, the Rangers kept swinging under it.

Robbie’s four-stitch scents

Ray’s trip through the first five frames was a quiet walk, the only base runner removed when Cal Raleigh threw out Oscar González trying to steal second.

As dominant as he was early on, though, it wouldn’t be a Robbie Ray trip without the check engine light flashing at least once. In this game, that came in the top of the sixth. Ray began by receiving Andrés Giménez in a 0-2 count. But then, in a span of less than sixty seconds, the Rangers had runners on the corners with nobody out after a ground-rule double and a bloop single.

So when Miles Straw hit a fly ball into right field, it sure looked like a run was going to win. After all, how hard could it be for Giménez to tag a third? He is faster than 93% of MLB players and Straw’s fly ball was caught 276 feet away. I mean, look at this situation:

But it wasn’t just anyone who caught that ball—it was our champion, Mitch Haniger. In an incredible display of RE17PECT, Cleveland’s third base coach held Giménez. Someday, someone will beat Mitch Haniger. Like the fabled fourth wave of ska, surely it will happen later. Just not today. After that close call, Ray wobbled down and got Steven Kwan to pop up harmlessly and again got Amed Rosario to whiff on a dominating fastball.

Ray successfully navigated the danger, and then added a clean seventh inning to get a final line of 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 7 K, 0 BB. That last number stands out. Because Robbie Bae completed a journey without walking.

Dylan Moore may not be a stranger to you, but he was a stranger to today’s wild card. JP Crawford was scheduled to start at shortstop, but ended up being scratched with a pec strain. So DMo had to fill in soon, giving Cleveland starter Aaron Civale less time to prepare a game plan against him.

At its core, the stranger-comes-to-town plot is about disruption to the status quo. Dylan Moore doesn’t have to make bold moves. Every year of his career, he has tallied a negative run value in the shadow zone. And he really doesn’t have to do it against crooks. He similarly added negative value to Uncle Charlie every year of his career. So with two strikes, this was not what we should have expected.

The next pitch disrupted things further, with a routine foul pop-up that was caught, then wasn’t, then was. But if this referee crew was last night’s enemyRamon De Jesus got one important thing very right today, emphatically pointing out that the net helped Josh Naylor, and Dylan Moore got another chance.

The Guardians weren’t happy about it, but it sure seems right to me.

That’s when the stranger to today’s lineup, the one Aaron Civale wasn’t ready for, interrupted the game.

That would be all the Mariners needed, but in the epilogue of today’s storylines, Ty France got the A sun hat for a remarkable individual achievement after celebrating breaking his 0-for-21 with a heartwarming Kristopher Negrón hug and following it up with a seventh-inning home run for an insurance run that got a wide eye. reaction from his neighborhood.

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