Game 121, Blue Jays at Mariners
Vargas vs. Mills, 7:10pm
Jason Vargas and Brad Mills face off tonight in a match-up of soft-tossing lefties trying to keep the ball in the stadium. Both have pretty good change-ups, and that’s nice, because neither’s going to do much with their fastball. Mills’ averages a hair under 85 MPH, which isn’t good, and what’s worse is that he has trouble commanding it.
Will wonders never cease? This line-up looks awfully familiar:
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s amazing how much easier it is to fill out a line-up card when you’ve got hitters. Wells vs. Mills seems like a good match-up for the M’s.
The Rainiers open a series against the Omaha Storm Chasers tonight at Cheney. I’d circled this one at the beginning of the season, as Omaha had what looked like the best assemblage of talent in the minors – Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Danny Duffy, Mike Montgomery, Johnny Giavotella, etc. Well, all of the above except Montgomery are now playing in Kansas City. They’re still pretty good, but it looks like they’re relying more on vets (Jeff Suppan!) and once-prospects (Vin Mazzaro, Kila Ka’aihue, Robinson Tejeda). That’s fine, as I want the Rainiers to keep up their scoring pace and lead the PCL in runs scored. Reno’s got a commanding lead at this point, but given that Wily Mo Pena now plays for Seattle instead, I don’t think the lead is safe.
Clinton and the entire Midwest League has a day off for travel and for roster shenanigans as they prepare to add players who signed at last night’s deadline. Should be fun to see where some of the new guys end up.
The Jays not only lost last night’s game, they also failed to sign their first-rounder, pitcher Tyler Beede. There’d been a lot of talk that they’d worked out a pre-draft deal – rumors which GM Alex Anthopolous angrily scuttled earlier (he’s been doing a lot of that these days). Anthopolous has had an amazing year, and they were able to sign their sandwich pick for a $1.65m deal (so it’s not like they’re totally empty handed), but losing Beede has to sting a bit.