Welcome to what is sure to be a soggy weekend (if we get games in). Looks like Seattle very kindly brought a piece of him with them in the form of grey, rainy weather. Can you guys just bring coffee next time?
Before we begin, let’s check in with Senior Mascot Correspondent Addy for what she thinks of the moose:
The White Sox went 2-1 during the three-game set in Seattle back in April. Yermín Mercedes was on his historic hitting streak, Yasmani Grandal hit his 150th career home run, and José Abreu hit his 200th career home run (in the form of a grand slam). We still had Luis Robert! And Nick Madrigal! Times were simpler then ... two months ago.
The final game of the series was a terrible one. The White Sox lost, 8-4, and the Mariners scored five runs in one inning (off of Matt Foster, who probably really hates the Mariners). This was also the game where Tony La Russa admitted that he left Foster in too long, which was plain to see to everyone watching the game. It also was only La Russa’s second big reliever gaffe of the season ... in his seventh game back as White Sox manager.
In the all-time series between the White Sox and Mariners, the White Sox lead, 243-210.
How’s it going?
Seattle’s five-game winning streak was brought to an end against the Rockies. Justus Sheffield has been having a rocky, home run-plagued season (sadly, we will not be facing him). He didn’t make it through five innings for the second time in three starts and started giving up home runs early. Don’t let that game in Colorado fool you, though. The Mariners are better than .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2018, which is pretty remarkable when you consider that among their 11 players on the IL are both Justin Dunn and Kyle Lewis. Some of their success has come from in receiving at least five innings from starting pitchers (they’re 33-17 in those games).
The Mariners are currently third in the tough AL West with a 39-37 record, 8 1⁄2 back from first. They’re 15th overall in baseball and eighth in the AL. Seattle is 8-2 in their last 10 games, 18-12 in the last 30, and 10-12 against Central teams.
Today is going to see Carlos Rodón vs. Yusei Kikuchi. Rodón is 1-2 in his last seven starts, going 42 2⁄3 innings while giving up 30 hits, 61 strikeouts, and walking 13 while posting a 2.74 ERA. He’s 3-0 against Seattle in his career, posting a 1.50 while giving up 16 hits and striking out 28. Rodón is 6-2 with a 1.83 ERA so far this season, lasting 73 2⁄3 innings while striking out 105 and walking 20. He’s only given up six home runs and 42 hits. Kikuchi is 4-3 this season with 80 2⁄3 innings pitched and a 3.46 ERA. He’s managed to strikeout 81 and walk 26 while giving up 13 home runs and 58 hits. He’s 3-1 in his last seven and 0-1 against the White Sox in his career. His last outing against them was 2019, when he lasted 2 1⁄3 innings allowing 10 hits, two home runs, and striking out one. Kikuchi throws a 4-seam (31.8%), cutter (40%), slider (19.8%), and changeup (8.4%).
Saturday is Lance Lynn vs. Logan Gilbert. Gilbert debuted on May 13 and is now 2-2, lasting 34 innings and allowing 30 hits, eight walks, five home runs, and striking out 36 while posting a 4.50 ERA. Gilbert’s having some trouble with his curve and has only been throwing it 10.3% of the time. The rest of his arsenal includes a 4-seam (59.5%), slider (24.7%), and changeup (5.5%). Lynn is 7-3 this season and 3-2 in his last seven starts. He’s posting a 2.14 ERA overall, lasting 75 2⁄3 innings while allowing 55 hits, walking 21, and striking out 86. In Lynn’s last five against Seattle he’s gone 3-1 over 32 innings, allowing 24 hits and striking out 37 with an ERA of 2.53.
Sunday is Dallas Keuchel vs. Marco Gonzales, for the close of the season series. Gonzales is 1-4 this season over 47 2⁄3 innings, allowing 47 hits and striking out 42 while walking 18 and giving up 47 hits. He’s 2-0 against the White Sox in his career, last seeing them in 2018 and going 12 1⁄3 innings that year and posting a 1.46 ERA, striking out 14 and walking two. Gonzales has five pitches in his arsenal, a 4-seam (12%), sinker (37.3%), cutter (12.4%), changeup (18.8%), and curve (19.6%). He was on the IL for awhile with a left forearm strain but is back and not doing great. Keuchel is 4-1 in his last seven, lasting 37 2⁄3 innings and allowing 43 hits. He’s 6-2 this season with a 3.98 ERA and fanning 49 while going 81 1⁄3 innings. He’s walked 26, given up 83 hits, and 44 runs so far. In his last five against Seattle he’s gone 1-2 and allowed 32 hits, 20 runs (19 earned), and striking out 16 while posting an ERA of 5.58.
Why we still hate them
Well people don’t really hate the Mariners that much. Mostly just that West Coast games suck because they’re so late.
Don’t really hate them, but it kinda sucks that they never could make over the hump, so their two all-time greats (Griffey and Ichiro) never played in a World Series.— Bill Koester (@Billy_dk_89) June 25, 2021
Because the Brewers had to wear these opening day in Kansas City in 1970. That’s how fast the Pilots became the Brewers… pic.twitter.com/tWfUao3xxN— Patrick Curran (@IUB1G) June 24, 2021
I mean I really can’t hate them. They’ve never even been to the World Series, and they haven’t made the playoffs since 2001… I just pity them, mostly… and pity can have negative connotations, so that’s as close to hate as I can get with them, I think.— Simi (@the_simster) June 24, 2021
Staying up to almost midnight to see the Sox lose in years past was THE WORST.— David Ruiz (@WritingDavid) June 24, 2021
No tailgating and it kinda feels like no one there wants to anyway. Ballgames are one of the best representations of the ‘Seattle Freeze’— Dan Stevens (@thisdanstevens) June 24, 2021
Safeco is one of the most perfect places to watch a game. The food and beer options are top notch
Much like the pirates with Cutch, they squandered Griffey Jr's prime and let us have him entirely too late to make up for it— Extremely Far Southside Eric (@DyeMasterDiscs) June 24, 2021
West coast games suck. The end.— Fit Blonde Tech (@FitBlonde19) June 24, 2021
In the MLB Network documentary bout Griffey— Proud Libtard Man (@MatthewWJ927) June 23, 2021
ZERO MENTION OF HIM WITH THE SOX WTF
He threw out Cuddyer at home in the Blackout game! C’mon you Secaucus twats!
Ken Griffey Jr. made himself unfairly good in his Super Nintendo games, which lead to a lot of shattered friendships with kids that would only play as the Mariners. pic.twitter.com/Pv2J4rnxjs— WhiteSoxTwitt3r (@SoxTwitt3r) June 23, 2021
They beat the White Sox when I took the kids to their first MLB game.— Chrystal O’Keefe (@chrystal_ok) June 23, 2021
Their hot start in 2018 ruined our home opening series— Proud Libtard Man (@MatthewWJ927) June 23, 2021
the childhood heartbreak of the 2000 ALDS— SoxOptimist (@OptimistSox) June 23, 2021
Ken Griffey Jr Slugfest for N64 was a pain in the ass to hit in the game— Proud Libtard Man (@MatthewWJ927) June 23, 2021
I’ll never forget how angry I felt during that Mike Cameron 4 HR game.— Dick the Knife (@SavesTuesday) June 23, 2021
They wasted Ken Griifey Jr and King Felix’s prime years. @thebennettk— Father Sean (@sean_janko) June 24, 2021
Have family there lol, so no reason to hate them. I think they’ve suffered enough as a team the last 20 years though .— Zach (@nittyZ3192) June 24, 2021
Because the one time I visited Seattle for a three day weekend, the Mariners were playing the Angels in Orange County so I didn’t get a chance to visit their supposedly awesome stadium and that’s totally their fault and I’ll hold a grudge forever.— Millennial Sox Fan (@MillennialSox) June 23, 2021
I’m going to throw out something random and say the 2000 ALDS?— Major BS ⚾️ (@BenChiTownKid98) June 24, 2021