Game 15: Orioles at Mariners

Nice to see things back to normal. And by normal, I mean bad. Brad Bergesen was sent to the minors after getting knocked around for the third straight start. Three major players – Felix Pie, Brian Roberts, and Mike Gonzalez – look like they’ll miss between a fair bit and quite a bit of playing time due to injury (with Miguel Tejada also less than 100% already). Things have gotten to the point where the O’s have actually signed Corey Patterson. David Hernandez has the stuff to turn things around (for a day, at least) against the Mariners, but he’ll have to be on his game considering the Orioles’ offense is up against a soft-tossing lefty (Jason Vargas).

M’s line-up:

Bat Pos Batting
Suzuki, Ichiro L RF .308/.368/.385
Figgins, Chone S 2B .217/.350/.283
Gutierrez, Franklin R CF .426/.475/.537
Lopez, Jose R 3B .263/.283/.281
Griffey Jr., Ken L DH .229/.270/.257
Bradley, Milton S LF .146/.271/.341
Kotchman, Casey L 1B .286/.367/.595
Moore, Adam R C .091/.130/.091
Wilson, Jack R SS .250/.277/.318

Vargas:

K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB rate FIP^ xFIP^
8.7 0.8 1.6 29.4% 3.64 3.40

His stuff^:

He’s not a hard-thrower by any means, with the fastball coming in around 86-87 mph. It’s not a pitch with a lot of movement either, but Vargas seems to have taken to throwing a two-seamer quite a bit this year to get some more tailing action. Batters seems to be having a relatively hard time making contact with it. The change-up has a lot of latter movement on it, and it’s giving hitters some trouble so far. Neither the curve nor the slider seem like knock-out pitches though. Vargas is off to a good start in 2010, but still doesn’t profile as much more than a back of the rotation starter in my opinion.

O’s line-up:

Bat Pos Batting
Jones, Adam R CF .230/.254/.377
Wigginton, Ty R 3B .294/.342/.765
Markakis, Nick L RF .240/.371/.380
Reimold, Nolan R DH .162/.262/.297
Scott, Luke L LF .205/.295/.436
Wieters, Matt S C .286/.352/.347
Atkins, Garrett R 1B .239/.271/.326
Lugo, Julio R 2B .125/.160/.125
Izturis, Cesar S SS .243/.282/.297

Exactly one healthy hitter – Wiggy – has been even average this year.

Hernandez:

K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB rate FIP xFIP
9.0 4.1 0.0 17.6% 2.94 5.42

Looks like David might be starting to translate those awesome minor league strike-out totals, though his control is still not very good. The zero home runs is a fluke – especially when you take into account just how many flyballs he’s allowing (a ton) – and that explains the difference between his FIP and his xFIP.  He seems to have introduced a two-seamer into his repertoire, but it’s not quite doing the job yet (or might just be some miscategorized four-seam fastballs).