Game 115, A’s at Mariners
Braden vs French, 12:40 pm.
A little afternoon game for you today, as the M’s play early and then take tomorrow off before heading out on the road.
It’s only 27 innings, but French is having a pretty weird year for the M’s. He’s only issued four unintentional walks in the big leagues, and as a soft-tossing fly-ball guy, throwing strikes is a pretty big key for him, but then you see that he’s also hit three batters and thrown two wild pitches and realize that he hasn’t exactly been pounding the strike zone. He’s reduced his slider usage this year and is leaning more on his fastball/change-up combination, but his platoon split has actually been bigger than usual.
That said, it’s Safeco and he’s a flyball lefty, so he doesn’t have to be great to have success. If he avoids the HBPs and WPs today, he should be okay.
Josh Wilson, SS