M’s win! M’s win!
Finally, I can return to posting regularly.
For reasons best left unstated, today involved me falling over from lack of sleep about mid-afternoon. When I woke up and turned on the game, the M’s were up 7-0 and Madritsch was pitching like I’d always thought he should have been pitching, against the Red Sox.
My immediate reaction — and I’m not kidding at all — was to think “Did I actually wake up to go watch the game? Because this seems exactly like the kind of weird dream I’d have falling asleep while thinking about the Mariners game that night.”
Turns out no.
Why did Madritsch go out in the eighth, ahead 7-0, having already thrown 108 pitches? It took him over twenty pitches to get through the seventh, he was throwing a lot of balls, and wasn’t going to finish the game. Why not pull him, keep him a little fresher for the next start? 126 pitches isn’t a death knell, though it’s made worse because he was throwing the last (what, 40? pitches) while increasingly tired. What’s the point here — the season’s meaningless, the game is well in hand, he’s running out of steam — what gain is there from running Madritsch out for the eighth?