Game 30 + Minors Rewind: Young Again

1393998766_f90aa02c59_o== 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!

Bwahahahahaha!

If that was the plan, then … well, it’s still a stupid plan.  But Chris Young has made the most of his 45 days.

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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.

As in:

  • the tide-turning Houston game featuring Kyle Seager‘s Epic 11-Pitch At-Bat Home Run.

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  • 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.

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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.

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[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.

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And here’s something worth contemplating.  The Wild Card Standings:

AMERICAN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Texas 17 15 .531 9-7 8-8 138 153 -15 Lost 1 3-7
Baltimore* 15 14 .517 7-6 8-8 125 131 -6 Lost 2 6-4
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
Minnesota 15 15 .500 .5 8-9 7-6 150 147 +3 Won 3 5-5
Seattle 15 15 .500 .5 5-6 10-9 126 126 0 Won 3 8-2
Chicago Sox 16 17 .485 1 9-7 7-10 166 168 -2 Won 2 5-5
Boston 15 17 .469 1.5 8-11 7-6 133 139 -6 Lost 1 5-5
Toronto 15 17 .469 1.5 5-7 10-10 150 147 +3 Won 2 4-6
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
Cleveland 13 19 .406 3.5 9-8 4-11 123 142 -19 Lost 2 2-8
Houston 10 22 .313 6.5 6-13 4-9 108 165 -57 Lost 3 3-7

Yes, the Angels are the outlier there with the +31, but note that the Rangers are -15.  There are two spots available, of course.

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  • 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).
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