Mariners manager had a scouting report on Padres starter Jesse Hahn sitting on his desk. Hahn, 24, will be making his third big league start. What does he know about Hahn?
“Not a whole heck of a lot, there isn’t a lot on him,” McClendon said. “Righties have had 17 at-bats and lefties had 19 at-bats. I watched him pitch against the Mets a little bit. HoJo spoke to a couple people from the Mets about him. He’s an average velocity guy with a little sink and a curve ball and change-up.”
Here’s his game logs …
Obviously, hitters don’t like facing new pitchers for a reason.
“I think the pitcher has the advantage, especially the first time through, because you don’t know him and you don’t know his tendencies” McClendon said. “You can look at film, but it’s not the same as live. We just have to be patient and wait him out and see what he has.”
Per his minor league stats this season, lefties do have an advantage with him.
*** Hisashi Iwakuma gave an update on his stiff neck from translator Antony Suzuki.
“I’m feeling much better,” he said. “I did my flat ground yesterday and I wasn’t feeling anything. It’s good progress. Hopefully, it turns out to be nothing tomorrow against Kansas City.”
Iwakuma has been getting multiple treatments this week to try and get the neck ready.
*** Justin Smoak will DH tonight for Tacoma.
“He hit the ball hard a couple times,” McClendon said.
*** Corey Hart and Michael Saunders will report to Tacoma tomorrow.
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