Game 112, Mariners at Angels
In a battle of rookie starters, Tyler Chatwood faces the M’s for the first time. He’s got a decent ERA, and a solid FIP (especially for a 5th starter), but his peripherals suggest he’s been a bit lucky. He’s given up 60 free passes and racked up 60 strikeouts. He’s not an extreme ground-baller, but his lack of command hasn’t hurt him thus far. While he hasn’t been absurdly lucky in his strand rate or BABIP, I’d be worried about a K:BB ratio like Chatwood’s going forward. He’s got good velocity, but I don’t see a real weapon in his arsenal; his contact rate makes Doug Fister’s looks like King Felix’s in comparison. I fully expect him to dominate despite all of the above, because this is still an M’s/Angels game.
Chatwood was sent down to the minors over the all-star break to get some work in and he faced Tacoma – but the only M’s hitter he faced in that start was Mike Carp. He walked 5 in just three innings and ended up taking the loss.
Trayvon Robinson is rewarded for his amazing catch last night with another start in LF, and with a righty on the hill, that means Casper Wells starts on the bench.
4: Carp (DH)
5: Kennedy (1b)
8: Seager (3B)