Yesterday the Mariners unloaded on Jonathan Sanchez, scoring seven times before the end of the second inning. Sanchez was mercifully pulled from the game, but not before he raised his ERA, FIP, and xFIP, all of which were figures north of six before Monday's shellacking. Not surprisingly, the Royals pulled the plug on Sanchez, designating him for assignment this afternoon. This is kind of like a yo mama joke for the Mariners: "yo offense is so bad, you scored nine runs and they RELEASED somebody!" But it was fun to watch a night like that, and best of all, the Mariners now have a unique opportunity to further toy with Royals fans.
First, a brief but necessary digression. Sanchez and a prospect came over in the horribly misguided trade that sent Melky Cabrera (he of the .353 batting average) to San Francisco. Sanchez's performance was undoubtedly frustrating enough on its accord, but the opportunity cost was enormous, and Royals fans were no doubt thinking of Cabrera when they rained boos down on their starter as he departed the game last night. In fact, the contest was so out of hand that Ned Yost ultimately decided to burn his projected Thursday starter (Everett Teaford,) necessitating a call to the minors for another pitcher.
The Royals tabbed a lefty by the name of Ryan Verdugo to start tonight (Bruce Chen will be pushed back to tomorrow's game.) Verdugo is not a top prospect, doesn't miss many bats, and still needs to hone his command to stick in a big league rotation. What's special about Verdugo is, as you might have guessed, that he was the token prospect that came with Sanchez from San Francisco to Kansas City. Essentially, if the Mariners tee off on Verdugo tonight, Royals fans will have watched Cabrera win the All Star Game MVP and seen both players acquired for him implode in their own ballpark in the span of a single week. We've all seen bad trades but I can't remember one that has the chance to look as transparently inept as this one. If the Mariners go off tonight, Royals fans won't ever forget it.
As expected, Blake Beavan was recalled to start this evening. Steve Delabar has been optioned to Triple A.