Game 119 – Red Sox at Mariners
Furbush vs. Wakefield, 1:10pm
There’s something compelling about the prospect of Wily Mo Pena facing Tim Wakefield. Neither one’s a star, but Wakefield (and really knuckleballer, really) looks bizarre and almost superhuman when they can get through an MLB line-up throwing 55-65 MPH.
Pena, on the other hand, has some significant holes in his swing, but offers the possibility that he’ll one day sublimate a baseball. There’s plus power, there’s “80 grade” power, and there’s Pena. He may or may not be a productive DH for the M’s, but I’m going to watch, because I want to tell my grandkids about the time Pena swung and the ball vaporized into a small white cloud that confounded the opposition and umpires.
Tough assignment for Kyle Seager, but I’m glad he’s still getting some PAs. Olivo returns to the line-up as well. Other than those changes, the line-up’s pretty similar to the one that beat the Red Sox last night. This is a terrible match-up for Charlie Furbush. It’s a learning opportunity! Someday, in a game/season that matters, you’ll be glad you went through this.
Erasmo Ramirez pitches for Tacoma today against Iowa if you’d like to go to a ball game without thousands of Sawx fans.