Game 28, Mariners at Twins
Jarrod Washburn vs Johan Santana in a battle of southpaws who couldn’t be more different. Santana’s fastball routinely hits 95 MPH, which translates to 142 on the gun Fox Sports was using last night, and his change-up is about as unhittable as any pitch in the majors.
Washburn, on the other hand, has an 87-90 MPH fastball and… not a lot else. But he throws strikes and the Twins have a worse offense than the Tacoma Rainiers, so I’m thinking we’ll see another quality start from Washburn.
Also, WFB is not only back in the line-up, but he and his .308/.345/.308 line are hitting second while Jose Lopez takes his .514 slugging percentage to the eight hole. Even better, since Bloomquist is starting and we have no other backup middle infielders on the roster, we can’t pinch hit for him late in the game. Mike Hargrove is about as useful to the Mariners winning ballgames as a potted plant.