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10:05 PM EST. Andrew Triggs (RHP) underwent season-ending surgery on July 13 of last season to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Triggs tried to rehab the hip but instead elected to undergo surgery much as teammates Sean Manaea and Mark Canha did for the same issue over the last year. We‘re not sure how Triggs will perform today but we were able to tuck away his solid skill foundation that he displayed over the 12 months previous to his surgery (7.3 K’s/9, 2.1 BB’s/9, 49% grounders). His solid off-speed stuff helped him generate a 10.5% swing and miss rate % in spite of a four-seam fastball that sits in the upper-80s. Triggs got a lot of work in during spring training, easily leading the A’s pitchers in innings pitched with 24.2 and he looked pretty good with 25 K’s against just six walks and only allowing 20 hits. Against Bartolo Colon (RHP), Triggs certainly doesn’t have to be great.
The last time we saw Bartolo Colon at this level he was on a run a 2-8 run with an 8.14 ERA and 1.78 WHIP over 14 starts. That was last season and it got him designated for assignment by the Braves. Colon is now 45 years-old. Did his age finally catch up with him? It's a fair question that we routinely ask of guys a decade younger. The beefy Colon’s approach has long been a case of threading a needle: pinpoint control and a tiny strikeout rate. He yields more fly-balls than almost anyone and will absolutely be at the mercy of Batted Balls in play (BABIP), hr/f and defense. Colon is batting practice and if we get beat by a batting practice machine, so be it.
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