Game 22, Mariners at White Sox
11:05 our time, FSN. Bedard versus Floyd.
For me, Bedard’s been one of the unexpected pleasures of the season. I looked forward to seeing the improved defense, and Felix’s development, Beltre, the interesting possibilities of Branyan and the other smaller moves (and my appreciation for Ichiro! is so well documented people complain). But watching Bedard these last few starts, I feel like I’m a little closer to understanding why the previous regime made the trade for him. When he’s working it, his stuff is tremendous, strikes with great movement only a little bit away from unhittable.
If you believed that your team was one good starter away from winning a pennant, and you’d need another top-shelf ace to get through the playoffs, well, I get it. I do. It’s still a terrible trade, but I sympathize in a way I didn’t last year. Part of it’s likely that we didn’t get to see much of this version last year, but it’s been great, and I hope he keeps it up today.