Wow, just so much going on here.
Being spared another Episode (see what I did there?) of Jome Julio, Julio Teheran was on his way to a quality outing against a really good lineup. His peripherals ended up being pretty good: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB. But two of those four hits were home runs, so he ended up with a 3 ER outing. The third run he gave up came on a scorched ball that went into the right-centerfield triangle that ended up as a triple, too. From the MLB.com recap:
“When I make a mistake, I feel like it’s a homer,” Teheran said. “It’s not a base hit or a double. It’s something I don’t think about. I just go out there and try to throw my pitches without thinking about it, because when you think about giving up a homer, that’s when you give up more.”
So all told, Julio’s night didn’t end up that great, but it was still in question until the 7th. Snit went with the alternate bullpen lineup, and threw Jesse Biddle against three batters. He gave up a hit and recorded two outs, but Snitker brought in Matt Wisler to pitch to Mookie Betts, which went about as well as you might think. Betts hit a 2-run homer, and as Wisler pitched the next inning in what was now a meaningless situation, Mitch Moreland hit a solo home run as well. Snit’s response on why Wisler was in, also from the recap:
“I wanted to give [Wisler] that opportunity, and I just didn’t want to use Winkler and those guys we use when we’re ahead,” Snitker said. “We might win the next two games. I just feel like I’ve got to be careful with those guys. They’ve had a lot of work, and they’re all first-year Major League bullpen guys. Some other guys are going to have to carry the load a little bit, because you can’t keep going to those guys in a one-run game.”
Can you really argue with that? Six relievers are on pace for a little over 70 games, so there could be a level of sensitivity given to that situation. Biddle is working his way into the regular rotation, but with Moylan’s struggles, Snit may be desperate to find another right-handed reliever who could specifically get righties out. I don’t think that pitcher is Matt Wisler, and I don’t think the right-handed hitter he ought to be tasked with neutralizing is Mookie Betts, but I don’t hate the idea of letting Wisler work in multi-inning spurts in games that may not be in question or seem “winnable”.