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July 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Flyballs a lot harder on pitchers here than at Safeco Field

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Jason Vargas usually has some interesting things to say after his outings and tonight was no exception.
He wasn’t feeding the whole arm fatigue angle, saying he feels strong and does what he can in the weight room to prevent his arm from wearing down as the season progresses. Still, he’s headed for totals that will well surpass those of last year and maybe since his total career high in pro ball set five years ago.
“To be where I’m at now is beyond expectations,” he said. “I felt fine today and I’ve felt good throughout the year. It’s just one of those nights. They made some good swings and I threw a lot of pitches in the first two innings. I think that was their goal, to try to wear me down and get me to throw pitches and they did that tonight.”
Vargas also talked about how the forgiving nature of Safeco Field when it comes to fly balls does not always translate to the road.
“Safeco gives us a lot of room for error,” Vargas said. “You get used to fly balls that are fly balls there that, other places, have a chance to get out, especially when it’s warm.”
It was warm tonight and a couple of those home runs he gave up barely cleared the wall. The Gordon Beckham blast was the weakest of the bunch and may have been a flyball out at Safeco.
Vargas now has a 4.50 ERA on the road compared to 2.23 at home. Yes, exactly twice as high away from Safeco.


Want some more stats?
Ichiro scored two runs tonight, something he hasn’t done since May 28. It’s only the fifth time he’s done it all year. Yes, this offense is terrible.
Chone Figgins hit his first home run since last Sept. 22. But it’s also his first right handed home run since July 7, 2006 against Barry Zito. Wow, the guy sure cherry-picks doesn’t he? Zito and Mark Buehrle?
Don Wakamatsu felt Vargas wasn’t locating his fastball in enough on hitters tonight to be able to set up his change-up effectively.
Vargas felt his location was OK, but that the White Sox were making him throw a whole lot of pitches early as part of a strategy. It worked. He was at 55 through two innings.
But again, you can’t score five runs the first two innings, then zero after that.
Once again, the M’s don’t add on and lose.
We’ll analyze more tomorrow. I’m done with tonight. Three losses in a row.

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