The Mariners’ comeback against the Padres was really something

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We talked about it some in the recaps this morning, but it’s really worth looking more closely at last night’s huge Mariners comeback over the Padres.

The basics of it: The Mariners were trailing the Padres 12-2 after five innings and then scored fourteen runs across the sixth and seventh. It was the largest comeback in Mariners history. Previously the M’s overcame an eight-run deficit, but that came 20 years ago. It’s the first time any team has come back from this big a deficit this late in a game since 2001. It was also the largest lead the Padres have ever blown. The clubs combined for 36 hits and 29 runs, which is the most combined in both cases for any teams in any game this year.

To say that the Mariners were playing it close to the edge is to understate things. At one point, according to FanGraphs’ win probability thingie, the Padres had a 99.9% chance to win the game [insert “Dumb and Dumber” quote here]. Less analytically, the Padres’ relievers were ever so close to putting out this fire multiple times. As I mentioned in the recaps, the Mariners strung together seven consecutive two-out base hits to score nine runs and extend the seventh inning. That’s bad enough, but get a load of this: four of those seven hits came in two-strike counts. So close, yet so far away.

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Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.