Baseball Press presents "The 606", a look at the most intriguing pitching matchup of the day, with a final prediction of the winning pitcher. You may be asking yourself "What exactly does The 606 mean? There's no major league baseball for that area code- it's in Eastern Kentucky!" BBP isn't listing players from Eastern Kentucky either. The 606 is short for 60 feet and 6 inches. If you still don't understand, I direct your attention to Official Rule 1.07 from Major League Baseball, referring to the distance from the pitching mound to home plate. Now that we've got that squared away, let's take a look at today's featured pitching matchup for Monday, July 26th.
Yesterday, Doug Fister settled for a no decision after holding the Red Sox to just two earned runs. The Mariners would hang on to win the game, as Brandon League and David Aardsma shutdown the Boston lineup late in the game.
No Decision: Doug Fister (5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.60 WHIP)
The 606 Season-to-Date Record (W-L-ND): 90-76-51, 3.82 ERA (570 ER in 1341.1 IP)
Today in the 606, Frankkkkie Liriano takes on the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner in a showdown from Kauffman Stadium. The Twins are in the midst of a pennant race, while the Royals are looking to play the spoiler role.
LHP Francisco Liriano - MIN (8-7, 3.54 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Greinke - KC (6-9, 3.59 ERA)
Since allowing seven earned runs to the Detroit Tigers over 1 2/3 innings back on July 9th, Francisco Liriano has bounced back nicely in his past two starts. Over his last two starts, Frankie has allowed just two earned runs, six walks, and struck out 16 in 14 2/3 innings. On the season, Liriano has posted a 9.8 K/9 ratio and has allowed just two home runs (both on the road). Liriano has faced the Royals yet this season, but has faced them nine times (six starts) during his career. His career record against the Royals stands at 3-3 with a 4.84 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and a 8.4 K/9 ratio. Jose Guillen has 13 career at-bats against Liriano, posting a .308 AVG with 0 HR and 2 RBI.
Former AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke has returned to form over his past five starts, posting a 4-1 record, 2.68 ERA, 30/8 K/BB ratio over 37 innings, and more importantly, zero home runs allowed. During his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays, Greinke held the homer-happy Jays to just two earned runs over eight innings, while striking out nine. Run support during Greinke's starts is still an ongoing concern, as the offense scores 3.6 runs per start and the MLB average this season for RS/GS is 4.7. Greinke has faced the Twins twice this year to this point, posting a 0-2 record with a 7.20 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP. Red-hot Delmon Young is hitting .313/.400/.563 with a .963 OPS, 1 HR, 6 RBI in 16 career at-bats against Greinke.
Final Prediction: Francisco Liriano