|Trevor May: 8-6, 2.93|
in Triple A with
in 95 innings.
To which I say: It's about blinkin' time.
I'm fairly certain that the righty would have been up about a month ago had he not popped a calf muscle in late June, shortly after being named to the USA team for the Futures Game. He missed several weeks, then had a lengthy "rebuild the arm strength" series of starts marred by rain delays.
And now May gets the Oakland Athletics for his first big league start. Well, it will only get easier from there.
It's a challenging opponent for May not merely because Oakland is one of the best teams in baseball. It's how Oakland is one of the best teams. The A's lead all of baseball in walks drawn. May's greatest weakness on the mound is his control. He's thrown more strikes this year than in the past, but his walk rate in Triple A isn't up to the Twins usual standard. It's easy to imagine him walking the ball park today.
On the other hand, May benefits from what I think of as "
May has never pitched in a league with an Oakland affiliate. He's split his minor league tenure between the Phillies and the Twins systems, and the only overlap either system has with Oakland's is the Twins in the low A Midwest League. But May did his low A time in the South Atlantic League with the Phillies.
So the A's knowledge of May is less than ideal, and that might help him get through a few innings while the hitters find out what he's got.
He'd better throw it for strikes, though.