Games 127 and 128: Mariners at Indians in Day/Night Double-Header
Beavan vs. Masterson, 10:05am; Vasquez vs. McAllister, 4:05
As a day/night double-header is something of a throwback to a much earlier era, the M’s get into the spirit by starting two pitchers who seem like they were transported from the 60s-80s. Strikeouts? Please, this is the major leagues, not your uncoordinated kid’s little league. The object of the game is inducing contact to your slick-fielding, no-hit SS (check, yesterday excepted) and your slick-fielding no-hit CF (check) before turning the ball over to a mustachioed reliever (Lueke could pull this off).
Justin Masterson seems really out of place in this pitching foursome. He’s got a FIP under 3, an above-average FB, and great ground-ball rates. Compared to Beavan/Vasquez, Masterson’s K-rate looks like Randy Johnson. Still, Masterson allows more contact than league average and gets fewer swinging strikes.
Game 1 line-up:
Game 2 line-up:
Still waiting on the roster move needed to active Vasquez… Cortes to the disabled list with his ankle injury from Game 1, and Matt Mangini released to open up a slot on the 40-man roster.