Game 75, Mariners at Royals
Chris Young vs. Jason Vargas, 11:10 am
The press is celebrating the early game because it allows them to locate and ingest more barbecue. You could be celebrating it because it allows you to go outside to either barbecue or not. You should hike or something. Hiking is good exercise.
Today’s pitching match-up features two somewhat familiar quantities and if you were guessing that I might be stalling because I didn’t have anything to say about it, yeah. Jason Vargas on the mound for the Royals doesn’t mean much to those of us who have paid attention to some hundred odd starts of him from 2009 to 2012. This year is similar to last year in every aspect save that his strand rate has been about 4% higher, balls aren’t dropping in for him as much (- thirty points on BABIP), and he’s dropped half a walk per nine innings. Otherwise, he’s been Jason Vargas. Competent, kind of boring, sallow-looking. That he’s left-handed means we get to see things like John Buck, Cole Gillespie, Jesus Montero, and Stefen Romero, if you’re at all into seeing those things.
CF James Jones
LF Cole Gillespie
2B Robinson Cano
1B Logan Morrison
C John Buck
3B Kyle Seager
RF Stefen Romero
DH Jesus Montero
SS Rad Miller
Larry Stone points out that Miller is hitting .297/.352/.484 over his last ten, so that would be cool if he’s now figuring it out. It would be different from the kind of situation we’re accustomed to with Smoak and Ackley. I would prefer something different.
I would attempt to provide more content, but then I’d miss the start time. Your minor league probables: Carraway (Tacoma), Victor Sanchez (Jackson), Jochi Ogando (High Desert), Campbell (Clinton), Noel de la Cruz (Everett), and TBDs for everyone else. Nine games in action today. I do not miss having to spend my evening writing about all of them.