On June 19th, the Mariners were a half game out of first place. As late as June 27th they were only two games out. Now: they’ve lost twelve games in a row — this one 7-5 to the Blue Jays — and stand 13 games out of first place. Their season is in ruins and, for all intents and purposes, over.
The latest loss came despite a grand slam from Miquel Olivo which tied the game up at five in the top of the eighth and gave the M’s their first bit of momentum in God knows how long. But then in the bottom of the inning, Rajai Davis hit an RBI double and that was that. Jon Rauch closed out the game for the Jays.
The scary part: Seattle now goes on to Boston and New York, where the chances seem pretty good for that losing streak to be extended.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.