Game 56, Rays at Mariners
King Felix vs. Alex Colome, 7:10pm
Happy Felix Day. We’ve got to stop celebrating Felix Day during losing streaks. Everyone loves Felix Day, and the weather’s just about perfect, but it’s hard to get in the celebratory mindset when the club looks as anemic as ever and has lost seven straight.
Alex Colome remains the over-the-top, rising-four-seam hurler he was when the M’s faced him a week or two ago. In his one start in between, the Angels knocked 3 HRs off of him – that tends to be the trade off with high, rising fastballs – more whiffs, hopefully a lower BABIP due to fly balls and more infield pop-ups, but more HRs and extra-base hits. Last year, he had the low BABIP, some pop-ups but no whiffs. This season (and small sample warnings apply on all of this), he’s missing more bats, getting elevated contact, but his BABIP’s terrible AND he’s giving up HRs. This is as winnable a game as at gets for a team like the M’s with plenty of holes. Take advantage.
1: Jackson, CF
2: Cano, 2B
3: Cruz, RF
4: Seager, 3B
5: Trumbo, DH
6: Smith, LF
7: Morrison, 1B
8: Bloomquist, SS
9: Zunino, C
SP: FELIX HERNANDEZ
If you’d like to look forward to the next good M’s team, the MLB draft starts on Monday. As we’ve done in previous years, we’ll talk about the draft, the M’s, and draft eligible players from the Northwest with Chris Crawford of Baseball Prospectus. Look for that on Monday.
Pat Venditte did arrive in Boston in time to suit up and play, and he threw two scoreless innings, but the debut of the switch-pitcher was overshadowed by a scary incident in which a fan had to be rushed to the hospital after a chunk of Brett Lawrie’s shattered bat hit her face. Her injuries were described as life-threatening.
Tacoma staged a big comeback, but couldn’t get past New Orleans, who scored 4 runs in the first off Tyler Olson. Jesus Montero and Chris Taylor each had 2 hits. Stephen Landazuri starts tonight in Sacramento against veteran righty Jake Peavy, working his way back to San Francisco.
Jackson lost to Mississippi 4-3 in 12 innings. James Gilheeney had a solid start of 5 2/3 IP and Dario Pizzano homered for the Generals in a losing effort. Today, Edwin Diaz is putting together his best outing in AA. Through 7 IP, he’s given up 2 runs and K’d 5.
Visalia shut out Bakersfield yesterday 4-0. Tyler Pike went just 2 IP and gave up all 4 runs. Visalia’s John Omahen went 8 scoreless for the Rawhide. Brett Ash starts tonight for the Blaze.
Clinton was on the wrong side of a 17-7 blowout against Dayton. Starter Lukas Schiraldi couldn’t get out of the 4th, and gave up 8 runs. Kristian Brito, the L-Kings 1B, homered. Clinton’s hosting Bowling Green today behind Zack Littell.