Game 133, Mariners at Astros
Roenis Elias vs. Scott Feldman, 5:10pm
Quick one today, as Feldman’s a well-known quantity and because there’ve been so many moves, they deserve a separate post.
To refresh your memory, Feldman’s a cutter/sinker guy with a curve as his breaking ball. He made his debut back in 2005, and joined the Rangers rotation in 2008. His sinker and cutter both generate grounders, which helped him survive in Arlington. His cutter’s become a real weapon against left-handed bats, and he’s somewhat famously posted reverse platoon splits for years as a result. To be fair, though, it’s an odd kind of weapon: Feldman doesn’t get more whiffs or strikeouts or out-of-zone swings than most pitchers. He’s below average in each of those metrics. Instead, he’s been very successful at keeping left-handers in the ballpark. That sounds like something of a fluky stat to build your value around (not that this would’ve been a conscious process), but he’s been doing it so long, it stops looking like luck. He’s not an extreme GB guy, and thus he’s not an extreme HR-suppressor like Dallas Keuchel (who, of course, gave up a HR yesterday), but it’s enough that Feldman can be a perfectly solid #3-4 for years.
1: Marte, SS
2: Seager, 3B
3: Cruz, RF
4: Cano, 2B
5: Gutierrez, DH
6: Smith, LF
7: Trumbo, 1B
8: Miller, CF
9: Hicks, C
News: Justin Ruggiano was traded for cash considerations to the LA Dodgers, whose OF is banged up at the moment. As the deal went down before midnight, Ruggiano has playoff eligibility for LA.
The M’s announced their first round of call-ups today: Stefen Romero, Jose Ramirez, Tony Zych and Shawn O’Malley are all joining the team in Houston. No James Jones or Mike Zunino yet. Zunino has to wait 10 days, and James Jones isn’t quite 100% after his injury – they figure to be up when Tacoma’s season ends in less than a week. Ramon Flores would’ve been in this group, but he suffered a gruesome compound fracture of his ankle in a game a few days ago.
In addition, the M’s announced their Arizona Fall League selections today. The group is headlined by James Paxton, who needs innings after his injury. Also heading south will by RP Paul Fry, RP David Rollins, and RP Tony Zych, IF DJ Peterson and SS Tyler Smith, and OF Tyler O’Neill. Peterson’s the big prospect name, and Tyler O’Neill is coming off an eye-opening season, but I’m interested to see how Paul Fry fares. As an unheralded pick, Fry, a lefty reliever, certainly has the most eye-popping 2015 stats.