Game 146: Royals at Mariners
Anthony Vasquez vs. Everett Teaford, 1:10pm; 9/11 memorial before the game at 12:45pm.
Everett Teaford’s a great name; I had to check baseball-reference to make sure there wasn’t an Evertt Teaford who played in the ’30s with Burleigh Grimes and Bobo Newsom. Other than that, though, he’s not terribly special. He’ll be making his starting debut today after making 23 appearances in relief.
The lefty has a 91 MPH fastball and a curve/slurvey-slider that he throws frequently to lefties or righties. That arsenal sounds like it’d produce some big platoon splits, but thus far, he’s been terrible against both. You’d expect a decent amount of strikeouts/whiffs of lefties with a good FB and a slider, but instead, he’s given up 9 free passes against 8 strikeouts against them. He’s got a better K:BB against right-handers, but he’s given up a lot of hits and 4 HRs in 57 batters faced. The samples here are tiny, as you’d expect, but he had similar problems at times in the minors.
Anthony Vasquez gets the ball for the M’s. Wooooo.
The line-up features a DH with a wOBA of .273. Adam Kennedy, you have been upstaged. Wedge clearly wanted righties, and he wanted dingers, so we’ve got Casper Wells in center, Olivo at DH and Alex Liddi at 3B.
4: Carp (LF)
6: Olivo (DH)
7: Wells (CF!)
8: Bard (C)