Game 54, Orioles at Mariners
A game thread that’s on time! Early, even!
7:05. Erik Bedard, who’s been having a pretty sweet year, faces Felix.
Bedard’s numbers, especially his strikeouts, are better than you’d expect, but the interesting thing is that his HR rate is actually a little over what you’d expect – he’s seen almost 12% of his line drives go over fences, which is almost 50% over his career rate. And he’s getting fewer grounders.
I don’t have a good explanation for whether he’s doing something different – I haven’t had a chance to see him this year – but I like going into this game thinking I might see a good pitching matchup.
Interesting lineup for the M’s: