This was Joe Saunders' second wretched game since his June 9 CG against the A's
. Don't let that fool you, though, because only Scott Kazmir has a lower percentage of quality starts
this year (31% for Kazmir vs. 43% prior to today for Saunders). And by giving up a home run to Geovany Soto, he broke a four-way tie for second place for home runs allowed
, with Jered Weaver, Joel Pineiro, Saunders, and Kazmir all collecting ten each; this was Saunders' eleventh. The outing also tied for his shortest of the year, his last 2.2 IP game being April 22 vs. Detroit
. For several years now, Baseball Prospectus'
super-geniuses have been warning us about him turning into a pumpkin because of his lack of a dominant pitch, and it might just, finally, be coming true.
By the fifth it was obvious that Saunders wasn't going to do anything to relieve the stinkbomb he'd unleashed in the early innings. With all the scoring, it was a slow game anyway, so I elected to use the time instead to take care of some overdue yard work. I came back and in passing noted that Brandon Wood got another hit, so he's starting to look, at least a little bit, like he might be figuring things out. I've said that before, of course, but perhaps he's better off playing short anyway.
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