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21-27, Pitching Numbers and Notes

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BLAKE BEAVAN

#P BF Str% nBB Sw(ms) K(sw) GB/FB/LD/IF 1B/2B/3B/HR
101 27 68.3 2 50 (9) 1 (1) 11 / 9 / 3 / 1 4 / 0 / 0 / 1

Only one strikeout for Blake Beavan tonight, but aside from the 0-2 home run given up to Albert Pujols, it was a solid outing for Blake. I intentionally used the passive tense there because Blake's 0-2 pitch wasn't terrible. It was a fastball, elevated above the belt and outside. It obviously wasn't an unhittable pitch, but it wasn't a meatball by any means and Albert Pujols pulverized it. Albert Pujols' struggles have been hilarious, but he's still crazy good. That's why celebrating his struggles now is important. You may not get another chance for awhile. Live in the now.

Beavan generated ten swing and misses in his last start against the Rockies, a career high. Tonight he nearly matched that with nine. The fastball continues to be a bafflingly effective weapon for him.

Pitch # Sp Zone% Ball Called SwStr Foul GB FB LD IF Bt
FA 73 91.5 39.7 20 14 7 14 9 9
SL 18 81.2 44.4 7 4 1 2 2 1 1
CU 7 75.8 42.9 3 1 1 1 1
CH 3 81.5 2 1

TOM WILHELMSEN

#P BF Str% nBB Sw(ms) K(sw) GB/FB/LD/IF 1B/2B/3B/HR
17 4 58.8 1 7 (2) 1 (1) 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 0 / 0 / 0 / 0

Not much to say about Tom Wilhelmsen tonight. A walk and a strikeout, but a quiet inning overall.

Pitch # Sp Zone% Ball Called SwStr Foul GB FB LD IF Bt
FA 10 95.8 40 4 2 2 1 1
CU 5 78.6 20 3 1 1
CH 2 89.2 50 1 1

BRANDON LEAGUE

#P BF Str% nBB Sw(ms) K(sw) GB/FB/LD/IF 1B/2B/3B/HR
16 6 68.8 1 8 (0) 0 (0) 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 2 / 0 / 0 / 0

The first part that sticks out about Brandon League's outing is the zero missed bats. All eight swings made contact, with five of them putting the ball in play. Now, those balls in play weren't especially damaging when three were on the ground, but those getting through and hurting is the price that can be paid when a pitcher walks one and intentionally puts another on base.

Looking at just the cold numbers here, League's outing appears better than it looked on television. On some other night I might take the opportunity to caution against overreacting to a blown save here, but screw it. It's Friday and the Mariners Brandon League just blew the game in a way that's about the most irritating way possible. I'm just going to walk away. Oh hey, the replay on ROOT is about to start. Screw you, Mariners.

On the mitigating side, you can check out Brandon Morrow's start tonight.

Pitch # Sp Zone% Ball Called SwStr Foul GB FB LD IF Bt
FA 13 94.8 38.5 5 3 1 2 1 1
CH 3 85.3 1 1
IBB 4