Game 120, Mariners at Orioles

Dave · August 17, 2010 at 1:49 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

French vs Millwood, 4:05 pm.

Odds are pretty good that the Mariners are going to sign a cheap, veteran, innings eater kind of starter this winter. With Felix, Vargas, Fister, and Pineda as the best bet for your first four starters, they’re not going to want to have another unproven young arm a the back end, as they’d be too worried about blowing through the bullpen on back to back days. I’d imagine they’ll set aside a few million bucks for a guy that pounds the strike zone and can be counted on for six decent innings every five days.

Don’t be surprised if Millwood is one of the guys they go after. His high ERA will keep him from cashing in this winter, especially given his age, but he’s basically the same pitcher he’s always been. His 4.59 xFIP is actually lower than it was a year ago, when he posted a 3.67 ERA for the Rangers. He’s the quintessential mediocre innings eater, and he’ll likely be undervalued this winter because of his high BABIP this year. The Indians played this exact same game with Millwood a few years ago, getting him at a discount and then watching him reward them with a high quality season.

Ichiro, RF
Figgins, 2B
Branyan, DH
Lopez, 3B
Gutierrez, CF
Kotchman, 1B
Moore, C
Langerhans, LF
Josh Wilson, SS


55 Responses to “Game 120, Mariners at Orioles”

  1. Jasper_C on August 17th, 2010 7:32 pm
    he’s a perfect fit for the 2100 Mariners

    Think we’ll still have the same jersies(sic) in 90 years?

    No, but the M’s marketing department will still be remembering 1995 with every other promotion.

  2. Edgar4Hall on August 17th, 2010 7:34 pm

    he’s a perfect fit for the 2100 Mariners

    Think we will have won a series by then? Or that Lincoln and Armstrong had retired or just both been put into Darth Vader suits to terrorize Mariners fans for centuries.

  3. Edgar4Hall on August 17th, 2010 7:38 pm

    and I will have figured out the damn block quote as well

  4. DMZ on August 17th, 2010 8:14 pm

    I know it’s been a while since I carped about the trivia question, but Marty Martinez pitched once, and managed the Mariners. Sure, if you want to say it’s “who was primarily a pitcher…” but that wasn’t the question.

  5. samregens on August 17th, 2010 10:04 pm

    Wow, manager for one day, I didn’t know of it, thank you DMZ.

    And it seems the M’s didn’t win the game or he would be listed in this interesting historical article here:

    It sure would be cool to have on your managerial record, a winning percentage of 1.000.

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