We share three takeaways as the Seattle Mariners split their series with the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
There are plenty of fans who have a sense of impending doom when it comes to supporting the Mariners. In addition, we appreciate that it’s still early in the season.
Regardless, there is a certain sense of pride and achievement in managing to split a two-game series versus a red-hot Dodgers ball club. Seattle won an exciting 4-3 game on Monday night, before losing a pitchers’ duel 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
As a result, the Mariners now enter their day off with an encouraging 11-7 record through 18 games. Into the bargain, 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis returned to the lineup on Tuesday, after missing the start of the regular season with a deep bone bruise.
Next up is a demanding four-game series in Boston against the Red Sox. Before then however, we provide three takeaways from the Dodgers series, along with some other relevant notes:
3) France avoids a major injury
Ty France‘s defensive abilities may raise some questions, but the same cannot be said of his offense. This is one player who can just flat out hit.
France was in a zone throughout spring training, then carried this through to the regular season. Only Mitch Haniger has been more productive with the bat, although France easily leads the team in OBP among regular starters.
When combined with the inconsistent hitting lower down the lineup, the 26-year-old’s importance cannot be overstated. As such, the last thing the Mariners need is to lose him for a significant period of time.
However, this possibility cropped up when France was hit on the right forearm by a 98 mph pitch during Monday night, in the fifth inning. He stayed in the game to run and then came out to play defense in the top of the next inning, before giving the team and their fans cause for concern.
The former San Diego Padre started warming up, but he was in pain and struggling to throw the ball. As a result, he was removed from the game and sent for X-rays.
Fortunately for everyone concerned, the X-rays came back negative and a major injury had been avoided. Instead, France was listed as day-to-day. (He subsequently came in as a pinch hitter during the eight inning on Tuesday.)
Mariners manager Scott Servais shared his relief following the game. Speaking to the media, he said:
“You kind of get a bad feeling. Standing so close to home plate, you get a feeling sometimes, if it is a broken bone or whatever, but you never know until they get that X-ray.
“So obviously [we’re] very happy that it’s not a broken bone. He’s going to be sore tomorrow.”
This represented the fourth time France had been hit by a pitch so far this season, tied for second-most in the Majors following Monday’s slate of games. The Mariners will be hoping it doesn’t occur so frequently moving forward.
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