Game 36, Mariners at Indians

marc w · May 5, 2019 at 9:59 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Erik Swanson vs. Cody Anderson, 10:10am

Erik Swanson is perhaps not the intriguing starter with the fastball that plays up that we saw in his first start against Cleveland. But he’s also not the replacement-level guy getting battered around the park against San Diego and Texas. Swanson’s been kind of a throwback in that he’s throwing fastballs over 2/3 of his pitches. That was the norm a generation ago, and it’s oddly hanging on up in Milwaukee with the likes of Freddy Peralta, but baseball, as a game, is moving away from heaters.

Take Swanson’s opponent, for example. Cody Anderson throws a 94 mph fastball with decent movement, but he *really* wants to throw his change up and slurvy curve. In the past, he’s tried to set them up with fastballs, but after an injury/rehab and some poor MLB results, it looks like he’s changed his plan. He’s thrown all of 5 IP at the big league level, but he’s now pitching off of his change, and will mix in fastballs – not the other way around. Does this work? I don’t really know, but the “traditional” approach didn’t work, nor did it save him from injury, so you understand Anderson’s shift here.

In the past, that change helped him run reverse platoon splits, and he may continue to run reverse K:BB ratios at the big league level. But as with everything else, home runs will determine your overall line, and thus it’s harder to say if he’ll *really* have reverse splits.

1: Gordon, 2B
2: Haniger, RF
3: Encarnacion, 1B
4: Vogelbach, DH
5: Bruce, LF
6: Beckham, SS
7: Narvaez, C
8: Moore, 3B
9: Bishop, CF
SP: Swanson

Good day for M’s pitching in the minors as Damon Casetta-Stubbs starts for West Virginia and Darren McCaughan starts for Arkansas. West Virginia, Modesto, and Tacoma all lost last night, but Arkansas got the M’s affiliates on the board with a 7-4 win over the Amarillo Sod Poodles, as Dom Thompson-Williams went 3-4 with a dinger.

Tommy Milone starts for Tacoma, who’ll be playing their first game in the Copa de la Diversion as La Familia de Tacoma against Los Mariachis de Mexico (FKA the Albuquerque Isotopes).

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