Nothing could be finer than 17 swing-and-miss strikes for the King, 11 of them on the changeup.
Last time out it was six and two.
Seven strikeouts, zero walks.
Last time out it was zero and two.
Most importantly, the command was back. Check out how he paints the black and the corners, and leaves nothing really centered and up in the zone.
- Felix highlight reel video link here.
The four earned runs kept it from being a complete return to normalcy — well, that and the ejection — but those runs weren’t such a big deal because … offense!
Because nothing really could be finer than the boys from Carolina (North and South) taking the wheel of the offense.
Team ISO in May is up from below-average .137 to above-average .148.
- Dustin Ackley (North) in May: .281 ISO
- Justin Smoak (South) in May: .240 ISO
- Kyle Seager (North) in May: .186 ISO
And the Floridian chipping in:
- Mike Zunino in May: .303 ISO
And the Arizonan via Oregon:
Still Missing in Action:
- Robinson Cano in May: .078 ISO
Just to be clear, I never said Romero couldn’t hit.
I said Romero couldn’t walk.
In 25 MLB games and 79 plate appearances, he has one walk.
It’s going to catch up with him.
Sorry to add a downbeat note.
- Hyper-detailed baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
- Tacoma broadcaster Mike Curto has a great bit about why Saturday’s Rainier game was suspended: dust bowl conditions in Las Vegas.
- Also over the weekend, the Rainiers added veteran pitcher Mike MacDougal, who had been pitching in an independent league. MacDougal spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors, most recently in 2012. He’s probably best known for the years he spent in the Royals bullpen in the early 2000s, picking up 50 saves for KC during that span.
- Jonathan Arias got the boot to make room for MacDougal. Our faithful commenter Tacoma Rain wonders if he’ll be missed. I say not really. He had flashed some interesting stuff, but not enough to rise above the whole big list of bullpen prospects. Is MacDougal better? Probably not, but the swap isn’t anything I would criticize. MacDougal at least has had a taste of MLB success.
- A light Monday schedule was made lighter by Low-A Clinton being suspended by weather, leaving only two games.
- Tacoma got bounced around by Las Vegas, with “bad e-RAM” on the mound: that is the version of Erasmo Ramirez without the fine command of his change-speed game. Line: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
- Chris Taylor salvaged something of the night with three hits, including a triple.
- Hate to say it: Abraham Almonte 0-for-3, 3 K.
- At AA Jackson, Victor Sanchez returned from a disabled-list stint (forearm tightness) with an off-vector outing. But no walks. Line: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.