Game 65, Mariners at Cardinals
Rowland-Smith vs Suppan, 5:05 pm.
Believe it or not, RRS has a better ERA than his opponent by over a full run. Yeah, this isn’t exactly a stellar pitching match-up. Both Suppan (5.06 xFIP) and Hyphen (5.82 xFIP) are better than their ERA, but that’s kind of like saying that an enema is better than kidney stones. This is an ugly match-up.
In not-surprising-at-all news, Ian Snell was designated for assignment today, and the Mariners purchased the contract of Brian Sweeney to take his spot in the bullpen. Sweeney’s not any kind of prospect, but he does one thing that Snell does not do, and that’s throw strikes. His stuff isn’t great, but he pounds the zone, and that will at least endear him to the coaching staff more than the guy he’s replacing.
Josh Wilson, SS