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Toronto Blue Jays @ Seattle Mariners

07/01/08 7:10 PM PDT

Toronto Blue Jays Seattle Mariners
David Eckstein - DH Ichiro Suzuki - RF
Marco Scutaro - 2B Jose Lopez - 2B
Alex Rios - RF Raul Ibanez - "LF"
Vernon Wells - CF Jose Vidro - "DH"
Lyle Overbay - 1B Adrian Beltre - 3B
Scott Rolen - 3B Jeremy Reed - CF
Gregg Zaun - C Richie Sexson - 1B
Adam Lind - LF Jeff Clement - C
John McDonald - SS Yuniesky Betancourt - SS



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ryan Rowland-Smith 2-1 32 0 0 0 2 1 40.2 30 14 12 3 17 33 2.66 1.16


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jesse Litsch 8-4 16 15 1 1 0 0 96.2 102 42 41 14 15 52 3.82 1.21

So it's not quite Felix Day, but as temporary replacements go, I can't imagine a cooler one. RRS' average fastball so far this year has clocked in at 89.0mph. If he can hover around 87-88 for the duration of his three- or four-inning assignment tonight while still getting a handful of swinging strikes, then that'll be an encouraging sign going forward should the team give any thought to making him a starter. Even if his true talent out of the rotation is only a high-4's tRA, getting that for close to the league minimum would make him a hell of a value, so I'm all for trying to stretch him out whenever possible. It's the prudent thing to do. I mean, you have to find out, right? Right?