SSI HOT SEAT - mini Mariners 8

Talia Shire "can't bear to watch" Dept.

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HOT SEAT:  Wells and Bay trade spinning backheels to the jaw on days 1 and 2.  Both fall simultaneously.  CREED WILL RETAIN HIS TITLE!  IF NEITHER OF THEM CAN ....

Dr. D:  You know what's really going on in spring training, right?

Imagine if Baseball Prospectus had a little metric column that said "Bat Launch," and indexed it to average, and some hitters were at 120 and some at 80.  If they could bottle that stat and get the distributing license, their yearly subscription would be $129.95.  Wow!  Alvin Davis was always at 127, but this year suddenly he's at 79.  Better not draft that kid.

But that's what Wedge, and the other boots on the ground, are doing.  They're watching the players physically.  They're looking at body language, spring in the step, and using their intuition to grok whether a player is prepared for an UP or DWN season.

They're not always right.  But any fan who doesn't RESPECK' it is kidding himself.

We know who Wells is.  Jason Bay is an ol' friend who had a beer with Capt Jack and got an invite.  The HR score is 1-1 and Bay is wayyyyy ahead.

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I know nobody axed me, but if anybody did, the M's got no bidness in this barrio.  Stubbing out Casper Wells in order to take one last roach-clipped toke off Jason Bay, that's letting your heart think for your head.  No way in the world, man, esPECIally now that the RBI's are in the bank for this ballclub.

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HOT SEAT:  Morse putting on Russ Branyan-type displays in batting practice, sending the tailgaters scrambling under their plastic awnings ... and then going out into the game and rifling a shot into right-center field for a single.

Dr. D:  I never, ever, wever say "I told you so."  You've been reading a long time.  You know I'm above that, and especially above declaring victory on February 24th.

"Average Player."  What a JOKE.  :- P   

SAT comparison problem:  Michael Morse is to Bret Boone -- as -- Gimli is to ______ (Samwise Gamgee).  ... 'twas the last time we had an MMA-compatible cleanup hitter who shortened up with two strikes.

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HOT SEAT:  Super Slo-sMoak with a notable lefty homer.

Dr. D:  No word on whether it busted out a light slow-motion, sparks flying into Robert Duvall and a girlfriend in the stands taking 20 seconds to raise her hands to her cheeks.  But it's the first game of spring training, so no.  The lights weren't on.

Some guys actually do blast out of the gate, based on a revolutionary winter; I remember one year Butch Wynegar spent the winter hitting off 6' video recordings of pitchers in his barn, ripped up spring training, and had a big year.

Interest factor slight to moderate.  Check back in five games.  If Smoak really is slugging .700 a week from now, eyes slideways.  But he probably won't be.

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Dr. D!  You are Off the Hot Seat,

Lonnie of MC

 

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Comments

Except I admit that just yesterday I started thinking that maybe Bay was a good pickup. I'm not saying that I think he was just that I always figured the chance to be so low as not to be worth really noting but now I'm a bit more intrigued. At the time it was an ok crap shoot, then Ibanez signed and Morse was acquired, then the revelation that Morse was slated for OF duty mainly. I'd have been pretty happy with the outfield outlook without Bay, but I'm watching a bit closer now.

Hultzen throwing the ball 7 times to get 2 K's and a weak grounder was pretty eye opening. 1 walk given up by the whole staff too. If we ignore Noesi (since hardly anyone is hoping for him) so far the guys battling to start have been phenomenal. If it keeps up I'll start combining the stats, but it's so early.

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Bay hit his off Tyson Ross, who's big problem is control and not stuff, and he hit it off a 95 mph fastball after Wells struck out. Wells hit his off a 28 year old that reached AAA for the second time last season. I don't know anything about Brandon Kloess (Wells' victim), but he was the 5th guy the Padres ran out. Friday, the Mariners ran out Chance Ruff in, and Saturday they ran out Bobby Laframboise, and neither of those guys are making the bullpen out of camp, and neither are going to be the first callup if someone gets hurt (both could admittedly hand an ML bullpen role, but this is the Mariners Bullpen of Ultimate doom we're talking about).

The point is, if Bay looks like 95% of his old .900 self, if he can pull an .850 OPS over 400 or so PA, well, would you rather have Reggie Sanders or Chris Young? I don't know if there is a right answer.

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Tacoma RainHarold and rest of MLB TV experts are questioning removing Paxton loudly - even saying that they could see the relief in the Angels dugout when Paxton was getting pulled16 min 32 sec ago
rick82To pick up on Gordon's comment, perhaps they should award the Cy Young to all starters who faced the M's these season. Hector Noesi can accept the award for the entire ensemble. That would be fitting.26 min 22 sec ago
rick82Maybe Elias spooked him. He didn't want to lose another young lefty. But one more batter was in order. James earned that. Oh well, you can't win if you can't score.52 min 19 sec ago
Tacoma RainI was very unhappy Rick with the decision.... and I am not getting any better with time57 min 42 sec ago
moethedogNice pitching change, Skip.1 hour 10 min ago
rick82Should have let him finish the inning. I know that's obvious now, but how many of you were thinking the same thing when Lloyd pulled him?1 hour 11 min ago
Gordon GrossObservations as of the 7th inning: 1) James Paxton remains as maliciously and casually devastating as I have always believed him to be. 2)The Ms offense as a whole has apparently faced it's 97th Cy Young candidate on the year. 3) Smoak's 647th career fat meatball that he turned into a can of corn with runners on made me say inappropriate (or perhaps very appropriate) things to the TV. 4) Denorfia is a bad human being, or at least a terrible fielder of baseballs in a playoff race that can't afford any more games to be given away with moronic gaffes.1 hour 17 min ago
DaddyOTough, TOUGH break for Paxton on the ball misplayed by Denorfia. He has looked as good as any pitcher I've ever seen. C.J. Wilson is throwing a gem himself.1 hour 19 min ago
MtGrizzlyWhen Paxton has his curve working for him, he's lethal.2 hours 10 min ago
OBFBlech I don't like the lineup today... Is Hart injured again or something? Is Romero is the dog house now or something? Of course as I am typing Smoak gets the first base hit... String em together boys!2 hours 22 min ago
OBFMan.... Paxton may be better than Unit, King, Moyer, EVERYONE when all is said and done... 98 MPH UP in the zone from a lefty, 93 mph cutter boring in on the righties, a knuckle curve for gimmie strikes and a changeup that after some refinement will rival The Royal Change... You Go Paxton! Now lets score him a couple runs!!!2 hours 26 min ago
Gordon GrossNice writeup on Cano and the Ms by national writer and local homer Caple: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11539289/mlb-robinson-cano-impact-seattle-mariners-improvement8 hours 56 sec ago
SABR MattI think we just need to take some mood stabilizing drugs (myself included) and enjoy the ride...LOL12 hours 37 min ago
DaddyOIf we do this, I can pretty much guarantee we will not only make the playoffs, we will win the whole enchilada!13 hours 32 min ago
DaddyOOkay, had to take my wife to work and get some blood drawn, but while out I figured out what's required of Mariners fans down the stretch. Like I said below, the M's seem to revive whenever they sink so low that we write them off. So I suggest we become Bizarro World fans. Just like in the Bizarro World series of Seinfeld episodes, where Elaine runs into three characters that look like Jerry, George, and Kramer but behave the exact opposite, so M's fans must become dejected and bitter whenever we win, and elated whenever we lose. This all makes perfect sense, since the M's as a franchise have always been the Bizarro franchise, the one that seeks to make money while consistently trotting out sorry teams over the years, the one that even managed to screw up seasons when they had four HOF'ers on the field at the same time. So Bizarro World it is, mates!13 hours 33 min ago
SABR Matt(Referring specifically to the 2014 incarnation)13 hours 54 min ago
SABR MattI'm gonna call this team the "Mood Swing Mariners" for the rest of my life.13 hours 54 min ago
SABR MattLOL DaddyO - I was hoping Dr. D would have a post up with a picture of Frankenstein's Monster being struck by lightning.15 hours 13 min ago
DaddyOReports of this team's demise have been greatly exaggerated, myself included. If we would bury them also after consecutive wins instead of just consecutive losses, I swear this team would be undefeated. I propose we every win be followed by sackcloth and ashes, laments, and woes.16 hours 3 min ago
OBFTiger AND Royals lose and go Rangers!!! :)1 day 43 min ago