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.
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: