ROSTER UPDATE: Ho --> DL, Huber promoted.
Ichiro CF DeJesus CF Vidro DH Grudzielanek 2B Guillen RF Teahen RF Ibanez LF Sweeney DH Sexson 1B Costa LF Johjima C Gordon 3B Beltre 3B Shealy 1B Betancourt SS Buck C Lopez 2B Pena SS ---------- ----------
King Felix (2-2, 2.77) Meche (3-2, 2.44)
How good has Gil Meche been this year? Not as good as it looks. He's obviously a much better pitcher than he was with Seattle a year ago, thanks to a 5% increase in strikes and a 30% increase in groundballs, but the 1.52 difference between his ERA and FIP is the fourth-largest gap in the AL. He's been a fine #2, and looks like a pretty good rotation leader for a team that badly needs one, but it's not going to stay this rosy for long.
I didn't think I'd ever have to write that.
LET'S GO FELIX!!