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Morning Mound Visit: Jarred Kelenic to be called up this week

Kelenic finally got enough time at Triple-A; Deadened ball, deadened offense; Injuries galore

Seattle Mariners v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Kate Preusser and John Trupin | Lookout Landing: The Mariners are expected to call up Jarred Kelenic before Thursday’s game in Cleveland. Kelenic is Seattle’s top prospect and one of the best outfield prospects in baseball.

Lindsey Adler | The Athletic $: MLB’s changes to the baseball have decreased the number of home runs, but they’ve also decreased offense across the board. A lighter baseball not only carries less, but it can be thrown at higher velocities and with more movement, giving pitchers a distinct advantage.

Rob Mains and Derek Rhoads | Baseball Prospectus $: Injuries aren’t just up compared to 2018 and 2019, they’re up compared to 2020 as well which was an outlier itself.

Quick Hits

Cedric Mullins hit a triple on a pop-up.

Jared Walsh and Justin Upton hit back-to-back homers to help the Angels beat the Astros 5-4.

Brandon Belt hit his eighth homer of the year. Since the start of the 2020 season, Belt is hitting .277/.397/.550 for a 157 wRC+ in 292 plate appearances.