A Nice Surprise
Cha Baek throwing a complete game, his first since he was pitching for low-A Wisconsin 108 years ago, was about as unexpected a gift as the M’s could have asked for. He’s never been known for his ability to work deep in games, and unlike some of the offenses the Mariners have faced lately, the Tigers can actually hit the ball.
Of course, with Jeff Weaver taking on Justin Verlander in about two hours, the M’s could really use another nice surprise. With Baek’s performance last night, it shouldn’t be a stretch to say that, once again, Jeff Weaver is pitching for his job. If he doesn’t show a better fastball today and some sustainable improvement, this should be his last start in the rotation.