Zack Godley made history in his major league debut. Yes, he really did.
And the Seattle Mariners will try to make sure that he doesn't have a repeat.
BetAnySports customers who follow prospects in the minor leagues know that Godley had never been higher than Single-A ball prior to this season, and indeed began the year with Visalia of the California League. But when he started for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Milwaukee Brewers just five days ago, he sent the stats guys into overdrive. That is because he became the first pitcher since 1900 to have a big league debut where he went at least six scoreless innings without a walk and at least seven strikeouts.
Let's put it in perspective - when that was last accomplished, the Milwaukee Brewers were a team in the Western League, the year before they moved to the NEW American League, and just two seasons before they moved to St. Louis to become the BROWNS (later moving to Baltimore and morphing into the Orioles).
Godley's opponent in Tuesday's game is Hisashi Iwakuma (2-1, 4.50 ERA), who has been able to out together three straight pretty nice efforts of his own.
In the baseball betting odds that have been placed on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Mariners are solid favorites at home:
Seattle Mariners (Iwakuma) -165
Arizona Diamondbacks (Godley) +155
Over 7 runs -115
Under 7 runs -105
Godley was originally a 50th-round draft pick of the Mets, but decided to go to college instead (University of Tennessee). When he was drafted the next time, it was in the tenth round by the Chicago Cubs, who later traded him straight-up to Arizona for catcher Miguel Montero, who has gone on to become a two-time All-Star. So the D-Backs certainly have felt some urgency for Godley to pay off. He had made only three starts for Mobile of the Double-A Southern League before getting called up.
"We had heard this guy is a bulldog and just a fierce competitor, but you could see it," said Derrick Hall, the president of the D-Backs. Everybody is excited.
The Mariners would like to squelch that excitement, but can they? A good question for the BetAnySports audience to ponder. Seattle has a dismal home record of 22-29, after losing the first game of this series to the Diamondbacks on Monday - a 4-3 decision in ten innings. That was the third occasion in the last five games that they have had to go to "overtime."
Iwakuma was really brilliant at home against the Angels on July 11, getting the win after going eight scoreless innings and allowing only three hits. Road efforts against the Yankees and Tigers were solid enough to where he has a 1.74 ERA over his last three outings. He spent all of May and June on the disabled list, so this is encouraging.
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