The Seattle Mariners looked like idiots at the plate versus one of the most ordinary starting pitchers in the entire American League, and Sam Gaviglio deserved better.

The Mariners’ 4-0 loss dropped them back to two games under .500 at 40-42 and they gave up the ground they gained Friday night to Texas, the Angels and the Rays.

Biggest Stat of the Night

Mariners hitters swung at a breaking ball (not any offspeed pitch, just the slider) from Ricky Nolasco 17 times on either the first pitch of the plate appearance or in a hitter’s count (1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-1). Seventeen times.

Nolasco’s fastball has been beaten to a pulp by opponents this season: .306 average, .613 slugging percentage, including 13 doubles and 16 home runs. So what do the Mariners do? Let him avoid using his fastball.

This reeks of a lack of a gameplan and preparedness, which is odd because it’s a veteran lineup and, well, The Edgar.

I’d share some highlights but there weren’t any. Instead, here’s the first professional home run from the Mariners; 2017 first-round pick, Evan White.


The only other notes I have here are about this column and what goes with it. If it gets shared and RT’d enough, I’ll keep doing it.

Announcement: The first episode of the new pod will be Monday night, July 3 after the Royals-Mariners game. This one will be FREE, but the ensuing episodes will not. The idea here is for me to be able to sustain this and make it worth my while, so I need two things from the readers and listeners:

1. Support it (it won’t be expensive). Share. Spread the word. The more it’s supported monetarily and otherwise, the more episodes per week there will be.

2. Be involved. I want this to be YOUR podcast. I want to discuss things the reader and listener want to discuss, not just things that come to MY mind.

I want feedback about what you want.

I will post necessary links to the pod and further instructions Monday here at Prospect Insider and via Twitter and Facebook.

This will be a LIVE podcast, so as soon as the last out of Monday’s game is called, I’ll be revving it up.

Jason A. Churchill

Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at He spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI.

Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio prior to joining HERO Sports in July, 2016.

Find Jason's Mariners podcast, Baseball Things, right here and follow him on Twitter @ProspectInsider.