The Seattle Mariners announced a multi-year contract extension for General Manager Jerry Dipoto this afternoon.
Dipoto, who has held the position since the 2016 season, has built the Mariners into a contender in 2018, with the club sporting a 56-32 record. That they are contending despite suffering several injuries this season and the loss of second baseman Robinson Cano to a PED suspension is a testament to the team’s depth, which is a credit to the general manager. At the moment the M’s are just behind the Astros in the A.L. West and seem destined for a playoff spot, be it via a division title or a wild card.
The terms of the deal have not been announced, but Dipoto seems set to navigate the Mariners’ course for many years to come.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.