23-30, Mariners Allow Meaningless Runs to Rangers

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Blake Beavan

#P BF Str% nBB Sw(ms) K(sw) GB/FB/LD/IF 1B/2B/3B/HR
79 26 73.4 0 44 (2) 2 (2) 11 / 7 / 4 / 2 3 / 4 / 1 / 0

I think it's fairly fruitless to analyze Beavan's numbers for this start. He was pitching with an eight-run lead by the second and a remarkable 16-run lead before he even got one full turn through the Rangers' lineup. At that point, the objective should just be to toss strikes, as with Tom Wilhelmsen last night in the ninth inning. And that's what Beavan did, with an almost 75% strike rate. That is certainly going to influence his swinging strikes and his contact types.

For five innings, Beavan sliced through the Rangers' lineup even without seemingly trying. He ran into trouble in the sixth when their potent hitters finally started getting balls to drop in, but given the situation, all I would want to avoid are walks and home runs and Blake managed both.

Pitch # Sp Zone% Ball Called SwStr Foul GB FB LD IF Bt
FA 59 91.1 64.4 16 9 2 13 8 5 4 2
SL 17 81 58.8 4 5 1 3 2 2
CU 2 79.6 50 1 0 0 1
CH 1 81 100 0 0 1

Hisashi Iwakuma

#P BF Str% nBB Sw(ms) K(sw) GB/FB/LD/IF 1B/2B/3B/HR
41 15 63.4 2 19 (4) 0 (0) 6 / 3 / 3 / 1 3 / 2 / 0 / 0

Hisashi iwakuma's numbers though are worth a little more scrutiny, if only because we were rarely get an opportunity to see him pitch. Iwakuma issued two walks and didn't strike any hitters out, which was a departure from his prior ratio of 13 strikeouts to four walks.

Looking past those to the individual pitch results though showed more solid rates. 63% strikes is average and 10% swinging strikes is average. A 79% (15-of-19) contact rate is also smack on average. All three of those are slightly worse than Iwakuma had accumulated through his first 50 batters faced.

Pitch # Sp Zone% Ball Called SwStr Foul GB FB LD IF Bt
FA 24 90 58.3 10 4 1 1 3 1 3 1
CH 15 85.7 20 5 1 3 1 3 2
SL 2 81.8 50 0 2 0 0
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