Game 13, Tigers at Mariners
Scherzer vs Snell, 1:10 pm.
For the same reason why this Tigers line-up wasn’t a great match-up for Ryan Rowland-Smith, we really can’t ask for a better spot for Ian Snell to pitch – in Safeco, against a Tigers offense that will feature just three left-handed bats. Three of the top four hitters will swing from the right side, so Snell should be able to face a significant majority of RH hitters before the M’s go to the bullpen (which is also full of right-handed relievers).
Here’s Snell’s career splits, by the way:
Vs RHB: 2.95 BB/9, 7.87 K/9, 41% GB%, 4.04 xFIP
Vs LHB: 5.47 BB/9, 6.53 K/9, 42% GB%, 5.15 xFIP
This all basically boils down to the slider. Snell’s breaking ball is a real weapon against righties and useless against lefties. He’s got the stuff to get through this Detroit line-up, and a ballpark to help keep the ball in the yard. Don’t be surprised if he has his best start as a Mariner.