== Randy Wolf for MVP! ==
Well, not Randy Wolf proper. But Randy Wolf’s well-timed indignation at being slapped with a 45-day “out” clause as a condition to being awarded a spot at the bottom on the Mariner rotation.
The Indignation of Wolf led to a quick “see ya later” from the M’s brass, leading them directly to the then-newly-free Chris Young, late of the nation’s capital.
Maybe it was all a Master Plan:
We trade Doug Fister to the Tigers for a load of hot mess. That induces a false sense in the Tigers that Fister isn’t quite so “all that.” All of which will eventually lead Detroit to off-load him to Washington for a different load of hot mess. Which means the Nats will end up with more arms than they can use, and they’ll have to release one. Then we spring our 45-day clause on Wolf at just the right moment, knowing he’ll take offense, and that will open up a spot. Then Fister will get hurt and the Nats will end up needing our guy after all. But too late!
If that was the plan, then … well, it’s still a stupid plan. But Chris Young has made the most of his 45 days.
Yes, we’ll quietly ignore Young’s 4.6 K/9, his negative walks-to-strikeouts ratio, his unsustainable .194 BABIP-against, his gopher-prone 1.2 HR/9 (career 1.1 and only under 1.0 twice in 10 MLB seasons), and the resulting 5.47 FIP and 6.12 xFIP.
Graveyard-whistling! Everybody’s doing it!
But so what! Forget Hypothetical Young for awhile. On the field, Chris Young has a 3.03 ERA, three quality starts in five trips, and three VERY IMPORTANT MARINER WINS under his belt.
- the tide-turning Houston game featuring Kyle Seager‘s Epic 11-Pitch At-Bat Home Run.
- the series opener in Yankee Stadium, leading to the Cano’s Return mini-sweep.
- Monday’s series opener in Oakland, setting the stage for the four-game set.
As it were, the first time the M’s were in Oakland, the wet grounds at “troubled” O.co Coliseum cancelled Young’s anticipated debut. It actually looked like Young might never start a game as a Mariner, given that the house of cards had only partially collapsed at that point.
[More Graveyard-Whistling. Politely ignoring that Stefen Romero has zero walks, and SLG .316 vs. RHP.] Romero is in there to bash LH pitching. Rather like this:
- Hyper-detailed baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
And here’s something worth contemplating. The Wild Card Standings:
|NY Yankees*||16||15||.516||–||9-8||7-7||128||147||-19||Lost 2||4-6|
|LA Angels||16||15||.516||–||8-8||8-7||163||132||+31||Won 1||6-4|
|Chicago Sox||16||17||.485||1||9-7||7-10||166||168||-2||Won 2||5-5|
|Tampa Bay||15||17||.469||1.5||7-7||8-10||138||145||-7||Won 1||5-5|
|Kansas City||14||17||.452||2||8-7||6-10||121||135||-14||Lost 5||4-6|
Yes, the Angels are the outlier there with the +31, but note that the Rangers are -15. There are two spots available, of course.
- Tacoma finished a game that it started on Sunday. Jabari Blash had a double, a single and a steal in the 7-5 loss.
- Then they got in a scheduled game with a 3-2 win behind Andrew Carraway (5.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 K). Nick Franklin had three hits and Blash added two more.
- Franklin then left the game (not clear why) and there was a resulting quintuple switch! Chris Taylor switched from 2b to SS; Ty Kelly from 3b to 2b; Leury Bonilla from 1b to 3b; Jesus Montero from DH to 1b; and the pitcher hit.
- Montero and Kelly drew back-to-back walks to bring in the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th.
- AA Jackson was shut out although Ketel Marte had two more hits.
- Two more hits plus a walk and a steal for our guy Aaron Barbosa in High-A High Desert, and a decent losing outing for Dylan Unsworth (6.0 IP, 2 ER).
- Low-A Clinton got the 5th homer of the year from The Tank Tyler O’Neill (.265/.339/.451), helping get the win for Eddie Campbell (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 K). Another scoreless outing for Emilio Pagan (0.69 ERA).