The Tacoma News Tribune reports that it's Miley Wednesday, and probably Taijuan on Thursday. This leaves the choice between Wade LeBlanc and Nate Karns on Friday. DiPoto and Servais are obviously wavering about it. I'm warming to Bat571's inkling to see what Karns would be like in the bullpen, if they're going to stick with him on the 25-man as opposed to, say, Donn Roach.
The Times reported that Paxton "wasn't as sharp as he had been in his previous three or four outings," despite F/X and Dr. D gaining the opposite impression. Pressed to specify, Paxton said that "there were situations where I could have thrown certain pitches or how I pitched certain guys and learn from that." Per F/X, Paxton gave up all his hits on the fastball, so the clear implication would be to ... throw his fastball less?
Alternative view: sometimes the balls fall in. We report, you decide. In the article, Servais brightly offered, "Hopefully this one doesn't set him back," implying that there's no decision to be made about his place in the rotation.
F/X gives Paxton's velocity as 97.3 MPH average, putting him #2 to Syndergaard. Only five ML starters are out of the 94's and into 95.0 MPH or better, the fifth one being Strasburg. Not bad considering Paxton is soft-tossing in the first three innings :- )
Lookout Landing fairly gushed about Tyler O'Neill, D.J. Peterson and the farm system in general, saying it's time to get excited about Petersen again. G-Money? ...
Fangraphs has a midseason update on Potential HR/FB Rate Surgers, naming Seth Smith as a guy who is hitting his fly balls much farther than his HR results have shown. Wasn't it just the other day he had a critical HR caught at the top of the wall?
Mariners.com has an article about Franklin Gutierrez. Guti looks good on the Golden Sledgehammer list, averaging 389.9 feet True Distance on his nine homers. His shot Sunday was 119 feet high, twelve stories, traveling 399 feet, this following his 473-footer earlier in the year.
His season stats are back up to .266/.336/.516, with 9 bombs in 128 AB's, which translates to 39 homers per 550 at-bats. Slap me silly the M's have some power this year.