After a brief hiatus, the Extra Innings podcast has returned to discuss the start to the 2021 season. The Mariners come into Monday with a 10-6 record and sitting atop the American League West standings.
Is this for real?
Or will this be like the 13-2 start to the 2019 season?
Times beat writer Ryan Divish and columnist Larry Stone break down all things about the first 16 games of the season.
- Sustainability of success
- The Mariners lineup being so reliant on Mitch Haniger, Ty France and Kyle Seager.
- The struggles of Taylor Trammell, Tom Murphy and Dylan Moore.
- The eventual return of Kyle Lewis and the roster shuffle
- The starting rotation and the injury to James Paxton
- Bringing back Paxton next season
- The struggles of Marco Gonzales and the viability of Chris Flexen and Yusei Kikuchi.
- The unexpected success of the bullpen.
- Who is the closer and what to make of Will Vest?
- Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert’s eventual call-ups
- Fans booing the Astros
- Padres vs. Dodgers
- Length of games
- Players getting the COVID vaccine