Game 134, Angels at Mariners
Vasquez vs. Williams
In an about-face from last night, I don’t think I’ve been as excited about a pitching match-up all season. Well, at least not since the M’s were completely out of the race. If I can’t get hall-of-fame quality, I’ll settle for hall-of-fame weirdness.
Anthony Vasquez makes his home debut, giving the local fans an opportunity to say, “No, seriously, I could do that.” I’m excited to see some more data on his change-up, which may be the slowest in all of baseball. There’s just something compelling about watching Vasquez start Mark Trumbo off with a 79mph two-seamer, then go with a 70mph change-up, then try to put him a way with a 66mph curve.
Jerome Williams makes his second start for the Angels, after being essentially out of affiliated baseball for years. After getting released by the Twins, he played indie league ball in 2008, then played in Puerto Rico to try to win a contract, and finally got one in Taiwan. This all makes him sound a bit like ex-Mariner Jeff Harris, but Williams was an uber-prospect with the Giants back in 2002. Baseball America ranked him the #19 prospect in baseball that year, right between Josh Hamilton and Brandon Phillips (and a few slots below the M’s Ryan Anderson). I’ll talk more about Williams later tonight, but for now, check out Mike Fast’s pitch fx overview here.