Game 130, Mariners at Diamondbacks

marc w · August 25, 2018 at 5:59 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Wade LeBlanc vs. Robbie Ray, 5:40pm

A classic battle of opposites tonight, as soft-tossing command guy Wade LeBlanc faces hard-throwing, control-challenged enigma, Robbie Ray.

Ray was traded for Doug Fister once; the deal was much mocked at the time, as no one thought Ray was a big prospect. He didn’t do much for Detroit, but after a trade to Arizona, he’s had an opportunity to start consistently, and he’s become an elite strikeout pitcher. He’s also still got serious problems with walks.

So, how does he grade out overall? It’s….still not clear. In 2015, he was quite good, but then the next year his ERA was well over a run higher than his FIP. DRA (uh, that year’s iteration at least) thought he was a star, ERA thought he was bad, and FIP split the difference. Then last year, he seemed to break out with a dominant season (or 3/4 of one) – one in which his ERA was far better than his good-not-great FIP. This year, everything has regressed, and his ERA is back up near 5, thanks to even worse control plus HR problems. It’s tough to know what to make of him, but I hope the bats know tonight.

1: Haniger, LF
2: Cano, 2B
3: Segura, SS
4: Cruz, RF
5: Healy, 1B
6: Seager, 3B
7: Zunino, C
8: Gordon, CF
9: LeBlanc, SP


5 Responses to “Game 130, Mariners at Diamondbacks”

  1. mksh21 on August 25th, 2018 8:47 pm

    I swear Astros and A’s never lose. But we are going down fighting.

  2. schwingy on August 25th, 2018 9:55 pm

    Grats plus Diaz
    Enjoy the do Servy

  3. heyoka on August 26th, 2018 4:42 am

    Span the man

  4. MKT on August 26th, 2018 4:49 pm

    The Hillsboro Hops say that today’s (Sunday’s) starting pitcher for Everett will be Hisashi Iwakuma. I was planning to go to the game even before knowing who’d be pitching, but chores have annoyingly gotten in the way.

  5. mksh21 on August 27th, 2018 5:22 pm

    Im having a real problem with inter league play affecting pennant races this late in the year. Normally don’t have to worry about it… But AL teams having to bench their DH in September/August is idiotic. Nobody wants to see 90% of these match ups anymore than a regular match up anyhow. I would think Padres-Mariners isn’t exactly must see baseball no matter what.

    There are maybe 3 interleague match ups vaguely of interest and the Mariners are involved in none of them.

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