The O’s took the first two games in the series and beat King Felix (Hernandez) in the process. Zach Britton takes the mound for the O’s tonight in an attempt to sweep the Mariners at home.
As figured, that top of the lineup has gotten the Mariners their most production over this series. Michael Saunders also has two hits in both games against the O’s.
Vargas comes into today with a 2-2 record, though he hasn’t been too consistent. His last start was very good (7.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H) but he’s been spotty all season. Decent numbers.
Uses a wide variety of pitches (none being big K pitches, say for his change-up). Also isn’t very overpowering, he works his location to produce ground balls and strikeouts.
J.J. Hardy has been a nice addition back into the lineup, going 5/8 since his return (including a home run and a pair of walks). His average is up to .348 and it’s nice to see him back.
Britton had his roughest start of the season last time out, getting the loss and giving up 3 ER in 5.1 IP. Not horrible, a good thing was he only walked one and struck out 4. He’ll need to continue to bring that walk count down to last deeper into starts.
Britton has that great two-seamer/sinker which goes great with his change-up. His two-seamer basically drops off the table and coming back with the change-up is what gets most batters swinging. If he keeps that two-seamer low he’ll get plenty of ground ball outs and should stay out of trouble.
Stats: UZR, WAR, ERA, FIP, xFIP, K/9 & BB/9, GB%, PitchFX