Game 119, Mariners at Angels
Cody Martin vs. Tyler Skaggs, 7:05pm
I suppose the bullpen wasn’t going to be unhittable forever. Gonzaga product Cody Martin could really help them out with a strong start.
We talked about Tyler Skaggs recently, but he’s not looking like a great comeback story as much anymore. He tossed scoreless outings in his first two games back from a very long recovery from TJ surgery, but he was hit pretty hard by the M’s, and then demolished in 5 IP against Cleveland the other day.
He’s still showing better velo than he did before his injury, and he’s still got a big breaking curve that’s been his best pitch. They’re not out of control, but he has some normal platoon splits.
Cody Martin made a few starts for Oakland after starting 2015 in the Braves bullpen. As I mentioned when the M’s acquired him, Oakland changed his repertoire substantially. With Atlanta, he had a four seam fastball, a curve and a slider. In Oakland, they ditched the four seam in favor of a cutter, which took the place of both his fastball and slider. That didn’t go terribly well, so the four seam is back now, but he’s keeping the cutter too. That cutter’s an odd one; batters swing at it a ton, and put it in play a ton, but thanks to its sink, most of that contact is on the ground.
1: O’Malley, LF
2: Gutierrez, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz, DH
5: Seager, 3B
6: Lee, 1B
7: Iannetta, C
8: Martin, CF
9: Marte, SS