Recap: A’s @ Mariners Game 137
When a pitcher does well but there are stats suggest they shouldn’t be doing that well, you have a problem. Do you buy the actual performance or do buy the underpinnings being sketchy and attribute it to luck? There comes a point however where you just say screw it and buy in. That is kind of where I am with A.J. Griffin following today’s victory over the M’s 6-1 to end the A’s skid and up their record to 77-60. But the other thing that happened following this start is that the peripherals began to match the performance…
- Griffin pitched just five and a third innings in this one a victim of his high pitch count (108 pitches, 64 for strikes). He allowed just one earned run, on six hits, walking one and striking out seven. As I said earlier the peripherals are now matching the performance for Griffin: his 3.07 ERA is bested by his 3.03 FIP as he now has 7.4 K/9, 1.7 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9 in his 57 innings of work. The strand rate is still high at 84.8%, the BABIP is still low at .234 but all in all he is pitching at about the level we expect he should end up at. His xFIP is higher at 3.78 but that isn’t of huge concern to me and even at that level, one has to be happy with having a guy like Griffin.
- Jerry Blevins, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle preserved the victory for Griffin pitching the remainder of the game. With the trio allowing just one hit (off of Cook), two walks (one off Blevins, one off Cook), and striking out three times (once against Blevins, twice against Doolittle).
- What is most impressive offensively for the A’s in this one isn’t the totals that are good but not earth shattering, it is who they did it against. 11 of the A’s 13 hits came off of Felix Hernandez, as did all six runs (five earned) that they scored. George Kottaras even took him deep for his seventh home run of the season (fourth as an Athletic) for a three-run shot.
- Cliff Pennington also had a noteworthy day, going 4-for-4 with one of his hits being a double off of reliever Hector Noesi. He was joined by Seth Smith (2-for-5), Yoenis Cespedes (2-for-5) and Stephen Drew (2-for-5 with a K) in the multi-hit game category.