OAKLAND, Calif. â?? It was going to happen at some point this season, and likely in his next few outings. James Paxton was going to stop pitching like Canada’s version of Sandy Koufax and turn into a mortal for at least one outing.
Regression to the mean in baseball is the ultimate opponent for any player, and it rarely loses. The odds of Paxton continuing to put up scoreless inning after scoreless inning would grow slimmer with each one he notched.
The question then would be: Could the Mariners do enough to offset that inevitability and win a game when Paxton wasn’t tossing six shutout innings of dominance? It’s something that a team with the Mariners’ aspirations does with some regularity.
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That inescapable moment came Thursday night against an unremarkable Oakland A’s team, and the Mariners failed in a 9-6 loss.
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Paxton was nothing like the pitcher of his first three outings, pitching just 41/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. …
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