Game Fourteen Recap
I won’t be able to add much the next three nights, as MLB.tv’s insane blackout policies prevent me from watching any Orioles games. So, I’ll just be going off the box scores for the next few days.
Fister is quickly becoming Jarrod Washburn 2.0, just without all the annoying parts that came along with the old version. Throw strikes, make opposing batters hit their way on base, and trust your defense is a great recipe in Safeco Field, especially for a guy with middling stuff. He won’t keep this up, of course, but it’s nice that the M’s have a guy who can step in and eat innings when needed. I’d say Ian Snell’s shot at staying in the rotation when Cliff Lee returns just took a hit. He’s going to have to pitch well pretty soon, because Fister won’t give up his spot easily.
Two more extra base hits for Casey Kotchman tonight raise his season line to .286/.367/.595. Call me crazy, but maybe he shouldn’t hit seventh tomorrow.
Franklin Gutierrez left the game after what was described as wincing as he rounded the bases in the 7th inning. Apparently, he’s okay, but the M’s lack of outfield depth becomes a pretty huge problem if this persists. I don’t think anyone wants Eric Byrnes playing center field in a non-emergency.