Game 28, Rays at Mariners
Niemann vs Rowland-Smith, 7:10 pm.
Not sure why I have never brought up Jeff Niemann as a comp when people ask about other pitchers like Doug Fister, but he’s basically the Rays version. He’s a massive 6’9 guy without great stuff, though his fastball is a few notches better than Fister’s. Don’t worry about the 2.76 ERA and think he’s developing into an ace – his 4.89 xFIP is more along the lines of his true talent level. He throws strikes, but lacks an out pitch, and is the kind of guy the M’s could potentially hit. Maybe.
Josh Wilson, SS