Game 87, Mariners at Athletics
Felix Hernandez vs. Bartolo Colon, 1:05pm
Happy Felix Day! It actually has the potential to be relatively happy, as the M’s could win their final series of the first half today. While that’s a pretty lame consolation prize after the slog that was the first half. More than taking two of three from the second-worst team in the division, another offensive performance like last night’s might help us imagine that the second half won’t be as impotent and frustrating as the first. That’s not strictly rational or anything – the M’s have already knocked Bartolo Colon around once this year and it didn’t portend anything – in fact, Colon came back and shut the down the following week. But it would be nice, and a nice moment or two is all we can ask for in a season like this.
Bartolo Colon’s making his fourth start of the year against Seattle, though after making his first three starts of the year against the M’s, it’ll be his first since April. After some poor games in May and a skipped start or two, Colon’s performed fairly in recent starts. As we’re well aware now, Colon’s now a strike throwing machine who’s basically abandoned breaking balls/offspeed pitches in favor of mixing a four- and two-seam fastball. The sample isn’t huge, but this approach seems to result in some large-ish platoon splits. After a nearly .100 point gap in wOBA between lefties and righties in 2011, he’s at .101 this year (the sample’s around 500 PAs for both over 2011-12). Honestly, this is probably the best possible situation for Carlos Peguero, so….he sits while Jaso DHs (nods) and Olivo catches (sigh).
4: Jaso (DH)
SP: King Felix
Best of luck to Taijuan Walker in today’s Futures Game.