Game 17, Tigers At Mariners
Vargas vs Scherzer, 7:10 pm.
The Tigers did not give up a home run in 63 innings pitched last week. Their chances of extending that streak are pretty good.
The M’s send Jason Vargas to the mound, and while his 2011 season only consists of three starts, his pitch selection bears watching. In 2009, his first year in Seattle, he threw 69% fastballs. Last year, he threw 60% fastballs. This year? 49% fastballs. It looks like he’s relied on his slider a lot more frequently in his first three starts, and he still throws a ton of change-ups – his best pitch by far. Given that his fastball is 87 without a ton of movement, throwing it less often seems like a pretty good plan to me.