Game 43: Angels at Mariners
Day game after a night game means that Gutierrez gets a rest and Michael Saunders gets the unenviable task of facing Dan Haren.
The M’s trot out a lefty-heavy line-up, but Haren’s been impressive against lefties this year – he’s cut his walk rate against southpaws to below 5%, and his K rate is safely above 20%. This is a sample of only 164 plate appearances, but these stats stabilize quickly. Good luck, Peguero!
With the early start, it’s not surprising to see Chris Gimenez get the nod at catcher, but this will be the third straight Fister start that Gimenez catches. Gimenez has thrown out the same number of runners on the basepaths (3) as Miguel Olivo, in almost 240 fewer innings.