== And Cleveland feels less than fine ==
Chris Young is mediocre at everything except winning baseball games on the actual field of play.
Endy Chavez has a long track record of not being a hitter, except when he is.
And the Mariner bullpen, not considered a strength at the start of the year, has been crucial to the continued Second Wild Card chase.
I’ve been working on a Young piece for quite awhile, but haven’t gotten it published yet. It’s part of a bigger collection of stuff.
Regardless, as Bob Seger (and maybe Kyle Seager too) would say, it’s Still the Same.
Young threw 91 pitches, and only four were swing-and-miss.
And yet there he is at 7-4, 3.15 ERA. Literally All-Star results on the dirt.
Not so pretty on the computer screen: 1.2 HR/9, 3.4 BB/9, only 4.6 K/9? Worse than league average in HR%, K%, BB% and XBH%? ISO-against of .166?
Everyone who faces him, on average, is a slugger. But no one is a hitter.
OK, I’m getting over it.
Well just the other day I was making fun of the idea of Chavez and Willie Bloomquist sharing the DH spot.
He hadn’t hit a home run since May 2013.
But, as they say, that’s why they play the games.
- Baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
That’s what baseball-reference.com is for:
But I had to go to fangraphs.com for this bullpen-only data. Since it’s fangraphs, I sorted by xFIP:
Not sure how the Brewers have half the WAR, but that’s not up to me.
- Mariners affiliates scoreboard here.
- Glamour prospects in Arizona Rookie League: Luiz Gohara (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), Alex Jackson (0-for-4, 3 K), and Gareth Morgan (0-for-3, walk). Less glamourous Lachlan Fontaine had three hits.
- It turns out Tacoma’s Thursday game was postponed because the airline lost their equipment. They make it up with a double-header on Saturday.
- But they had their bats and gloves on Friday, and played. As we forecast in our news bit, our man Ji-Man Choi was in left field for the first time in his pro career. He went 0-for-4, and the Rainiers got extra-base hits only from rehabbers Justin Smoak and Corey Hart, who both had doubles.
- Tyler Pike made his second start at AA, and only lasted 2.0 IP, during which he gave up 5 BB (and 2 ER). But Forrest Snow kept the Generals in the game by going 4.0 IP of relief with no runs and 5 K.
- D.J. Peterson got a single in his second AA game, but DH Kevin Rivers was the hitting star with a homer and two singles. Leon Landry, back in center with Jamal Austin suspended, also got three hits.
- High Desert was rocked by Modesto, but Travis Witherspoon got his 8th home run, plus a double.
- And one of our favorites Isaiah Yates, who just a couple of days ago we thought was stuck in rookie ball, homered. He has two extra-base hits in two days of the Midwest League. We like. But it looks like he’s only there due to Austin Wilson and The Tank Tyler O’Neill being on the DL. We’ll try to update that.
- Everett got buried (and is 4-11 on the year), but Fresno State draftee Chris Mariscal added two doubles and a walk.
- It’s still Wayne’s World! Pulaski’s red-hot Stanford-ite Wayne Taylor got a double and two walks to keep his pro OPS over 1.500. Fun while it lasts.