In his first start since October 1, 2010, Mariners right-hander Jeremy Bonderman struggled, surrendering seven runs in four and two-thirds innings of work as the Mariners went on to lose 10-0 to the Twins in this afternoon’s series finale. Bonderman allowed nine hits and walked one and only struck out one.
Bonderman hadn’t pitched particularly well with Triple-A Tacoma, posting a 4.52 ERA in 63.2 innings, but did earn Pitcher of the Week honors in the Pacific Coast League for April 29 through May 5, when he tossed eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge will let Bonderman make his next start, tweets Larry Stone. That will be on Friday at home against the Yankees.
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East
Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams. The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.
Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.