== Elias comes up big vs. Tigs ==
When Roenis Elias is dealing, the first thing that shows up is that he has the curveball working and is throwing it for strikes.
Well, Brooks says he threw 28 of them on Sunday, and 26 were strikes, or 93%. That is pretty impressive.
And it showed an average vertical break of 11.6 inches.
We can do a side-by-side on this one. On the left is Elias’ movement chart for April and on the right is May and June.
The yellow blobs dribbling down on the bottom are the curveballs. And the one at the very bottom is Sunday — the 11.6 inches of break. To throw a curve with that much break, and throw it consistently for strikes, while mixing in 94 mph fastballs, is going to lead to a good game.
And here it is:
9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
And the highlight reel can be found here.
This is the “plateau-leap” version of Elias, for sure.
[Changes at WordPress have eliminated, for the time being, both the automatic links to baseball-reference.com and the ability to embed the video highlights. Sorry for the inconvenience.]
On offense … Endy Chavez as DH?
Well, it worked.
No Robinson Cano for the 4th straight game, so Willie Bloomquist — not Nick Franklin — was in there at second.
That worked, too.
So two days of Penciling in lineups that look awfully Tacoma-like — compared to Detroit at least — and two days of victories.
And Brad Miller busted out with a home run. We pointed out the other day how much his K/BB ratio improved in May, and we were hopeful that the balls-in-play part would start to catch up. We’re still hopeful.
It’s safe to look at the Wild Card standings again.
|LA Angels||30||26||.536||–||15-13||15-13||267||237||+30||Lost 3||4-6|
|NY Yankees||29||26||.527||–||12-13||17-13||230||245||-15||Lost 1||5-5|
|Chicago Sox||29||29||.500||1.5||17-14||12-15||265||277||-12||Won 1||6-4|
|Kansas City||26||30||.464||3.5||13-14||13-16||213||236||-23||Lost 2||3-7|
Everyone’s a little bit in contention.
- We gotta start with Low-A Clinton, the media darlings who got a big spread in Sports Illustrated after their epic 16-run comeback last month. This time, no comeback, just the offensive explosion.
- And at the heart of it — yes! — was Austin Wilson, about whom we have high hopes. Wilson had his 6th home run, plus a double, a single and a walk.
- And right there with him is slow-starting-but-fast-emerging catcher Christian Carmichael. He was 5-for-5 with two triples [!], a double and two singles. A catcher with two triples in a game: not a common sight. The Hawaiian backstop is now hitting .366/.432/.521.
- AA Jackson got some offense going in a 7-0 win, and Ketel Marte got two more hits plus his 16th steal.
- High Desert got eight runs of its own, but only D.J. Peterson got multiple hits — a double and a single.
- And, finally, Tacoma had the lowest run total of the day, though Xavier Avery got three hits. Jordan Pries had another solid start in the loss (6.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 K).