Game Fifteen Recap
Again, comments a bit brief, since I didn’t get to see the game.
Vargas with another good performance, and at this point, I can’t see how the M’s can justify taking him out of the rotation. Five more strikeouts give him 16 in 18 1/3 innings on the season, as he’s using his change-up to generate swinging strikes. His ERA might be higher than Fister’s, but he’s showing more reasons to believe he can sustain quality performances going forward. We know what strike throwing flyball lefties can do in this park and in front of the Mariners defense, and the M’s have another opportunity to take advantage of that formula.
Oh, and I think you can officially forget about Jarrrod Washburn. If nothing else, you have to love Vargas for that.
In less happy news, Milton Bradley exits with a tight calf after the first inning. I said this in my interview with the guys at KGA the other night, but the M’s simply can’t expect Bradley to carry the burden they’ve asked him to handle in the first few weeks of the season. He’s not an everyday player, especially not when he has to also play the outfield. He needs to DH frequently and get regular days off, but unfortunately, the M’s roster isn’t really setup to handle right-handed pitchers without him. This is going to have to change, and the sooner, the better.
Chone Figgins saw 28 pitchers in four trips to the plate, but also made another out on the bases. I didn’t see it, so I’ll withhold too much judgment, but I’d still like to go at least one game without giving the other team an out.
Jose Lopez is hitting .246/.266/.262. He’s just not a clean-up hitter, not even on this team. Move him down, Wak.
Can you imagine being Dave Trembley right now? His team is 2-13, faces Felix Hernandez tomorrow, and then has 12 consecutive games against the Red Sox and Yankees before a four game series against the Twins. There’s a chance (okay, it’s pretty remote, but still) that Baltimore could be 2-30 on May 10. Pretty sure he won’t still be managing by then, though. Good luck to whoever takes over for him, because this could get real ugly in Baltimore.