Mike Foltynewicz continues to be the most valuable pitcher (squeeking out Jaime Garcia by .1 WAR), throwing 7 strong innings, no runs, two walks, four hits, and four strikeouts. His last 2 starts have produced 14 innings and zero earned runs. This is the Folty we all love to see.
Offense broke out of its mini-slump with 14 runs on 12 hits and 6 walks, with one big hit being a three-run homer by Dansby Swanson, who also added two more base hits. One came on a funky play that involved a hard grounder off the pitcher and an acrobatic elusion of the first baseman. With a little power lately, he’s inching over that .600 OPS after a terrible start (and two subsequent slumps). Markakis also had three hits, and Ruiz had 2 walks, but the hits aren’t quite falling. At least he’s not Adonis Garcia. Inciarte contributed two hits of his own, and Big City added another home run. The offense really poured it on in the later innings as 10 of the runs came in the 7th and 8th.
When the game was still slightly in doubt, Jose Ramirez pitched a scoreless inning, and in mop up duty, Luke Jackson gave up a run in the 9th.
On Saturday, for just one day, we will have 4 starting pitchers aged 26 or younger. And on that one day, we will have 15 players on the roster that are 28 or younger. A youth movement could be coming.