The Mariners were certainly hoping that Derek Holland — who was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the A’s due to a migraine headache — would feel well enough to pitch in Sunday’s season finale. But no such luck for Seattle.
Mike Peasley of ESPN Dallas reports that Nick Martinez, not Holland, will take the mound Sunday afternoon versus the Athletics, who currently hold a one-game lead over the Mariners for the second American League Wild Card slot. Holland still isn’t feeling too hot and the 67-84 Rangers don’t have a legitimate reason to force the issue, so they won’t.
Holland finishes the 2014 campaign with a 2-0 record, 1.31 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings (five starts). He missed the first several months of the season due to January knee surgery.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.