Game 81, Indians at Mariners
The halfway point? THE HALFWAY POINT?!? This is going up early because hey, I won’t be around later.
Roenis Elias vs. Josh Tomlin, 7:10 pm PT
Roenis Elias was last seen, I think, during last night’s game as he was pounding the dugout railing and cheering after Endy Chavez’ home run. Endy Chavez now has a 94 wRC+, which is eighth-best mark on the team, or just sixth-best if you pull out the limited samples from Iwakuma and Montero hitting. Even numbers dig the long ball.
Josh Tomlin was last seen by the Mariners on April 19th of 2012, a game in which he threw 71 of 96 pitches for strikes and ended up K’ing seven while allowing just five hits and one run over eight innings. It was plainly his best start in a year that he ultimately ended up being worth -0.1 WAR. This year, he’s had some value and his strikeout rate, at nearly 20%, is considerably better than the ~13% clip he’s been at for most of his career. As ever, he doesn’t walk dudes and one of the easier ways to get him into trouble is to hit a home run. Like Endy Chavez hit a home run. Just last night. Help.
DH Endy Chavez
CF James Jones
2B Robinson Cano
3B Kyle Seager
1B Logan Morrison
C Mike Zunino
RF Michael Saunders
LF Dustin Ackley
SS Rad Miller
I didn’t mention it last night in that edition of the minor league news, but remember how I was loudly complaining about the lack of at-bats for Choi? Turns out they had a solution in the works. With Hart and Smoak occupying DH and first base as rehabbers, the workaround has been that last night and in the AM part of today’s day/night doubleheader, Choi has been playing left field.
You may want to ask me how I expect that will work out and I really have no idea. I’ve never seen Choi at a position where scouting reports would even talk about his speed, so I haven’t the least idea as to how readily he might be able to run down flyballs. I would assume that because he’s played third and catcher in the past, the arm works in his favor. Additionally, he’s known to be a hard worker, so what he doesn’t pick up immediately he’ll improve on in time. It’s versatility.