Descriptions of Sele’s start last night
We’ve generally tried to lay off talking about what others write about the Mariners, but in my daily sweep for Mariner-related news, I became confused, and a little frightened.
“Sele’s solid start unable to cool Yanks” — MLB.com headline
Right-hander Aaron Sele did his part Monday night to cool off the Major Leagues’ hottest team.
He held the rampaging Yankees to one run over six innings, departed with a one-run lead, and then watched as a dropped throw at first base — which would have completed a double play and ended the seventh inning — opened the door to a grand slam that saddled the Mariners with a 6-3 loss before 37,814 at Safeco Field.
In the Seattle PI, after a long description of the Martinez/Sexson play:
Before, the crowd saw Seattle starter Aaron Sele at his best (six innings, one run), not to mention a scintillating performance by New York’s Chien-Ming Wang, who was at least as good, maybe even better than he was in earning his first big-league win against the Mariners at Yankee Stadium last week.
Finnigan in the Times is the only one who
notes anything odd
Sele left after six innings, his best start of the year except for six walks that endangered him most of the evening.
The AP story has the stats and then a quote:
Aaron Sele bounced back from a rough outing last week at Yankee Stadium, where he lasted only 2 2-3 innings and gave up seven runs in a 7-4 loss. He allowed one run and five hits over six innings in this one with five strikeouts and six walks — one intentional.
Sele struck out the side in the sixth, closing out the inning when Derek Jeter whiffed on an inside fastball.
“He was effectively wild,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “He kept a very hot ballclub on the ropes by doing it that way.”
Did I see a different game than everyone last night? Did I fall asleep and dream a different game? I saw Sele nibble and walk the hitters who didn’t tee off on him, barely escape being blown out of the stadium, and then suddenly strike out three hitters in a row at the end.
This is a product of the way stories are written: the event that changed the game is central to the story, and that didn’t involve Sele, so his start gets summarized quickly, and the easy summary is that he only gave up a run and wasn’t part of the final outcome.
It also helps to conceal the fact that Sele looked bad. Fortunately, the Mariner brass may take fan sentiment into account, but they’re also seeing him pitch, and they saw the same game I did.