The Mariners’ first series of the 2021 season is now in the books, and Seattle is 2-1 and a series winner after a 4-0 shutout win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

Flexen, France and Haniger lead Mariners past Giants for series win

After a walkoff win on opening day, the Mariners fell to San Francisco 6-3 on Friday before shutting down the Giants on Saturday to win the series.

The Mariners have Sunday off before resuming play on Monday against the Chicago White Sox, so now is a good opportunity to look back at the opening series.

Here are the biggest takeaways from Seattle’s opening series win over San Francisco.

Controlling the zone

If you’ve been following the Mariners for the last few seasons, you know that a key focus is dominating the strike zone both on the mound and at the plate. Consider the first series of the season a success in that regard.

Mariners hitters drew 16 walks and struck out 29 times. Mariners pitchers, meanwhile, walked only 10 batters while recording 32 strikeouts.

After Saturday, the 16 walks drawn were the second-most in MLB while the 32 strikeouts thrown was the third-best mark in the league.

Controlling the strike zone was far and away manager Scott Servais’ biggest takeaway from the three-game series win. He was especially pleased with what he saw from his lineup.

“Our hitters for the most part throughout this series did not chase a ton,” he said. “There’s an at-bat here and there where a guy gets away from their plan, but I talk about it often … if we continue to (dominate the zone) and grow it with our young players, we are going to have a good season, we really will. It doesn’t matter how many homers we hit, controlling the strike zone is what it’s all …read more

Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports


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