Game 62, Yankees at Mariners
Jeremy Bonderman vs. Hiroki Kuroda, 7:10pm
OK, on paper, this game looks like the mismatch of the year. But that’s why they don’t play the games in a spreadsheet. Did WAR predict Blake Beavan would shut down the Yankees, facing the minimum over 6 2/3 IP last night? Ha! Did your “spreadsheet” predict Aaron Harang would get outpitched by Phil Hughes? Huh? Oh, it did? Carry on then.
1: Chavez, CF
2: Bay, RF
3: Seager, 3B
4: Morales, 1B
5: Ibanez, LF
6: Morse, DH
7: Franklin, 2B
8: Shoppach, C
9: Ryan, SS
C’mon, be a heartwarming comeback story, Jeremy. Not one of those, “Well, I guess he just didn’t want to believe it was over” stories or a “Does this tarnish his legacy?” comeback stories. Raul took some time to get going this year, but I imagine Bonderman’s got a pretty short leash.
More on the draft later tonight/tomorrow.
If you’re in the south sound, I’d head to Cheney and check out the Rainiers/Las Vegas 51s game. Mike Curto’s post has the details, but the pitching match-up looks great. James Paxton tries to keep himself in the running to possibly succeed Jeremy Bonderman while the 51s send out Zack Wheeler, the Mets prospect who routinely sits in the 96-97mph range with his fastball. He started off slowly, but came on in May and is coming off an excellent start against Fresno. Still, he’s definitely more about potential, as he’s just been more hittable than anyone with that kind of velocity should be. Still, if/when he puts it together, he could move extremely fast. Shelby Miller was terrible for most of the year in the PCL last year, but the switch flipped and he’s now a dominant ace-like pitcher for the Cardinals. Wheeler’s breaking balls still aren’t as advanced as Miller’s were, even last year, so it’s not a great comp, but he’s a great talent.