I always find it weird when the AL West is battling it out for first place. (Used feel the same way about the NL, but the Giants and Dodgers kind of ended that.)
Especially with the Astros being reigning World Series champs and their pitching staff being the best in the league, you’d think they have the division on lockdown. But they don’t. And now we’ve got the Robinson Cano-less Seattle Mariners sitting pretty atop the division after sweeping the Rays.
Now the last three teams the Mariners have faced are the Twins, Rangers and most recently the Rays. Meanwhile the Astros have been fending off the Indians, Yankees and Red Sox. But now they’ll play each other in a 3-game set, so this should provide a better understanding of what the Mariners really are.
And though they’re in the Northwest when you pretty much have to be Ichiro or Russell Wilson to get any attention, they’ve got a few players who could get a shot on the national stage in the Mid-Summer Classic.
Edwin Diaz is one of the harder throwers in the league, averaging 98.2 MPH on his fastball (9th among relievers) and leads all of baseball with 21 saves.
James Paxton of course had the bald eagle that perched on his shoulder earlier in the year. And I guess the whole no-hitter thing was impressive, too.
Sure you’ve got Jean Segura, Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger all doing well on offense, but the guy I wish everyone got to watch play is Ben Gamel.
Tim Lincecum, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are some of the guys you think of when you hear the term “flow” being associated with baseball. (I feel like it’s more common in pitchers at the pro level, which I can understand why.)
But Gamel’s hair may be the best of them all.
It’s especially rocking when he makes a sick diving catch.
I someone told me he was half-lion I’d buy it. This guy is an absolute SAVAGE.
He won’t make any All-Star Games with his numbers (.279 average, .748 OPS) but he’s a guy you can stick in the lineup everyday and you know exactly what you’re getting.
Not a big fan of Denard Span taking away his playing of late. Doesn’t take away from his flow, but it doesn’t have the same effect when it’s not on display everyday.
That’s all this post is really about. Just wanted an excuse to talk about Gamel’s flow.
(Here are the standings for the rest of baseball if you’re wondering where everyone else is around the league.)