Jason Vargas had another pretty bad start with a 8.90 FIP as trade rumors continue to swirl around him. He won’t be worth much, because most teams realize that he is a product of his ballpark and he isn’t really cheap either (we pegged him on this site as making a little bit more than he is actually worth prior to the season). Fans that believe that the Mariners will get a really good prospect for Vargas will most likely be disappointed. None of this mattered on Monday night though, as the Mariners won 9-4 against the Royals. The usually offensive challenged team was able to do this because Jonathan Sanchez was pitching like it was coach-pitched pony league.
It started off well for the Mariners as Sanchez threw 3 pitches way out of the strike zone to Ackley, pumped one down the middle and then walked him on a pitch way outside:
He would then give up a homer to Casper Wells:
Casper Wells hit a double off him in the next inning:
Miguel Olivo would ground-out, but he got a great pitch to hit as well.
Jesus Montero got a single on one down the middle:
Even Brendan Ryan got in on the action:
Brendan Ryan would foul a ball off his knee, then get a hit. He would leave after that with a left knee cap contusion.
The Royals would end up having to use the starter they scheduled for Tuesday Everett Teaford as a reliever. This means they have to come up with a new starter tomorrow.
Someone has clearly broke Jonathan Sanchez. His velocity has been dropping for quite some time now:
If you prefer numbers, he was averaging 91.6 MPH on his fastball in 2009 and this year he has been averaging 89.1 MPH. Something is clearly wrong, and it isn’t the Mariners problem. The GM of the Royals made what looked like at the time a fair trade. It has turned into a farce. That isn’t the Mariners problem either. In fact, it has clearly worked out to the Mariners benefit. They don’t care that he is throwing his changeup far more than he has ever before, in fact, they are happy to be beneficiaries. If every pitcher throws like this:
Casper Wells will be a Hall of Famer.