Here’s a Penny for your thoughts: Night Penny.
For some odd reason, Brad Penny’s turn in the rotation inevitably falls on a day with a daytime game. 12 of his 16 starts (75%) have been day games, while only 40% of the team’s overall games have been in the day.
And if you look at Penny’s career numbers on night vs day games, the numbers are like…well, like day and night.
- Penny by day: 31-31, 5.27 ERA (2011: 6-6, 5.21)
- Penny by night: 84-65, 3.74 ERA (2011: 1-3, 4.24)
Rod and Mario have mentioned that Penny has said he doesn’t like day games. And he doesn’t do that well in day games. So here’s a crazy idea: why not move the rotation around a bit to get him out of the day game pattern?
Tonight Rick Porcello looks to win his 6th consecutive start, which would be a career best, against Kansas City’s Felipe Paulino. Porcello is 3-0, 3.15 since the All-Star break, and during that time has only given up 2 walks, against 13 strikeouts.
The Kansas City hitters, though, are on a bit of a hot streak, batting .309 over their last 7 games. The hottest has been Alex Gordon, who has hit .474 over his last 9 games.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Wilson Betemit
Betemit makes the Royals pay for trading him.
Today’s Rather Standard Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Brennan Boesch LF
- Magglio Ordonez RF
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez DH
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Carlos Guillen 2B
- Alex Avila C
- Wilson Betamit 3B