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moethedogPizzano now in the middle of a huge slump: Just had his 2nd 1-4 game in a row. Average tumbles to .396! Jackson loses 14-10, 35 hits total in the game. 2 homers and 7 ribbies for Blash.39 min 59 sec ago
DaddyOYeah, Lastros just worked. Those days appear to be in the rear view mirror, at least for a while.1 hour 54 min ago
DaddyOSpace Cadets. That'll do. I can't be too public with that one, I have a friend in Houston who's a longtime Astros friend, and he, like my Dad, worked in the space program.1 hour 55 min ago
mojicianI liked the term LASTROS. Too bad that didn't stick. Double too bad that the Mariners never got their licks in even when the Lastros were bad.3 hours 19 min ago
SABR MattI like to call them the Space Cadets.5 hours 18 min ago
DaddyOWhen one spews metaphors like I do, some of them are bound to be, um, less than apt. But in the moment it seemed funny to me! They're certainly fat cats in the standings so far!!5 hours 40 min ago
SABR Mattdid I really just read a comparison of the Astros to OIL SHEIKS? LOL7 hours 6 min ago
mojicianIf it bleeds, we can kill it.7 hours 17 min ago
DaddyOThat's good to hear, mojician. We need those Oil Sheiks in Houston to keep bleeding...may it be profusely.7 hours 35 min ago
mojicianSince the sweeeep that will live in infamy, the Firstros have lost two of three to LAAAAA and got trashed by the Giants yesterday. McHugh was lit up for seven runs and never made it out of the fifth. The team mostly ofered at the plate. I saw it bleed.8 hours 54 min ago
moethedogM's 5-2 w/o Jackson, btw.9 hours 6 min ago
DaddyOInteresting take that mirrors my own, OBF. Love the blowout win, lots to love about that game. But some of the same things that have contributed to the team's misearable start continue to rear their ugly heads. Is it real, or is it Memorex?!9 hours 58 min ago
OBFBut my feelings don't matter! Four game winning streak! Lets make if 5 tonight! When we are several games above .500 at the end of may and battling Houston for the division lead, we wont remember April and early may at all :)10 hours 8 min ago
OBF11 runs... SWEET! Paxton, Wobbly but unscathed... AWESOME! Defense... Still Shaky (Taylor error, and Ackley tripping as he catches a ball != "great catch"... Hmmmm... Bases Loaded with 1 out and Cano and Cruz coming to bat == zero runs.... Grrrr... More base running blunders.... Arg! I am sure it is just angst from the losing on the last road trip spilling over, but I have rarely been so non plussed by a blow out :)10 hours 10 min ago
DaddyOWe got our cakewalk win-- in spades.12 hours 19 min ago
SABR MattCruz makes me giggle.20 hours 35 min ago
SABR MattTrumbo the Dumbo is killing me in fantasy tonight, for example. Two homers and 26 points against me...figures I get my one inter-league opponent and it's the second best team in the NL...and his guys who nutbat-crackers insane at the same time I'm posting up 155 points to just barely keep my lead. Defending champs don't like to lose (I'm 5-0...I want to go undefeated this year following my win last year. :D )20 hours 40 min ago
SABR MattThe D'Backs might not have any pitching whatsoever...but they do have some power.20 hours 49 min ago
rick82Wow. This is what the Dbacks did to the Pads last week at the game I attended. Just crushed them with long balls.20 hours 50 min ago
SABR MattSir Rugglesworth, Esquire.20 hours 52 min ago
IcebreakerXZuuuuuuuuuuumBAALLLLLLLL!20 hours 56 min ago
SABR MattZUUUUUUUUUMBALLL!!!!!!!20 hours 56 min ago
SABR MattA modest prediction - Iwakuma will not pitch again in 2015.20 hours 59 min ago
SABR MattWilhelmson still looks good...the hit was lucky...which is our comeuppance for all the good fortune we had with the bases loaded earlier in the game.21 hours 4 min ago
SABR Mattare we allergic to big leads?21 hours 7 min ago
IcebreakerXSABRMatt: I guess he saved a run by not throwing it into the camera pit?21 hours 10 min ago
IcebreakerXChris Taylor. So defense.21 hours 12 min ago
SABR Mattour waterbug fielder boots a DP grounder...great21 hours 12 min ago
SABR Mattinorite?21 hours 16 min ago
IcebreakerXStupid cutter addiction.21 hours 17 min ago
SABR MattI'm over Farquhar.21 hours 19 min ago
moethedogAckley is a better player than Jackson.21 hours 21 min ago
moethedogI thought Paxton got in trouble because Zunino kept putting down two fingers. 2nd and 4th innings, mind you. I'm glad he hit a homer....he called a lousy game. Marte with 2 hits tonight = .346. If he can glove it some, he'll be a MLB'er. Pizzano had only one hit tonight. A huge slump...what's wrong with him??? :)21 hours 22 min ago
SABR MattWould be like tennis being played without field lines and with only one line judge making all the calls from a chair behind one side of the net.21 hours 24 min ago
rick82I think Moe is onto something regarding Ackley and his beard being part of the problem. Look at what Josh Reddick has done since shaving his off.21 hours 29 min ago
rick82That was a real display of power there.21 hours 35 min ago
rick82Ackley never looks natural in the OF, but he gets it done.21 hours 36 min ago
IcebreakerXWow, I don't think I've ever seen a ball go there at the Safe...!21 hours 36 min ago
IcebreakerXZuuuumball!21 hours 37 min ago
IcebreakerXAmazing catch? He looked like he tripped over himself when he got near the wall!21 hours 40 min ago
rick82He could be useful as a CF.21 hours 40 min ago
MtGrizzlyWhat would be analogous to the way the strike zone is called in MLB when it comes to the NFL? Something akin to saying that it takes 10 yards to get a first down but having no yard markers and no measurements and leaving it up to the head ref to decide if a team has the first down or not. Ridiculous.21 hours 43 min ago
SABR MattAckley might well be the worst "fast" guy for stealing bases I've ever seen.21 hours 47 min ago
MtGrizzlyI'm over Ackley.21 hours 47 min ago
SABR MattI'm just beside myself over that Cano at bat...absolutely outrageous...especially given how much Paxton has been squeezed by comparison.21 hours 57 min ago
rick82Nice curve by Paxton to finish the fifth.21 hours 57 min ago
SABR MattThis is the most stressed I've ever been watching a 5-0 game.21 hours 58 min ago
SABR MattI really have no clue why the average baseball fan thinks this BS from the umps is acceptable. It isn't...it ruins the gosh darned game for me.22 hours 5 min ago
SABR MattThe umps in this game are a pack of losers. Suck a joke that this stuff is still tolerated22 hours 8 min ago
DaddyOPaxton needed to go deep into the game tonight because we're going on a stretch of games with no days off. The bullpen can't take repeated 5-inning stints from him.22 hours 18 min ago
DaddyOAttaboy. At least being an Escape Artist for a night beats being a Meatball.22 hours 19 min ago
DaddyOWe need Barmes to be the Padres' Zunino.22 hours 20 min ago
SABR MattUrge to kill...rising...RISING22 hours 21 min ago
SABR MattIf Paxton misses low with a fastball that he obviously gripped too tightly again, I'm going to recommend a shock collar.22 hours 23 min ago
DaddyOSomething tells me I've used this before, but... This Is how Ackley goes to pasture? Ex-Ackley.22 hours 26 min ago
SABR MattAckley is doner than done...but SlowMo doesn't have to do more than jog.22 hours 30 min ago
MtGrizzlyMorrison needs to stick with that heavy bat.22 hours 32 min ago
SABR Mattjust...mind-bendingly frustrating.22 hours 55 min ago
SABR Mattnow he won't go more than 5 innings. Again. Because he has no out pitch if he doesn't have at least one off-speed offering he can throw for a strike when he's thrown a bunch of fastballs and they're fouling them off.22 hours 56 min ago
SABR MattI just don't get it. I don't understand why he can't settle on a single release point.22 hours 57 min ago
DaddyOThis is the sort of inning that has undone Paxton. He got out of this one, but he's shown again he is prone to these sorts of innings nearly every game.22 hours 57 min ago
DaddyOWhew! Out of it on 3-2 popup.22 hours 58 min ago
DaddyOThe M's need a cakewalk win....23 hours 21 sec ago
DaddyOGroan. 3 walks, bases loaded, Now 1-0 count.23 hours 1 min ago
DaddyO4-0 lead, 2 outs, and suddenly he can't find the strike zone.23 hours 4 min ago
SABR Mattsigh...Paxton is so darned frustrating.23 hours 4 min ago
DaddyOOkay Pax, show this NOT the start of a meltdown with 2 outs.23 hours 5 min ago
IcebreakerXGeez, Ack looks totally lost at the plate as usual.23 hours 19 min ago
IcebreakerXSeager Bomb! Here's comes the NL crushing time, I guess.23 hours 23 min ago
DaddyOI smell a book title. Krushing Kennedy. Bestseller.23 hours 23 min ago
DaddyOBoy are they crushing this guy!!!23 hours 24 min ago
DaddyOI think McClendon should print up a set of "I AM A DUMB BASERUNNER" labels and make players wear them on their forehead for the rest of the game after dumb baserunning mistakes. Same goes for coaches who make dumb decisions to send baserunners into obvious outs. Laugh about it. Make it clubhouse joke. But do it. It couldn't hurt.23 hours 24 min ago
DaddyOThese ARE the Mariners. Only they can go double, double, single to open the game and end up with one run in, one out, and a runner on second. I'll take it, though.23 hours 26 min ago
IcebreakerXThat was dumb baserunning.23 hours 29 min ago
MtGrizzly@shannondrayer: Iwakuma has felt stiffness in his throwing sessions so they will shut him down for 10-14 days.23 hours 59 min ago
SABR Mattthe Mariners don't call people up for looks if they're contending. Pizzano only gets a September cuppa if the team is out of the race1 day 23 min ago
moethedog1-2 so far tonight. .4111 day 29 min ago
moethedogSept., Gordon.1 day 30 min ago
Gordon GrossAlso, there is no universe in which Pizzano comes up to the bigs this summer. If his name was DJ, then maybe. I'm just glad his BABIP has swung the other way and he's properly lighting it up and hopefully puthing his name on the agenda for a long look next spring. Pizzano is one of those guys the As always find to ruin us with. I'd rather not let that happen.1 day 1 hour ago
Gordon GrossArgh, Missaki. Forkball strikes again. He throws a split and a fork, iirc, and was obviously doing it well. Better in may than in August. Hope he comes back strong next spring.1 day 1 hour ago
moethedogDid not mean to leave Kivlehan out of the discussion, by the way. At AAA he's K'ing less than he did at AA (20% to 19%) but walking a bit less, too. His real issue has been a BABIP on, as he's at .241 on that scale. He's just fine.1 day 4 hours ago
moethedogI typed this up earlier, but evidently didn't send it: I'm of the opinion that you move guys up, not on some predetermined schedule of AA to AAA, but when their bats or arms make the statement for them. I am confident that Pizzano would soon hit well patrolling LF for the M's, but I'm not calling for his callup....and nobody has banged his drum more than me. I've said for a year that he would hit his way into Safeco by late summer '15. It may happen a bit earlier. The problem right now is not in swapping out Ackley, but that doing so mean you're buying in on Jackson. Certainly we aren't replacing both, in the short term. I've lost faith in Jackson's ability to hit. He is nice, but not Paul Blair, in CF. He needs to be a Blair if he's going to hit to a 80OPS+ tune out there. Ackley will, as always, find a hot streak and give us the impression that the real him has shown up, finally.1 day 4 hours ago
moethedogWe've seen it before. It isn't really the real him, but you can bet that he will have that hot streak....which you can not do with Jackson. So I'm keeping Ackley and giving him some CF/LF1B time.....but mostly no overexposing him, waiting for his hot streak to show up. Then I would ride him for a while.1 day 4 hours ago
moethedogWe will be fine with Rugi/Ackley/Miller in CF and a Miller/Guti or Romero platoon in LF. Or you just keep Weeks and platoon him in LF (as has been done). The Skip is a veteran's type of guy. Jackson is a vet and HIS guy, as I'm sure he wanted him brought in. it will be a big boy move for his to dump him.....I hope he does.1 day 4 hours ago
benihanaGut punch, but Missaki just had Tommy John surgery today: Bob Dutton ‏@TNT_Mariners "Missaki's teammate, RHP Ramire Cleto, also underwent Tommy John surgery today in Seattle. … Rough day."1 day 6 hours ago
DaddyOIt seems to me that, given the context of expectations of the club and his stated preferences, Lloyd McClendon would not be anxious to put a young, unproven player with no prior MLB experience into the breach this season. Before the M's would do that, I'd bet they make a trade for a veteran.1 day 6 hours ago
DaddyORight. We've seen all too often what that can do to a young player.1 day 6 hours ago
MtGrizzlyRight. I have no issue giving up on Ackley. Just don't rush a guy from AA to the bigs based on a hot 100 AB stretch to replace him.1 day 7 hours ago
rick82Good point Grizz. My guess is we'll see Guti in LF sometime early June. He'll hit righties well enough.1 day 8 hours ago
DaddyONo doubt Ackley's likelihood of even approaching his upside is greatly diminished, and even if he did, that upside is likely diminished as well. As you say, not much is lost. The essence of starts and scrubs is the ability to move on, at a relatively low cost, from a player when they don't produce. Ack is definitely in his last days of opportunity with the M's. He needs to make good, be demoted, or be moved.1 day 8 hours ago
DaddyORe: Ackley, the stock answer would be that the initial in-MLB development years are behind Ackley but in front of Pizzano. And we shouldn't minimize the importance of that argument. However, I must admit that the longer Ackley goes without making good the investment of more than three-and-a-half years (!), the less force this argument has. In this case, much less. Ackley does not seem to have reaped the expected benefit of those years, calling into question whether he ever will. So the issue becomes weighing the production and development value of a Pizzano's early years versus the expected production going forward of Dustin Ackley. BOTH are, at this point, question marks.1 day 8 hours ago
MtGrizzlyDo what's best for Pizzano's development. Period.1 day 8 hours ago
rick82If we replaced Ackley with Pizzano today, how much would we really lose? I dare say the greatest loss would be defensive, which, for left field, is kinda meh. I'm not saying Pizzano is ready for MLB pitching, but, seriously, neither is Ackley.1 day 10 hours ago
Gordon GrossDiaz dismantled another team in the Cal League, too. Dude is coming on strong. Like, Pineda strong. Always nice to have a potential TOR arm in your pocket. Misaki is also doing well down in the MWL, outpitching fellow teen and 1st round draftee Kodi Medeiros. Not everybody believes in Missaki's future stuff like I do, but the kid is a real pitcher. Looks like some of the bats are starting to warm up a little too as the weather does.1 day 21 hours ago
moethedogTime for your nightly Pizzano report: 1-2, 3B, Sac Fly, BB = .4091 day 22 hours ago
IcebreakerXmoethedog: I don't think that he's going to OPS 700. Mid/High 600 doesn't cut it for me. I'd rather have an okay glove with 800 upside than a water bug at 700.1 day 23 hours ago
MtGrizzlyThe Pats are paying the price for their record of cheating. It's sort of like getting caught committing crime - the longer the criminal's rap sheet, the steeper the punishment. They lost a first round pick when they got caught recording opponent's practices too. If they really want to nail them, they need to go after Kraft. Ban him from the league the way MLB did with Stenbrenner.2 days 10 min ago
mojicianYeah. To a baseball fan, the Brady punishment seems a little bit harsh. 1/4 of a season, a lifetime ban for equipment guys, a first and fourth round draft pick and $ 1 million in fines. In contrast, tampering with baseballs is so ingrained into the sport that it is hard to relate. When Michael Pineda had pine tar slathered across his neck, he got ten games, or 1/16th of his season docked, and the Yankees didn't get into other trouble, even though the pine tar was obvious. I've never heard of a baseball team losing a draft pick as punishment.2 days 1 hour ago
moethedogAnd on the Brady thing, the NFL is eating their own young on this one, because they've taken heat for letting bad-doers get off. Unless there is info we're not seeing (or hearing), the evidence is hardly airtight. It is possible that Brady instructed some guy to drop it down to 11.5 psi, but it also just as possible that the gear guy knew Brady liked balls near the lower limit, was aware that a recent game had balls as hard as rocks (and took heat for it), and was making sure that didn't happen again. In the end, the refs let the game balls get away from them. The best way to fix the situation it so have a gear guy travel with the refs and personally keep the balls in order. I think the league played this badly.2 days 1 hour ago
moethedogThank you Rick!!! Montero was born mashing lefties. It remains a pretty valuable skill. To get him here, we have to drop a guy like Rugi, however. Or Weeks. Both are lefty "mashers" as well...and both man the OF. As does Guti, as does Romero....as you pointed out. I think Montero's best chance is when LoMo inevitably gets injured.2 days 1 hour ago
rick82This is where we remind everyone that Jesus Montero has a lifetime MLB slash line of .318/.369/.459 for an OPS of .827 vs. lefthanders, That is in 263 PAs. Jesus will hit lefties falling out of bed in the morning. He's also hitting .310 vs. right handers going into today's action. Let's give him the rest of May to consolidate what looks to me like real gains there, but I think he'll mash the lefties and hold his own against righties going forward. I expect the same from Romero, and Guti of course will mash lefties. The two things keeping Ackley on this team going forward is his good glove in left and his left handedness, as the organization is now unbalanced toward the right side. And whoever noticed that Ackley is a daytime hitter....kudos. Ackley indeed is now a strictly daytime believer. He probably does need to get his eyes checked.2 days 2 hours ago
GLSGrizzly - Montero's probably just following instructions. They don't like their minor leaguers to walk.2 days 2 hours ago
mojicianThe crooked equipment guys should only get a two or three game ban.2 days 2 hours ago
mojicianSo Tom Brady gets suspended four games, but the two ball deflators get an indefinite suspension. Where I come from, the principal and his aiders and abettors get the same punishment. In this case, Brady should be punished more severely than the principals, because he had a semi supervisory position over them. As in, if these two equipment guys did not prosecute his schemes, he could have them replaced. Plus, the equipment guys apparently cooperated with the NFL investigation by turning over their cell phones while Brady did not.2 days 3 hours ago
moethedogBonilla hits a double and his first homer, btw. I don't came, gimme the kid!2 days 3 hours ago
moethedogI meant that Bonilla was in LF in Tacoma, where Pizzano should be. Needed to clarify!2 days 3 hours ago
MtGrizzlyI'm glad to see Montero doing well but man - that walk rate needs to come up, doesn't it?2 days 3 hours ago
SABR MattProbably just a routine day off2 days 4 hours ago
moethedogTacoma: Romero 3-3 so far, with 2 2B's. Montero is 2-4 2/ 2 2B's. And why the heck is Leury Bonilla (30 yrs old, nary an MLB call up) playing LF and not Pizzano?2 days 4 hours ago
DaddyOWhat the M's need is to finish out the month without losing more than one more series, and that one not by a sweep. That's what it's going to take to vault back into a solid state of affairs.2 days 6 hours ago
rick82Last year at this point of the season we were 16-15. Two seasons ago we were similarly at 14-17. Not sure what this means, except that we tend to not be a fast starting team.2 days 7 hours ago
moethedogHultzen on the mound for Jackson today: Gave up 3 hits and 1 BB in his 3.1 inning '15 debut.2 days 7 hours ago
MtGrizzlyBe pretty funny if Lowe and Beimel are the guys that stabilize the bullpen. Lowe looks pretty nasty again.2 days 9 hours ago
SABR MattErick Aybar. I'm ok with Erick Aybar's secret twin.2 days 9 hours ago
MtGrizzlyX-Ray was negative. Bruise only.2 days 10 hours ago
moethedogIce, A glovey-SS who can OPS .700 is a pretty dang good player.2 days 12 hours ago
SABR MattI didn't know that Zunino was originally going to play yesterday, but Sucre wanted to play to honor his recently deceased mother and Felix lobbied for him with McClendon. Felix really is a special human being.2 days 12 hours ago
mojicianThere is nothing like an Orc sweep to cheer us up! Just what the doctor ordered. For malaise: take clutch pitching and LoMo for three days. Do not discontinue early or Orcs may mutate and become resist ant to the treatment.2 days 20 hours ago
DaddyOMatt, thanks. re: GrandDaddyO, I'll have to give that some thought...it has a certain RING to it!2 days 20 hours ago
IcebreakerXI hope it came out positive because I have had enough of water-bug-no-hitty shortstops and it's about the only way to keep him off the field at shortstop.2 days 21 hours ago
moethedogAnybody hear how Taylor's X-Ray turned out?2 days 22 hours ago
Bat571Good thing Sucre caught a good game and got a hit as Hicks is really heating up at the plate in Tacoma - 12 hits in the last 10 games. He's also gunning down baserunners pretty well - 2 of 3 today and 10 of 25 for the season. Another few weeks of this and JackZ will have another decision to make.2 days 23 hours ago
Gordon GrossFelix might finally win 20 games this year. As long as we keep winning a majority of the other starts as well, we'll be okay.3 days 1 hour ago
moethedogNightly Pizzano report: 2 hits, one of them a double...his average DROPS infinitesimally but still in the .407's. Montero with 2 knocks in Tacoma, Romero with a homer.3 days 1 hour ago
SABR MattAnd yes...we swept. Felix pitcher well other than to Marcus Semien, and the mariners actually managed some timely hitting, but Rodney made it interesting in the ninth...we took it 4-33 days 2 hours ago
SABR MattWow...congrats, DaddyO! Or should we call you granddaddyo?3 days 2 hours ago
GLSPineda with 16 K's for the Yankees today.3 days 2 hours ago
DaddyODid we sweep? I didn't get to watch the game; instead our youngest daughter and her husband just informed us that we're about to be grandparents for the first time! Our oldest daughter is getting married this coming weekend. No more magnificent week is possible for DaddyO.3 days 2 hours ago
SABR MattNo comments on the sweeeeeeeeeep?3 days 2 hours ago
GLSHe's walking a bit more this year, but I wouldn't expect too much of him in that category unless he develops more power. I'm a huge believer in players learning plate discipline, including how to work the count and draw a walk, but it may not apply with this type of player.3 days 2 hours ago
GrumpyBut obviously the brass see something they like in Marte.3 days 2 hours ago
GrumpyDoesn't walk much historically.3 days 2 hours ago
GLSI need to get down to Tacoma one of these days and get a look at Marte and some of these others. If he's mostly a singles hitter, that can work too. There are a lot worse options to have in your lineup.3 days 3 hours ago
Gordon GrossHis weight isn't accurate, GLS. Marte weighs more than that now. It's not his frame that's the real power problem, though, more that his swing is designed to peak at singles in the gap that turn into doubles. Maybe somebody can tweak that. He's obviously got good hand-eye.3 days 3 hours ago
GLSQuestion: why not have Cano bat 2nd? He doesn't really hit for a tremendous amount of power anymore. Wouldn't he be a better fit there?3 days 5 hours ago
GLSOn Ketel Marte, I've wondered if his listed weight of 165 is still accurate. At 6'1", he's an absolute beanpole at that weight and it's no wonder he doesn't hit for more power. He's 21 right now and over the next few years, he'll almost certainly put on 20 pounds or so and when that happens, I would expect to see more oomph behind the ball when he makes contact.3 days 5 hours ago
moethedogX-Rays aren't good. That means it is swollen and bothersome today, enough to keep him out of the lineup.3 days 6 hours ago
moethedogI hate the idea of Weeks hitting 2nd vs. the RHP and Miller hitting way down the lineup. I get the L-R-L-R thing.....But I would rather have somebody on base ahead of Cano and Cruz.3 days 6 hours ago
MtGrizzly@shannondrayer: Change in original lineup. Miller is now in at ss, Taylor getting x-rays after getting stepped on last night.3 days 6 hours ago
Bat571Montero was ejected by the HP Ump - apparently some strike zone issues. Tacoma is playing with an 11-position player roster to accommodate all the pitchers they've got. Moves are likely. Blash already sent to AA, so Pizzano coming up wouldn't be out of the question - except Jackson would be a disaster offensively without him.3 days 8 hours ago
moethedogWatching some Tacoma highlight, but can't find any of Marte in the field. Will say this: Montero looks down-right svelte and fairly athletic. And Kivlehan can hit. And Romero is looking better. And Guti doesn't look ancient, anymore. One of those guys will eventually be up.3 days 9 hours ago
DaddyOUgh. Been off the site since mid-evening last night, unable to log in for some reason. Anyway, as I would have said then, it was nice to enjoy a win that was not a down-to-the-wire affair for the first time this season. If we are truly a good team, there will be many more. If there aren't, we aren't.3 days 10 hours ago
moethedogHe hits some doubles....if he had the glove for SS, semi-Wizard one, for example...well then, he might be something. That's why I asked. Thanks G.3 days 10 hours ago
Gordon GrossI don't think Marte can stay at short, moe. Even if he does he's more Brad Miller there than Omar Viszquel. I think he gets moved to center to be somebody's Juan Pierre, minus the steals. Marte has the ability to slap singles around the park... I just don't think he can do it at ichiro-esque levels, so that's of limited value to me. He DOES have that ability though, and he's still very young. I'm leery of guys of Marte's skillset, I guess. I'd find the team that loves a .300 /.330 /.360 upside and trade him there. It's not like couching prospects up and getting to their max upside is a skill we have as an organization anyway...3 days 10 hours ago
moethedogMarte up to .352 in Tacoma. He was .302 in AA/AAA last year. He had 32 doubles last year (4 HR) and has 7 in 30 games this year. He can hit a little. Has anybody watched him pick it with the glove?3 days 11 hours ago
moethedogI wondered about a trade, too, GLS. I've been following Craig, Matt. He's been not good. Happ has been great, which is why he may wait until the end of the season to sign with anyone. If this continues for him he will throw himself into a nice payday, likely his last.3 days 11 hours ago
SABR MattAnd to all you folks who thought Allwn Craig was da bomb...he's just been sent down to AAA for extreme suckage.3 days 15 hours ago
SABR MattYou folks Happ-y now? It's mid May,and Happ has precisely the 3 ish ERA I told you he would.3 days 16 hours ago
Tacoma RainNot sure if anyone has noticed, but Mike Montgomery just had his 5th quality start out of 6 games in Tacoma with 30 K's and only 7 W's3 days 18 hours ago
GLSI would try to lock Happ up. I've seen enough.3 days 18 hours ago
GLSMontero getting pulled during the game sounds more like a trade than a call up. But I guess we'll know soon enough if it's a trade, call-up, or nothing at all.3 days 18 hours ago
moethedogMontero and Romero with homers in TAcoma tonight. Montero removed after his third AB. John HIcks to 1B for the first time in his professional career. Injury or call up? Pizzano 2-5 tonight (.407) with a double. OK, he owns AA. Get him to AAA.3 days 22 hours ago
MtGrizzlyIf Happ is still throwing 95 mid season, do you try and lock him up?4 days 26 min ago
GrumpyWhat I mean about LoMo is no warning track flyouts.4 days 3 hours ago
DaddyOLike moe, I went to bed after the tenth. Nice to see this morning that, shockingly, we actually won. I can just hear the whispers in the M's dugout. "Pssst...they went to bed...NOW we can win this thing and still not give them any fun from watching us!"4 days 11 hours ago
moethedogOrcs with Hahn, another RHP, up tonight: What do you bet that Cruz is back at DH with Miller in LF? He's got to get his feet wet. Tonight makes sense. LoMo is bruising the ball right now, but he is a very streaky bat, by nature. Fragile, too. He're to the bad streaks and bad tweaks staying away for a while.4 days 11 hours ago
GrumpyHopefully we can now put the LoMo equals Smoak rumors to rest with that shot! I was reading on LL that he has the highest ISO of any first baseman in the AL now.4 days 12 hours ago
moethedogWent to bed when it went overtime. Atta boy, Logan!!!! A heavier bat worked for Morrison because his problem wasn't primarily one of contact. It was one of ball flight. Conversely, Zunino needs a shorter bat. Maybe it was just my eyes last night, but his bat looks so loooong....and he can't get head through the zone so he has to start so early. I suggested that sort of change for Smoak, too. Cheater Bonds used a short, light bat.4 days 13 hours ago
GLSAngie Mentink is practically giddy over this win.4 days 19 hours ago
SABR MattBOOOOOOM!!!!!!!4 days 20 hours ago
TunerWay to go Lomo!4 days 20 hours ago
GLSWell, it's about time we got one of those!4 days 20 hours ago
SABR Mattdangit4 days 20 hours ago
SABR MattThat was a nice crisp Smith inning. :) Now...LET'S GET A RUN4 days 20 hours ago
SABR MattTaylor had a great swing at a good pitch to hit and juuuuuuuuuust missed it. Smith over-swung a bit and got it off the end of the bat for a flyout to left. Miller tried to hit a forty run homer with no one on base.4 days 20 hours ago
Tacoma RainEveryone trying to hit a walk off homerun... ???4 days 20 hours ago
SABR Mattride that pony while it can still race...seriously...if he can throw 96/97 like that, pitch him til he breaks.4 days 20 hours ago
SABR MattWHOA...Lowe's velocity is back.4 days 20 hours ago
Tacoma RainDaddyO... do you really want us to answer that question with OUR current mindset?4 days 21 hours ago
IcebreakerXCano gets it done...!4 days 21 hours ago
DaddyOBig hit by Cano. Now, can the M's bullpen shut down the A's for several innings?4 days 21 hours ago
SABR MattMiller time!4 days 21 hours ago
SABR MattOh hi, original Farquhar...you know...the guy who throws 95 with a nasty yakker...4 days 21 hours ago
Tacoma RainWhen did 0-1 become a traditional fastball count... Sims can just drive me nuts4 days 21 hours ago
Tacoma RainI agree on both counts4 days 21 hours ago
SABR Mattnever thought I'd say it...but boy is it good to see Beimel.4 days 21 hours ago
SABR MattI think Ackley should have his eyes examined...4 days 21 hours ago
SABR Mattnot the way we've been playing.4 days 21 hours ago
Tacoma RainDisagree Matt... it is still at 1.3%4 days 21 hours ago
SABR Mattodds of a Mariner victory just went from 15% to 0%4 days 22 hours ago
Tacoma RainDo you think Zunino or Taijuan have ever seen a game that Curt Shilling pitched?4 days 22 hours ago
SABR Mattthat's just sad, DaddyO4 days 22 hours ago
SABR MattSomeone needs to slap Zunino repeatedly. Hard. How the heck do you call seven fastballs up and in consecutively when the hitter proves he's able to foul it off every single time...that's just a waste of pitches. Should have called the change-up on pitch 8...not pitch 12.4 days 22 hours ago
DaddyO18 at bats with the bases loaded, total in all out situations, and only 9 RBI total.4 days 22 hours ago
DaddyOBy the way, only 1 of those 3 hits are for extra bases, and that was a double.4 days 22 hours ago
DaddyOJust looked up the M's stats w bases loaded. 3 for 15 for the season. Also they are batting .181 with 2 out and RISP.4 days 22 hours ago
SABR Matthow may times have we stranded the bases loaded this year...seventy?4 days 22 hours ago
SABR Mattalmost had a third bail out...Cruz was gonna have a heck of a good shot to nail the runner at home if it weren't for the bobble.4 days 22 hours ago
DaddyOAnd even two defensive bailouts don't save him from giving up a run.4 days 22 hours ago
DaddyOWalker may be bailed out by his defensive play and Seager's play, but falls apart with runners on base.4 days 22 hours ago
DaddyOWhat a play by Seager...4 days 22 hours ago
SABR Matt*sigh* Walker is having problems again.4 days 22 hours ago
DaddyOAnd plenty of those blunders have been by veterans.4 days 23 hours ago
DaddyOMy exact reaction moe. I jumped off my chair to go to my desk to say exactly that. What is the MLB or Little League? A few times in a 162 game seasons, sure. But this has got to be double digit baserunning blunders in the first 30 games.4 days 23 hours ago
moethedogReally LoMo? Little League stuff?4 days 23 hours ago
moethedogNightly PIzzano report: 1-4, a triple. One of 3 Jackson hits. He slumps to .4074 days 23 hours ago
rick82LOL, forgot about the House of David, Moe. Yeah, Dustin's on the wrong team.4 days 23 hours ago
moethedogVs RHP, this is probably out best lineup. Although I would have bet that Miller got the LF start with Smith in RF and Cruz DH'ing. Maybe playing CF is what Ackley needs to start hitting. If he's shaved his beard off by game time, I'm going to be a happy camper. That would be worth a double off the RF wall, right there. No great CF has every worn a beard, right? Of course, I don't know who played CF for the House of David. The Mick sure didn't need a beard to mash in CF.5 days 1 hour ago
SABR MattAckley cf? I thought Lloyd hated that theory5 days 2 hours ago
DaddyOMLB.com has it correct, with Ackley playing CF.5 days 2 hours ago
DaddyOGotta laugh. My Northwest at this particular moment has the M's lineup for tonight with BOTH Dustin Ackley and Seth Smith playing LF, and no CF'er. Brad Miller is the DH listed.5 days 2 hours ago
SABR MattWilhelmson for Leone is a big upgrade of Tom is back on good shape5 days 2 hours ago
GLSI'm so glad Leone got sent down. Ton of potential there, but right now he needs to be down in Tacoma.5 days 3 hours ago
rick82OK, funny story...so, I'm in Phoenix on business, and last night my wife and an account manager buy tickets to see the Diamondbacks play SD. We sit down, a little late in the game and five minutes in, our Account Manager turns to me and says, "I think I'm sitting next to Luis Gonzales. Five minutes later he confirms it. So Luis is chatting us and other fans up, some selfies are taken (we didn't bother him on that) and then in the middle of an inning they play a series of clips of great moments in Diamondback history. Randy, Curt, etc. they show the squib hit off Rivera Luis had to win game seven in 2001, and our little section gives out a little cheer. I turn to Gonzo and yell, "57 home runs, and you're known for THAT?" - "Yea, I know," he sheepishly chuckles.5 days 4 hours ago
benihanaI think having Wilhelmsen back is very important. He's the swiss-army knife that really can be used in any situation and allows Lloyd to avoid pitching others in uncomfortable spots.5 days 4 hours ago
MtGrizzly@MarinersPR: #Mariners activate Tom Wilhelmsen from 15-day DL. RH Dominic Leone optioned to AAA Tacoma yesterday.5 days 4 hours ago
Gordon GrossOh, I know. He would be Romero-ing his way around the outfield for us. Doesn't change the fact that I wish we had somebody Pederson-ing his way around up here.5 days 7 hours ago
SABR Mattyou realize, G...if we'd traded for Joc Pederson, he'd be hitting .198 with 44 Ks and 3 BBs, right?5 days 7 hours ago
Gordon GrossWatching Joc Pederson do what I expected him to do is kinda irksome when none of OUR guys feel like doing what they should be.5 days 8 hours ago
SABR MattPizzano should move up to AAA, yes...the problem is finding him playing time there.5 days 12 hours ago
moethedogNIghtly Pizzano report: Two more hits = .416. Tacoma time....for a bit. :) Speaking of Tacoma, Montero, Romero, Guti and Marte all rocking the ball in the Raniers' doubleheader: All with multi-hit games in the first and w/knocks in the 2nd. Kivlehan with a hit in #2. 19 hits for Tacoma so far...18 singles.5 days 23 hours ago
GLSOh come on now we're only 28 games in. But, this isn't good. What they have right now isn't working and the question in my mind is if the front office recognizes this and that they need to move quickly to save the season. A few weeks from now, it very well could be nearly over. The math is relentless. If the record gets to 22-34 or thereabouts, that's when people start getting fired.6 days 2 min ago
SABR MattMy point wasn't to claim that you were saying Romero would save us...but to point out that our season is nearly over ALREADY...and we're discussing which lame piece of cow manure AAAA loser might improve on the castoffs we already have. The bullpen is a big problem...but we have bigger problems than even the bullpen6 days 1 hour ago
SABR MattRomero's minor league profile doesn't translate to the big leagues. It just...doesn't. His batting eye is insufficient for a player who is not a pure power slugger that MLB pitchers fear. He'll walk nearly never and K way too much at this level, regardless of what he did last year.6 days 1 hour ago
moethedogNobody said anything about saving seasons, Matt. When Jackson comes off the DL, and after his rehab, we have to make a roster decision...somebody goes away, not just down. At that point, it is a fair question to ask who would be the next up...as another DL stint will eventually occur? As to Romero, I'm not sure he's DOA. It didn't go well last year, but lost of guys struggle first time up. He may yet do fine. He's had almost exactly one full season of AAA ball and has 68 XB's. He may yet do some things. Maybe not, of course......but he has a shot.6 days 2 hours ago
GLSI don't think anyone's saying that Matt. Right now, the key to saving the season is the obvious thing: the bullpen. While we haven't heard one peep from our beat reporters about the Mariners exploring trades, you know they have to be out there looking. No doubt, Zduriencik doesn't want to make a deal out of desperation where he has to overpay, but it may come down to that in the next two weeks if he doesn't want to lose the season.6 days 3 hours ago
SABR MattIf we're turning to Romero to save the season...we're done.6 days 4 hours ago
GLSI'd love to get a real professional scouting take on what Montero is doing at AAA right now and how well or how poorly the success he's having will translate to the MLB level. I like what Romero is doing, but I'm gonna say that he needs to keep it up over an entire season at AAA. I like Romero as a late-bloomer sleeper type though.6 days 4 hours ago
moethedogMontero has walked 2 times in 105 plate appearances. That isn't exactly encouraging. On the other hand, he's hitting LHP at a .394 rate. He continues to feast on lefties! But Romero, who can play COF, is hitting .433 vL and slugging .733. Guti's showing life, as is Kivlehan. Montero's in a tough place right now.6 days 4 hours ago
Gordon GrossSince we can't lose! Not losing is the first step to winning...6 days 5 hours ago
Gordon GrossMontero's still running a .10 batting eye down in Tacoma, right DaddyO? I don't expect him to get a shot even with his .300 BA... but then if we continue to struggle at certain positions there could be a few surprises. And yeah, Matt... If not for amazing heroics from Felix and Cruz we could be 15 games under .500. Felix isn't gonna go 30-0 and Cruz won't hit 85 homers, so hopefully the rest of the team gets it together. Tonight would be a good starting point.6 days 5 hours ago
GLSI'm so glad today is an off-day. I wish it was an off-week.6 days 5 hours ago
SABR Mattstill have only won 2 games when Felix isn't pitching and we're not playing the Rangers.6 days 5 hours ago
SABR MattThree word update on our pre-season speculation: Good yet? NOPE6 days 5 hours ago
DaddyOTo update our pre-season keys to success, Zunino is still a question mark offensively-- but he only needs to reach certain minimal standards because his overall play as a catcher is so good. Morrison is definitely coming around and warrants continued play, but he must demonstrate some consistency into mid-season. Miller has thrown his way out of the SS position for now, so next man up, Taylor. Still a ?? here. Ackley has severely disappointed again, and appears to be playing on borrowed time. Jackson is injured, CF has become an even bigger question mark. The Smith/Ruggiano platoon in RF has morphed into Cruz getting most of the PT in RF. So long as he can stay healthy and sharp getting most of the starts there, that's fine by me. It frees up the DH spot, perhaps even for Montero soon.6 days 6 hours ago
moethedogMiller in the Of tomorrow night, rather.6 days 6 hours ago
DaddyOI for one hope McClendon, despite any in-game shortcomings, will get a LONG leash. The M's musical chairs manager parade has got to stop. For one thing, swapping out managers hasn't really moved the results in a positive direction. It shouldn't shock us that what has moved things in a positive direction is the addition of better players. If the M's have problems with player development, it can't be primarily a managerial thing. It's proven a persistent organizational problem.6 days 6 hours ago
DaddyOI can get just as mad at McClendon as anyone when he makes what I consider in-game management blunders. Still, we need to remember we may not know all the factors he has to consider in making his decisions. Some of them may be completely opaque to us, for example clubhouse issues or private player issues. And it seems to me one of McClendon's tent pegs as a manager is to try so far as possible to manage with long-term goals in mind. He will definitely make short-term sacrifices if he's convinced it will pay off in the long run. It doesn't always play out the way he envisions, but he acts on his beliefs in this regard until it is clear to him his beliefs are wrong.6 days 6 hours ago
DaddyOManagers have it tough, just like players have it tough, and GM's have it tough. And we can assure each other fans have it tough. I like McClendon A LOT in many respects. Like most managers, he isn't perfect, and he has what I consider to be shortcomings. Each person will judge things differently, and probably there are very few among us who have what it would take to be a successful big league manager. I like McClendon's overall approach to managing and leading a team, but sometimes I don't care for his application of that approach in a specific instance. Personally I think Lloyd strikes a pretty good balance between having his players' backs and yet holding them accountable for what they need to contribute to the team (given where they are in their career).6 days 6 hours ago
Gordon GrossMaddon's a good manager, and has his players' backs. He sets a good standard for his guys.6 days 10 hours ago
SABR MattJoe Maddon is right...it's sickening what the game does to new players6 days 10 hours ago
Gordon GrossWell I definitely don't want US to trade for an "impact" player, Matt, because whomever we trade away will be excellent and whomever we receive will be awful. So us NOT trading is some kind of win, I guess. Also, since the majority of our top minor league prospects are faceplanting, we don't have good value to dish either. Alex Jackson, Austin Wilson, DJ, Tank, Gabe... all terrible. Marte is still hitting an empty .300 and Kivlehan has power but bad BABIP luck is dropping his stat line, but most of our 'spects... yowza. Thank goodness for Edwin Diaz, who is vaulting up the charts with his current destruction of the Cal League (much the way Pineda did), and my under-the-radar nods for Lando, Missaki and Pizzano are paying off. Hultzen got back on the mound in a real game this week. Otherwise? It's been disastrous on all levels for the Mariners, majors and minors. Get it together, peeps!6 days 10 hours ago
GrumpyIt's just crazy. Every night a different guy blows it.6 days 11 hours ago
okdanJoe Maddon daring to speak out against umpires who have it in for rookies: http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/12838248/joe-maddon-chicago-cubs-calls-umpire-strike-zone-ejection6 days 11 hours ago
SABR MattTaylor at least has an idea up there. He's got limited skills to convert the idea into big production, but the dude will be a tough out.6 days 11 hours ago
moethedogDollars to donuts we see Miller in the OF tonight. Weird loss, last night. Cruz hit, ditto Seager and Zunino. Taylor looked good at the plate (he is) and The Cuban was tough. And still we lose.......Crud. I think my first move, were I the guy making moves, would be to install Miller in LF, vR, and platoon him with Weeks out there. I like Rugi, but he's not helping his own cause, certainly. Somebody is gone when Jackson is un-tweaked and it is likely him. As such, I might let him go now, and give Kivlehan next 10 starts or so in CF. If it is the kid, you do it to get his feet wet and watch his response. I don't know if he's a CF'er......let's see. BTW, all his homers in AAA have been against RHP this year. He's K'ed just 10 times in 66 AB's vs them and only has a .250-ish BABIP vR. ANd then I'm putting Pizzano in Tacoma and playing him everyday. BTW, I'm batting Taylor lead-off or 2nd from here on out.6 days 12 hours ago
SABR Mattno first round pick, and this draft class is not shaping up to be very good even in the first round according to the experts. nothing to see there. *sigh*6 days 12 hours ago
MtGrizzlyI guess this is the point where we normally start talking about the draft but with no first rounder, even that is depressing in 2015.6 days 12 hours ago
SABR Mattyes we can...one of our rivals can trade for an impact player during an off-day. So keep it down out here and stop jinxing our off-day breaks.6 days 12 hours ago
Gordon GrossThankfully we have two days off in the next week. Can't lose those in ridiculous fashion... I think...6 days 20 hours ago
Gordon GrossHey, what do you know, another horrible one-run loss. Your seattle mariners: failing to get over humps since 2001. Get into it!6 days 20 hours ago
TunerWow... another one down the drain with a walkoff.6 days 21 hours ago
Tacoma RainI have been proven wrong. Nice one Zumball.6 days 21 hours ago
Tacoma RainThis is foolish again. Zunino should NOT be facing Street6 days 21 hours ago
MtGrizzly@shannondrayer: Miller looks like he is actually having fun out in he outfield during bp today. Attempted a couple of plays at the wall. Some nice throws.1 week 24 min ago
Tacoma RainDaddyO... you're lyrics were spot on for me!!! Ringo would be jealous.1 week 35 min ago
DaddyOI know Altuve plays second base. I was havin' a spo' o' fun. Thus the spoof of the John Lennon song. But I should have realized the intent wouldn't translate on the web.1 week 1 hour ago
GLSBloomquist in LF tonight is a lost opportunity. Weeks should be starting there and Montero should have been called up for the DH slot. They're giving away wins.1 week 1 hour ago
DaddyOGuys, it wasn't a serious proposal.1 week 1 hour ago
moethedogBloomquist in LF tonight, vs the lefty. Weeks at DH, leading off.1 week 2 hours ago
moethedogNot surprising, BTW: Mariner's among those teams circling Saltamachia. Zunino isn't dead yet, btw.1 week 2 hours ago
moethedogMust be a long bus ride; no games for AA Jackson yesterday or today. As far as Austin Jackson, he's our until the end of the season. We may try Miller, Jones, Guti, or Kivlehan there, if he were DL'ed again.....but I would be very surprised if he gets swapped.1 week 2 hours ago
benihanaIt's why the Miller -> CF option is really really attractive.1 week 2 hours ago
SABR Mattif Jackson gets healthy...he's actually in the top 15 I think. Which is alarming.1 week 2 hours ago
SABR MattThere is a huge derth of quality CFers these days - looking around at the rosters and most of them are lame.1 week 2 hours ago
GLSAltuve plays second base and wouldn't be available anyway. Are you thinking of someone else?1 week 3 hours ago
SABR MattKinda doubt Altuve will be available.1 week 3 hours ago
DaddyOImagine there's Altuve...he's manning Center FIeld....he's leading of in Safeco...the runs that man would yield....imagine all the scoring...wins a way of life...Oh Oh--oh-oh...You may think that I'm a dreamer...I guess I'm the only one...I hope that Jack will join me...and the angst would soon be done.1 week 3 hours ago
GLSAnother player I think we could get from the Brewers is Francisco Rodriguez. He doesn't have the velocity that he used to, but he's still pretty effective and would help stabilize that eighth inning.1 week 3 hours ago
GLSI would imagine someone could get Gerardo Parra from the Brewers fairly easily. Not a great player, but a decent one if you're looking for an Ackley alternative.1 week 3 hours ago
GLSMatt, Gomez is the most primetime CF that's likely available. The Brewers have already told teams they'll be early sellers.1 week 3 hours ago
SABR MattI don't think Gomez is a good fit for Seattle...doesn't have the power to hit for power in Safeco. If we're trading for someone, I'd be looking for a primetime CF with high OBP. Anyone out there like that?1 week 4 hours ago
phxterryI also agree that Ackley's demise is not a coaching/manager issue. Ackley demise is due to Ackley and his own eccentricites/quirks/stubborness.1 week 4 hours ago
phxterryI agree on Ackley - 5th OFer immediately until he can be traded. Is Guti ready for another chance?1 week 4 hours ago
benihanaWith the expectations on the team for this year a total collapse would likely cost Lloyd and GMZ their jobs. So, Z may have to move some more chips into the MLB roster. What would it take to pry Carlos Gomez out from his old Brew Crew? Flip Jackson for a prospect to add to a deal built around Ackley, Diaz, DJ Peterson... what would it take?1 week 4 hours ago
moethedogI'm not piling on coaches over our hitting/pitching. I'm not sure you can "coach" Ackley to be the hitter we thought we had, or even a consistently good one. I think it is fair to ask McClendon about a decision or two last night, and some of the local scribes should have...or they aren't doing their job.1 week 4 hours ago
DaddyODeflate Gate update: And so an official NFL report concludes Brady was not so innocent as he proclaimed, and that it is likely ball deflation was (A) deliberate and planned, (B) at Brady's request, and (C) the attendants who actually deflated the balls (including the officials' attendant (!) and the Patriots equipment attendant were promised favors for doing so. Surprise, surprise. NOT!!! http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FBN_PATRIOTS_DEFLATED_FOOTBALLS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-05-06-13-15-551 week 5 hours ago
GLSWith Ackley, I do wonder why he keeps his current upright stance. I would think a more pronounced crouch like Seth Smith or Evan Gattis would allow him to reach the ball with less movement. While he isn't lunging to the same extent that he used to, with the current stance, he still has to move towards the ball, which you see if you just watch his head when he swings.1 week 5 hours ago
GLSOn Ackley, I do agree with you guys about that second strike over the plate.1 week 5 hours ago
SABR MattMcClendon isn't largely at fault for this...the problem is that when pitchers get into trouble, they seem incapable of doing anything other than imploding.1 week 5 hours ago
Gordon GrossPeople at espn are mentionin Lloyd being on the hot seat if he squanders this roster. Funny how we went from "marginally talented" to "squanderable" just by adding Cruz... who was viewed as an overpay before his Player of the Month honors came in.1 week 5 hours ago
SABR MattThe pitching coach is the one that should take a bullet first on this team.1 week 6 hours ago
MtGrizzlyCause right or not, the hitting coach is almost always the first to take a bullet.1 week 6 hours ago
MtGrizzlyShould we start a pool on HoJo's last day as a member of this coaching staff?1 week 6 hours ago
SABR Mattseems like a psychological problem1 week 6 hours ago
GrumpyThe really frustrating thing to me is that it seems most of the players play pretty well for the most part but that every night someone different has a bad night and blows it for the whole team. That makes it really hard to just swap out one Or two guys that are underperforming and expect an immediate true improvement in the teams play. Seems like a really hard problem to address.1 week 6 hours ago
SABR MattAckley is now my FIFTH outfielder. He is completely buried in my doghouse with no hope of coming out. I'd much rather see Weeks, Ruggiano and Miller get his playing time.1 week 7 hours ago
mojicianFacts: 1. Miller is being moved to the outfield, 2. Ackley is out of options, 3. He cannot pass through waivers, as too many teams will chomp at the bit to get him for a bucket of balls, 4. He is in bad shape right now and has only had one two hit day this year. Conclusion: Ackley will be traded as soon as Zod can get more than a bucket of balls for him.1 week 7 hours ago
okdanAckley is done... When he stepped to the plate there, with the bases loaded, they panned close into his face and he looked TERRIFIED. He did not want to be in that spot. And neither did I.1 week 10 hours ago
MtGrizzlyI can't really watch the games right now. I flipped the a TV on in time to see the IBB to Morrison and tuned out when Ackley struck out minutes later. That was enough. I'm glad I didn't watch the game to its conclusion.1 week 10 hours ago
DaddyOGLS, agreed that the last pitch to Ackley, though clearly a strike on pitch track, could have been called either way. But Ack took a center-center pitch on 3-1, and took three strikes in a row after starting 3-0. It's the context of the whole at bat that ticked me off. You go 3-0, bases loaded, and watch three straight pitches for strikes???! Confident hitters don't do that.1 week 10 hours ago
moethedogAbsolutely agreed.1 week 11 hours ago
MtGrizzlyIt wasn't strike three that bothered me in that Ackley AB, GLS. Or the first one - he had to take that all the way. But strike two was right over the plate, inches from the previous pitch. You just can't watch that one go by.1 week 12 hours ago
GLSTonight's game was a shining example of how badly this team needs an eighth-inning right-handed setup man. Farquhar isn't it.1 week 18 hours ago
GLSI just finished watching the game on my DVR. Very disappointing, obviously. I'll go against the grain though and not condemn Ackley for that AB in the seventh with 2 outs and the bases loaded. Richards was wild at that point and that last pitch for strike 3 could have gone either way.1 week 18 hours ago
Gordon GrossOnce again it was the bases loaded. We can bust the game open there, don't do it, and the Angels come back and steal one. We are pathetic with runners on, wilting like delicate flowers when the chance to DO something actually arrives, and it's destroying our early season. Ineptitude in all aspects is a terrible way to throw away the first month of a potential playoff year.1 week 20 hours ago
moethedogI'm also miffed that Miller wasn't at DH and Smith in LF.1 week 20 hours ago
moethedogWe get Paxton to be a stud hoss, LoMo to light it up, Zunino to look alive, Cano to rake, and the bullpen to pee it away. Sigh.1 week 20 hours ago
Gordon GrossThis team needs to give me a better reason to waste 500 hours of my life watching games, and thousands more talking about them. Tribal masochism isn't really a draw anymore.1 week 20 hours ago
Gordon GrossHere we are in May, and I'm back to checking in on Felix Days. Might as well be 2011, or 12, or 13, or 14...1 week 21 hours ago
moethedogGood for the kid! Even if he plays for the bad guys. Bad decision pulling Paxton.1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossWalked off. Mariners are more comfortable being losers. Might as well let em be.1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossSame here. Let me know who wins, moe. I don't have time for this bull. Spent the day shaking off a migraine. I don't need it back.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOLights out, boys. Not the game, me.1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossYep. I would not have pulled Paxton, but the handedness thing and MOTO thing got him. I get it - but once again the Ms opponents hit balls juuuust beyond our reach while we can't seem to do much with runners on in almost any inning.1 week 21 hours ago
moethedogTie ballgame: He had only thrown 91 pitches, in case you didn't remember.1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossMariners I hate you.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOAnd true to form this season, we don't hold the lead.1 week 21 hours ago
moethedogHey, Daddy! Sleep tight!1 week 21 hours ago
moethedogBTW, Paxton had thrown just 91 pitches tonight, and had looked stellar the later it got.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOHowdy moe! I gotta call it a night shortly...1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossI think Zunino is trying not to swing at that pitch, moe, whether or not it's a strike. Better to have a hole if guys can get a pitch there than keep swinging at stuff you'll NEVER hit. And of course we give back a run immediately. Why not? Go 2015 Ms. So generous.1 week 21 hours ago
moethedogMontero had a triple tonight; his 11th in 3400 professional PA's.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOIf Zunino can just hit .220, even .210, perhaps even .200, and belt 15 + home runs, he'll be okay for a few years until he figures it out. The kid plays GREAT defense.1 week 21 hours ago
moethedogGuti with two taters tonight. I'm serious, I'm ready for he or Romero to get some LF time. Trouble is, we're out of easily DL'ed guys. OK...so give 'em to Miller. He should have been at DH tonight, anyway.1 week 21 hours ago
moethedogZunino got lucky on the FB on the black that fooled him, but he did the job on the next one. Is Morrison batting with Cruz's bats? If so, I wondered about bats and ball spin a couple of days ago. Interesting....but almost certainly coincidental. Ackley's plays on defense were run of the mill plays in the bigs. This isn't little league. His AB with the bases jacked was pretty miserable. .1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOG, you and me are gonna make an appointment with Zduriencik for tomorrow first thing. Maybe there's a buck or two for us in this.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOWell, part of it was the difference between O'Malley ownership and Lincoln custodianship, a matter of thick-skinned self-confidence as opposed to thin-skinned arrogance. Anyway, the M's can thank you and me for sparking this rally. A Sac Fly!1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossCatchers aren't supposed to be decent hitters til their late 20s. Just need Zunino to survive as an Olivo type til then. A few more doubles the other way and refusing to swing at strike 3 JUST off the plate, both of which he managed in that AB, would go a long way.1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossWe need to call out the commentary every game, DaddyO1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOZunino shows he has the ABILITY to hit. The question is does he have enough pitch recognition and discipline to do it consistently enough. I sure hope he finds the consistency he needs to reach his potential.1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossThat's really a Blowers problem. Your color guy is supposed to say the good and bad things. Scully is both play by play and color at the same time. He's an amazing one man band. Remember, the Ms canned Buhner as a full-time color guy because he was too critical as a color man. Blowerws is no fool - he paid attention when that happened a few years ago, and even though everyone loves Jay... got the RUN! Ackley can't do jack, but at least LoMo scored.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOScully had a way of kindly telling the unvarnished truth. He was never mean, or hypercritical. He just...told...the...truth...as he saw it. ZUNINO! Let's keep this banter up, Gordon, we seem to be ONTO something!1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossGood job on going the other way, Mike. If we can get a fly ball to plate another run, we might have a shot at winning this thing.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOI grew up listening to Vin Scully, and he NEVER shilled in his remarks about players. When he raved about a play, you knew it was legit and sincere.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOGordon, I'm glad YOU can find an inner generosity about the defense-hyping. Me, I just feel like they think I'm stupid to take what they're saying at face value. Now, I may BE stupid, but don't TELL me! LO MO!1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOSeager!1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossTell LoMo to never give back the Cruz bats.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOProductive out.1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossIt's okay to criticize the struggling players occasionally, y'know. Other teams do it. You don't have to shill 100% of the time.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOAnother double by Cano, he could well have had a pair of them but he wisely played it safe, pulling up after rounding first base on his first ball to the gap. Can Nelson Cruz keep doin' what he's been doing?1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossI don't mind the hype about defense. How can you not say ONE WORD about all the stranding at the plate? At least Seager got off his horrible swings and drove in a run. One more would be nice.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOOne thing I can't stand about M's announcers is the way they hype defensive plays made by guys who are struggling at the plate, as if to compensate. They used to do this for Bloomquist all the time. Now it's Ackley. He makes two fairly good plays, one at the wall and one in the gap, but they were nothing you don't see other outfielders make. And the TV announcers rave about both, calling them outstanding plays. I get it that they spend six months around these guys and develop attachments, but they are supposed to be professionals behind the mic.1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossPlay Weeks out there. Can't be worse.1 week 21 hours ago
DaddyOIf I'm McClendon I bench Ackley because that at bat epitomizes a hitter who has no confidence.1 week 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossFire everyone. Start with Ackley.1 week 22 hours ago
DaddyOAckley gets ahead 3-0 with the bases loaded, takes three straight strikes, the second of which was right smack dab middle-middle.1 week 22 hours ago
Bat571Let Kivlehan play LF, JJ play RF, and let Miller see things from CF - maybe he'll start to like it.1 week 23 hours ago
Bat571Tell Miller it's just to get him get comfortable and then he'll be back. Give him the Adam Jones / Robin Yount story one more time and remind him Austin Jackson is on the last year of his deal.1 week 23 hours ago
Bat571Personally, I'd like to see them 60-day DL Olmos, let Miller take a break in Tacoma, then bring up Guti and let him rotate with Smith/Ruggiano/Ackley/Weeks for a week or two while Austin Jackson is out.1 week 23 hours ago
MtGrizzlyGutierrez HR's in his first two AB's vs Salt Lake tonight. Must be soooooooo tempting for Jack.1 week 23 hours ago
DaddyOYeah, it's not a given in my book that Miller will be a successful CF'er. He has the athletic tools, sure. But will he have the instincts and other intangibles that make a successful CF'er? We simply don't know. It would be nice to get Miller's bat in the lineup, but it's pretty much SS, CF, or LF. Miller could always slide over to left if Ackely continues his impersonation of a pitcher playing LF.1 week 1 day ago
MtGrizzlyI'm with you, DaddyO. There is just no way you can have a SS that can't consistently make the routine throws to 1B. His bat plays just as well in CF as at SS. Just have to hope that the erratic throwing doesn't follow him into the OF.1 week 1 day ago
moethedogA RHP up for LAA tonight. Miller is .309-.361-.473 = .833 vs. RP this year. In a comparable # of AB's, Ackley is .190-.250-.379 = .609. An idea: Why not DH Miller, play Cruz in RF and Smith in LF...which gets Miller's bat in the lineup. Hmmmmm......??? Well heck, looks like we get Ackley and not Miller. Hmmmmmmm?1 week 1 day ago
moethedogI like MIller at SS more than most, because I think his bat can play up there. But I tend to think that Taylor is a .700 OPS+/glovey SS. It's hard to keep that combo out of the lineup. I think his bat will make a statement.....I think. Thusly, Miller moves positions. Miller as a 5 position guy is interesting, assuming he has the chops for CF.1 week 1 day ago
GLSI like the move of Miller to the outfield. I remember that as a prospect, his throwing motion was the biggest question mark on his ability to stick at SS, and now the Mariners are responding to that. At the same time, this organization doesn't have any long-term answer in Center Field, so it makes a ton of sense. On the flip side, if Taylor gets hurt again or his bat doesn't come around, you can always move Miller back to short.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOBaker with an explosive article in the Times about the domestic violence incident involving Seahawks draftee Clark. I started to include here a few particulars, but it's probably better you read it and draw your own conclusions.1 week 1 day ago
GLSThe under-29 group is the group that needs to be under close scrutiny. Who is still developing and who do you cut bait on? Obviously, Ackley is on top of everyone's list at this point. Zunino? I hope not, but then the Mariners did call him up really, really early and there's a chance his bat may never develop.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOTwo more wins against the Halos would go a long way towards calming the troops. We need two more strong outings by starting pitchers, though, and stringing games like that together has posed a real problem.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOOne thing I WILL say, though. Ackley has cost the M's more games with his (lack of) bat than Miller has with his throws.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOMiller has no one to blame but himself. He's started the season okay with the bat, but he's definitely cost the M's SEVERAL games with critical wild throws.1 week 1 day ago
okdanI'm worried that Miller will hurt himself out there... How many MIF prospects have we moved out of position? Seems like it hardly ever works out... Lopez, Figgins, Miller, Ackley...1 week 1 day ago
okdanMore Drayer: Miller sees himself as a shortstop. Heart very much in the position. Hasn't played elsewhere. Tough news for him, handling it professionally1 week 1 day ago
okdanDrayer: Miller on news he would move around-I was pretty frustrated. But I'm a player. I will go out and play. They make the decisions.1 week 1 day ago
GLSHere are some more age-related numbers. I took the Mariner's 25-man roster and computed everyone's age as of today and then grouped the players into one group that was under age 29 and another group age 29 and over. I chose age 29 because that's how old Felix is. Also, I'm fudging a bit because I'm keeping Iwakuma and Jackson on the roster even though they're injured. Anyway, if you take these two groups and figure out their average age, you get one group of 14 players with an average age of 26.088 and another group of 11 players at 33.271. This seems like a pretty good mix to me. We can see the long term plan to create a wave of young talent, and we can also see those young players surrounded by a distinct group of veterans. At the same time, most of those veterans are interchangeable parts - Felix, Cano, and Cruz are the only ones on long term deals.1 week 1 day ago
SABR MattMiller heading toward utility player status might well help the Mariners, but it's unclear that Taylor can help offensively. ..we'll see1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOIf this proves to be a pivot point in Miller's career defensive assignment, it will be his penchant for erratic throws that made it happen. Sure, Taylor showed last year he was the superior overall glove man at short, but the M's could have lived with Miller's glove at short. Too-frequent wild throws they can't.1 week 1 day ago
moethedogI figured Miller would move around a bit. Marte's AAA bat may have something to do with that, too.1 week 1 day ago
MtGrizzly@shannondrayer: McClendon on pre game interview "We're going to move Brad around a little.He's going to play a little OF,SS,1B from time to time"1 week 1 day ago
GLSThat's a good question Matt. It's probably worth some serious study. I know a lot of people in the game view St. Louis as the best example of how to run a major league franchise, whereas nobody has ever said anything like that about the Mariners.1 week 1 day ago
MtGrizzly@RyanDivish: Brad Miller taking more early outfield work, catching fly balls in center field.1 week 1 day ago
benihanaMiller's been working with Van Slyke in CF today and before yesterday's game. Moving to the outfield may just be for a look-see, but I think he'll stick there.1 week 1 day ago
SABR MattGLS...why can St. Louis always do it then? Seriously...go look at their clubs from the last decade or more...why are they so much better at constantly plugging in young talent?1 week 1 day ago
SABR MattCano did the same thing last year regarding the slow start. He doesn't hit well in the cold.1 week 1 day ago
GLSI think what we're seeing is how difficult it is to build a roster by emphasizing homegrown talent to such an extent. Ackley, Seager, Zunino, Taylor, Miller, Paxton, Walker, Smith, Leone - all of these players are from our own system, and that's a lot of young players.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOOne final comment (okay, I reserve the right to un-finalize it!) Cano was the cornerstone of last year's success. He didn't hit for as much HR power as we hoped, but he supplied everything else advertised and he hit 37 doubles. But we're 26 games in, and though he has 9 doubles already he has but a single home run. Are we to assume that our $240 million player, for all the outstanding qualities he brings to the table, is now a 15-homer or less hitter?1 week 1 day ago
DaddyORight. Most of the picks the peanut gallery, including myself, was fine with. A few did not get the Gordon seal of approval, but for the most part the problem doesn't seem so much to be with the gallery opinion, it's with the results. The gallery ain't gettin' paid to produce 'em, Jack is. The gallery ain't responsible for 'em, Jack is. It's a cryin' shame we're still having this discussion after thinking we could finally put it to rest. We thought the jury had been dismissed. We figured Ackley was finally fixed and would continue on his curve from the second half of last season. We assumed Walker and Paxton would shine. We assumed Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager would team with Cruz to make a formidable MOTO, but so far the word formidable can only be applied to Cruz. By the way, has anyone else noticed that the much maligned Ricky Weeks is out-OPS-ing Seager so far?1 week 1 day ago
SABR Mattof course...all of those picks (and the Deej/Kivlehan choices) except the Hultzen one...I cheered. He just keeps rolling snake-eyes...I don't understand why,1 week 1 day ago
SABR MattMiller is defending himself up here...it's not a complete disaster there. But, so far, Nick Franklin isn't producing in Tampa Bay, Ackley is a bust, Zunino is rapidly approaching bust status if he doesn't pull his cranium out of his rectum, Hultzen has yet to pitch even one major league inning and has a shoulder that is glued together, Walker pitches like an idiot, Paxton...well maybe he's turning out OK...we'll see. Alex Jackson had better do something that resembles hitting the ball.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOWhat I want to see from Jack is more hits, and better hits on his prospects. Frankly, contrary to many fine and learned people here, I could care less what they do in the minor leagues. I want to see some real, sustained MLB production from somebody besides Kyle Seager (who, by the way, is as much a culprit as anybody for the M's woes so far).1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOBy the way, that decade-plus now includes what, six full years of Jack, so blaming it all on Bavasi increasingly sounds like Obama blaming everything on Bush (forgive the political reference, it's just so...so...APT!) Just how many years does it take to start owning up to the failures of a current regime blessed with a plethora of extremely high draft choices? That said, I don't fault Jack for his moves this past offseason. By all accounts they were fine. And I blame Chuck Armstrong in a last hurrah for failing to sign Cruz a year earlier.1 week 1 day ago
SABR MattIf we've learned anything from the last decade, it's that the Mariners are cursed.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOIf I've learned one lesson over the last decade, it's that the vast majority of the prospects we clamor for to be promoted to the the big club and given PT vastly underperform compared to our optimistic assumptions. Ackley was once the object of our affections, now he is the object of our scorn (and rightly so). One could multiply examples ad infinitum. It may make us feel wonderful to call for the import from AAA of players in whom we have a great scouting (and emotional!) investment. We just need to realize that past history should prepare us for disappointment.1 week 1 day ago
Tacoma RainI can not imagine Miller being moved to even a part time OF position until Taylor starts hitting at MLB level. Last night was not good offensively for Taylor.1 week 1 day ago
SABR MattMiller is being moved to outfield? Where did you read that?1 week 1 day ago
benihanaI think this team is pressing. Defensive errors have cost us a number of games, Cano, Seager, Miller, making mistakes on routine plays. We lost 3 games to the hottest team in baseball by 1 run and a fourth where the defense just completely fell apart. And yet we're one hot streak away from being back to .500. Lomo's continued to blister the ball, but after switching to Cruz's bats those hard hit balls are now falling in. Taylor is up, Miller is being moved to the outfield. Ackley's days may be numbered, but I still believe this is a good team and it's not quite yet time to panic. How about a dominant Paxton tonight, eh?1 week 1 day ago
okdanAs a team, including Cruz's historic start, we're hitting .234 with a .288 OBP. Which is about as bad as it has looked. Nobody is getting on base...1 week 1 day ago
DaddyONo way they would ever do it, but I wish MLB would publish pitchFX stats such that enterprising people could establish with some degree of credibility whether or not systematic umpiring bias for/against teams exists, and if so, identify the culprits and the teams affected. These days, the data is there. It can be done. To piously claim that no such thing exists while placing the means to prove it beyond public scrutiny is disengenuous. If the data will stand the light of day, then shine the light of day on it. If it won't, then either don't claim innocence or take decisive steps to change things. I'd be thrilled to be proven wrong that there is clear umpiring bias against the Mariners. So would most local fans of each MLB team. I could eliminate one frustration from my M's watching.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOOne thing that is really concerning me, something on which I've held my tongue (metaphorically) so far, is the clear variance in the extent of the strike zone for M's pitchers compared to opposing pitchers. Yes, there is variance for both teams, pitch to pitch and batter to batter. Yes as M's fans we inevitably suffer from selection bias. But I do not believe that what I've witnessed so far this season, especially on crucial at bats, especially with Robinson Cano, can be explained by these truisms. OH FOR COMPUTERIZED STRIKE ZONES!1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOMost teams go through periods of bad play (check). It's still early in the season, and we're only 7 games out with 136 to play (check). People overreact to early season slumps because they jump out at you in the stat line (check). It's nothing a winning streak won't cure (check). All true. But I agree with Matt, this team is playing like a pile of manure. The solo HR streak is driving me crazy. The squandering of a Felix 5-0 start and a Cruz impression of Babe Ruth is driving me crazy. And that's after we WON one last night!1 week 1 day ago
Tacoma RainYou mean you're not excited Matt by the 1 for 16 on balls in play yesterday for the Mariners?1 week 1 day ago
okdanDustin Ackley has started making me feel like I felt whenever Justin Smoak came to the plate.1 week 1 day ago
SABR MattSeriously...6-0 in Felix starts, 3-1 in non-Felix Ranger games, 2-14 against all other comers. That's...sad. This team is a pathetic loser.1 week 1 day ago
SABR MattI think it needed to be said.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOThat's a disgusting stat, Matt.1 week 1 day ago
SABR MattI'd just like to say...when not playing the Texas Rangers and when King Felix is not on the mound, the Mariners are 2-14. That is all.1 week 1 day ago
GrumpyBoy we'd be hosed w/o Felix. Long live the King!1 week 1 day ago
moethedogRodney tonight was the bad Rodney....and got away with it. Fly ball to the wall, tater, rope to the SS, walk and then a CS 2-4. I will give him credit, he should have got the K on the last guy....but the near homer and the shot at Taylor more than covered his bad luck on the bad call.1 week 1 day ago
DaddyOAs usual, solo HR's. That's now twelve in a row without a man on base. Still, we're ahead going into the 9th because Felix was really on his game. As we go to the 9th, the burning question is, do we get good Rodney, or bad Rodney tonight? Git 'r done, Arrow Man.1 week 1 day ago
GLSBloomquist needs to go and then Montero up from Tacoma.1 week 2 days ago
moethedogThat makes sense, that we would call up an arm, after we sent two out. It will be real interesting to see who gets the CF starts, Rugi or Ackley. There remains the possibility or another roster move, I think. That one would bring a AAA bat up and release/demote one of our guys. I expect to see more Weeks in LF which means any release/demotion options are limited. Ex-naying Bloomquist is a possibility with Taylor up now..1 week 2 days ago
DaddyORe: Weeks, I still have a pretty high degree of confidence in him. If we were in the thick of a race (get your REARS IN GEAR, gentlemen!), he could yet prove to be a crucial piece of this team.1 week 2 days ago
MtGrizzly@ProspectInsider: Rickie Weeks doing his job as lefty killer: 7-for-21, 3 BB, 5 SO, 2B, 2 HR. 2-for-24 v RHP.1 week 2 days ago
MtGrizzlyJackson to the DL and pur old buddy Mark Lowe has been called up.1 week 2 days ago
moethedogCall him up, if he did! We need some of that in Safeco!!! Should be "sat" and not "set" in my previous post, btw.1 week 2 days ago
SABR MattFor a second there I thought you were saying that Alex Jackson scored 15 runs in one game. LOL1 week 2 days ago
moethedogJackson scored 15 in today's day game. Pizzano and Deej both set it out.1 week 2 days ago
SABR MattThere are only two proper responses to a team playing like this: 1) Fire seven people and threaten another seven or 2) kum-baya fest - try to get them to believe you have their back with pep talks and a few small moves to give them support. I would opt for version #1...Z seems to be attempt version #2. Biemel is his call because he was successful last year and is a veteran who is unlikely to crack under pressure the way that Olson did. He's not GOOD...but at least he's not likely to play on tilt. If it were me? I'd trade Ackley to I don't care who for I don't care what, flat release Morrison, send Zunino down to AAA DL Jackson, move Miller to CF, call up Taylor for SS, call up Kivlehan for LF, call up Montero for 1B...I'd have kept Medina up, sent Olson to AAA, sent Walker to AAA and picked up a veteran starter off the wire.1 week 2 days ago
IcebreakerXBeimel? BEIMEL?1 week 2 days ago
GLSJackson definitely needs to hit the DL. It's for his own good. You have to look out for your players.1 week 2 days ago
moethedogLet's just say that Jackson's ankle is a bit worse than Day-to-Day. It would give the M's a great opportunity to pick a AAA bat and let him swing away. YOu could put Rugi in CF (or just call up Jones) and plug in your new bat in LF (or at DH if it is Montero, moving Cruz to RF and Smith to LF). If Jackson is tweaked, it gives you the perfect opportunity to plop Ackley on the bench for a while, too. Sometimes stupid things spark teams. Maybe it will be Taylor, but this team needs a spark.1 week 2 days ago
moethedogLooks like Chris Taylor and Beimel are the guys coming up. If Taylor is coming up, he likely is getting the SS starts. Zunino is completely lost on sliders away. Since getting 6 hits in his first 5 games this year, Ackley has gone 6-43, w/1 double (tonight), and one BB. That's a .139-.159-.163 line. His BABIP is below .200....because he can't hit a ball hard, at all.1 week 2 days ago
GrumpyThe good news is that there is a ton of great content over at Field Gulls to distract one from the April Ms debacle.1 week 2 days ago
moethedogPizzano finishes with 2 hits. Jabari Blash with 2 doubles in Jackson. He's had three hits in two AA games, all doubles. He sure can't hit AAA pitching, however.1 week 2 days ago
SABR MattNot going to watch another Mariner game until they reach .500. Could happen in five games or five seasons...hard to say right now.1 week 3 days ago
SABR MattThis team a joke of itself. If they go on to have a good year, it will be because they completely changed how they play baseball. In this form, they are a last place team. Second to last only because the Rangers are even worse.1 week 3 days ago
SABR MattMedina down? Interesting...and unexpected. Olson needed to go...he was not at all cutting it.1 week 3 days ago
MtGrizzly@MarinersPR: The #Mariners have optioned LHP Tyler Olson and RHP Yoervis Medina to AAA Tacoma (post-game). Corresponding moves to be made tomorrow.1 week 3 days ago
moethedogPizzano is 1 'fer 1 tonight.1 week 3 days ago
TaroThe bigger issues are Walker and Zunino. We badly need both and neither look MLB ready.1 week 3 days ago
TaroI'm not that worried about Ackely or LoMo. Both are hitting into terrible luck and should be able to get back to average if it doesn't affect their confidence.1 week 3 days ago
moethedogBTW, I left Kivlehan off that list simply because he will likely get some more AAA time. Left Pizzano off, too, just because he's going to get his Tacoma promotion in the next 10 days, or so.1 week 3 days ago
moethedogIt was a good point, GLS. Ackley ISO'ed .230 in Day games last year.His career # is .140. That may even run more of a red flag up about Ackley. His 99 OPS in '14 may not be sustainable, without some huge outlying numbers like that. Really, I'm ready for him to be out of the lineup. Make him your bench OF/1B, pick and choose his matchups. Romero, Guti, Taylor, Rugi fulltime, Pizzano or James Jones....anything else, but to do that, you have to release Weeks or Rugi.1 week 3 days ago
Tacoma RainHow many pitches will it take to strike out Zunino in the 9th... 3 or 4?1 week 3 days ago
GLSThat's right. Last year was when Ackley's day/night split surfaced. I may not have been clear on that before.1 week 3 days ago
GLSI think the Astros are good.1 week 3 days ago
moethedogOK, I was was busy with Italian cuisine and Oregon wines yesterday, so I missed my daily Pizzano report. Here it is for Saturday: 2 more hits, Avg. up to .415. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Morrison is better, right now. Glad to see it. BTW, for his career, Ackley has no Day/Night split. His numbers are eerily identical, as a matter of fact....but he sure did have a huge split last year.1 week 3 days ago
SABR MattIf the Astros outclass us this badly...then either I have a wrong estimation in my head and the Stros really are a dynastic team about to conquer the world...or we suck. Hard.1 week 3 days ago
GLSI wonder if the Brewers would give up Gerardo Parra. He's a comparable player to Ackley, but without the day/night split. He's also a free agent at the end of the year, but not good enough that he'll get a qualifying offer.1 week 3 days ago
Tacoma RainHey, we swept Texas just a couple days ago, so we are not completely terrible. We just have to admit the Astros are a MUCH better team than the Mariners this year. Combine that with how well the Astros have played against the Mariners the past 2 years, just admit it. The Astros are the Mariners' Daddy. They own us. The Mariners are inferior. The Astros have gotten in the Mariners heads, and the Mariners are just no match for them.1 week 3 days ago
SABR MattIt's not the blips by Walker and Paxton...it's the disastrous bad overall play by the team...bad situational hitting, bad defense, bad baserunning, bad everything. They're not going to win anything this way.1 week 3 days ago
rick82Maybe Lloyd should go ahead and put Ackley at lead off against right handers so he can get two ABs before it gets dark. After that, look to use the other half of the platoon if the opportunity presents itself.1 week 3 days ago
rick82Well, I think we can squeeze into a one game playoff, I mean, stranger things have happened. But there's a reason they call them strange.1 week 3 days ago
GLSI'm watching on my DVR. I think I'm about 40 minutes behind. Anyway, Ackley just hit a double. I wasn't surprised by that because of what I found out the other day about his day/night splits.1 week 3 days ago
rick82We ran into a buzz saw - but the first two games were easily in our grasp and we squandered them. Reminds me of that horrible Cleveland series two seasons ago, a four game sweep in May just when we looked like we were righting the ship. I still figure we'll end up above .500. But hard to imagine a pennant or playoffs right now.1 week 3 days ago
DaddyOI am dutifully not tuning in the game today, in hopes that will trigger a win.1 week 3 days ago
Tacoma RainGuys, it has to be Bloomquist... or Zunino.1 week 3 days ago
DaddyOThere's something missing on this team, and they'd better find it fast. Agreed with your comment, Griz. It probably needs to come from a player. At this point we have some highly entertaining blasts from Nelson Cruz and not much else. It's difficult to swallow that we imported a slugger, he turns out to start the season hitting like Cabrera (or Babe Ruth!), yet our team is off to what is beginning to look like a disastrous start.1 week 3 days ago
MtGrizzlySo who is the guy on this team that will hold the players-only meeting and give the team a much neede butt chewing? Cano isn't that guy. I don't think Cruz or Seager are that guy. Can't really be a pitcher. Not sure anyone would listen to any one of the guys in the flailing, flopping mass of young hitters.1 week 3 days ago
Tacoma RainWho would have thought we would actually looking forward to a player or to getting hurt so we could get a look at players in Tacoma.1 week 3 days ago
DaddyOSome? So far it's been the preponderance of their starts. That's what's surprising and disconcerting.1 week 3 days ago
GLSGoing into this season, we all knew that Taijuan and Paxton would have some games like this.1 week 3 days ago
GLSSteady hand at the tiller folks.1 week 3 days ago
SABR MattPretty sure that the Mariners are not going to win anything in 2015.1 week 3 days ago
rick82Oh no, we suck again.1 week 4 days ago
DaddyOAnother series lost.1 week 4 days ago
DaddyOSeattle Stranders vs. Houston Caplitalizers. Seattle Meltdowns vs. Houston Recuperators.1 week 4 days ago
DaddyOHome runs are great and all, but can we get a few with men on base?1 week 4 days ago
GLSChris Taylor needs to come up in place of Willie Bloomquist. I understand that for Taylor, this time in Tacoma is basically spring training, but it's time for spring training to be over.1 week 4 days ago
rick82Well, another month to play to "see what we got". Probably would be a good thing to scrape together a few more runs and win the next two, or be staring at 8 games back. The offense looks like a steaming pile right now, but that could change in a hurry and look more like a regular pile. We liked this lineup (sort of) going into the season. But yeah, if Larry, Curly and Moe don't start to demonstrate league averageness, it's off to Smoakland, Tacomaland, DFAland, etc. Pizzano can do what Ackley does, or even what Ackley did in his June Rookie debut. Speed demon Montero deserves another shot. Chris Taylor - heck yes. Get some hungry kids in there to augment the guys who we know are capable.1 week 4 days ago
Bat571With Kivlehan on first and Montero on third, Kivlehan stole second and the second baseman botched the throw home when Montero moved that way. He scored and Kivlehan ended up on third.1 week 4 days ago
rick82Ok, the box score says Jesus Montero stole home tonight. The story behind that should be something.1 week 4 days ago
Tacoma RainGotta like the Clinton boys with a 3 pitcher no hitter - Missaki, Kerski and Scott.1 week 4 days ago
moethedogYour friendly nightly Pizzano report: Just 3-5 today, now up to .410. Deej with a double and his first AA tater.1 week 4 days ago
DaddyOI'm doing something REALLY exciting while the game's on in the background-- Adding iTunes smart playlists for artists with only one or two songs in my library. Totally meaningless, just like this game.1 week 4 days ago
Tacoma RainDo these guys even care if they win or lose? Based on yesterday and today, I'm having a difficult time telling.1 week 5 days ago
DaddyOI want to revise my nickname suggestion for the Baseball Club of Seattle: They ought to be called the Seattle Stranders.1 week 5 days ago
mojicianForgot about Brandon Maurer. He is the Padres new middle reliever. He has 10 innings of .450 ERA. He was doing better but gave up runs on Monday and Wednesday.1 week 5 days ago
mojicianCorey Hart is a bench bat for the Pirates. He is hitting .211/.250/.421 with a double and a home run in 19 abs. Kendrys Morales of yore is back! With the Royals this year he is .315/.364./.389 with 7 doubles and 3 home runs. Conclusion: The Royals are the only team that should ever sign ex-Mariners. They have a track record of excellence dating back to Jason Vargas and Raul Ibanez. Every other team just doesn't know how to do it, except the Smoak thing seems to be working out.1 week 5 days ago
mojicianCondor came back on Sunday from his knee injury. He's ofered every night except Wednesday where he got two singles. Smoak is carrying a .229/.372/.429 line with two homeruns and a double. Maybe the bouncy astroturf field in Toronto is doing him some good. Also, they've had him on a strict platoon with only two LHP at bats. Those fifty years of torment perfecting Smoak's RH swing might have been a waste of time.1 week 5 days ago
phxterryMy beef with Ackley is that he seems to just meander in his own dream-world, oblivious to the situational requirements of his chosen profession - MLB Baseball Player. Last night's AB in the ninth was the final straw for me when he struck-out - again - in a high-leverage at bat. If I'm GM, he's gone today for a bag of balls because I can't win a pennant with him playing significant ant innings -- he's just too unreliable and, frankly, not good enough to be in a bat-first position. Rugs is in full-time as of today til a better replacement comes along. My $.02.1 week 5 days ago
mojicianNick Franklin has been out all year for the Rays with a strained oblique.1 week 5 days ago
mojicianChris Young is pitching for the Royals. 1.86 ERA in nine innings of middle relief. He's still doing his thing.1 week 5 days ago
rick82Don't care so much about speed. Just a non outmaker.1 week 5 days ago
rick82Not sure how much more of Ackley I can take, and Pizzano is hot. As a hitter, maybe last year's James Jones who can walk. Run him out there with Weeks, and see if we can get a month like we did Jones last season.1 week 5 days ago
rick82Haha, Matt. I see spell check did what it tried to do to me: turn Pizzano to Pizza No.1 week 5 days ago
moethedogOoops...sorry for the double post. Hey Matt, I'm not advocating a Pizzano promotion to Seattle (his Tacoma ticket will come soon enough). I'm just saying that (IMHO) he'll be fine eventually as a MLB hitter. And if we gave Romero the next 15 starts (mostly giving him the platoon advantage like Ackley gets) in LF, 60 PA's overall, I' am saying that I would bet he hits better than a 73 OPS+. I know about Ackley's upside: See the post below. And I will admit that he's been bit by a low vR BABIP. Despite that, I won't be surprised if we see a bit more of Rugi/Weeks in LF for a while. Ackley even at .700 OPS is quite nice, but nothing special.1 week 5 days ago
GLSAckley really is a strange bird. The dude has proven that he can absolutely own minor league pitching. At the major league level, he's just not quite there.1 week 5 days ago
GLSI don't see that we have a better option than Ackley, unless it's Weeks. Kivlehan needs to get AAA at-bats.1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattBasically...if we're going to replace Ackley (I am not opposed to the notion) it needs to be for "sure thing" production...not a rookie. Not now. We're in a pennant chase season and our prospects don't have the sort of upside that should get them inot the line-up ahead of Ackley except perhaps Kivlehan.1 week 5 days ago
moethedogI should do a thread on this don't have the time. Guys, at some point we have to decide that we currently have Brian Anderson as our everyday LF'er. Well, sort of. Brian Anderson played OF from '05-'09, seeing action for the White and Red Sox. He had career #s of .227-.290-.370, pretty close to the #'s Ackley has thrown up, minus his rookie season. Anderson was the 15th overall pick, out of Arizona, in '03. He hit the snot out of the ball through a quick MiLB rise to the majors, getting to Chi-Town in less than 3 full seasons. He was enough of an athlete that after his CF career washed up, he pitched his way up to AAA. In '09-'10, he allowed 11 hits and two BBs in 14.2 AA/AAA innings.1 week 5 days ago
moethedogI should do a thread on this don't have the time. And basically I did last year. Guys, at some point we have to decide that we currently have Brian Anderson as our everyday LF'er. Well, sort of. Brian Anderson, you ask? Brian Anderson played CF from '05-'09, seeing action for the White and Red Sox. He had career #s of .227-.290-.370, pretty close to the #'s Ackley has thrown up, minus his rookie season. Anderson was the 15th overall pick, out of Arizona, in '03. He hit the snot out of the ball through a quick MiLB rise to the majors, getting to Chi-Town in less than 3 full seasons. He was enough of an athlete that after his CF career washed up, he pitched his way up to AAA. In '09-'10, he allowed 11 hits and two BBs in 14.2 AA/AAA innings.1 week 5 days ago
moethedogAnderson was an athlete (even siging again with Chicago this Jan.)...but despite his credentials, he just wasn't a very good hitter in the majors. However, even he got hot now and again; He hit .305-.345-.450 in July/August of '06, over 147 PA's. Ackley was something like .317-.346-.520 over July/August of '14. His spots haven't changed much, however. Just sayin'!! If he doesn't smoke the ball pretty soon, and consistently, then there is a not-so-distant day when he has to be a 4th OF, with more PT when he gets hot. Or he's trade bait. Two months of ripping Ackley would make for two months of fun, wouldn't it? Anybody betting on that?1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattAnd you claim that Romero could come up here and out hit Ackley...if only he had some big league at bats trying to do just that...ooooh...he did. ..how'd that go?1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattNot saying Pizza no is never going to perform at this level. ..he very well might. I am however saying that I'm tired of retraining anew wave of prospects and going through their growing pains for years. And I'm also saying that if pizzano might hit AS WELL AS Ackley or Hatteberg...I fail to see the point in rushing him up here. That isn't a ceiling worth getting overly eager about1 week 5 days ago
moethedogWere he a high K guy, I would worry about his ability to translate to the bigs. He isn't. As an interesting aside: In 378 AA PA's, Logan Morrison hit .267 (.291 BABIP), ISO'ed .167 and had 30 XB's w/10 HR's. In 387 AA PA's, Pizzano has hit .256 (.274 BABIP), ISO'ed .164, with 30 XB's and 9 HR's. And the Logan Morrison that came up was a heck of a hitter, until homers somehow became important. Nobody knocked the bat out of his hands his rookie year. OK, I know, Morrison was younger.....but I'm not that biased against guys with college years. He hits ropes (some of his AA homers are pretty impressive), walks and doesn't K, he'll be fine.1 week 5 days ago
moethedogSince his rookie year, in nearly 1700 PA's, Ackley is .238-.293-.357, which probably works out to about an 85 OPS+, or there-abouts. Pizzano wouldn't be THAT good starting next week? Heck, Kivlehan, Guti, Romero, Taylor and Montero would all be better than that, starting next week. None of which am I advocating, mind you. Well, not yet. Pizzano will be fine.1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattOBP in the minors doesn't generally translate unless you can do enough damage to scare pitchers out of the strikezone...don't bank the .360 ISO until he proves he can hit 40 XBH in Safeco.1 week 5 days ago
moethedogLast year in AA Pizzano ISO'ed .176. In '11 Seager (combined AA/AAA ISO'ed .162 with all of 11 homers. Cano ISO'ed in '04 (combined AA/AAA exactly .174 with 13 homers. Jackson ISo'ed .135 in AA and .105 in AAA and then went .107, .125, .175 in his first the years in the bigs. The jury is hardly in on Pizzano's ability to hit 30+ doubles and 10+ homers. Hit close to .300 and OBP at .360 while playing a COF spot, well then...your name is Randy Winn or David DeJesus. Goodness knows I really like Kivlehan, but I'm not sneering at a guy who gets on base at a 36%+ clip.1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattPizzano would get the bat knocked out of his hands. We need power in LF. Give me Kivlehan1 week 5 days ago
rick82Pizzano for Left!1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattI recognize that the situation is somewhat different. I just fear that the plan for this club to be successful involved too many assumptions about things continuing from last year. Remember how, before the off-season, I was saying that the Mariners needed to add 60 runs just to probabilistically reach stasis with 2014's run differential? This is why. The bullpen is giving back about 30 runs by itself. And the rotation is giving back the other 30...though hopefully that is calming down now.1 week 5 days ago
GrumpyYes but in 2010 we were relying on old over the hill players and completely unproven kids who turned out to be much less than was universally predicted. Now we have solid talent at pretty much every position. Good backups are available in Tacoma. We have a good bench. All it will take is for the different components of the team to gel. In other words there is huge untapped upside in this team versus 2010.1 week 5 days ago
moethedog7 runs in the 1st for Tacoma. Pizzano with 2 of the 6 Jackson hits.1 week 5 days ago
MtGrizzlyI've been remembering 2010 quite a bit if late, Matt1 week 5 days ago
OBFI thought for sure weeks would pinch hit there.... but the college hitter of the decade should be able to bring a man in from 3rd with less than 2 outs, regardless of pitcher handedness... :(1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattThis team is making me remember 2010. That team also ALMOST made it to .500 at the end of April. Remember that? 10-11 going into the final game...and the final game was CLIFF LEE making his debut for the club after a minor injury? He pitched great...and the team lost by one run in a late rally? To go to 10-12? And they were never relevant again for the rest of the year? High expectations for that club? Everyone thinking Z was making all the right moves? I fear for this team.1 week 5 days ago
rick82It's pretty bad when you'd rather see Bloomquist pinch hit for Ackley. Ackley was hopeless against Sipp at a key moment.1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattThat call was such horse-manure...and the pitch to Altuve was the ultimate McClendon-branded horse-manure pitch. I hate this team.1 week 5 days ago
MtGrizzlyWhy do I torture myself watching this team?1 week 5 days ago
OBFIs baserunners per run a kept stat? If it is we are surely last in all of organised baseball history... :(1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattWhy are so awful at bringing runners in from third?1 week 5 days ago
Bat571Hultzen to start tomorrow at Jackson? Getting better all the ti-i-ime, get-ting, get-ting, bet-ter!1 week 5 days ago
SABR MattPaxton doing a great job pitching under pressure tonight1 week 5 days ago
DaddyOWe may have just handed Houston the ballgame on Seth Smith's offline throw to third. 2nd and 3rd, nobody out.1 week 5 days ago
DaddyOJust saw on game broadcast that Hultzen will be making the first MiLB start of his comeback in AA Jackson.1 week 5 days ago
Bat571After Roenis Elias' job in his first start, Walker and Paxton are really bearing down! ;-) Iwakuma meet Wally Pipp?1 week 6 days ago
Bat571The Paxton of the 4th and 5th innings seems to be the one Lonnie and Doc have been telling us was coming.1 week 6 days ago
MtGrizzly@CurtoWorld: Rainiers roster move: OF Carlos Quentin is no longer with the club. He went home to be with his family, according to Tacoma MGR Pat Listach.1 week 6 days ago
mojicianScot Feldman is lookin' kind of sloppy and gophery this eve.1 week 6 days ago
mojicianWhaa?1 week 6 days ago
MtGrizzly@GregJohnsMLB: Roof open at Minute Maid Park, Nelson Cruz just launched two balls out of park -- over rail-road tracks above left field. Out of stadium.1 week 6 days ago
SABR MattLies...not less1 week 6 days ago
SABR MattThe less colleges tell to rob middle class America of huge sums of taxpayer money so that they can Jack up tuition, keep their enrollment up, and hire seven gazillion new administrators to suckle the government teat is indeed scandalous.1 week 6 days ago
GLSThe student loan situation in this country is scandalous.1 week 6 days ago
SABR MattLast night, it looked like Morrison was trying very hard to get on top of the ball...maybe he noticed that his usual strength had vanished.1 week 6 days ago
SABR Mattlearn from my fail - never get 56,000 dollars in debt from student loans - the monthly payments will barely cover the interest on the loan once it is consolidated and you'll be stuck with a debt mountain your entire life.1 week 6 days ago
GLSSo LoMo must have made some sort adjustment. I was wondering if finding a way to ease off a little bit would be the way to go.1 week 6 days ago
SABR Mattnow now...all four of them were probably at least 50-60 mph off the bat...the only BIP that are that slow are bunts. :)1 week 6 days ago
OBFOh Baseball, you fickle mistress! LoMo: 1-10 on balls coming off the bat at greater than 100 mph... Last night? 4 hits, NONE of them could have been more than 25 MPH off the bat :)1 week 6 days ago
SABR MattIf you give the Mariners a mulligan for their 12-0 beating in game 4, they pythag to 10-10 and played 10-10. Without the mulligan, they pythag to 8-12. And that's why game based PythagenMatt is a better predictive tool.1 week 6 days ago
SABR MattFor your daily gigglefit - Cruz has already paid for 2015's contract. :) 0.9 WAR but I'm ignoring the defensive number because it looks bogus to me...so closer to 1.2 wins added...7 mil per win...9 million dollars. He makes 14 per year. But how much did Cruz boost ticket sales? :) Merchandising? :)1 week 6 days ago
SABR MattIn Earth's atmosphere, under STP, the ideal exit angle from a projectile to maximize distance traveled is 30 degrees. Cruz's homers have, by in large, been near that ideal, erring in the side of being a tad too low, but have made up for it with super-human exit velocity. 116 mph...AYFKM???1 week 6 days ago
SABR MattBecause beauty should be repeat-viewed: http://m.mlb.com/news/article/121423932/statcast-measures-trio-of-epic-blasts1 week 6 days ago
SABR Mattthe benefit of the unbalanced schedule, rick...we get a ton of AL West games at the beginning of each season. :) But I didn't think this series was going to be crucial...it's the Astros...they're just playing out of their minds right now and we need to wake them up1 week 6 days ago
rick82Wow, four now against the Astros. I didn't think we'd see such an important series this early in the season.1 week 6 days ago
moethedog4-5, I love it. !!!! I"m still not betting the house on him...but I love it!1 week 6 days ago
DaddyOLoMo 4 hits, and none of them hit as hard as many of his outs this season.1 week 6 days ago
DaddyOYeah, who'da thunk after Sunday's loss that we'd be in this position.1 week 6 days ago
MtGrizzlyNeed to put the Astros in their place.1 week 6 days ago
SABR Mattwell that was rather epic. 10-11...going to Houston with a chance to finish April at .5001 week 6 days ago
MtGrizzlyRodney likes the work, evidently1 week 6 days ago
Gordon Grosswow. easy. it's bizarro land. wooo! I think I like bizarro land...1 week 6 days ago
DaddyOOh no! Rodney in with a three run lead!1 week 6 days ago
MtGrizzlyI hope Felix is in the dugout giving Beltre some grief1 week 6 days ago
DaddyOI'll take walks over strikeouts1 week 6 days ago
Gordon Grossrodney is warming up. danger will robinson...1 week 6 days ago
Gordon GrossLord Farquhar dismantles 4 hitters - why isn't he closing this game again? I guess we want to stay in the habit of white-knuckling it. No need to get a comfortable close, it'll make the Rodney closes seem weird.1 week 6 days ago
SABR Mattwhat beast got into Houston?? 9-1 in their last ten. And we get to play them for four now. Yay.1 week 6 days ago
DaddyOOh yeah, I forgot I am watching about a half hour behind live1 week 6 days ago
SABR MattBut he's not hitting the high fastballs he was crushing last year1 week 6 days ago
SABR MattZunino's looked a little less panicky tonight1 week 6 days ago
DaddyONice play by Willie B1 week 6 days ago
Gordon GrossGood for Zunino for not swinging at the low-and-away stuff. Two walks in a game is rare for him. I'll take it.1 week 6 days ago
DaddyOEscape hatches, escape hatches. Pitchers and managers know who they are, and strategize to use 'em.1 week 6 days ago
DaddyOIn all my years watching baseball, I've never seen a ball-person field a fair ball...until that ball girl did it tonight. I can't believe in this case the ground rules award a double. Under some circumstances that could incentivize ball-person interference.1 week 6 days ago
Gordon GrossYou would think critical mass would be easy to achieve with all those bases we're standing on. A little push and our offense should be a run-scoring machine. The bottom of the order is hampering things though. And good job Willie!1 week 6 days ago
DaddyONice to see our opponent suffer from some unfortunate plays, ESPECIALLY with the bases loaded.1 week 6 days ago
DaddyOAfter watching M's baseball this month, I've come up with a new team nickname: Leave 'Em Loaded. I can't believe how consistently the M's load the bases only to come up completely empty.2 weeks 5 min ago
Gordon GrossBloomquist: when you need a guy to bounce into a force-play at home to cost you a run, there's nobody better. Grit.2 weeks 6 min ago
moethedogAtta boy LoMo. That will shut me up!2 weeks 10 min ago
Gordon GrossLoMo: Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.2 weeks 11 min ago
moethedogIt looks more and more like Jackson has suffered some serious breakage, as discussed in ST. In '12 he hit 16 homers in 543 AB's; 1 HR in every 30 AB's. Since, he's hit 18 in 1231 AB's (including 3 tonight); 1 in every 68. It is equally bad when you just look at Road homers, so it isn't Safeco. His BA has gone from .300 to .272 to .256 to .232 (as I write). C'mon AJ! He's a (over the last 3 years, and getting worse) .315 OBP leadoff hitter. Sigh....2 weeks 16 min ago
Gordon GrossSee? Bases loaded, no runs because we have no idea what this "timely hitting" thing refers to. We should be up about 5-1 in this game, but no such luck. Also, how come their pitcher gets the borderline strike calls? Is there a strike zone handicapping going on to let him keep up with Felix?2 weeks 31 min ago
Gordon GrossAlso, this just in: Edwin Diaz is basically unstoppable in the Cal League so far. Bakersfield is still a hitter's park (though not like High Desert) but Diaz for April: 1.44 ERA in 25 IP, just 11 hits, and 27 Ks against 8 walks. He was our best remaining minor league arm after the promotions and tragedies, and the dude is starting to turn on the jets. He's only given up runs in one of his 5 starts. Good to know that even with our ridiculous hitting struggles down on the farm that at least one top prospect is doing what he should. Kivlehan is hitting for power, Marte is slapping only singles, but most of the other top guys are scuffling pretty hard. Diaz is shining bright - very important for us.2 weeks 55 min ago
Gordon Gross*sighs* why do we need homers or 8 hits in a row to score, and other people can loop a coupla balls around the park and put a 2-spot on the board?2 weeks 1 hour ago
Gordon GrossAlso, Felix could have struck out both Beltre and Peguero with a more generous ump. Wish we'd scored at least one more run with the bases loaded, but with Zunino's luck I guess I'm glad he didn't hit into a triple play.2 weeks 1 hour ago
Gordon GrossCarlos Gomez can go on some monstrous runs, but his plate discipline (and personal discipline) can be lacking and he will cost a TON (Taijuan and a cache of minor league hitters, minimum). Plus doesn't every dude we trade for hit terribly for us after getting here? If we traded for him and he hit like Austin Jackson or Dustin Ackley, we'd be pretty ticked off. I wouldn't be displeased to add Gomez, though, depending on price.2 weeks 1 hour ago
mojicianHis name will be the Boomstick. And he will always be worth more than he is paid.2 weeks 1 hour ago
SABR MattBut...just because I lean toward believing he'll be fine eventually doesn't mean he will be...I could see it easily being a slight loss of batspeed caused by some other factor...I just don't currently think it is.2 weeks 1 hour ago
SABR MattI don't discount the possibility, DaddyO...I said I would tend to believe it is just LoMo being a little off on his timing of fastballs right now and that it will pass because he's not old enough to lose batspeed and because if it were skills fading, it would show up elsewhere in his statistical profile...and it doesn't. His K/BB is no worse, his contact percentage is no worse, his O-Sw% is no worse, his LD% is no worse, his batted ball velocity is better, not worse, and he physically looks healthy and strong up there. Just...getting under those fastballs right now.2 weeks 1 hour ago
GLSHere's something I've been wondering about. I know Center Field isn't a "problem" exactly, but wouldn't it still be nice to get an upgrade out there? The Milwaukee Brewers are 4-17 to start the year. A few more weeks at that pace and mathematically it starts to get real, real hard to climb back into contention. Meanwhile, the Brewers happen to have a pretty nice Centerfielder by the name of Carlos Gomez signed through next season. He's on the DL right now (from April 16) but presumably will be back in action in the next couple of weeks. Unless he goes into complete decline this season and next, he's almost certain to leave Milwaukee as a free agent after next season. And here we are with pieces to deal.2 weeks 3 hours ago
jemanjiGreat stuff Matt! No idea what I could add to your fine research :- ) but I'm always up for an easy URL …. ...2 weeks 4 hours ago
moethedogThanks Matt. And Morrison has sat once or twice lately (replaced my Bloomquist, however). Rugi has been getting on base and we will likely see a bit more of him. I will say this about Morrison and comparing him to last year. He wasn't a very good hitter last year, at least against RH arms. He OPS'ed .695 vs. RHP. He killed lefties....something he had only done during his rookie. He's very unlikely to hit lefties like that anytime soon.2 weeks 4 hours ago
moethedogLast year, in relation to Smoak, I asked if there had been any studies done on bat weight and ball spin. In general, in golf, the more clubhead velocity the more ball spin. Drivers and balls are designed to have a more controlled rate of spin. For every ball velocity there is a spin rate that maximizes distance. Too much spin and the ball balloons, too little and it tends to nose dive.Does a heavier bat, for example, result in a slower swing speed and less ball spin? Can tweaking bat weight (and length, likely) result in a more desirable spin to velocity ration? Of course, in golf, the ball is not spinning when you hit it....but perhaps the bat does have some impact.2 weeks 4 hours ago
GLSOn Morrison, I wonder if some sort of slight mechanical tweak might be all that's needed to change the trajectory of his batted balls so that they start finding holes.2 weeks 5 hours ago
DaddyOMatt, is there some reason you rule out any diminishing of Morrison's ability as a possible explanation why Morrison is, as you put it, "not getting on top of the ball the way he normally does?" Doesn't the idea that possibly "he's a tick slower now" have a bearing on his abilities? Or that his pitch recognition skills are in decline for some reason? I realize that it could also be explained by a fleeting, temporary situation, but why do you seem to rule out simple player decline. I don't mean aging, he's too young, I mean the kind of decline that just happens to players sometimes.2 weeks 5 hours ago
SABR MattBTW, for those of you worried about carrying Morrison and Ackley as starters for too long...you should note that McClendon has been minimizing their playing time of late and getting more of a look at Ruggiano and Weeks against righties.2 weeks 6 hours ago
SABR MattFrom this I conclude that the pitchers haven't changed, that Morrison's approach and general ability haven't changed, but that, for now, he's not getting on top of the high pitch the way he normally does, yielding a lot of sky high (hard hit) fly balls that die in CF instead of gappers and homers that get down faster and are thus more likely to be hits. Whether he's failing to get on top of the ball because he's a tick slower now or because he's just a little out of sync for now and will straighten out given time is yet to be determined, but my guess is the latter, since his bat speed and contact percentages are fine.2 weeks 6 hours ago
SABR MattI looked at Morrison's heatmaps from 2014 and 2015. I determined the following. 1) The pitchers are pitching him the same this year as always. Compare his pitch percentages from 2014 and 2015...no significant differences. 2) His contact percentages are fine compared to 2014, so he's covering pitches like he normally does. 3) His eye is the same as last year (he's not swinging at balls any more than normal) and 4) his run value per 100 pitches in 2014 reveals a hitter who LOOOOOOVED the high pitches and got on top of them very well, thank you kindly, but in 2015, his run values are catastrophically low in the upper part of the zone.2 weeks 6 hours ago
SABR Mattwould like Doc to weigh in on this spray chart comparison...to me, it makes the clear case that Morrison is just failing to catch up to fastballs and getting in front of off-speed right now and that if his timing improves, the chart will normalize and so will the results. What does Doc think?2 weeks 6 hours ago
SABR Mattif it were pitching tendencies, it would have shown up last year. It didn't.2 weeks 6 hours ago
moethedogLooks like Morrison has hit 2 or 3 hart ball to the LF side of CF. OK...how much of that is a result of pitching tendencies?2 weeks 6 hours ago
SABR MattHEH. BTW, Samardzija (on my fantasy team) is killing me. He is dinking around with a new sort of change-up because he wants to make his life more difficult, apparently. They are crushing it.2 weeks 7 hours ago
SpectatorI seem to recall they played empty-park games in Cleveland in the '80s. But it wasn't because they were keeping people out; just no one wanted in.2 weeks 7 hours ago
SABR MattThis whole empty park thing is made all the stupider by the fact that there are hundreds of Orioles fans standing at the gates looking into the park and cheering on the Os...I think they'd be safer in the ballpark than standing around outside of it. Angelos, the Baltimore Mayor and anyone else involved in this decision...all cowards...and stupid at the same time, which is awesome.2 weeks 7 hours ago
SABR MattI'm watching the White Sox/Orioles game for the sheer strangeness of an empty ballpark2 weeks 7 hours ago
SABR MattSo far, Logan Morrison has *ZERO* puled fly balls. As in...none. For the whole year of 2015. That ain't good.2 weeks 7 hours ago
SABR MattThat 2015 spray chart is spectacularly unlucky and clustered...and nothing like his normal spray chart. Way too many hanging fly balls to center, suggesting he's late on the fastball and way too many weak pop-outs to left down the line or grounders into the shift, which suggest he's out in front of off-speed. Looks like he just isn't timing his contact well yet...but there is no rational reason to expect that to continue. It is, however, an open question whether his 2014 norms in the spray chart are worth waiting for.2 weeks 7 hours ago
SABR MattI quick look at the spray charts for Morrison suggest that he is NOT a player who is clustering his line drives prior to 2015 and that, in 2015, he's getting under the ball too much and getting way too much hang time...and, oddly, all of his flyballs are going right to the center fielder. Seriously...look at this! http://www.fangraphs.com/spraycharts.aspx?playerid=9205&position=1B/OF&type=battedball&pid2=9205&ss1=2015&se1=2015&ss2=2014&se2=2014&cht1=hangtime&cht2=battedball&vs1=ALL&vs2=ALL2 weeks 7 hours ago
DaddyOIn my book the end of patience can't be too far away because (A) his ceiling may not be worth it, (B) we do have realistic alternatives immediately at hand, and (C) this season is too important, the most important in Seattle in twelve years, to squander on the hopes of a LoMo turnaround. I like the guy. I kinda like his routine with Rodney. I hope he breaks out tonight and doesn't look back. But this season is riding on guys like him, Ackley, Jackson, and Zunino. Over the last two years we went out and bought the pieces to build a team that ought to play with the best in the league. We assembled some fallback pieces for just this circumstance. Use 'em. Last year we missed the playoffs by one game.2 weeks 8 hours ago
DaddyOThis is a good discussion. Can Morrison's 2015 troubles be reduced to bad luck or not? Should we be focusing mostly on that, which might give us hope that late 2014 was not an aberration, or should we be focusing on his career history, which might signal that even if he's mired in some bad luck patience with him won't pay off in the end?2 weeks 8 hours ago
SABR MattIf you can imagine a reason for players to differ from the normal predictive metrics, a good rule of thumb is...."yes, that reason probably exists somewhat". :) Morrison tends to hit a tailing line drive that slices back into the CFer when he goes for the power alley, for example...this indicates that he's not getting in front of the ball enough right now. But those sorts of things are usually transient. That said, the approach would be to see if a player's spray chart is clustering more than normal by calculating for each wedge grid sector of the position chart the probabilities and seeing if they statistically differ from "random" more than the average player. The ones who do will be easier to defend.2 weeks 8 hours ago
moethedogMatt, are there any reliable metrics (beyond "The Shift") that indicate whether players are easy to defend or not? For example, if you throw heat, in the zone but away, to a certain player...does he nearly always rope it to the same place? It seems that the Morrison shots that get caught are mostly toward the RF gap. Are some players more easily pitched to, to make sure they don't "hit it where they ain't."2 weeks 8 hours ago
SABR MattMorrison didn't hit high on my radar as a high BBVelo guy while I was working for the Yankees...but he was injured for a good part of the 2013 season...so...not sure if he usually hits the ball hard or not.2 weeks 8 hours ago
moethedogI get the bad luck idea. My point is that he's soon due to hit the ball badly as he's never been a consistent month to month hitter (minus the end of last year, fueled by an unsustainable rate against lefties). OK, maybe he's changed his spots, but minus results, at some point, you sit him. Morrison may be a guy who has hit the ball hard his entire career, BTW, and not got a huge amount out of it. Stuff like that happens. He "should" be able to hit for average, agreed. but he isn't. I don't want to set him go, but eventually I don't want him in the day to day lineup, without trying other bats first. Maybe the guy just is easy to defend, hitting the ball hard at the same spots all the time. I don't know.....but I do know that he is a generally marginal 1B bat.2 weeks 9 hours ago
moethedogFrom '12-14, vs. RHP only, he was a .246 hitter, who doesn't walk a bunch, and hit 22 homers in 679 AB's. He was a great get because he was basically free. I would still keep him....but you can't really have his current bat and Ackley's in the lineup at the same time....and expect to be real good. Hopefully, he finds his inner Billy WiIliams soon. I'm rooting for him. I'm not waiting forever.2 weeks 9 hours ago
SABR MattI'd wager a bet that Morrison is in the top 40 in the AL in batted ball velocity average right now.2 weeks 9 hours ago
SABR MattPoint is...he should be able to hit for average the way he's hitting right now.2 weeks 9 hours ago
SABR MattDude...he's not a bad hitter. As noted below...he's hit the ball 100 mph a boatload of times...and yes, that matters. More than the results thus far matter. He's 5 for 16 on line drives. That's half as good as it should be. He's 1 for 10 on 100 mph laser shots...that's about 15% of where it should be. Sorry...I think Morrison is hitting the ball just fine. The bad luck is far worse than even BABIP suggests.2 weeks 9 hours ago
moethedogYes Matt, I am watching the games. Basically it is the same difference. He's not a very good hitter right now. I'm completely worried that his "hot streak" has come and gone, in terms of solid contact. And I did point that out in my post (his low BABIP). Morrison's career is one of streakiness followed by quasi-disaster. He's due to not hit the ball hard. Grizz's post sort of indicates this. At some point, without results, you have to sit him down. I've said that I would give him a week, or so. No more. He will eventually hit a bit. How long do you wait?2 weeks 10 hours ago
MtGrizzlyGotta think those 100mph worm burners will start finding holes eventually but is that enough from your 1B?2 weeks 10 hours ago
MtGrizzlyDivish then replied:- he turns that top hand over. Amazing about Cruz. Backspin, almost always2 weeks 10 hours ago
MtGrizzly@ProspectInsider: Logan Morrison has hit 10 balls 100 mph + off bat. ONE of those ended in a hit. ONE. Cruz has 10 hits in 13 at 100 mph +. Cano 7-18.2 weeks 10 hours ago
SABR MattI'd like to see them replace Morrison with Prince Fielder. But I don't think that's terribly likely. :D2 weeks 10 hours ago
DaddyOI agree that Morrison is making good contact at an acceptable rate for a slugger, and that he is hitting into some tough luck. I also agree that he is exhibiting symptoms of Dread Smoak DIsease. I also agree that despite his tough luck, at some point soon you've GOT to give someone else a chance to actually produce at first base. I'm not so skeptical of Weeks, though I admit he might not be the answer, he has a pedigree that makes him worth a shot. I wouldn't mind rolling the dice on a Montero mash either. If your "I'm not LoMo" alternative doesn't look promising after a few weeks, then give LoMo one more shot.2 weeks 11 hours ago
DaddyOTo the AL.2 weeks 11 hours ago
DaddyOI limited my statement to the Al.2 weeks 11 hours ago
SABR MattThere are three teams that have gotten off to disastrous starts in baseball this month. Washington, Cleveland and Milwaukee. Especially Milwaukee. Ouchies.2 weeks 11 hours ago
SABR MattThe real concern is that Morrison does not have enough power to get it to clear or hit the wall often enough, even if he does square the ball up. He could be another Smoak. If so, then he will indeed have to go. But the problem isn't covering pitches...the problem is the trajectories.2 weeks 11 hours ago
SABR MattMoe...are you watching the games regularly? Morrison is hitting the ball just fine. Go look at his spray chart. He's got like 11 or 12 hard outs to CF.2 weeks 11 hours ago
moethedogOh...I hate Morrison's silly arrow act with Rodney, but I'm not letting that further cloud my analysis of him. C'mon kid...hit the ball!2 weeks 11 hours ago
moethedogHere's one of the ugly things about Morrison: Other than last Aug-Sept/Oct, Morrison hasn't had 2 consecutive months where he hit over .210 in each since the first 2 months of '11. That's a long time. Hey, I want to believe that something toward his ripping finish last year is close to his new norm. My rational mind, however, tells me that isn't so. He likely can't be this bad for another month (he's 9-57 on balls in play, for example), but he may just start hitting at a .240 clip, which isn't too bad for him. Soon, we have to make a call about LF and 1B.2 weeks 11 hours ago
moethedogWithout some significant sign of batting pulses, I don't see how we can afford to roll both Ackley and Morrison out everyday. I'm not kidding when I say we need a short DL stint for one of them, which would allow us to throw a Tacoma bat at the wall and see if it sticks. As an aside, The Sip is lowyal, which isn't bad. Witness Almonte, who got 24 starts at the beginning of '14, while OPS'ing .549, before The Skip moved him out. That was at a glove position, btw. Morrison has 18 1B starts and is OPS'iing .391. OK...he has a better history than Almonte, but....but....it is time, right now, for Morrison to hit big or sit down.2 weeks 11 hours ago
SABR MattKing Felix wins today and we eek out a W with Paxton tomorrow and we're back on script.2 weeks 11 hours ago
DaddyOWith the win last night, and hopefully another today with Felix pitching, the M's have managed to avoid a disastrous start. They are now 9-11, tied with LAA for second place in the division at four games back of a Houston Astros team that will surely come back to the pack. There is only one team in the AL that has truly started disastrously, and that is Cleveland, who entered the season with some expectations and is mired in last place in the AL East with a 6-13 record. (I'll leave aside Texas, for whom there were no real expectations.) The M's can still reach .500 by the end of April.2 weeks 12 hours ago
SABR MattLet's just say that my fantasy rotation runs Kluber/Samardzija/Archer/HAPP/Paxton/Hahn/Shoemaker/Tillman in that specific order in terms of how much I look forward to giving each a start.2 weeks 12 hours ago
SABR MattHapp may not look like anything spectacular...but what he can do...he does really well now. Like a fine, oiled machine. 3 ERA in 2015. Not 3+...3. As in 3 +/- 0.25. Bank it.2 weeks 12 hours ago
GLSI'm fine with Morrison for another month. I'm looking at his track record and his age and I'm willing to give him another month to make it work.2 weeks 21 hours ago
moethedogMatt: I was mostly wrong...well, pretty wrong, on Happ. I still like Elias more. That may change. I'm serious about this;Morrison isn't very good guys. We CAN NOT roll him out to 1B, game in and game out. OK, it's early. But it may be that we've seen his most hard-hitting streak of the year....and it was worth next to nothing. The problem here is tha only Ackley and Bloomquist play 1B. Weeks has never in his pro career played 1B. I might stick him there in desperation...but he really hasn't hit very well this year, him homer tonight not-withstanding. We could roll Ackley out to 1B....but it isn't like he's ripping the ball, either.2 weeks 21 hours ago
moethedogOK...it is early. I know. But we're packing terrible bats in LF and !B and C (a position we can manage to pack an ugly bat)...and CF is pretty darn shaky.Jackson has managed to hit 10 x-base hits in 320 Seattle AB's. Oh..he isn't hitting for average either. We have batting-type holes, we can be patient....but it isn't like waiting on Cano to hit, is it. By next Sunday....I'm moving guys up and down....looking for a batting spark.2 weeks 21 hours ago
GLSYeah, Happ is just great. Never expected it. Seems like he somehow hit the tipping point where he had just enough experience + decent stuff + health and then all of a sudden you've got a pretty darn good pitcher.2 weeks 21 hours ago
rick82Wiki Leaks. I like it. And dittoes on the unexpected Happ-love. Saunders had a good night, but I can live Happily ever after with the trade.2 weeks 22 hours ago
Gordon GrossHapp has been a delight. I expected to enjoy having him here (mildly) but he's been Chris Young-ing his way as an imitation TOR arm in April. Without him, we'd be is SERIOUS hurt. The guy has helped to salvage the first month of the season. Even more glad he's here than I expected to be.2 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOAll good nicknames are either a process or an epiphany.2 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR Mattaahhhh...that's how it should look. Get the sweeeeeeeep tomorrow.2 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOGood Rodney tonight. Boring Rodney. I LIKE boring Rodney!2 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR MattI came up with that name for Ruggiano in a long string of name-play evolution. It began with calling him Ruggs. Then Ruggly. Then Ruggles. Then Sir Ruggles. Then Sir Rugglesworth. It's a process.2 weeks 23 hours ago
SABR MattCan't help but notice how bad the K/BBs are for the Mariner relievers.2 weeks 23 hours ago
SABR MattThis has been a frustrating game for the offense. Sir Rugglesworth, the Cruz Missile, and Wiki Leaks with all of the hits.2 weeks 23 hours ago
MtGrizzlyI would like to see Weeks get some time at 1B.2 weeks 23 hours ago
DaddyONo dice.2 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOWould love to see Cano come through with an RBI single, 5th inning 2 Out.2 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOTwinkle toes Ruggiano lately!2 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyONice job by Happ so far. Lately it seems like the M's offense is 80% Nelson Cruz. By that I mean it's his contribution that triggers any offense at all. He gets Seager an RBI on a groundout by hitting a leadoff triple. 'Twas nice to see Weeks hit that HR. We need him to be a solid 300 AB guy this season. If Ackley continues to struggle I wouldn't mind seeing Weeks get a real chance to show he has something left so he could get more PT in LF. But of course he's also a backup plan at 1B. I'm not convinced Weeks' days as a productive starter are over.2 weeks 1 day ago
GrumpyI'm starting to warm up to this Happ trade.2 weeks 1 day ago
moethedogYour friendly nightly Pizzano report: 1AB/1 hit: Now at .409. Deej with a double, too. Now at .193.2 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOWell, at least he made contact.2 weeks 1 day ago
moethedogDo we have to play Logan Morrison much longer? OK, now Logan...I posted that just so you would prove me wrong and get a tater tonight. Got to it!!!! But if you rack up another o'fer or just a single base knock...well then, the question stands.2 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOQuickly 0-2. Surprise, surprise.2 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOOver and over and over Zuniino has been the escape hatch for opposing pitchers. Bases loaded. What's he gonna do?2 weeks 1 day ago
mojicianAlso, since Taijuan Walker is not a state actor, the 8th Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment does not apply to him.2 weeks 1 day ago
mojicianIn Texas, every death row inmate is allowed a trial and years of appeals as well as an extravagant last meal. Batting lineups convicted by Taijuan Walker are often only allowed a short timeout for a practice swing.2 weeks 1 day ago
mojicianRe: Death and Taijuan Walker: In Texas, they only administer the death penalty in Huntsville. In contrast, the Taijuan Walker penalty is administered in both Arlington and Houston.2 weeks 1 day ago
moethedogAgreed Matt, too early to give up....but not too early to consider who the replacement might be. But remember, his numbers are buoyed by an unsustainable .200 ISO, the result of a 4 game flurry of homers.....a long time ago. I'm not packing Ackley and Morrison in the lineup for very long at these levels of performance. No more than ten games or so for Morrison.2 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattPulling for a good long outing from Happ tonight to keep the bullpen fresh. Time to start a winning streak.2 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattI don't think we need to give up on Ackley just yet...that's silliness. And Jackson is actually doing just fine now.2 weeks 1 day ago
OBFGlad to see Walker, Seattle Mariner back... For Moj: Death once had a near Taijuan experience :)2 weeks 1 day ago
moethedogI'm not moving Miller mid-season. I'll test him out in CF the spring...but the move for this year has kind of come and gone. We have young guys knocking on the door and we have Settle guys who aren't hitting a lick. Something gives relatively soon. Interesting stuff about the MLE's Matt. Pizzano's homer the other day: Simplicity = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8on25QWTnIw2 weeks 1 day ago
OBFThe only concern would be if sending Miller to LF mid season would cause his offense to tank, like moving Ackley around seemed to do for him...2 weeks 1 day ago
OBFHow about we just start with the Bloomquist to Bench Coach era :) Although Millers defense was pretty poor last night... I wonder if he has dead arm or something, even routine throws looked hard for him last night... Ackley to 4th OF, BU 1b / 2b, Miller to LF, Taylor to SS, Bloom to... Retirement sounds good to me!2 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzlySo when can the "Miller to OF" era begin?2 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzly@ProspectInsider: Chris Taylor is 13 for his last 32 with 5 XBH, 2 BB and 3 SO. Starting to rot in Triple-A Tacoma.2 weeks 1 day ago
SABR Mattpitch recog masters who can cover a pitch with essentially no pop...the fastest movers and the ones who are the most predictable in their MLEs.2 weeks 1 day ago
moethedogI am not advocating this (now), but I have little doubt that Pizzano couldn hit passably at the MLB level right now, vR anyway. The AA jump has been done and will be done again. That said, he will soon get the call to Tacoma, likely when we figure out how to DL Ackley/Morrison/or Weeks. Here's a guy who has a template that Pizzano quasi-matches: Mike Hargrove. Never K's, hit .285+ like clockwork, BB'ed a bunch, might pop 10-11 homers. Hargrove, btw, bypassed AA and AAA. Went from A ball to hitting .323 as a rook. OK, wishful thinking, I know. But guys who know a ball from a strike and have + hit skills can move up pretty easily. Especially if they hit lefty.2 weeks 1 day ago
SABR Mattthis Mariner team could sure use Scott Hatteberg2 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossI've said Scott Hatteberg before for Pizzano. That would be an 11 year career. I think he has a bit more line-drive pop than Scotty, though. James Loney would be another guy like that (though with a completely different build than Dario). Upside on Dario is what, Nick Markakis? Odds are slim but they ain't none. Just keep hitting, kid. Doesn't matter how many people doubt you as long as you come through when somebody gives you a chance.2 weeks 1 day ago
GLSPizzano didn't make Churchill's Top 30, Fangraphs Top 24, or Sickels' Top 20. This makes him practically a lock to have a 12-year major league career.2 weeks 1 day ago
rick82Weeks did OK out in Left Field tonight. Not bad at all for a lifetime second baseman. But I too want to see Guti in that role. I got a great deal on a Guti T Jersey last year off the Mariners Team Store rack. Comeback player of the year?2 weeks 1 day ago
rick82Pizzano looks like Ty Kelly to me. Or maybe Choi. Knows how to draw a walk.2 weeks 1 day ago
GLSWalker's start today looked good. Elias looked good yesterday. Paxton LOOKED bad the day before yesterday, but he actually pitched reasonably well. Add Felix and Happ and May could be a really good month.2 weeks 1 day ago
GLSDario Pizzano's numbers are getting hard to ignore. They need to find him a spot on the Triple-A roster soon and see what he can do.2 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyONice start by Walker. I couldn't stand to watch in case the bullpen coughed it up, so I went to my desk and caught up with an old friend while the game was on. When I finished with him there were two out in the 9th and I watched Rodney get the final out. I can live with that.2 weeks 1 day ago
rick82Welcome to 2015, Dominant Walker.2 weeks 1 day ago
okdanJust watched Miller run into another unforced out, when he was already in scoring position. These mistakes are getting old.2 weeks 1 day ago
moethedogFor what it is worth: Pizzano with 3 more knocks tonight. The guy can just hit. I will now shut up about Pizzano. Kivlehan back at 3B, btw.2 weeks 1 day ago
OBFWhy is our defense so bad?!?!? I knew the of D would be shaky but our IF has been just giving away runs by the bushelful!2 weeks 1 day ago
moethedogA reminder: The season is still REALLY young and we still have Cano/Seager/Cruz/Miller/S.Smith. That's a nice start to a lineup. We still have Felix/Happ/Paxton/Walker/Elias and that's likely a pretty good rotation. Things could be worse, even if Ackley is 4-33 w/1BB over his last 14 days. In 15 starts, he has 1 game with more than 1 hit. Like always, he will have a hot streak at some point....likely in the 2nd half. but my goodness, that is a long way off. I would love to see the Skip plant somebody else in LF for quite a while and just let Ackley be the 4th OF/BU 1B. Actually, I think that will eventually happen this spring if we don't trade him out.2 weeks 2 days ago
SABR Mattgood start...2 weeks 2 days ago
DaddyOWell, the pain is at least deferred by a rain delay.2 weeks 2 days ago
DaddyOYeah, I think Ruggiano is considered a qualified CF'er.2 weeks 2 days ago
DaddyOTo watch, or not to watch. That is the question. Too often this year I end up at my desktop computer doing other things with the game on in the background after another M's pitcher left with the game all but over. So far, I associate watching this team with pain, occasionally interrupted briefly by some Nelson Cruz exploit.2 weeks 2 days ago
GLSCan Ruggiano actually play CF?2 weeks 2 days ago
moethedogWow! Weird lineup. I would be he's trying to light a fire in Ackley and Morrison. But expecting Weeks and Bloomquist to do significantly better is problematic, for sure. I'm betting that we soon see two new M bats. Taylor will be one. Then the next question is whether Weeks will go before Morrison's bat benches him.2 weeks 2 days ago
rick82Well, Lloyd has decided that the way to deal with slumps is the anti-platoon - going tonight against right hander Gallardo by sitting Ackley and LoMo and replacing them with Weeks and Willie B. - oh and Ruggiano in CF tonight as well.2 weeks 2 days ago
DaddyOSo far there's nothing a stretch of 7-3 baseball can't fix. But you can't go 7-3 playing the way we've been playing. So the rub is, we've got to eliminate some of the shoddy play, some of the bad luck, and some of the bad pitching. The hard part is, we've been saying this pretty much since opening day.2 weeks 2 days ago
rick82He also his .948 OPS vs. the National League last season. Maybe the AL has the book on him.2 weeks 2 days ago
SABR Mattmaybe his diet and general nutrition/sleep balance aren't great. or maybe he just sees the ball better in natural light (would explain why he hit better in college all around, including his ability to draw a blizzard of walks)2 weeks 2 days ago
GLSThat's an interesting idea. Also, if you consider that day games are usually the last game of a series, that should mean that he's had several days to recover from any jet lag.2 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattCould also be energy related, GLS...maybe he is an early riser?2 weeks 2 days ago
GLSDigging through Ackley's splits on B-Ref, it seems that over the last year or so, he's done sharply better in day games vs. night games. I wonder what's going on there. Could it be his eyes? Could it be something about Safeco Field night games?2 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattI think Ackley's approach is much...much better than it has been in previous slumps. And he's hitting the ball much harder in this one too.2 weeks 2 days ago
GLSI think Ackley will end up having a decent year. But still, I'm baffled that he isn't more consistent than he is. I will say this, he seems to be making a very concerted effort to extend each at-bat.2 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattAt this point, my primary reaction is insane laughter and rending of garments.2 weeks 2 days ago
MtGrizzlyThere is always indifference.2 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattI vote for panicking. Panicking is a lot more fun than being all responsible and rational. :)2 weeks 2 days ago
rick82Or, we can panic. Always an option.2 weeks 2 days ago
rick82I see the Nats are 7-12. These things happen. I know people like Dave Cameron and even LL will point out that teams that go to playoffs tend to win in April - yeah, teams that go to playoffs tend to win. But nobody wins or loses pennants in April, even if they are horrible. They don't win or lose them in May, or June, or July neither. I remember the famous Giant June Swoons of the 60's, in which they bungled their hot early season starts with horrible Junes. We'll figure it out. Last September LoMo was everyone's key hitter. Today, a lot of us want him gone. Last April he was similarly horrible. We'll know in June who to toss and who to keep (looking at you Ackely).2 weeks 2 days ago
DaddyOWhen you're the underdog like last year, anything you achieve is gravy. This year you're the goat if you don't achieve.2 weeks 2 days ago
DaddyOI can't help but wonder if part of it is the vastly greater expectations going into this season compared to previous seasons. It's easy to be relaxed in spring training, that's just getting ready. But once the real bell rings, things are different. Might we be seeing some tight collars? Not every player thrives under that situation. Some learn to adjust and even flourish in this environment. Some don't.2 weeks 2 days ago
MtGrizzlySecond year in a row that the club hasn't appeared to be ready to start the season. Is Lloyd's ST routine ineffective?2 weeks 2 days ago
GLSI've been wondering the same thing as Okdan.2 weeks 2 days ago
okdanWonder if there's been a change in preparation at all. Last year, I remember reading a number of stories about the focus on early fielding work every day. Is that still happening?2 weeks 2 days ago
Gordon GrossIf anybody wants to bring a consistent glove to the park, or remember how to run bases, that'd be great too. We're having issues with all facets, sadly.2 weeks 2 days ago
Gordon GrossAbsolutely true - but the offensive pieces that are struggling (And short-circuiting rallies) could have been reasonably expected to struggle, so there should be a Plan B and a quicker hook. The struggling starters and pen are not expected to continue to roll around like beached walruses for the rest of the season, so we have to be able to ride out their struggles and still manage to put wins on the board. Also, Cruz won't hit like this forever and we're basically wasting it, so in order to make up for some future 3-week stint where he ain't hitting, we'll need more production from the rest of the lineup. Offense has to carry us while we ride out the arm struggles - if it can't currently, then we'd better find some more.2 weeks 2 days ago
okdanDefinitely a lot of feebs in the lineup right now. Here's the thing though - the offense hasn't been the problem, shockingly. We've been in pretty much ever game, only to watch the bullpen blow it at some point.2 weeks 2 days ago
okdanWatching Bloomquist take the last AB yesterday was definitely the most depressing moment of the season, so far.2 weeks 2 days ago
moethedogAgreed Gordon. Seager, MIller & Canno are all hitting. Cruz has had his career month. Yet we're still struggling offensively. Weeks/Ackley/Morrison have 155 PA's between them. They have 25 hits and 8 BB's. 5 homers, too. They are hitting (if I have all the numbers right) .161 and have an OBP of about .210. Eeeeesh. I'm willing to be patient. But not much beyond the next 10 days, or so. Then we have to move. Some of those guys are broke. When Morrison hit his homer the other night, I was watching with my dad. I told him that it was good for Morrison and bad for the M's. It meant that much more leash for him. I'm not sure he deserves it. One homer does not a streak make. I hope they all heat up as we desperately need it. I' not holding my breath on any of them.2 weeks 2 days ago
Gordon GrossKivlehan's mandatory 3 week adjustment period is over, and he's hitting .274/ .343/ .565/ .907 WITH an unlucky BABIP. His Ks are well under control, and while he's usually too aggressive to walk a ton (hitting early in counts) there are lots of good things he's doing. I still don't expect to call him up early. The Romero and Almonte-type experiments from last year are still fresh in the memory, and Lloyd likes his vets even when they're not hitting over his rooks who might. But Pat is positioning himself well for that eventual call up. If Ackley, Weeks and LoMo all refuse to hit, how long can we wait? First month of the season is almost gone and we're several games under .500 and losing series with the potential AL hitter AND pitcher of the month on the team.2 weeks 2 days ago
moethedogZunino doesn't concern me much, Jeff. His template is always to feast and famine. Feast means some homers, btw. But Ackley, Morrison and Weeks are there to hit and only to hit. They aren't hitting, if you guys haven't noticed. I know that it is early, I know. I know they aren't the only guys struggling. But, while patience is a virtue, it may haunt you, as well. I imagine that Ackley and LoMo are out of options. There isn't much we can do with them, besides just release them. Maybe they have some AAA time left. But it is becoming clear that those guys under-perform for very long periods of time......then get really hot for a month, or so. The question becomes how long to you pack the under-performing part, waiting for the hot bat part to show up. And I know it is early, really.2 weeks 3 days ago
moethedogWeeks? I don't know. He's pretty ugly right now. What we need is a tweaked quad, so we can DL Ackley or Morrison or Weeks and bring up a AAA bat and see if they catch fire. Quentin isn't ready, clearly. But just maybe Montero-Romero-Kivlehan (take your pick--Kivlehan is up soon, anyway) will light up like a Charboneau or Ackley or LoMo did during their rookie season. We could use that. OK, I know we likely wait another ten games or so....I will take a deep breath. But at that point, minus a smoking hot Ackley/Morrison run, let's fish or cut bait. Bloomquist will be gone as soon as we decide Taylor is really healthy....but Bloomquist isn't getting enough AB's to hurt us anyway. An unless we give MIller some LF time, then Taylor's AB's are really just in place of Seager and Cano...and there is no weakness there. Z's in a tough place. We're really "all in" on Ackley and Morrison....and their bats are (currently) "all broke."2 weeks 3 days ago
MtGrizzlyZunino needs time in AAA but he's not going to get it.2 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOSorry if that last remark seems uncalled for. It probably is. But we need to stop losing battles if we truly are going to win the war.2 weeks 3 days ago
GrumpyIt is so frustrating to finally have a good team... And then have it underperform. I guess it's better than the alternative but *come on*.2 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOSo I see we lost another battle but presumably are winning the war.2 weeks 3 days ago
Bat571I used to think the worst ump for balls and strikes was a tie between Joe West, Angel Hernandez, and C.B. Bucknor. But there is a new king. That game last year was not an aberration - Sean Barber is horribad!2 weeks 3 days ago
rick82Weeks, nah....Ruggiano...nah....Bloomquist...nah. We want LoMo to face a tough lefty who already owned Cano and Seager.2 weeks 3 days ago
rick82Too bad we didn't have any right handers to bring to the plate there.2 weeks 3 days ago
rick82Montero is owning right handers so far this season. A very good sign.2 weeks 3 days ago
moethedogJust 4 hits so far for Tacoma tonight. 2 of 'em homers---Romero and Kivlehan (!!!). Quentin with an 'ofer, now 1-11. Down at Jackson, Deej got the collar again, Pizzano with two hits, one a triple. By the way, Kivlehan has started the last three games at 3B-CF-1B.2 weeks 3 days ago
moethedogNot to beat a dead horse: But right at this moment, our LF and 1B are hitting a combined .173.2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattElias is an upgrade over injured Kuma.2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattGutierrez should come up soon if Ruggs doesn't start hitting though.2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattI like Weeks' approach at the plate...I would give him a bit longer. But I would DFA Bloomy for Taylor today if I had the big red phone.2 weeks 3 days ago
GLSI dunno. I think I'd give Weeks a few more weeks. Does that qualify as a pun? Anyway, the dude has a track record and is only 32. There's a lot of upside in that bat. But with Bloomquist I'll be happy to never see that guy again. But knowing the Mariners, they'll probably give him a spot on the broadcast team.2 weeks 3 days ago
TaroWeeks and Bloomquist should be DFA'd for Gut and Taylor ASAP. Potentially massive upgrades to the roster there and no reason not to do that right now.2 weeks 3 days ago
TaroGetting a bit concerned. Iwakuma going down makes our rotation pretty thin. Offense looks averagish (minus Zunino). Bullpen has regressed and then some. OF defense has been very poor.2 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOThis team is just off kilter right now. We have our new, imported Super Cruz in the cleanup spot, leading the league in HR's, RBI and slugging, and we're 3 games below .500. Astonishing.2 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossWhen we get the pitching we don't get the D, and when the gloves are active the pitching is begging hitters to blast balls into gaps and over walls. Just some consistency, please - and in our favor!2 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossLoMo's career BABIP is about .280. This year he's at .190 while hitting the ball pretty hard. That's definitely bad luck. Kivlehan is posting a .220 BABIP in Tacoma vs. his .350 career (minor league is more like .330 standard than .300, so he's not really out of norm for his career). The difference is that Kivlehan can still clear a fence or bounce a ball off it, so his slugging #s are fine. Montero is still hitting and slugging, but not walking. Wish I felt like Jesus had a sustainable approach. Maybe he does, but I'd like not to need it. LoMo needs to continue to pull out of this nosedive. First base can't be a consistent hole for us. All I want is a league-average first baseman. Not much, right?2 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXDefense literally dropped the ball tonight, but the pitching staff is just... Bah.2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattshould have been out of the first with no score...and the fifth.2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattand yes...Paxton was noticeably better today2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattGetting sick of this bullpen.2 weeks 3 days ago
moethedogHooray for Jackson!!! And regardless of his home run last night, I'm not very optimistic about LoMO. I know he's had some bad luck....but what happens when he starts hitting the ball badly? Deej had 3 hits tonight, Pizzano another. Montero 1, Romero 2, Kivlehan 1. Kivlehan gets the start in CF, again. He started at 3B last night. Somebody wants him in Seattle pretty soon I believe.2 weeks 3 days ago
GLSThis game is hard to watch.2 weeks 3 days ago
TunerJust checked on the score... sheesh. Was Paxton truly better? Please give me some hope here.2 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossThis team is just trying to damage my calm. And they are succeeding at least in small part. How many terrible outings is the pitching staff gonna give me where they can't stop the hemhorraging? If we could staunch the bleeding we're scoring enough runs - we just can't keep it under control. I know that's something that pitchers are supposed to gain with time, but neither the starters nor the pen have got it under their belts this year, and most of them pitched up here last year. Just annoying.2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Matthow about AJAX proving he is in fact still capable of hitting the ball hard2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattugh...this team is terrible right now.2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattHis ABs were better a week ago, IceX...looks like he's not seeing the ball very well right now.2 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXGuys, I don't see anything from Seth Smith. What's so good about him?2 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOBoy Paxton keeps doing the same thing start after start. Things go a little wrong, and he just falls apart. This is not uncommon with young pitchers, but boy is it frustrating to watch.2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattPaxton did in fact pitch better today...got very...very unlucky. VERY unlucky.2 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattWhy do the Mariners play such lame defense behind Paxton every single time???2 weeks 4 days ago
jemanjiExactly :- )2 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossOn the plus side, this injury (assuming he comes back from it like Taijuan or Paxton last year) should leave him daisy-fresh for the September/October starts that the kids are worn down for. We're just staging our pitchers out. No worries.2 weeks 4 days ago
jemanjiFair question Matty. As to decline: because watching his motion and the ball come out of his hand, he didn't look like an aging pitcher. (And his results are fine, adjusted for HR/F.) As to injury: We've considered him week-to-week since 2013. His career could end at any time, such as last week.2 weeks 4 days ago
okdanZobrist to have knee surgery - out 4-6 weeks. Now's a good time for that winning streak!2 weeks 4 days ago
MtGrizzlyIt may do the M's hitters some good to get out of Safeco for a bit.2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattStill don't understand why Dr. D was so confident that Iwakuma was aok and going to be awesome again instantly.2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571With Iwakuma, even if the MRI is ~clean, I expect that given his history of shoulder issues, they'll be extra cautious in getting him back into the rotation.2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571But, most of all, it lets Elias get rid of some of the adrenaline before he has to pitch, rather than throw him out there Sunday at home.2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571Elias is due to pitch tomorrow. I'd have him throw a bullpen and be ready for Texas on Tuesday and let Taijuan pitch on normal rest Sunday and Happ on Monday. With three LH in the rotation, you have to have them back-to-back at some point, but putting Elias in the slot after Happ and before Felix makes the most sense to me.2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571Jordan Pries had a good 6.0 IP tonight, before tiring in the 7th and walking 2 of 3 batters he faced. Guaipe allowed 1 of the runs to score, which added to a 1st inning, 2nd batter solo HR, meant Pries finished allowing 2 ER in 6.1, with 7 Ks and only the 2 walks. Montgomery and he are going to fight it out for #7, with Gaviglio hanging out on the outside. Montero continues to hit, with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, and ChrisTaylor had 2 hits (1 a 2B) and a run scored, Tacoma wins 3-22 weeks 4 days ago
GLS102 pitches. Nice.2 weeks 4 days ago
MtGrizzlyI hope that MRI tomorrow is clean2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571Leutge is up until Iwakuma's turn comes up (with the off day, will they move Taijuan and Happ up?), when it's expected Elias will come up. I'm prejudiced, but I expect Elias to raise his game to the occasion, and be hard to send down when 'Kuma is healed.2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattYes...a lat strain witth shoulder involvement. Doc was bizarrely insisting Kuma was going to be fine, but he looked way wrong to me...I hate being right. Elias should come up to fill his rotation spot...I hope he gets it together in a hurry.2 weeks 4 days ago
moethedogMLBTR says 'Kuma is going on the DL with a fatigued shoulder. If so, Elias is likely coming up, don't you think? Apologies if this came up earlier....2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattGot what I wanted from the king...eeeeeeeeexcellent2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattZunino is hopelessly lost.2 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossZunino is hapless up there. As bad as Clement, not even seeing pitches just swinging and praying. :-/2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattMan...Felix is very sensitive to that leg issue. ..the instant he tweaks it, he starts missing up and losses a bit of the bite on the change2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattI got good at that while doing game tracking with the Yankees2 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossThey said 113 mph on the HR ball, Matt. Not bad. ;)2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattOut of2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattHeavens above. ..do I love Felix's ability to pitch or of jams2 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossLogan's karma finally came around. It would be nice if a few of these homers came with men on, but beggars can't be choosers. There's two runs, Felix. Hope to get you one more before the end. In the meantime, continue pitching your buttockal area off. Thanks!2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattSo do SloMo Mojo2 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossNo more perfect game. I'd settle for a complete game, 1-hit victory for the King though.2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571I'd like to have the StatCast data on Ackley's second liner - it was out to Hunter in a hurry!2 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossMan, Ackley just cannot catch a break in this game. Two smoked liners (not Smoaked, but actually hit with some pepper on em) and twice out at the track on nice catches. Why can't Kris Bryant be out there? We'd have 3 or 4 runs already.2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571Felix is dealing!!! Now who again is Corey Kluber? (or that Greinke character?)2 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossWe're definitely not working Hughes to get his pitch count up, though. Might wanna score more if we're gonna just put the ball in play.2 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossAckley and LoMo both crushed liners, just not quite enough in the gaps. Cruz's blast was something, Seager should have taken 3rd on Ackley's out then scored on LoMo's (what's an Ms game without a baserunning gaffe?) but that tag by LoMo was special. His head's still in the game, regardless of his terrible luck with the bat.2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattI want to know what the batted ball velo on Cruz's homer was...sounded like 115 mph2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattPoor LoMo...so many line outs to center this year. So very many...2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571Ackley and Morrison are at least giving the Twins' OF a good workout. But some of those shots have GOT to fall in soon!2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571Would like the StatCast data on that shot!2 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOBoom Chick-a Boom Chick-a, Boom Stick-a Boom Stick-a.2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571Boom!!!!2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571If t goes through, it looks like it'll be the first deal in a while where the player agrees to give back part of a contract to facilitate a trade. There is a significant tax difference between California and Texas, so maybe the Union will let it fly on that basis, given all the circumstances surrounding the deal.2 weeks 4 days ago
GLSSurprising the Angels would trade Hamilton within the division.2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571As to Hamilton, reportedly his wife loved Texas and hated LA. Maybe this is also a way of reconciling and getting that part of his life together. I wish him all the best unless he's facing the Ms with guys on (I'll concede a few solo shots)!2 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571Meanwhile, at Tacoma, Patrick Kivlehan, who has a .817 OPS, is batting *8th* !!!! Taylor - Marte - Quentin - Montero - Gutierrez - Romero - Morban - Kivlehan - Baker! Let's hope they make it unpleasant for the Albuquerque pitcher (Gomez) and Pries picks tonight to get back on track as the Ms' #7 starter before Montgomery and Gaviglio move ahead of him.2 weeks 4 days ago
SABR Matthard to believe the Angels would be this hard on the guy...hopefully the Rangers will give him another chance to find a comfort zone2 weeks 4 days ago
TunerWow... returning to Arlington might be the surest way to recoup some value. And if the Rangers pay little -- high upside. They should know what they're getting. Here's hoping he can get his life back together -- just not against the Ms.2 weeks 5 days ago
moethedogAngels and Hamilton likely to split the sheets: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/report-angels-hamilton-could-part-ways-in-matter-of-days/ar-AAbDe9C?ocid=iehp2 weeks 5 days ago
moethedogAgreed, Bat. Guti's current hitting (and ignoring that he will likely break down by next Thursday) and glovey-ness stand in the way of anything but a super-human Quentin, I think. And that doesn't even consider Kivlehan. Or Romero....who needs to whack in a hurry or he's likely to be tossed aside. Morrison was a 2B's hitting/on-base machine in the minors and during his rookie season. Then he hit some homers his 2nd season. Then he wasn't very good. There we remain. Maybe tonight is the breakout night.2 weeks 5 days ago
Bat571Mark Lowe is certainly making a case for himself at Tacoma as well. Like Guti, though, he'd have to have a 40-man spot. But the BP has guys with options (Medina?) for a refresher in Tacoma, while Ruggiano or Weeks would probably have to be DFA'd to give Guti a spot unless somebody went on the 60-day. And with the pitching performances in Tacoma so far, I'd have to say that Kickham would be voted off my 40-man island, which would neatly gives Mark a spot.2 weeks 5 days ago
moethedogFrom the "Sometimes you gets 'em right, sometimes you don't Dept." In '13, I was likely obnoxious about the M's going out and getting the available Scott Van Slyke. Grade = A+, as once again he's hitting lefties like he's some sort of Killebrew, or something. In '14, I was all over us swapping for a gettable Steven Souza. Grade = A so far. as he's OPSing 150 as the everyday RF in Tampa Bay (did you see his crushed homer the other night?). Last winter I said Allen Craig was a bouncing back bargain bat that we should get. Grade = F-, as he's hitting about 60 pts below the Mendoza line right now. ('Ya got me, Matty!!) Hey, can we just forget that last one!? :) Oh, I long urged us to give Ty Kelly a shot (although now he wouldn't fit). He is still in AAA with St. Louis.2 weeks 5 days ago
Bat571I've got a fuller comment at Future Ms/DOV, but Morrison, Weeks, Sucre, Ruggiano, and Bloomquist are on borrowed time. Hicks is starting to get in sync after a slow start, and Guti, Taylor, and (esp.) Montero are tearing up the PCL. In the first three cases it can be argued the guy at Tacoma is the better defender as well as the better current hitter. In Montero's case, if his D has gotten to *acceptable* (and by all reports it has), the OPS he's putting up and the potential that has been there make him compelling.2 weeks 5 days ago
moethedogRe Morrison: In all seriousness (I just reread my thread about him from last August), do you guys think we are all sniffing the fumes of LoMo's smokin' Sept./Oct. (.342-.398-.645) and overlooking the fact that he's really a 100 OPS guy at the tip-top end, one who deserves a REALLY short leash because he a marginal-scraggly MLB 1B bat, at best? Re Weeks: (SSS, I know) Is it looking more likely that his '14 "bounceback" was really the anomaly (not '12-'13) and that he may not bring much to the M's table this year? He's had 11 k's and 1 BB in 31 PA's, if you hadn't checked. Minus one timely HR, he's been horrible. Re Ruggiano: He's had 3 starts this year (with 1 hit amongst them), w/only 1 since April 10th. Does he go before 1 of the other two? Re Sucre: Does Jeff Clement still have an agent? :) Re Bloomquist: Chris Taylor, pleeeze! Re our bench: Sigh.2 weeks 5 days ago
GLSI wish we could have traded Medina instead of Brandon Maurer.2 weeks 5 days ago
SABR Mattagreed, GLS...Smith, like Nelson, will walk people sometimes because his Nintendo Slider (TM) moves too much...but he won't give up much hard contact, and his stuff is a radical shift from anyone else on the staff, so he changes things up for the batter in a crucial moment.2 weeks 5 days ago
GLSOn the topic of bullpen usage, to me Carson Smith has to be my goto guy with runners on. I never want to see Medina in that role again.2 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattMark Lowe might indeed prove valuable if his heater is back to something resembling decent.2 weeks 5 days ago
Tacoma RainIf the Mariners want someone with experience in the pen, they should just bring up Lowe. He is lights out in Tacoma right now. 7 innings, 5 hits, no W's and 10K's. The only run he has given up was a solo HR.2 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattThe other option is Papelbon. Could be cheap in prospects now to acquire. The problem there is that you're demoting Rodney if you do that one and I would worry how he took it.2 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattI just feel like a winning club adds on whenever it can reasonably do so. Our pen is hurting us right now...even if you think it's transient...a sharp and rested Soriano added to the mix could really stabilize it.2 weeks 5 days ago
Tacoma RainSome body has to step up in the bullpen and shut down innings getting out of control. No pitcher so far has been nails when coming in with players in scoring position. They all seem to do fine starting off an inning for the most part, but stopping rallies appears to be an issue.2 weeks 5 days ago
benihanaThat said - bullpen arms are notoriously unreliable year to year and a sharp Soriano could be great Rodney insurances. Heyman notes that we've checked in with Boras on him...2 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattMcC is good at quickly adapting his plans for the bullpen and going with the hot hand...2 weeks 5 days ago
benihanaI'm just of the opinion that the bullpen issues (outside of Farquhar) are primary being caused by things that will sort themselves out. #1 being the starters not pitching deep enough into games and #2 being the wrong arms being used in the wrong innings/situations.2 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattIDK...I think I would consider it a good investment to go get Soriano if he looks sharp...if for no other reason than to force their hand regarding making some choices with Leone/Farquhar/Wilhelmson. But I'm not 100% committed to that view. Was curious to hear other opinions.2 weeks 5 days ago
benihanaPersonally, I'm okay with this bullpen as constituted. I just think the usage needs to be adjusted. Smith should be locking down the 8th inning. Furbush and Leone should be the go to in high leverage situations and Olsen should continue to get steady usage. Medina can mop up. Lord F's gonna hit the DL with 'dead arm' or something when Willhelmsen is ready.2 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattRafael Soriano is still a free agent. Should the Mariners grab him to solidify the shaky pen? Discuss.2 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattLove Bloomy as a person...but the dude cannot field anymore, nor run the bases...those were his marketable skills. We need a real back-up SS to take the pressure off of Miller against lefties and give Seager and Cano some off-days as well. Taylor needs to be up here.2 weeks 5 days ago
moethedogAgree....Completely. Quentin 0-3. Montero with 2 more hits. and Mike Montgomery with a nice outing: 1 hit allowed over 6 innings. If I'm this current LoMo, and I hit like this for another week, then I'm starting to look over my shoulder; the fleet Montero may be running me down.2 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattTaylor is healthy...Bloomquist needs to go.2 weeks 5 days ago
moethedogRight now....8:39: Taylor with his 2nd homer, Quentin 0-2.2 weeks 5 days ago
Gordon GrossI had "better-defending Olivo" as Mike's downside - and so far he's nailing that. Power with zero OBP or BA additions, but he can call a good game and own the zone as a glove-man. There are worse things. There are also reasons Zunino wasn't at the top of my wish list in that draft. I wish he'd hurry up and hit my mid-range expectation of Charles Johnson. Silly catchers and their elongated offensive learning curves. Why can't he just leap from Zeus's forehead like Athena, fully armed and prepared for war? Posey did, right? I'm not asking for much...2 weeks 6 days ago
MtGrizzlyZunino is young for a catcher, so hopefully his bat will come around. Still, there is a place for slugging 'feast on mistakes' type hitter. Especially since his defense and game management are so good. He'll probably have to walk some to make it work but it's one possibility. Time will tell.2 weeks 6 days ago
GLSRegarding Zunino and his contact issues, I wonder if there is even a way to fix that at the major league level. His ratio K/BB last year was 158/17, which is awful. What's a realistic goal for him this year that would be a signal of progress in the right direction? 120/40?2 weeks 6 days ago
SABR Mattoh is that all? :)2 weeks 6 days ago
OBFAnd really, even with Zunino trying to break K records, the myrid of base running blunders, and the 14 base runners per run scored, the offense hasn't really been the problem... We just need 3/5ths of our rotation to remember that they are good pitchers and have the bullpen stop blowing easy wins...2 weeks 6 days ago
OBFKyle could handle it ;) Really though just bringing up Kivlehan to be the CF isn't completely out of the realm of reality...2 weeks 6 days ago
SABR Mattthe equivalent would be the Mariners solving their CF problem by moving Kyle Seager out there and calling up Kivlehan for 3B2 weeks 6 days ago
GLSWow! Putting Bryant at CF? That is craaaaazzzzy!2 weeks 6 days ago
SABR Mattagreed G. that sort of up-spectrum position switching kills prospects routinely...and even if you get lucky, it caps the return offensively. I don't see what they have at third base that's so hot that they need to do this.2 weeks 6 days ago
moethedogI've decided that seeing Quentin (by his walk date) in Seattle is very unlikely. Wouldn't you give a shot to Montero or Guti first? Both are hitting it hard in Tacoma AND can actually defend (kinda for Montero) at a position. Oh, he will get some PA's on the farm, likely for Blash (who has K'ed 15 times in 32 AB's), but he would have to crush in a hurry to bypass the bats ahead of him. I like the signing, but I'm just not sure it amounts to much...in the end.2 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossThey won't think it's so amusing when he dives for a ball and pops his shoulder out. Not a position I want him playing if I'm the Cubs.2 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattLOL...Kris Bryant in CF is hilarious. That's a -20 run fielder right there.2 weeks 6 days ago
OBFWait... the lumbering 3rd basemen, Kris Bryant, hitter extraordinaire is going to play CF now??? I know every fan says this, by why does everyone else's top hitting prospects work out and ours are terrible??? (Ackley, Clement, and Zunino [at least hitting wise] is quickly getting there...)2 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossNo, we've been very lucky that nobody's running away with this thing yet. But the bad early start makes it all the more important that we're the ones who get it in gear first and start rattling off some wins. Gonna need to win this division, and at the moment it's very winnable. Assuming we stop rolling around in the muck like hogs.2 weeks 6 days ago
SABR Mattno one in the AL West has distinguished themselves yet. We're not in a hole. We just need to get it going promptly.2 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattCJ Wilson is having elbow problems...Weaver is still not pitching well...and Shoemaker just got splattered due to some personal problem that required a trip to the bereavement list (I hope he recovers from that...but still...) - the Angels have their rotation problems too.2 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossElias has been laying eggs in Tacoma, though.. Once he gets straightened out we'll see what's goin' on and whether we need to bring him up for somebody. My expectation is that we'll need Elias later in the year, because 3/5 of our rotation has never thrown more than 160 innings in a season. Assuming we stop being idiots and right the ship, there are gonna be crucial September and October innings to get to, and at least Elias might be stretched out for some of em. Chris Young hit his wall last year - we can't have three guys pasting themselves into that wall this year.2 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossPizzano has a pretty simple motion, honestly. Somewhat Seager-esque. Rests the bat on his shoulder, lifts it up when the pitcher starts his motion, drops the barrel to the ball when it gets to the plate. Easy peasy. I really do think he'll have a nice little career for somebody who can overlook his lack of height and homers at a corner position and just let him hit and get on base. Hopefully not Oakland. He's somewhat in the Shin-soo Choo box in that he kills righties but is pretty average even against minor-league lefties (Kyle is poor vs same-handed pitching too, y'know). His strengths are his batting eye and his simple doubles stroke. That swing should keep working for him, and as a lefty even being a platoon bat is fine. Ask Seth Smith. I expect Pizzano to a get a shot in a couple years. Maybe not with us, though, depending on our outfield configuration.2 weeks 6 days ago
moethedogI think you're likely right, Matt. It might all depend on how un-rusty Quentin can get in 3 weeks.2 weeks 6 days ago
moethedogI was a big Happ doubter. So far I was well wrong. Mea culpa. Sorry Happ-ster. I still like Elias more...but Happ is getting it done. Also, (to point out the obvious, knowing it is early I always felt that we were very likely to see either an Ackley or Lomo no good/terrible/poor season: Lomo can't get on base and Ackley is 3-25 lately. Typical Ackley stuff, isn't it. A few game hot streak with power, then a much longer streak of "dismal-ity." Gordon, you know my confidence in Pizzano; the kid just hits. I think he's a kindo of Kivlehan type guy, in that hitting the ball is just something naturally uncomplicated for him: See ball, hit ball. Kind of an un-Ackley, as I've begun to think that hitting is very complicated for him. Once he gets things in line, he whacks.....but he breaks down easily, too. I once said I thought Pizzano would get Seattle PA's this year (Sept.), I stand by that call. (But then, I had Happ wrong.......didn't I?)2 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossYeah, Ruggiano hasn't done anything wrong - you just take a free shot at bettering your team if it's there.2 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossRough start for most of the hitting prospects, though. Kivlehan is fine - just unlucky on BABIP but crushing the ball all over the park, and striking out practically never. But Peterson, Alex Jackson, Wilson, O'Neill... painful 2 weeks for our top hitting prospects not from Rutgers.2 weeks 6 days ago
SABR Mattwe have 20 days to decide whether Ruggiano or Quentin is better. I expect Rugs will get some PT during that 20 day stretch.2 weeks 6 days ago
moethedogWe've hardly had a look at Ruggiano, Matt. He was brought in to hit against lefties; he's only had 12 PA's vs. them. He has, btw, been on base 5 of those 12 times. I would like to see him get a couple of stars in a row, maybe vs. a righty then a lefty. Over his career, he's a better hitter vs. RHP than Ackley is, for example. I wouldn't mind seeing Ackley get a CF strat and Ruggiano in LF vs a RH starter one day soon.2 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossPizzano was one of the 4 or 5 under-the-radar guys I was talking about this last offseason. His struggles were almost entirely BABIP related. Just a bad-luck year. IF he goes back to his norms, he's a guy with a future in the bigs. Glad to see him taking the bull by the horns early in the season. And yeah, so far Happ has been a life-saver, and exactly what we were hoping we were getting (Even if his stuff looks like it hasn't quite rounded into form yet, so there might even be upside!). Keeping Pizzano and swapping Saunders for Happ seems like a good deal to me at the moment.2 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattQuentin being brought in suggests that the Mariners do not like what they've seen from Ruggiano. I don't either, so...good for Z to get another strand of spaghetti.2 weeks 6 days ago
OBFWell... I guess that is as "stress free" a save as we can expect from FRE, but a save is a save!2 weeks 6 days ago
moethedogAnd Pizzano with two base knocks PLUS a homer! My guys were hot tonight! Well, Romero did get the collar. Deej gets a hit...now up to .156 with a single two-bagger.2 weeks 6 days ago
moethedogMontero AND Kivlehan with taters tonight. LoMo isn't in hot water....yet.2 weeks 6 days ago
OBFWHEW! Thank goodness for Chris Carter's Zuninoitis!2 weeks 6 days ago
OBFAnd of course now medinas trying to give i away... Grrrr.... Come on!2 weeks 6 days ago
OBFHow great does tha Happ-Saunders trade look now??? I would be willing to wager Saunders doesnt see 80 games this year (or any year after, his knee has gone full Brandon Roy) and here is JA "Stopper" Happ, spinning a gem into the eighth and helping quell another losing streak...2 weeks 6 days ago
mojicianQuentin! After all these years. I hope he still has some gas in the tank.2 weeks 6 days ago
OBFZuuuuuuumBomb! More encouraging... he swung at only strikes and didn't swing at any balls!2 weeks 6 days ago
moethedogQuentin is a very low risk, decently high reward signing. For him to make it to the M's roster in 20 days seems somewhat unlikely, doesn't it? I don't believe (or can find no record of) a ST AB...not one at all. And he hasn't appeared in a game this season. Might he just walk out on May 12th, as B-R says in can? He's not going to 1B, as he's NEVR played a game there in pro ball. And Montero is creaming the ball, anyway. He gets first call up at 1B. We have lots of young OF, with promise, in Tacoma and can't get all of them playing everyday. So really, DH is loaded down there, too. As Gordon said, he's a free draw. But he had better hit in a hurry in Tacoma if he's going to get a chance. There was a day when I really advocated that we chase him. Not today, however.3 weeks 11 min ago
Tacoma RainIn Tacoma the Mariners have Montero, Jones, Romero, Guti, Rivero, and recent add Morban hitting 300 or more ... with 10 total guys with an OPS over 740. Hitting does not seem to be the problem down there.3 weeks 1 hour ago
Gordon GrossBetter have him practicing at 1B, though. This is where I say that Montero is OPSing .950 over the first couple weeks of the minor league campaign, I guess.3 weeks 1 hour ago
Gordon GrossNo one yet. I wonder how they're gonna fit him in at Tacoma though. And with his knees you can't let him play the OF on even a semi-regular basis any more. If he really hits, then Ruggiano will be the one to go, because Cruz will play more OF and Quentin will DH more, I would think. But he has to prove he can hit first. Staying healthy would be nice too. But I'll take a free draw at the deck for a one-year batting solution that helps out the MOTO. Assuming it ever does. ;-)3 weeks 1 hour ago
Tacoma RainSo who goes now that Carlos Quentin has been signed?3 weeks 2 hours ago
Tacoma RainThe Mariner OF also has wimpy arms... so other teams are going 1st to 3rd more often because they know they can and are prepared to do it... regardless who is running.3 weeks 2 hours ago
DaddyOAnd I agree also with Matt, team speed is a problem, not in the sense that we have a lot of total leadfoots like Kendrys Morales was last year, but because we don't have many guys with highly athletic speed and acceleration. Miller is probably our only guy like that. Ackley has some speed, but nothing exceptional. Cano is aging and slowing down. Cruz is not bad for a power hitter, but he's not particularly fast. Seager works hard but he's got pretty much average speed even while he's young. This is where teams like the Royals really shine, and we've seen opponents' speed come in to play against the Angels and Astros as well. We're not built like KC. We saw last September what havoc a James Jones can wreak on the basepaths in key games and situations.3 weeks 2 hours ago
DaddyOI agree with the point about the speed bumps, Gordon. We are not that far from scoring a LOT more runs. We are mounting many threats that we don't capitalize on because the opposing pitchers have those escape hatches in the lineup. All teams have this to some degree, but when you have a Zunino who you can count on to whiff with the bases loaded and two outs, opposing pitchers and managers will, when threatened, strategize to pitch to those avenues of escape. Morrison has had the same problem, though less because of a general problem like Zunino and more because of poor "clutch" hitting and occasionally just plain rotten luck.3 weeks 2 hours ago
Gordon GrossWe're very much station runners, altho Miller and Ackley are better base-runners than base-stealers. It's not hurting our scoring nearly as much as the stupid base-running gaffes - STICK TO YOUR STATIONS, MORONS - ahem. But our big innings are getting truncated by tripping over the speed bumps that are Zunino (Striking out in half his ABs), LoMo (either amazingly unlucky or just riding the terri-bad train), Jackson (getting DESTROYED against same-handed pitching) or the bench, who are all struggling. The glory spots of 3-4-5 are the only spots in the lineup that are consistently producing. Every other lineup spot is OPSing under .630 combined. That can't last. We have a lot of work to do to reach our potential.3 weeks 3 hours ago
SABR Mattwe don't have much team speed, OBF3 weeks 4 hours ago
OBFAnother questions... it seemed like on several bloop single the Astros went 1st to 3rd and / or the batter got a "hustle" double, where as even on a wild pitch we get runners thrown out... And I don't think we have gone 1st to 3rd in any game I have seen... So how can we be less aggressive than the other team AND have more base running blunders? All just bad luck?3 weeks 5 hours ago
DaddyOThey are certainly capable of extended streaks of .700 ball. At this point they're going to need a couple of them.3 weeks 8 hours ago
GLSI think the bullpen is still in spring training mode. Rodney looked good last night though. The thing about this team is that with this starting rotation and our new offense, I can see them having some stretches where they have some extended winning streaks, where over the course of a month or so, they play .700 ball or better.3 weeks 9 hours ago
SABR Mattand yes...the fear of Zod was intentional...it's my new name for Zduriencik. :)3 weeks 10 hours ago
SABR MattIt was just very frustrating to watch...especially Furbush...I though he pitched well and did not deserve his fate3 weeks 10 hours ago
SABR MattThe Stros actually didn't hit all that many all that hard...several of their gappers were flares.3 weeks 10 hours ago
DaddyOLast night the M's blistered balls and so did the Astros. The M's balls went right to defenders. The Astros went between them. That's bad luck.3 weeks 10 hours ago
DaddyOWhy is it that when Taijuan Walker FINALLY pitches well, a combination of bad luck and bullpen implosion throws away a winnable game? How can Jay Happ be winless when he's pitched so well and the M's are near the top of the league in HR's?3 weeks 10 hours ago
DaddyOThe Mariners are not conducting and unbroken string of bad play. They are a bizarre juxtaposition of good and bad. The trouble is their bad play is being amplified by bad luck. How would last night's game have turned out if central MLB review had not overturned the out call at the plate? If C.J. Bucknor had called a few borderline pitches differently? Of course, if you are playing consistently well, those kind of contingencies don't often come into play.3 weeks 10 hours ago
DaddyOThe fear of Zod?! I LOVE IT! http://i1.cdnds.net/13/13/618x879/terence-stamp-superman.jpg3 weeks 11 hours ago
SABR MattWe're great...we'll win...just need a little luck...blah blah...Z needs to wake up as well and make a few roster tweaks to put the fear of Zod in these people.3 weeks 11 hours ago
MtGrizzlyI'm getting a little tired of the daily "Lloyd excuse parade". At some point, he's going to need to kick some butt. This team is sloppy.3 weeks 11 hours ago
DaddyOFunny you mention that moe. I was thinking that last night too, and for several games now. It's as if the subject had never come up. The only speeding up I'm seeing is the plate umpires are are more likely to shorten mound visits by the pitching coach or manager. The M's new-found plate discipline is a good thing, but these games are becoming interminably long. I must admit because this body built for a V-8 engine is running on a 4-cylinder heart these days, I run out of "oomph" by the fourth or fifth inning, and extending my viewing becomes somewhat of an ordeal even when the game is going well. In my view there are ways to address this that don't mess with the fundamentals of the game, and MLB needs to address this as skillfully as they have replay reviews. If they don't, people will just treat most regular season baseball games as background noise while they focus on something else. The sport is great. It doesn't need to be a 3-1/2 or 4 hour marathon.3 weeks 11 hours ago
moethedogI'm in with Margaritaville, Daddy. I turned the game off and went to bed with us up 2, as the 8th inning was beginning. Now this morning, I'm looking for my lost shaker of salt! By the way, Has anybody else noticed how the idea of speeding the game up by keeping batters in the box has simply been discarded. It seems that batters wander out of the box, even w/o swinging at a pitch, as much as they used to. The rule should be absolute, btw, Unless you have to dodge a pitch, you should be required to stay in the box, minus a timeout, a stolen base attempt or a foul ball down the line.3 weeks 12 hours ago
DaddyOComputerize my brain. Give me a positronic brain like Data in Star Trek, the one without the emotion chip. I can't take this any more. Being an M's fan is just too painful. Who'da thunk that our year of Great Expectations would begin more like Crime and Punishment.3 weeks 13 hours ago
SABR MattComputerize the strike zone. Period. Take men like Bucknor and their biases toward game scripts out of it.3 weeks 20 hours ago
SABR MattI've hated Bucknor for 15 years now...I still hate him. His strikezone changes depending on his mood and the game state.3 weeks 20 hours ago
SABR MattCB Bucknor is a real piece of cow manuer3 weeks 20 hours ago
DaddyOGames like this make me want to join Jimmy Buffet in Margaritaville.3 weeks 20 hours ago
DaddyOThe M's make all the right offseason moves. Nobody was criticizing them this last offseason. People pick 'em to win it all. Things seemed foolproof. But they are NOT foolproof. After all, this is the Seattle Mariners.3 weeks 20 hours ago
SABR MattBrutal...brutal...all I can say,3 weeks 20 hours ago
Gordon GrossNew habit. Watch til the Ms take their habitual lead, then turn off the game and come back later to see how we blew it.3 weeks 21 hours ago
DaddyOBad luck + bad play + bad pitching = another blown lead.3 weeks 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossAgreed, OBF. This is how you set yourself up to fail. The first week? Okay. And then you right the ship... except we're not doing that. Lloyd may be preaching patience, but this team is too talented to be throwing away win after win like this. We'll play better in July. Hopefully we're not 10 or 12 back at that point.3 weeks 21 hours ago
DaddyONow THAT I can agree with, OBF. These two weeks could prove fatal to the M's hopes. They don't HAVE to be fatal. But they COULD be.3 weeks 21 hours ago
DaddyOI don't mean to be contrary, but your salary and reputation have nothing to do with those two defensive plays. Stuff like that happens to the VERY best defensive players of all time.3 weeks 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossUnbelievable. I could set my watch to Mariner self-destructions.3 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFWhen the M's miss the playoffs again this year, point to these first two weeks...3 weeks 21 hours ago
DaddyOYou can't give Altuve THREE chances with the bases loaded. We got him twice, but not the third time.3 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFNah, 250 million dollar man, "Best" 2B in the game... he need to make all those plays and none of the errors.... Of course it would help if the pitchers stopped sucking and Lloyd would stop bring freaking farquar in the game... now it is blown open... thanks Lord Loser... Why did Smith have to come out again????3 weeks 21 hours ago
DaddyOIf the M's are going to do something this year, it's going to require overcoming what seems like cosmic adversity.3 weeks 21 hours ago
DaddyOHere we go again....3 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFWhy is Lord Loser coming in to this game???3 weeks 21 hours ago
DaddyOI'm not sure either of the Cano plays were questionable. The first was a ball that spun like a top and came up on him. Could happen to anybody. On the base hit to his left he was breaking right to cover second as the ball was hit. And when he was thrown out at second it was as the trail runner, just one of those things. Now other games, he's had his share of the M's poor plays this year.3 weeks 21 hours ago
Gordon Gross*sighs* KILLING ME...3 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFI hate to say this but... where is Canos head at??? Multiple base running errors, and now two straight questionable defensive plays (one an error)3 weeks 21 hours ago
Gordon GrossZunino... *shakes head*3 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFNice bounce back out by Walker though, and Carson Smith is FILTHY!3 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFHicks, or Sucre... PLEASE!!!3 weeks 21 hours ago
SABR Mattphew3 weeks 21 hours ago
SABR Mattthat 3-2 pitch was a strike. But whatever.3 weeks 21 hours ago
SABR Mattespecially with the 8 punchies (plus maybe a couple more?)3 weeks 21 hours ago
DaddyOYup. 6 IP 1 R would look nice.3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOI always look at Ackley's eyes. His rookie season he had assasin eyes. The years of struggle his eyes showed fear. He's back to the assasin look now, a confident look. He may not always deliver, but he's no longer fearful. That's what we need.3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR Matt(though I'd have a guy warming up once that next inning starts)3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR Mattgood quick inning for Walker...I'd try to get one more3 weeks 22 hours ago
MtGrizzlyThat was a nice catch3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR MattAckley looks really solid up there as well. Most of the Mariners are continuing to run quality AB after quality AB...and McHugh's pitch count is elevated now too.3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR Mattmainly, he is punishing every inside pitch and fighting off the outside pitches a bit better3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOMiller's just a better hitter this year. You can get him out, but he'll get his hits and (hopefully) avoid prolonged slumps. His plate approach is just miles better than last year.3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR MattMILLER TIME3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOBRAD!3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR Mattsurreal...Morrison finally buttons one up and it's right at Altuve for a cheap force out.3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOI...don't...believe...it. How bad of luck can one man have? He crushed that ball.3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOLet's see now if LoMo can get a hit when it counts instead of just padding his "hitting" streak with solo hits and hitting into tough luck outs.3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyONice to see another team make a few mistakes. Wild Pitch!3 weeks 22 hours ago
Gordon GrossGetting HBP by Taijuan's fastball would not be how I'd like to take first. Glad we got out of it. Gonna be another bullpen night, though. Taijuan might just have one more inning in him.3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR Mattthat was nerve wracking3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOBig test for Walker, could be turning point in game....and he GETS him!3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOAnd wouldn't you kow it. it's Altuve at the plate!3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOOK, Hit batter, bases loaded. This next AB becomes the kind of key game situation that M's starters have been blowing. C'mon thai-JUAN!3 weeks 22 hours ago
Gordon GrossOf course we ran ourselves out of that inning on the basepaths. Mariner baseball: get thrown out!3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR Mattcould we please stop losing innings to stupid baserunning?3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOCano CAN'T!3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR MattLOL on ESPN...and on Blowers3 weeks 22 hours ago
DaddyOCano CAN!3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR MattYou know...I think this Cano guy might work out fine.3 weeks 22 hours ago
Gordon GrossBlowers is always much more interesting with Jay in the booth. Sounds less bored, too.3 weeks 22 hours ago
Gordon GrossESPN said it was the top of the 3rd, 4 outs after that last infield fly. I agree with you, ESPN.3 weeks 22 hours ago
Gordon GrossHow is it other teams get to score on ridiculous plays like that, overturns that can't actually be seen, and we somehow always come out on the wrong end? Who did we anger karmically this year? Yeesh.3 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR Mattboy...that looked way too close to be overturnable3 weeks 22 hours ago
Gordon GrossIs there some Curse of Tino Martinez I should know about that corrupts all our first basemen? Olerud shook it off, but Nobody else seems to.3 weeks 23 hours ago
SABR MattLogan...could you please stop hitting L8s?3 weeks 23 hours ago
SABR Mattoh hi, ST Walker3 weeks 23 hours ago
Gordon GrossThis is the Walker we thought was storming the beaches out of Spring Training. Let's hope he can keep it up for the game.3 weeks 23 hours ago
MtGrizzlyHe looks angry. I like it.3 weeks 23 hours ago
SABR MattWalker looks considerably better early in this one.3 weeks 23 hours ago
SABR Mattnice work by Ackley in the first...3 weeks 23 hours ago
GLSTaijuan's got a little giddyup on the fastball tonight.3 weeks 23 hours ago
SABR Mattmany fans think it's info overload because they're not used to it. that will change...fans hated pitch counts and pitch f/x at first too3 weeks 23 hours ago
Bat571It's surprising how negative the comments are on StatCast on the MLB.com website. You'd think Howard Cosell had risen from the grave to do MLB again.3 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571If you missed it, I hope they'll provide a clip of Smoltz and an MLBAM guy discussing spin and axis on pitches and how that affects movement. Smoltz then talked about Maddux and Glavine and finger pressure effects and then they also discussed late movement. I can't wait until we can see the data for Felix and how he varies it.3 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571Wonder how soon ROOT will have access to the system/data?3 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571Those not watching the MLB Network Cardinals v. Nationals game in which they are rolling out StatCast, you're missing some interesting stuff. Costas, Smoak and Verducci are doing a good job highlighting the different data available. Very Neat.3 weeks 1 day ago
GrumpyKuma probably doesn't have his blister yet. IIRC he pitches better once it developes and then matures/hardens up. At least I hope that's it. Interesting take on the Lawrie slide: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2015/4/20/8458119/brett-lawrie-slide-royals-as-unwritten-rules3 weeks 1 day ago
phxterryDirty slide with intent to injure. Lawrie should be suspended for twice as long as the pitcher who threw behind his head in retaliation. Baseball brass blew the penalties, basically encouraging dirty teams to take out middle infielders.3 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyORe: the troubles of both Paxton and Walker so far and the injury to Hultzen, the Mets had a heralded triumvirate of young pitchers in 1995, Bill Pulsifer, Paul Wilson, and Jason Isringhausen, all of whom were considered can't miss star starting pitchers. Let's hope things don't turn out for us like they did for the Mets. I don't think it likely, but history shows you can't rule it out completely.3 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOJust looked at the replay now. If it wasn'ta intentional, mean, and dastardly slide, it was a Hoover Dam good imitation of one. You usually can't beyond reasonable doubt see a man's intent on a play like this, but you can judge his actions in context. In context, you are left with a clear and strong suspicion of intent. If I'm a baseball man in ANY capacity, MLB coroporate, commissioner, owner, GM, manager, player, umpire, etc., ETC., I wanna see the Lawrie get the most substantial punishment possible, I assume a suspension of some length (at least 10 days, maybe 30). That way anyone who gets ideas is deterred from even the appearance of a dirty slide. The trouble with this approach, of course, is The Almighty Players Union. One of the troubles with unions, and they have at times played a necessary role in history, is that too often they are protecting The Union more than The Players.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR Mattsaw the replay only just yesterday when the news reached me. the slide was a traveshamockery. Were I managing the Royals, I'd have ordered him to be plunked in every at bat for the rest of the series.3 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzlyDirty slide. I would have done more than throw behind him for that crap.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossDirty slide. Lawrie should have been thrown at. He basically jump-kicked Escobar in the lower leg. Dude didn't even start his "slide" until he was at the bag, and targeted Escobar's leg. He wanted to take him out, and he did. And this is why baseball enforces its own. Guys had fastballs whizzing around em the whole series. If you don't want to take a fastball to the chin, don't take out a dude who is neither blocking you nor in position to turn the play you're afraid of. They were trying to turn one, not two. Lawrie could see it. And he took out Escobar intentionally when if he'd just dived for the bag he might have been safe. If that doesn't get your earhole buzzed I dunno what should. If he'd done that to Cano? I'd have advocated hitting everybody in their lineup and calling up extra relievers from the minors to continue the barrage. There SHOULD be bad blood. The unbalanced suspensions are stupid also.3 weeks 1 day ago
Colorado MarinerOff the subject of M's for a second - I'd like to know what people's opinion of the A's vs KC weekend games are - dirty (or not dirty) slide and pitchers protecting their players by throwing at/ hitting Brett L and other A's. (My opinion is that Brett's slide was very dirty and there was intent to injure - KC has every right to throw at him. I don't think Herrera should be suspended(5 games) for throwing behind a batter not even hitting him. In addition I don't understand why Herrera is suspended and Ventura is just fined if MLB is going to punish them. While the fact that neither of them actually injured anyone seems very contradictory and the player who started the whole mess gets nothing from MLB, except a pat on the back from A's management.)3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossI just don't like that most of our issues appear to be mental. Fielding errors, travesties on the basepaths, forgetting how to even make contact when we need a sac fly or wilting under the pressure of RISP (both pitchers and hitters are guilty here). Either the guys are wound too tight or they bought the hype. Neither is good for us. Breathe, FOCUS and just cliche em out one game at a time...3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattAs I said yesterday...his offspeed pitches seem to be rolling instead of snapping.3 weeks 1 day ago
SpectatorThat being said, Kuma is a worry. Ks down, gopherballs up. xFIP theory says bad luck on the HR (6.20 FIP; 3.71 xFIP), but that's too optimistic. IF he's losing his skill at inducing weak contact, then either BB-rate will go up (it hasn't yet) or he'll give up more hard contact (which is what's happening). More line drives, fewer popups, more big flies.3 weeks 1 day ago
SpectatorBeavan started Game 13 last year. Erasmo and Maurer were still in the mix. Team needed Elias and Young to succeed out of nowhere. Believing "Taijuan won't pitch like 22-year-old on an emotional roller coaster forever" vs. "hoping Chris Young can deliver a whole season of ERA 1.50 pts lower than FIP." I'll take Taijuan.3 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOPart of our problem has been occasional poor play in situations. Even Cano has made two of them, one a key error on a play he makes 99% of the time and the other a key baserunning blunder. And our pitching, while perhaps not as bad with regard to peripherals, has all too often completely fallen apart once things start going wrong.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattSpec does raise a great point. We're pitching into TERRIBLE luck right now. Numerically speaking, the Mariners should have a team ERA of about 3.60 right now, not 4.65. The batted ball velocities we're giving up don't even appear to be too high to me...in fact, many of the big innings have been constructed on seeing eye grounders, ill-timed errors and soft liners to the outfield.3 weeks 1 day ago
SpectatorNot saying it will suddenly come together. Just looking at some numbers.3 weeks 1 day ago
SpectatorTeam ERA 1.80 points higher after 13 games than 2014; but peripherals not hugely worse. K/9 down a bit; HR/9 actually better. 2014: 2.85 ERA | 1.07 HR/9 | 3.2 BB/9 | 8.2 K/9 2015: 4.65 ERA | 0.91 HR/9 | 3.2 BB/9 | 7.5 K/93 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossI'm glad we're not alone in our AL West struggles. We are still in the pack.. I'm just tired of the Astros costing us in the standings. We win that series last year, we make the playoffs. Just that simple. GO WIN THIS SERIES, MARINERS.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossIt could suddenly come together. Problem is, these are the sorts of games that cost you playoff positioning. If we were struggling with the arms but winning we'd have more time to wait it out. Just imagine where we'd be without some of Cruz's heroics. We could look like the Brewers. I don't see a good reason the arms CAN'T get it together - they have plenty of talent, and Paxton can be a slow starter. Kuma could find his control again. Walker can stop being Nuke LaLoosh as soon as his next start. But this is starting to get aggravating.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattRotation is in shambles though, Spec...unless you expect it all to suddenly come together.3 weeks 1 day ago
SpectatorTeam OPS 62 points higher after 13 games than 2014 team. 2014: .228/.288/.371/.658. 2015: .247/.303/.416/.7203 weeks 1 day ago
Spectator8-game losing streak last Apr 15-22, team SLG .311, team ERA 5.00 during streak. Team was 7-13 and 6 GB on Apr. 22. Went 80-62 rest of season.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattThat was a bad call, BTW to end the game...not that I think it makes much of a difference.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR Mattnot sure why our pitching is this horribad...but we need to figure something out.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattFrd brfl3 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOLloyd manages for the long haul. I'm sure if he was being transparent he would admit that he left LoMo in because he wants him to get over the hump. That sometimes causes short term consternation. (And now it looks like we're going to need another big rally to come back in this game, Lowery just got an RBI hit.)3 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOFunny, just jumped on after Farqhuhar gave up the go-ahead home run, but I was effusively insisting on the need to pinch hit Weeks for LoMo in that situation. If not then, WHEN??!!!3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattAnd that's why you punch hot Weeks...could be the ballgame3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossInfield fly. Too bad we're not allowed to use bench players when we have runners on in the late innings against the Astros. One of those rules that got inserted like pork in a Senate Bill when The 'Stros joined the AL West, I guess.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattSigh...no Weeks...easy pop out3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossAaaaand there's LoMo. Because of course.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossIt should absolutely be Ricky.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossThere's some way we can prevent LoMo from appearing at the plate in this situation right? Some legal way to, I dunno, play someone else in his stead? Just a thought.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattLord Farquhar is back to miss season form3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattSincerely hope they go to weeks against Sipp here3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossFarquhar's all right. ;-)3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattOur pitching is lousy this year3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossThere's a reason I don't bring Medina on in this situation. *sighs* Why is an easy game so hard to come by??3 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzlyYoervis3 weeks 1 day ago
OBFGood call going and getting kuma even though he is only at 70 some odd pitches, well done, Lloyd!3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattQuick hook from Lloyd. Should tell you all you need to know about WBC-san. He is, at least right now, toast3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattGot 'em...as I predicted.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon Grossgood job Mike. And Seth for that matter.3 weeks 1 day ago
OBFA Zunino RBI!3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossSeager: I wanted that double, stayed to a single to be safe... and now I'll be taking second. Thx!3 weeks 1 day ago
OBFSEAGER! Against a lefty even!3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossI swear our MOTO is kind of a glorious thing. If only our black holes would become more of a dull gray.3 weeks 1 day ago
OBFAt this point I would be ok with two sac bunts to get Cruz in and get a lead...3 weeks 1 day ago
OBFThank, not that... and I mean that literally, I am thankful that, God, blessed Nelson Cruz with tremendous RBI ability!3 weeks 1 day ago
OBFThat, God, for Nelson Cruz!3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattHit bunching, rather.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattI think that is just bad hot bunching luck...i wouldn't worry about it. Worry about Iwakuma.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossOooof - THAT was the very definition of a meatball.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossKuma: all I give up is dingers. I hate tie ball games.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossIt's weird because we have plenty of power now, OBF - we used to have a power outage, but now we just seem to hit solo homers or do one base at a time before some double-plays / strikeouts / cans o' corn to strand some fools.3 weeks 1 day ago
OBFIs it starting to annoy anyone else that we require 17 baserunners per run scored??? :/3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattHis swings look wobbly and of balance. He is all fouled up.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossZunino can't even put wood on the ball. It's terrible. Has somebody checked his eyes?3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattAgreed that we should be seeing more Sucre.3 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossLogan Morrison: if you ever need somebody to weakly fly out and strand a bunch of base-runners, and Justin Smoak is not available, I'm your man.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattThe pro ABs continue...didn't knock down their house that inning, but we will3 weeks 1 day ago
OBFTime for Zunino to go to Tacoma... Tie ball game, bases loaded, 1 out... all he needed was a fly ball, instead easy gimme 3 pitch strike out... At this point I think I would rather see Sucre bat. He may be the greatest pitch framer to ever live, but his offense is just, well, offensive right now...3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattDoc (and Blowers) seem convinced that Iwakuma's stuff is there...I am not. His offspeed stuff looks to be rolling up there, not snapping, and his fastball looks to have lost a foot.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattJust a matter of time for the offense...Wojciechowski looks very beatable3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattI see that Iwakuma still bites big time.3 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattHAH...keep the guy lazering in on the ultimate hot streak happy...I'll cosign that theory.3 weeks 2 days ago
MtGrizzlyLloyd on Cruz playing OF: "He can do what he wants to do when he hits 6 HR's a week."3 weeks 2 days ago
GLSI wonder if Divish or Shannon Drayer could find out if that's something the Mariners track as well.3 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattLeone is missing by like 18" per pitch, BTW3 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattThe Yankees track that stat, FWIW. They have interns watching the game footage and recording estimates of how far the catcher's glove moves between set-up and catch. The average SP in MLB misses the glove by roughly 11 inches per pitch...command artists like Hamels and Lee miss by 5-6 inches and I'd guess that, right now, Walker is missing by 14-16" per pitch.3 weeks 2 days ago
GLSWith Walker, I'm curious how well he's able to hit the target that Zunino gives him. How many times in a game does Zunino set up and not have to move his glove to grab the ball? When I watch an at bat, I'm trying to be more aware of this myself, but it's not something I'm tracking throughout any given game.3 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattK-Pax doesn't worry me as much as Walker does...Paxton's issue is that he can't get the curve over consistently enough...he's had that issue MANY times before in his career and it always eventually corrects itself...he's always been a bit of a slow starter...needs to pitch himself into a groove as Doc says. Walker...his issue is that he pitches like an idiot.3 weeks 2 days ago
SABR Mattwhere do you get 92 homers? He has 8 homers in 12 games. Two third of the game column. Extend to 162 games and you get 108 homers.3 weeks 2 days ago
TaroHuge win yesterday. I'm not worried about Iwakuma as long as hes healthy, but K-Pax/Taijuan are extremely important this year. We have a lot more offensive depth than we do SP depth.3 weeks 2 days ago
TaroActually Matt, Cruz on pace for 92 HRs and 13 WAR (over a conservative 600 PAs). In 12 games, hes basically been worth as much as he was in each season from 2011-2013.3 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattGotta have this game today...facing a guy whose name has more unnecessary letters in it than the USPS delivers daily and who is, to be friendly, a minor league journeyman. Please, Mr. Iwakuma...give us your A game?3 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattFun fact of the day: Cruz is on pace for 108 HRs, 202 RBI and (somehow) only 8 WAR. *snerk*3 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattJackson has drawn 4.8 pitches/PA thus far in 2015. That'll do nicely.3 weeks 2 days ago
moethedogAgreed Matt. Totally unexpected by me. I'm still a worried....but less so. Maybe he's a guy who needs hitting around him to hit himself. He surely had that in Detroit.3 weeks 2 days ago
SABR MattIf Jackson can just have ABs like those...rawhide tough and many pitches...I don't have a need for great stats...he doesn't have to be fantastic offensively...just a tough out3 weeks 2 days ago
moethedogEven Jackson is hitting. Wow!3 weeks 2 days ago
Gordon GrossYeah, all their bad-pitch mojo has fallen on Zunino. He's the Danny Devito From Twins part of the lineup right now. Dude has got to calm down up there. But Miller and Ackley are both aggressive and hitting the ball hard. I do expect them to go back to pounding those guys outside again, since they're now pulling liners into RF. We'll see how they adjust, but for now at least their approach is good (if a tough over-swingy).3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOOne thing I will say--- I've noticed all season that with the exception of Zunino the young veterans like Miller and Ackley have reached a new level in their plate abilities/disciplines. By that I mean, they have really begun to recognize and take breaking balls that dip out of the strike zone. Pitches that In years passed would have dispatched them with wild swings they are now taking to prolong at-bats and get better pitches. Even if they don't get the desired end result in the at bat, they are usually putting together more professional at-bats. That's new, and it's a BIG development.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattI am so pumped up right now I'm actually angry that the next game doesn't start til tomorrow.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattall except the opener, yes, G. I think Cruz is sitting at like +0.6 WAR right now from all the dingers. But his WPA is like +2...LOL3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattYou missed all the fun DaddyO...four walks in the 8th and a K-Money special...then a tremendous...TREMENDOUS sequence of professional quality ABs against Feliz...what a game for these guys...seriously...that is the best I've seen them look offensively since 2007 at least.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossAlso, what's Cruz's WAR up to now? Pretty much every game we've won is due to him.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossAlso, I'm having trouble not cussing with joy. Just saying.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossLook, my girlfriend wooped at the end of that game. THAT'S how this Mariners season is supposed to make me feel. Glad a non-Felix game went that way. String em together, fellas. Time to climb that mountain.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossNow we just need to stop coughing up a billion runs. We can chase down any lead with the MOTO clicking, so the staff needs to get it together. But we hunted them down today like lions stalking a wildebeest. Incredibly impressive, and confidence-building. Let's see Kuma kill em tomorrow.3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXHeck of a game! But with our luck, Cruz will get an ear infection from the Gatorade. Let the winning begin...!3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattwhat....a...game!!! I feel fortunate that I stuck with this one.3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOI tuned out when the M's went down 10-5. Checked back in to see it tied 10-10 with Weeks at the plate in the 9th. VERY nice win!3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossSeason. Changing. Momentum. The MOTO proves worth every cent.3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXThey call these momentum wins... As long as there's still momentum tomorrow.3 weeks 3 days ago
MtGrizzlyTHAT is the kind of game that can ignite a team.3 weeks 3 days ago
MtGrizzly#ncboomstick3 weeks 3 days ago
MtGrizzlyPutting Cano on to pitch to Cruz?3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOCarly Simon wrote a song about "Anticipation." Someone needs to write one about "Expectations" that has regard to the Mariners.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossAustin Jackon comes through again. This is like a double-voodoo doll game. Short Round just stole the doll from Creepy Mine Prince and Indy is back off the ore carrier.3 weeks 3 days ago
MtGrizzlyIt's odd to type...but great AB by Jackson there.3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXWooooooo! Tie! Now just get the sac fly!3 weeks 3 days ago
MtGrizzlyTie ball game!3 weeks 3 days ago
MtGrizzlyI can't believe Seager got a hold of that in the shadows.3 weeks 3 days ago
MtGrizzlySomehow, it ain't over.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossThis game was ours for the taking. We just felt like flushing it.3 weeks 3 days ago
mojicianLeone appears to be back as well.3 weeks 3 days ago
mojicianTyler Olson. He can throw his curveball for 5 innings.3 weeks 3 days ago
MtGrizzlyWho do you go to if you have to make the call to send Paxton down to build up his arm or Walker down to get his head screwed on strait?3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattIt would help me if the Mariners would remember they can pitch. A little? No? On another front...I must ask the good Lord above..why do you hate the Mariners so much?3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossBloomquist is a disgust-inducing Rorschach Test for me every time he's at the plate. Kind of annoying.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossThe Ms have conditioned me to think we only close gaps to cause me more heartache. I look forward to the day I can feel confident that we're back in it and about to take the lead, instead of about to strand a buncha runners or give up some more runs in the 9th. Maybe we get lucky and today is the day that starts. Maybe?3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOWell at least we've climbed back to within striking distance. Talk about "a-NOTH-ers," We gat a-NOTH-er Cruz boomer. He's like a PAIR of Ohio class submarines. I thought he would be just one (they cap out apparently at 24 SLBM')s. But he's starting to look capable of up to 48.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossAnother day we waste some bombs, as well. It would be nice if we could occasionally hit homers with people on base. Also nice if we could stop people from scoring more than us on Non-Felix days. Hard to make the playoffs winning one out of 5. Those two blown games are still haunting us in the standings, making it hard to withstand this sort of learning curve.3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOOn the Bloomquist error that opened up that disastrous inning, Blowers suggested that it should have been scored a hit. But replay showed that had WIllie made an accurate throw he would have got his man at first. I will grant that it was not an easy play. But once he got there and actually was able to field the ball in time, IMO "error" is the appropriate scoring.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattWhy is Paxton so completely worthless all ofa sudden?3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOSo a-NOTH-er game that looks to be forgettable, and a-NOTH-er game where an M's starter, once things go south, just gets shelled. This is becoming a habit with Paxton.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossNot Paxton's day.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossYep, wrap that up. Felix needs to teach Paxton how to keep his composure when things are not going his way, to stop a run or two from becoming, say, 6.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossOkay, there was a harder hit. Paxton has got to stop having these bunch-run innings, but I dunno how to tell him to do better than he's done this inning. Just some more of that lovely "luck" we've been having. All our hits find gloves, all theirs find grass.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossA bunt, a broken bat infield single/error, a multi-hopper that found a hole, and a chop off the mound. Paxton can't really do more. All the balls in play stretched end to end wouldn't reach the CF fence. And yet 2 runs are in.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossCan we please stop playing Bloomie at short?3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossI just want to stop wasting his homerun games. We gotta be winning the games we go yard in. He can't slug like this forever... right?3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossCano is gonna hit 30 home runs by the middle of May at this rate. "Tell Austin Jackson to get that weak stuff outta here..."3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossThis is what we need Chris Taylor for, DaddyO. Like you said, Hopefully Willie can just handle some easy chances today.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossAustin Jackson hit 3 bases more than a single - AT THE SAME TIME. Excellent. Trying to diversify is good investment advice.3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOI see we are going to be treated to another dread performance of WIllie B at SS today. All we ask, dear Wlford B., is that you avoid costing us the game with some deficiency in your defensive skills at that most crucial position.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossLOL yes, no nailbiters. Let's have a blowout (in our favor) and a lot more crispness. Night all! Glad it finally ends on a good note.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattWe're facing a meatball tomorrow...let's score 10, kthx3 weeks 3 days ago
rick82Rodney was good tonight. And Danny. Nice closing job.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattthat was celery crisp3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossThank you, Good Rodney. Dominant pitching. We blew several runs in this game and still won. Glad we grabbed this one. Now let's put a streak together. Need another one tomorrow.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossStrike 3 to Choo was nasssty. Knee buckler.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattLOL...indeed re: the horrid umpiring today, G3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattBuckle up...time for the Fernando Rodney Experience (TM)3 weeks 3 days ago
GLSIt's almost Rodney time people.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossWas just watching a clip of a whiffle ball pitcher throwing balls and telling strikes by hitting the metal plate behind the batter. For the first half of this game, I would rather have had the metal plate back there. Just an observation.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossYeah, Lord Farquhar is much more dangerous with his velo. Just had to find it in the early going. Of all our penners, Danny is the one I'm most confident in game-to-game, without seeing his stuff. Glad his stuff is back to plus though for sure.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossSee? Piece of cake. The problem child is in about 12 minutes.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattthat...was very refreshing...the Lord is back3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Matthey...his velo is back...that helps...3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossI don't worry that much about Danny, even when his control is off. Next inning scares the pants off of me.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Matteeeep...Farquhar time3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossThere's a reason Felix is the King. All Hail The King. Man, we are lucky to get to watch him.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Matton the bright side, my fantasy team is trying to shatter ESPN records for weekly and two-day scoring, thanks, at least in part, to Zunino, Cano and Miller. :) So...someone is scoring...3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattgrrr3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossOf course we don't score with the bases loaded and a pitcher with no idea where the ball is going. That would be silly.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossHere's where we get into the Texas pen. I'd take another run or two. No lead feels really secure so far.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattah look...Zunino getting plunked again...at this point I think they just don't like the guy3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattif Miller doesn't slide into third, he scores on that miscue3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR MattMiller time!3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossGood job, Seager and Miller. I still dunno what our 3B coach is doing.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossYep, I dunno what perspective the ump is using to call balls and strikes, but I'm guessing his instructor might have been named Escher.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattthe call against Cano on the first pitch was among the most egregious bad calls I've ever seen3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattthe thing almost bounced.3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOThe MLB play review system has in my view been a resounding success. This particular review was a joke. In a game our offense is trying it's best to lose, Felix is giving us hope that we may yet win. Then this happens. I guess we gotta persevere through adversity, some of it self-inflicted. What other choice do we have? Andd...as I type this ZUNINO GOES YARD!!!3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattlet's hope that was an attitude adjuster.3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXBoom!3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattfinally....the first official ZUUUUMBALL of the 2015 season3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossUPPER DECK ZUUUMBALLLL. Thank you.3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerX@RyanDivish: Home plate umpire Adam Hamari, who has struggled much of this game, is a minor league call-up umpire. Not a full-time MLB ump3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossWhy do we always get stuck with the worst AAA ump debuts anyway? Happened last year too. Just some ridiculous nonsense going on.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossAnd it cost us a run. Because of course it did, That third strike with the bases loaded was not a strike either, so blue is not helping us. At all.3 weeks 3 days ago
SABR Mattthe strikezone is bizarre...and the hit by pitch call and challenge rejection are busch league bull3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXApparently replacement ump at home plate tonight. MILB umpire explains the zone and the calls.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossMan, we cannot GET a break the last several games. Hit in the hand? Cmon.3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXAlright, the 3-4-5 is doing it's job now. Let's see where it goes.3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXG: True dat.3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXI enjoy seeing a shiftbreaker.3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOAt least Felix is pitching like Felix tonight.3 weeks 3 days ago
DaddyOThree innings, three more baserunning gaffes. No business sending Jackson home to be thrown out. Seager's delayed steal was hopeless. Miller picked off second by the catcher. This is no way to jumpstart a struggling offense. This is not winning baseball.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossDon't think you can consider it murder, Ice. Suicide, maybe. We're suiciding on the basepaths...3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossWe had the lead runner on the first four innings last night, and the first 3 innings tonight. And we're getting nothing out of it. Can't be doing that, not when it's your own doing that messes it up.3 weeks 3 days ago
IcebreakerXGetting murdered on the paths.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossAaaand now Brad Miller gets thrown out at 2nd just STANDING there. This is where I start cussing about our idiocy. Is there some reason we can't execute simple plays the first two weeks? EVERYBODY GET YOUR HEADS ON STRAIGHT.3 weeks 3 days ago
Gordon GrossOr runs, for that matter.3 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossOh good, we're running into more outs, and easily. Thanks 3B coach. Brilliant. Who needs rallies?3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOYeah, I really don't disagree at alll, Griz. A team needs to be led by...it's leaders.3 weeks 4 days ago
mojicianRe: vacation habit: That sounds like an expensive hobby.3 weeks 4 days ago
MtGrizzlyI'm just sayin...if they want to be known as one of the more dangerous 3-4-5 combos in the league, it would be nice to see Seager and Cano join Cruz in the hitting department. The rest of the lineup just has to net average if those three are doing what they are paid to do. With Montero off to a hot start in Tacoma and the struggles with LH pitching, I do wonder how long a leash LoMo has...3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOMiller's numbers don't look so good either, but he's shown flashes of production. The question marks going into the season were Zunino's bat (so far no good), LoMo (so far no good except with the glove), Miller (so far mixed with bat and glove), Ackley (so far good), and Jackson (so far no good). Most of the question marks are more emphatic now than they were going in.3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOAt least Cano is starting to hit the ball well. The real problem children at this point are LoMo, Jackson and Zunino. Seager's numbers don't look so good, and he does need to step it up, but at least he's got 2 HR's and 5 RBI.3 weeks 4 days ago
MtGrizzlyCano and Seager need to get something going.3 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattLove her more than life itself, but I can't seem to get much done while my wife keeps inventing reasons we need to freaking travel. Driving me nuts. ..making me exhausted.3 weeks 4 days ago
SABR MattWe suck. That is all.3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOYeah, Happ did great. When we DO get good pitching, we pick THOSE games to not score at all.3 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossIt's been a rough ten games. Happ did okay, we just blew our (many) opportunities to put runs on the board. Better luck with Felix tomorrow, gotta turn this thing around and get on track. Just start winning series, fellas. I guess I might have to start wishing for a game here and there, though, and work my hopes up. ;)3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOAnd now the Rangers get a 2-out insurance run when a batted ball hits the third base bag instead of going into the glove of Kyle Seager. My friends, this season has not been much fun so far...3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOAnd I should say it is after 9 games and 7 innings.3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOAL West rivals with B-Ref-defined starters still looking for their first RBI...A's (nada), Astros (2), Angels (1), Rangers (1). AL Central: Detroit (nada), KC (nada), Chicago (3), Cleveland (nada), Minnesota (nada), AL East: Boston (1), Tampa Bay (1), Baltimore (nada), Toronto (nada), New York (1).3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOOne third of our normal starting lineup still looking for their first RBI after 9 games (Jackson, Morrison, Zunino).3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOPainful...to...watch. Bottom fo the 7th, first and third, one out, down 2-0, starter relieved...Ackley strikeout...Zunino strikeout.3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyOOdor stinks. (I coultdn't resist that.)3 weeks 4 days ago
DaddyO(D)ont (P)anic.Yet.3 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossCan we hit the ball in the air and stop grounding into double plays please? Sheesh. It ain't like we've had barren bases this game.3 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossA.R.G.H. That is all.3 weeks 4 days ago
Bat571Doc - there's an intro to future Ms article pending - can you add a pic and post? Klat has apparently changed things since last time I posted and I wasn't sure of the steps.3 weeks 4 days ago
Gordon GrossI like the golf analogy, because it's more representative of the way a marathon baseball season goes. We bogeyed the first hole. Good approach shot, blew the ball 30 feet past the hole, and three putted. You can scowl, but you really just march to the next tee looking for a birdie. We go 6-3 on the homestand and we're back to even par. We only need to go 4-under par four the whole round to be in playoff contention - 5 is a lock, basically. Go get back the stroke you gave up, fellas. That's all I'm asking.3 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattThe reason is at least somewhat alarming is that our qb (rotation) threw 7 interceptions and managed to get one of our d linemen injured from overuse3 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattYep...we had a bad first week, in NFL terms...and it was against the Patriots3 weeks 5 days ago
rick82So, basically, if this were an 18 game season, we'd be 0-1. Here is me freaking out: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz3 weeks 5 days ago
DaddyOStill, I'm with ya. We need to break out against teams that are not the equal of those we've been playing.3 weeks 5 days ago
DaddyORemember what too often happened last year against these "bad" ballclubs. (vs. Hou 10-9. vs. Tex 9-10, vs. Min 2-5). We said similar things and didn't even play .500 ball in the aggregate against them.3 weeks 5 days ago
SABR Matthow about we go 8-1 on this 9-game homestand versus three bad ballclubs, please?3 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattWe're 1/18th of the way through the season (exactly). Make the next 17 similar stretches better, please, guys.3 weeks 5 days ago
SABR MattBat571...you may want to create a blurb post so that everyone sees the new content...the shout box tends to make things disappear quickly.3 weeks 5 days ago
Bat571My first two Daily Digests of Farm activity are up. The one for 4/15 is on the main detect-o-vision site (for now,at least) and the 4/16 edition is on the futurems.detect-o-vision subsite where it belongs and should appear ~daily about midnight MDT. I'd appreciate comments and suggestions on how to make it most useful.3 weeks 5 days ago
rick82Well, we still have more than 150 games to play. That...is a lot of games.3 weeks 6 days ago
GLSThe two baserunning errors last night were disheartening. But, as bad as it was to watch, I have to feel some sympathy for the team as well. It must be totally deflating when those things happen.3 weeks 6 days ago
MtGrizzlyI dunno. This wouldn't be the first time we've seen a Mariner team just...wilt under the pressure that comes with increased expectations. It's up to the players to prove that this team is different. I'm like a Missourian - show me that things are different and I'll believe.3 weeks 6 days ago
mojicianWhen do we play Texas?3 weeks 6 days ago
moethedogWe will be fine. Walker will be fine. Cano is at 61 OPS, that won't remain for long. Miller is at 49, ditto. (on the other hand, Ackley won't remain at 236 and Cruz at 227) I will admit to being very worried about Morrison and Jackson. I was worried during the winter and throughout the spring. I'm stuck there. Redux: Morrison's '14 #'s were WAY inflated by his .333 average vs. lefties (.236 vs. RHP) and Jackson looks incapable of hitting the ball hard very often. He's nice there, but he isn't Mays or Blair in CF with the glove. His CG defense can not pack the current (which includes his Seattle '14 time) lack of a bat,3 weeks 6 days ago
moethedogOh, Morrison will get into the 100 OPS range, or thereabouts, eventually...but the guys has only hit 28 homers in his last 920+ AB's AND he doesn't hit for average. He's a placeholder, certainly....but if he falls to '12 or '13 levels (Not THAT far below last season) he does become a bit of an anchor. Every team in the bigs will have a 3-6 run this year, but you guys know that already. Oh, Rodney scares me, too. He played with fire SO often last year, that the odds may catch up with him this year. We have some potential holes, but starting staff isn't really one of them.3 weeks 6 days ago
DaddyORe: Cruz, though, I think it's safe (pun intended) to say now that our projections that cap his home run totals at 30 because of his new home ballpark might be premature.3 weeks 6 days ago
DaddyOThe cryin' shame is we've wasted a Nelson Cruz hot streak. He's not going to hit 70 home runs. We need to milk his good streaks for all they're worth.3 weeks 6 days ago
DaddyOGordon: re: the feeling Gordon expresses that it "feels like we're still in Spring Training," I though that exact same thing last night watching the game. Right now, this team is Not Ready For Prime Time. It surely has the talent to become so. But the Regular Season compared to Spring Training is like the Real World versus the Classroom. I'm sure Cano felt REALLY sheepish last night given his Veteran Been There Done That role on the team. Hey, even the best screw up once in awhile.3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattIf Walker doesn't find his spike ball...it'll be monsoon season.3 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossAlso, Roenis got LIT UP tonight, so don't be expecting that Walker-for-Elias switch any time soon... Just have faith with Taijuan. It can't rain all the time.3 weeks 6 days ago
IcebreakerXIt's all a marketing ploy... Suck at the beginning, make it up later, win World Series, get more love points from The Emerald City. Darn you, Kevin Martinez!3 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossYep, just very out of sorts. If it was Melvin's first year again or something we'd be talking about poor coaching as a reason for some of these brutal early losses. The baserunning was awful. Just feels like we're still in Spring Training. Somebody wanna tell the fellas the games actually count now, and to put their Focus Hats on?3 weeks 6 days ago
DaddyOI don't mind getting beat. Every team loses games, every team has rough stretches. It's the WAY we're getting beat, plus the fact that our starting pitching has begun the season in disastrous fashion.3 weeks 6 days ago
DaddyOTWO baserunning gaffes. First by Zunino who should have scored from second on what should have been an RBI single. Then, inexcusably, by the All Star veteran Cano who thought the bases were loaded and was picked off third base with the M's threatening to get back into the game. This is not fun.3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattBTW...apologies for a thousand autocorrected typos...swype is made by the devil. One of the many reasons I despise traveling so much3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattI would actually seriously consider moving Walker into the closer role of he gets pounded afew more times in the rotation a la Neftali Fel u z...not as a permanent move, just as something to get value now while upgrading the pen and giving Elias another shot3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattRight now...Walker reckons me of Rafael Soriano. Stuff wise and head wise.3 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossTaijuan is aiming the ball, and missing. When he cuts loose and throws it, that shouldn't be a problem. When will he do that? I dunno, but age is on his side that he'll be able to improve his ability to do it. He's our 5th starter - I can wait on him. And if he can't get it together shortly, Elias is hanging out in AAA ready for another bite of the apple. Rodney isn't getting replaced short of having a stroke on the mound, and maybe not even then. It took Chris Tillman 4 years to get it right and become a useful asset. Doesn't mean we should punt on Walker. Doesn't mean he has to throw 180 innings like these for us either, though.3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattJust to be.clear...I said the last bit not as an attack oonyou, G...just as an attempt to clarify my position on Rodney and where it is coming from. I think it is the height of hyperbole to imagine that Rodney is so bad that he makes the games unwatchable...that...seems EXTREMELY harsh. Walker...he is making his games unwatchable. Yet everyone seems to see sunshine and lollipops for him. Why?3 weeks 6 days ago
DaddyOWhen I heard Taijuan invterviewed in the pregame show, he sounded just like he did before his first start of the season, talking about how excited he was about starting on Jackie Robinson Day. I told myself, "Oh, no. I hope he doesn't PITCH just like his first start!" My hopes were soon dashed.3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattSee...that analysis is based on the stuff he's throwing. Asia is my analysis of Rodney...who still has the electric, late running fastball and stukka change up with plus plus arm action working.3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattArrow straight 95 mph flatball and arrow straight 88 mph flat-change != major leaguer3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattAt all...not asset all...dyac3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR Mattam going to ask the same question of walker. Why are we of the opinion that he is asset all likely to right the ship? Looks like garbage tonight...again3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR MattHe's not throwing any differently now than he did last year...they hit good pitches last night. I am assuming he is the same pitcher Asia last year until he gives me a reason to assume otherwise.3 weeks 6 days ago
Gordon GrossNot sure why you think Rodney can't go back to his 5-walks-and-getting-shelled previous form, Matt - it ain't like precision is his game, and he's 38. Throwing hard isn't his problem. Throwing something other than a flat ball for strikes could be. The wheels can come off the Rodney Train at ANY time.3 weeks 6 days ago
SABR Matttl;dr rather4 weeks 1 hour ago
SABR MattThe tl;dl version of that...slap yourselves, grow a pair, and be thankful our closer fans 10 per 9 and is only occasionally as erratic as he's been lately. He still had great stuff. ..he'll be fine eventually4 weeks 1 hour ago
SABR MattYou know...I feel a little perspective is needed here. Remember when our closer was Joe Table? Remember Bobby Ayala? Or how about the desiccated corpse of Eddie Guardado? Or that time we made Brandon Morrow the closer. Or how about that awful experiment with Heathcliff Slocumb. Yeah...I don't think watching Rodney is so bad.4 weeks 1 hour ago
Gordon GrossSame, Griz. My alarm goes off at 4:30 AM - if I watch Rodney I have trouble getting rest, especially when he blows the game. I just wake up in the morning and decide whether to watch the last inning. Last night, there was no need.4 weeks 3 hours ago
MtGrizzlyI'm with you on Rodney, DaddyO. I literally turned that game off last night and went to bed rather than watch him pitch.4 weeks 4 hours ago
moethedogGordon's got it: "If" Zunino keeps this up, then black holes at 1B or CF can not long be tolerated. But Zunino does too nice of a job with the staff to be benched easily. I believe it was last night (I didn't get to watch much of the game) where Zunino tried to go to RF on successive swings, fouling pitches straight back, before grounding out to the SS. So he's not totally swinging from his heels for the LF fence. As Gordon said, he'll get his big flies yet.4 weeks 7 hours ago
Gordon GrossAnd yeah, Zunino can be a black hole for quite a while, especially since he's a black hole that can bang 20 homers off the wall even with a blindfold on. It's very Olivo-like, except with stellar defense and game-calling. We just can't have many of those. Zunino? Yeah, we can live with him hitting 9th. But LoMo and Jackson can't also then faceplant like a Bugs Bunny villain with their shoelaces tied together at the same time. We'll have to be flexible - quickly - at other spots if Zunino is gonna hit like a pitcher for any length of time.4 weeks 8 hours ago
Gordon GrossI see him in the Saunders mold, moe: in theory he should have the speed to cover enough ground to be passable in center, but in reality he's built to be a minus CFer and a pretty plus corner defender, so if you have a CFer then you don't play Kivlehan there consistently. But he can fill in where needed in an emergency situation or until you get that slim lead, at which point you move Kivlehan back to a corner and deploy Jones (or whoever) as the defensive late-game centerfielder, while putting Cruz or Smith on the bench instead of asking them to run down screaming liners to save the game in the 9th. Honestly I just want him logging as much time in the OF as possible, since we left him at 3rd for way too long. He just needs reps right now, period.4 weeks 8 hours ago
SpectatorRe Zunino: just checking back ... Smoak got 90 games in 2012 (late July), .573 OPS despite 13 HR; Ackley got 45 games in 2013 (late May), .516 OPS; Saunders also got 45 games in 2011 (June 1), .471 OPS.4 weeks 8 hours ago
DaddyORe: Rodney. There's times when watching him come into close robs me of the desire to watch Mariners' baseball...even if he ends up getting the save. I think it's because he makes the journey SO painful it removes any joy from the experience, a phyrric victory if you will. Even 3-run leads don't feel safe, and it seems like more often than not he WILL make sure both the tying and winning runs get on base. I realize that this is in part selection bias, that his bad games are more deeply seared into our consciousness than his 1-2-3 innings. But even his successes leave me feeling unsettled, like we got away with one THIS time.4 weeks 9 hours ago
DaddyOAny thoughts on the question I posed about Zunino? How badly does he have to hit before it outweighs his obvious and significant benefits as a catcher? Pretty badly, I imagine, but that's why I said .153 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI in mid-May. I hope we don't have to find out. This kid looks as bad at the plate right now as any hitter I have ever seen, with the sold exception that if he should happen to connect with a pitch it's likely to leave the park.4 weeks 9 hours ago
moethedogUnderstood, Gordon. But if Kivlehan is athletic enough and runs routes well enough, the M's would be silly to not let him have some CF time in Tacoma. I don't (yet) see him as an everyday MLB CF'er, but as a guy who can go there and not hurt you....Sure I do.4 weeks 10 hours ago
SpectatorWorst whiffer I could find who could be considered successful was Russ Branyan at 17.7% swing-and-miss, but he had a high BB-rate because he was very good at laying off of balls. Mark Reyonds similar. Miguel Olivo, Wily Mo Pena had much less success because they swung at too many balls. Still an open question as to which category Zunino will go into.4 weeks 10 hours ago
SpectatorDaddyO: Zunino is worst so far at swinging-strike % (21.9%); 7th-worst in contact % (63.2%); 14th-worst in zone-contact % (73.3%). So you're on target. That being said, free swingers can succeed if they have enough power and are selective enough to draw decent walks (e.g., Nelson Cruz). No one succeeds with 22% swing-and-miss rate, though.4 weeks 10 hours ago
SABR MattThe nationals are 1 and 7. It could be worse4 weeks 10 hours ago
Gordon GrossIn other minors news, the guy I think is our best minor league pitcher (Edwin Diaz) has napalmed the Cal League in his first two starts: 11 innings, just 4 hits allowed, with 16 Ks against 1 walk. Thank goodness for a new home ballpark there, right? He's a lean, rangy guy with a big arm, and when we drafted him he had no idea where anything was going. Our minor league pitching instructors are turning him into a very dangerous arm. Gotta love that.4 weeks 11 hours ago
Gordon Gross*grins* Carlos Peguero logged games in CF in the minors too, moe. If he could play it full-time that would be great, but IMO the best he can do there is as an emergency fill-in. He hasn't played a lot of outfield, so I would hope they let him play all three positions out there to get a better idea of how the ball looks coming off the bat from all angles. One of the great things about Kivlehan is that he can cover a bunch of ground for a thumper, so it will help your center fielder simply because he doesn't have to shade closer to Pat - in fact, he can shade the other way for better coverage. His speed will be helpful - just probably not in center field. Although Jim Edmonds won a bunch of gold gloves (some very undeserved) as a thumper playing center. There are worse ideas... :-)4 weeks 12 hours ago
moethedogTacoma farm, rather....4 weeks 12 hours ago
moethedogRodney, Rodney, Rodney!! Ugh!! Down on the Tacoma rarm, Blash gets his first homer, Montero with a double, Kivlehan with a knock and....Ta Duh!.....he gets the start in CF. Just sayin',,,,,,,,,,,,4 weeks 12 hours ago
rick82And some not so good ones.4 weeks 19 hours ago
rick82Dodgers have been hitting some darn good pitches.4 weeks 20 hours ago
OBFFRE... SMH :(4 weeks 20 hours ago
OBFUggg... Golden Sombrero for Zunino... :(4 weeks 20 hours ago
OBFHopefully, Fernando brought his A game...4 weeks 20 hours ago
OBFMaybe the M's saw this coming and was why they pushed for Russel Martin...4 weeks 20 hours ago
DaddyOWhat happens with Zunino if, come mid-May, he's hitting .153 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI? Unlike Jeff Clement, Zunino is outstanding behind the plate. But in the batter's box he might as well be swinging a straw. He may set a record for lowest contact rate (that's a throwaway line, I haven't looked up anything).4 weeks 20 hours ago
OBFMan, it seems like our starters have been SUPER HR prone so far...4 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFWow... that had to be 125 mph coming off of Canos bat and never more than 10 ft off the ground... ricocheted off the dead CF fence so hard that he almost got thrown out at second!4 weeks 21 hours ago
SABR MattThey should have used Ackley in that Bloomquist ab4 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFBloomie with the GritSac... which I appreciate, but the pitcher just walked the bases loaded... maybe take a pitch...4 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFDoes Zunino just close his eyes and swing? How long until Hicks is coming for Zunino and not Sucre???4 weeks 21 hours ago
OBFI love how Cruz is so hot now though that he is basically getting intentional walks every time :) Seager and crew need to make them pay for that strat!4 weeks 22 hours ago
OBFFelis has been good, but is a bit banged up, Kuma seems to be aging VERY quickly, and Paxton and Taijuan look like they would rather be in Tacoma... :/4 weeks 22 hours ago
OBFWow... who knew JA Happ would be our best starter a week into the season?!?!? Seriously starting pitching has been the Achilles heel so far... :(4 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR MattKuma is a major problem imho4 weeks 22 hours ago
SABR MattMcClendon seems to prefer Bloomquist on the infield4 weeks 22 hours ago
Tacoma RainWho is the better OF... Bloomquist or Weeks?4 weeks 23 hours ago
SABR MattOne game with oomy in tbere doesn't change my mind. Their rotation is crap compared to ours...their bullpen is sorry compared to ours. Their line has just adds many ? Asours does.4 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzlyBloomquist at 1B. Shrug - it's not like LoMo has been doing anything but looking confused yet. He needs to sit.4 weeks 1 day ago
Tacoma RainMatt... before you say that, you should probably see the order that Lloyd has put together for tonite's game...4 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattFlat4 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattAnd I flay disagree that the Dodgers attack up asa better team than the Mariners4 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattCano is hitting .125. And his BABIP on line drives is like .200 instead of .800. Our obp will go up4 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzly@StoneLarry: Interesting early trend — and everything is just a trend after 1 week: #Mariners 3rd in majors in HRs, last in on-base percentage.4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOAs disappointing as last night's game was, we might want to remember that the Dodgers are a VERY good team, and stack up as the better team.4 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattKuma needs to go 8 today4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOAgreed re: Zunino that with the advent of the regular season he has reverted to his bad habits from last year. Hopefully it doesn't take until next season for him to shake off his overly zealous approach at the plate and start to master the disciplines of a successful MLB hitter.4 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzlyI like Paxton's new change up but he's not going to be the KPax we saw last year until he gets the curveball back.4 weeks 1 day ago
SABR MattZunino has completely forgotten his opposite field stroke....gonna be a long year for him at the plate4 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571It's Zunino that allows Olson to throw that breaker. How much is he adding even if he Ks 3 times?4 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571Paxton was inconsistent, but when he gets into his rhythm, he's still tough. If he can just eliminate the hiccup innings ....4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyODid we inadvertently tune into the Home Run Derby?4 weeks 1 day ago
moethedogI know playing the Ack in CF is because The Skip wanted Cruz in the lineup (that worked out pretty well). But I'm worried enough about Jackson ability to pop, that a bunch of Ackley in CF (vR) doesn't bother me at all.4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOAnd ALMOST Da Mo!4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOIf this keeps going, we might as well just intone, Da M's!4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOD'Ack!4 weeks 1 day ago
mojicianDa Ack.4 weeks 1 day ago
moethedogI looooooove the Ackley in CF deal! Way love! A strange and neat move the Skip, who once said he wasn't going to play Ackley in CF just because he wasn't. I also love the Acklye tater I just watched!!!!4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOWho blew it there, allowing Van Slyke to take second on a routine fly to right? Blowers said it was Seager. What is the normal rotation? Cano goes to a cutoff position in RF, shouldn't Miller be covering second while Seager stays at third? Not sure...can't remember from my playing days...4 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571Wonder if Farquhar could bump LoMo and Ruggiano during stretching and get Montero and Guti up while they're hot! ;-)!4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossZunino's not really in a groove either, Grizz. That last strikeout was awful. Luckily we're making it work without em.4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossMcCarthy: "The pitches are gonna be in the zone. I dare you to hit me." Mariners MOTO: "Okay, sounds good to us."4 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzlyMorrison is all out of sorts.4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossSEAGER TAGGED IT4 weeks 1 day ago
IcebreakerXB2B!4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossSeager's look of pleasant disbelief as he congratulated Cruz is just terrific.4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyOBreak up the Mariners! Da Boom, Da Boom, Da Kyle.4 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzlyHahahaha. Back2Back. Gotta love it.4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossCano JUST missed that Homer. Cruz did not. FOUR HOMERS in three games.4 weeks 1 day ago
IcebreakerXBAHAHAHAHA.4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyODa Boom Boom!4 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzlyCruz is en Fuego right now.4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossVin Scully: "James Paxton was a little league legend, too big for the room and the ball park. He would throw his fastball for the first two strikes, then throw his curve for strike three - but they didn't have anyone who could catch it. He would strike out 4-5 kids per inning." How did I miss this story? Leave it to Scully to give me the real deal.4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossLogan really needs to figure out how many outs there are. In the first inning, he tried to run off the field with only two outs. This time he threw down to first to get a double play... after already stepping on first for out #3. Pay attention LOMO. Sheesh. Also, Paxton is dealing so far - even with a couple of quibbles about strikes from the home plate ump.4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossYou'd think his dad would have mentioned that scouting report...4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossLOMO... argh. He has a good arm! Don't you know that??4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossGood read on that ball to CF by Ackley. It was hit right at him - not always the easiest to judge. And Paxton just mulched his way through the first. All he was missing is the trout in his mouth, that big bear.4 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571Cruz with Guti on the bench for defense looks to me like a recipe for some WAR!!4 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571And meanwhile, Jesus Montero (8 for 20 with 2 doubles and a homer) and Mike Montgomery (through the 6th inning with 5 hits and 1ER/R allowed and 3 Ks) are looking like they want back into the "top prospects" club!4 weeks 1 day ago
DaddyODa Boom.4 weeks 1 day ago
GrumpyI could get used to this homer thing.4 weeks 1 day ago
Gordon GrossSingle by Cano, Homer by Cruz, and we're up 2-0. Cruz is looking like exactly what we thought we were buying. I'll take that guy's 1.0 WAR all year long.4 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571Hicks has thrown out 3 of 4 guys attempting to steal - plus he's 3 for 9 with a triple and a SB his ownself. Speaking of footsteps - think Sucre may start to hear some? I suspect they'll give HIcks 200+ PAs at Tacoma, but I also suspect we'll see him this summer unless Sucre starts to hit some.4 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571Guti has a hit in the Tacoma game - seventh hit in four games, with a walk, three doubles, and a homer. Wonder if Ruggiano (0 for 6 with 3 walks) will start hearing footsteps? If Guti's health is back, wouldn't he be a fit on the bench? - Experienced, dangerous hitter, AND a late inning defensive replacement for Cruz or a hedge on Jackson. Ruggiano seems like a good guy, but I wonder if he would get through waivers?!4 weeks 1 day ago
Bat571I'm curious - what happened in Jacksonville that they stopped the game and declared a tie in the middle of the seventh - Did a riot start during "take me out to the ballgame"?4 weeks 1 day ago
MtGrizzlyIf Ackley can play a decent/good CF, his value skyrockets.1 month 1 hour ago
GLSI like Ackley in Center, at least for a few games. I'm glad Lloyd is willing to give it a go.1 month 2 hours ago
MtGrizzly@shannondrayer: Felix appears to be ok w/leg and ankle. Bullpen another matter. "It's a mess" said McClendon. Rodney, Farquhar and Medina not available.1 month 2 hours ago
MtGrizzly@TNT_Mariners: OFFICIAL: #Mariners recall RHP Dominic Leone and place Tom Wilhelmsen on DL.1 month 2 hours ago
benihanaAnd just like that they announce a line-up change, haha. Cruz back in Right, Smith in left.1 month 3 hours ago
benihanaWell, Cruz has been so bad in right they are putting him in LEFT tonight. :) - Cruz, Ackley, Smith. Let's see a lot of ground balls eh Paxton?1 month 3 hours ago
Gordon GrossBetter his quad than his hamstring. A few days for a slight quad tweak should be fine. I'm not worried about it til at least the middle of his next start.1 month 7 hours ago
rick82The just concluded weekend should really be a confidence booster for the team, coming out on top both times by overcoming adversity. Real "Gotta Believe" stuff.1 month 7 hours ago
DaddyOYup. We do need to realize, however, that Felix, though still only 29, no longer has the body of a youth. At some point things his body might have shaken off previously could become more problematic and cause him to miss starts or lessen his effectiveness. I'm not saying that's the case now, just that it bears watching.1 month 7 hours ago
SABR MattHe's had that quad thing a bunch of times. Every time he had to do something strenuous of defense, it acts up. Occasionally it acts up badly enough to shorten a start.1 month 8 hours ago
DaddyORe: Felix' quad, potentially, yes. Right now? No.1 month 8 hours ago
OBFAnyone worried about Felix's Quad? I am just seeing that his game was "injury shortened" not sure if it is meaningful at all...1 month 8 hours ago
SABR MattJered Weaver is definitely not going to be an ace this year. He may not even be more than a number five for them1 month 17 hours ago
SABR MattJoe Table was lousy in non save situations as well.1 month 17 hours ago
mojicianDa Boom. Hmm. Sounds good. In other news Jered Weaver got bombed yesterday. 6 runs, 2 jonrones, 4 walks in 4.1 innings. I'd like the record to reflect that Weaver is toast. Oh. And the Angels were swept in KC and are in last place.1 month 19 hours ago
DaddyOHad an idea today after Cruz' home run. We should dimply call him, "Da Boom," spoken like "Da Bears" by Chicago Bears fans.1 month 20 hours ago
mojicianThat Boomstick power works wonders in extra inning sudden death games.1 month 22 hours ago
moethedogMontero with 2 hits and a homer. Ditto Kivlehan. His 2nd homer!!!! Deej is 0-15 in Jackson! Just 2 K's w/1 BB. Not a pretty start. He'll get hot. . Pizzano (a hit tonight) with 2 hits and two BB's in 2 starts/7 AB's.1 month 22 hours ago
IcebreakerXYeah, G, that's the key. There are some closers that can swing it in non-saves, but I honestly can't remember many. Sasaki was bad in non-saves. And I have a memory of Eddie Guardado and JJ Putz not being quite there too. Besides, the burning part doesn't make a lot of sense... He already had Furbush in there with all of 8 pitches on his outing.1 month 23 hours ago
Gordon GrossIf his closer was Mariano Rivera, that'd be one thing. Rodney has a "special set of skills" and those skills have proven worthless most of the time he has no pressure on him. He then creates pressure for himself but can't get out of it. Knowing your personnel is a pre-requisite for getting the most out of them. Rodney had already warmed up. He was ready. He doesn't have to come in until the game's on the line - IF IT COMES TO THAT. If it doesn't, then save the bullets. I dunno - I just don't like this tune. I didn't like it last year and that feeling remains even early in this season. Just glad we got the win despite the wrong personnel move.1 month 23 hours ago
DaddyOAgreed, Ice. The kind of argument McClendon made can cut both ways; he was pushing only one side of the equation as if the other didn't exist. Overall he's still a good manager, but like most any manager he has his blind spots.1 month 1 day ago
IcebreakerXOr, the closer will keep coughing up a non-save situation and you have to use two relievers anyways. Nice logic there.1 month 1 day ago
DaddyOOne good thing, the Mariners' offense has started showing, just about the time Nelson Cruz did.1 month 1 day ago
DaddyOI heard McClendon on the postgame show on the radio side, and he basically said anyone who doesn't use his closer with a 4 run lead is being stupid, because if whatever other reliever you're going to bring in allows a baserunner, you're going to bring in your closer, and then you've needlessly burned two relievers instead of one. He then reiterated that he would bring in Rodney tomorrow if he was faced with the same situation, and he would do so at any such time in the future. I'll give this to Lloyd, he's a man of his convictions. But you can't always decide based on generalities. You have to particularize your decisions to the particular people on you're roster, and Rodney has proven time and again he doesn't perform well in, to use Gordon's term, "non-adrenaline" situations.1 month 1 day ago
OBFPhew... good thing they pulled it out... I am warming up to this Cruz fellow :) he directly won the last two games ;)1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossJust glad we salvaged that nonsense. Don't get cute again, Lloyd. The wins actually matter this year.1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossNot having these wins on his resume is the sort of thing that costs Felix Cy Youngs, y'know. Thanks Lloyd. Guess we better hope we get a shot to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat that have already clamped shut around our sure victory.1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossWe ALL KNOW THIS ABOUT RODNEY. And it's not like Rodney didn't just pitch yesterday so we're not just trying to get him some work after a long layoff. Lloyd blew this.1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossRodney needs to be shot with some arrows right about now. Unbelievable. I was nervous when we brought him in with a 4 run lead. He can't pitch without adrenaline. Safe games turn into nail-biters with that dude, and sure enough, he blew it.1 month 1 day ago
DaddyOYou would think McClendon would have learned last year that you don't bring Rodney in with a big lead. He just doesn't pitch as well with a margin of error.1 month 1 day ago
OBFWhy is Rodney in this game?!?!? Never bring your closer into a non save situation!!!!!1 month 1 day ago
OBFAlways makes me nervous bringing in the closer for a non save... Lloyd really wants this win!1 month 1 day ago
OBFZuuuuuumWalk!!!!! :) nice to see us put up a few runs :)1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossWEEKS!!!!1 month 1 day ago
Gordon Grossmore bunting practice for Miller, That was awful all around.1 month 1 day ago
SABR MattFarquhar is not good anymore1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossI thought Robbie not sliding was gonna cost us a run. At least we have the lead now.1 month 1 day ago
rick82Nice to see Ackley get off to a good start.1 month 1 day ago
rick82M's facing a lot of good pitching so far this season. Hahn is really throwing strikes.1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossThat's not a zero.1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossFelix was pretty stoked though. Been needing a lot of defense early, and getting it. Settle down and start rocking, big fella. The offense hasn't arrived yet and we need you to put zeroes on the board til it does.1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossFoul out/throw out double play. Don't see many of those. That runner was NOT paying attention.1 month 1 day ago
GLSAlso, with Hamilton it's worth noting that in 2014 his 1.5 WAR came in 89 games, as opposed to 2013 where his 1.5 WAR came from 151 games. It's possible that 2013 was kind of a fluke season and that last year, over a full season, he would have been more like a 3.0 WAR player which, if you can get that for $10 mil, is not bad at all.1 month 1 day ago
GLSThe Angels still owe Josh Hamilton a ton of money. For 2015 he's owed $25,400,000 and then $32,400,000 for both 2016 and 2017. He's also produced 1.5 WAR each of the last 2 season and if those aren't flukes and he is actually in decline, he could still be an albatross at $10,000,000/year. Still, it would be worth looking at if the Angels were willing to trade him to a division rival and pick up a large portion of his remaining contract.1 month 1 day ago
DaddyOJosh Reddick back for the A's today. What kind of season he has may have a big influence on how the A's season goes. Oakland needs him to have a season like 2012.1 month 1 day ago
rick82He was pretty mediocre last season. But it's an interesting thought. If you can catch some lightning in a bottle - get that big season from a 33 year old - then sure. But I'd like us to work on getting younger, or at least not get older.1 month 1 day ago
benihanaI want the M's to trade for Josh Hamilton. Take him at $10 million per year or so? Think he'd so well in our environment and could potentially destroy our biggest division rival - think of the motivation he'd have.1 month 1 day ago
SABR MattOnly if it's in exchange for Fielder1 month 1 day ago
mojicianDerek Holland out 60 days with shoulder injury. I can't even talk bad about the Rangers anymore and keep a clean conscience. Maybe the Mariners should send Elias and Pries to them on a relief mission.1 month 1 day ago
rick82@ESPNStatsInfo: Nelson Cruz has 10 HR of at least 425 feet since last season, only Giancarlo Stanton (12) has more1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossWe're just conditioned to think we'll be out of it by Cinco De Mayo, DaddyO. ;-) The fight for the division is gonna be stressful for us this year. Gotta breathe...1 month 1 day ago
Gordon GrossThirded. Glad we fought this one out and wound up on the good side. Just to get the early money and pressure off. And now it's Felix Day, so hopefully that results in the start of a winning streak. Early losses don't break you, but we can't afford a death spiral to start the season. Just stay around .500 til we get our feet under us, that's all I'm looking for.1 month 1 day ago
DaddyOGotta laugh. Happ vs. Gray = M's win, and just like that we're only 1/2 game out of first place. Goes to show early results are way too magnified in our minds.1 month 1 day ago
SABR MattBoy did we need that1 month 1 day ago
TaroIts early, but that was a big win.1 month 2 days ago
GLSAnyone have any thoughts on Happ today? What I saw in the 3rd and 4th innings looked good and then the power went out in my neighborhood and came back on in the 8th just in time for Nelson Cruz's HR.1 month 2 days ago
DaddyOYeah, it was painfully obvious last night how harmful it is to have Bloomquist at short for even a single game. The guy is no longer up to fielding the position (if he ever was).1 month 2 days ago
SABR Matthard to believe Walker was that ineffective. really hard to believe1 month 2 days ago
moethedogRomero = 6-11 on the season. :) My boys (Romero, Kivlehan, Pizzano) are only batting .500 this year. #slumping on the farm! :)1 month 2 days ago
MtGrizzlyGray is licking his chops after seeing the layer of frost on the M 's bats.1 month 2 days ago
MtGrizzlyTaylor for Bloomquist is something that needs to happen as soon as Taylor is healthy and has his timing. Willie can't field the SS position and that's where a decent number of AB's are for a RH reserve infielder.1 month 2 days ago
moethedogKivlehan homers in the 9th to put the cherry on top of a 17-5 win. OK...he hit it off Mike McCoy, a IF pitching the 9th inning....but we'll take it. Call the kid up....what are we waiting for? :)1 month 2 days ago
IcebreakerXBased on 2014, I imagine that the M's will proceed to destroy Gray and then continue to trip all over #3 pitchers around the league.1 month 2 days ago
IcebreakerXWhat am I watching? This can't be MLB.1 month 2 days ago
IcebreakerXI'd say someone forgot to tell everyone it's cold everywhere north of Arizona.1 month 2 days ago
IcebreakerXBah.1 month 2 days ago
GLSThis is brutal.1 month 2 days ago
DaddyOOff she goes. I can't take any more. Second time in four games.1 month 2 days ago
SABR Mattugh...I'm out1 month 2 days ago
SABR MattReally having a hard time seeing the guy who pitched for us in ST...this one looks nothing like that one.1 month 2 days ago
moethedog16-5 in El Paso. Kivlehan with a double. Montero with 2 hits and a double. Rivero with 4 hits. Can we sub him in for Bloomie until Taylor is ready?1 month 2 days ago
SABR MattCano hit that one right on the button too...rrrright at the SS1 month 2 days ago
DaddyOThis is a dreadful start for the Mariners. And they've got Jay Happ against Sonny Gray tomorrow. Annnnd... Austin Jackson becomes the first M's baserunner with one out in the fourth inning. C'mon team, give me a reason to watch...ANNNDD...Cano hits into the DP.1 month 2 days ago
SABR MattBloomquist is gasp-inducingly bad at SS...almost didn't get Sogard on a routine two-bouncer because (a) he has to play really deep to have any chance to catch many grounders because (b) he's really slow to range while also (c) having a noodle arm. Yikes.1 month 2 days ago
moethedogJackson Generals shut out 7-0. Pizzano with a knock and a walk in 3 AB's. Deej was o'fer 4.1 month 2 days ago
SABR Mattno luck needed to get rocked in the second. terrible.1 month 2 days ago
moethedogTacoma up 13-4 after 4 in El Paso. Romero with 3 hits and two doubles so far. Guti with 2 and 2. Kivlehan the only guy in the lineup without a hit.1 month 2 days ago
SABR MattI didn't think Oakland had any money to pay off umps...but apparently they do1 month 2 days ago
SABR Mattinfield six-hop single...mistake double to Zobrist...bloop single on a great spikeball...bloop single on another great spikeball...line drive on a fastball up...lot of bad luck in there.1 month 2 days ago
SABR MattLuck Gods hate Walker today. Hate him.1 month 2 days ago
SABR Mattglad Bloomy is getting a start...Miller is completely helpless against lefties right now.1 month 3 days ago
Tacoma RainIn the first inning, trying to follow back to back triples, Alex Jackson ONLY got an RBI double. I don't know if this kid is gonna make it...1 month 3 days ago
Tacoma RainSo Bloomquist at SS, Weeks in LF... Good luck tonight Kid.1 month 3 days ago
mojicianVegas odds for tonights contest are +100ish Mariners, and -110ish Orcs. The Mariners' biggest fan in Vegas, the MGM, has the Mariners at -105 and the Orcs at -115. The Mariners need to beat a lefty like a side of beef to gain some respect, both in Vegas, and in Baseball.1 month 3 days ago
SABR Matteeeeexcellent...I've figured out how to reliably get the data from retrosheet into MATLAB. That took longer than I expected (turns out that MATLAB doesn't like mixed-data-type csv files...have to get cute with it)1 month 3 days ago
SABR MattI don't follow golf much...which is odd because when I see it on TV I enjoy watching...so it's not like I think it's dull and not worth following...in fact I think golf would be a fun sport to analyze sbermetrically, FWIW.1 month 3 days ago
moethedogMatt, Jordan Spieth has been one of the best two golfers in the world for the last 18 months. And he is just 21 years old. Only Rory has the wins to be placed ahead of Spieth. When he figures out how to close a bit better, he will even be a bit better. Coming into the Masters, he has a win and two 2nd place finishes in his last three starts. Lost in a playoff last week. He's the real deal. His demeanor is that of a young gentleman. He (so far) exemplifies the Jones-Nicklaus persona.1 month 3 days ago
SABR Mattah...new stud golfer. Hopefully he won't turn out to be a personal failure the way that Tiger Woods is.1 month 3 days ago
SABR Mattwho??1 month 3 days ago
SpectatorMy goodness. Young Mr. Jordan Spieth appears on the verge of becoming one of the world's biggest sports stars overnight, and the real deal too.1 month 3 days ago
mojicianLast year in Oakland, Taijuan Walker killed an Orc outfielder on camera and in front of 1,500 witnesses. No charges were brought because the Alameda sheriffs could not ascertain the name of the victim, and the district attorney did not think he could convince a jury that one of the outfielders was missing.1 month 3 days ago
SABR MattI'm liking this Mariners team despite the losses to LA. It's April and it was Safeco...the offense has shown plenty of ability to come around with better scoring conditions, and the pitching has been top drawer other than Iwakuma's bad first inning.1 month 3 days ago
SABR Matthow does Guti look these days?1 month 3 days ago
moethedogGuti was in left! Sigh........1 month 3 days ago
SABR Mattwhere's Kiv??1 month 3 days ago
moethedogKivlehan not in the roster for Tacoma and no Pizzano for Jackson: There's a conspiracy against my guys!!!1 month 3 days ago
moethedogAbe Almonte goes 5-5 vs. Tacoma tonight. Pries, Luetge et al get bombed. Marte, Romero, Montero and Guti all get two hits.1 month 3 days ago
MtGrizzly@CurtoWorld: Tacoma catcher John Hicks is 2-for-2 throwing out base stealers. Quick transfer & release, accurate throws.1 month 3 days ago
Gordon GrossLando can do great things sometimes, even if he did lose the Millenium Falcon in a card game.1 month 4 days ago
Tacoma RainLandazuri loses no hitter in 5th. Still no score for those who wanted to know.1 month 4 days ago
SABR Mattwe beat the Angels 24-7 in the opening series last year1 month 4 days ago
MtGrizzlyAs the old saying goes, you can't win a pennant in April but you can certainly lose one.1 month 4 days ago
GrumpyWell if I recall correctly the angels started off last year pretty rough but they still won- what 98 games right?1 month 4 days ago
SABR Mattagreed...not overly concerned with a 1-2 start...if it goes to 1-12.........1 month 4 days ago
Gordon GrossLoMo is streaky too, Matt, and it's not like he was tearing it up in Spring Training. Not worried about LoMo once he finds his groove. Momentum is still tomorrow's starting pitcher, and we've got a lot of good ones to roll out there. April is usually a bit herky-jerky as everybody stretches out and finds their rhythms. Win a couple games and all will be right with the world. Maybe not with Austin Jackson...1 month 4 days ago
Gordon GrossToday is Opening Day for the minors. The starters - AAA: 2014 system Co-POY Jordan Pries gets the nod over Elias. Interesting. AA: Stephen Landazuri, my sleeper arm for a Maurer-like emergence (without all the velo) if healthy. High-A Blaze: Edwin Diaz, maybe the most promising power arm in the system. Low-A Lumberkings: Daniel Missaki, my #1 low minors pitcher to watch. It's a good day, even if the Ms aren't on.1 month 4 days ago
SABR MattJackson's lifeless handsy swing is highly concerning though. As is the lack of production from Morrison.1 month 4 days ago
SABR MattCruz is streaky...not worried about him long term.1 month 4 days ago
DaddyOStrutting peacocks after an opening day win, we have morphed into plucked turkeys after two straight losses to the hated Halos. But the operative word is "two." We're one game under .500 after three games. We're one game behind the Angels. In the grand scheme of things, it's really nothing.1 month 4 days ago
okdanI'm not panicking or anything, but Cruz's ABs have looked dreadful so far. Zunino chasing all the same pitches as well. Had 1 or 2 good takes in this game that I saw, but other than that, zilch. Weeks just makes me wish Smith would heal up. Bah humbug.1 month 4 days ago
IcebreakerXJackson's toast. Gotta get a CF.1 month 4 days ago
IcebreakerXAlso, can someone explain to me the rules behind HBP and the batters box? I find it interesting that Aybar can step basically behind the plate, get plunked and get a base for it.1 month 4 days ago
IcebreakerXIt'll be interesting to see when the team gels...1 month 4 days ago
MtGrizzlyCarson Smith is fun to watch pitch. He could close.1 month 4 days ago
TunerNice. More of that!1 month 4 days ago
MtGrizzlySeager bomb1 month 4 days ago
TunerArg! Just got home and checked the score. I take it Kuma isn't having the best of days.1 month 4 days ago
mojicianWhoaah! Let's not dig him a grave just yet. Kuma lives.1 month 4 days ago
Tacoma RainThe second time through the lineup is worse than the first. Virtually no one is grinding the at bats out. I expected more out of the veterans.1 month 4 days ago
Gordon GrossVery odd game so far. Curious to see us the second time through the lineup.1 month 4 days ago
IcebreakerXHe's wild at 92MPH which is weird. If it's anything, I assume it'd be elbow... Which would be a newer issue. In any case, he's going to be less consistent in general, I think.1 month 4 days ago
SABR MattYeah...Iwakuma is toast. Very worried about him...have been since last July.1 month 4 days ago
IcebreakerXHow does Jackson hit? His bat looks like it's dragging through the zone. And I only saw one pitch just now.1 month 4 days ago
IcebreakerXIwakuma's fastball is running high. Weird.1 month 4 days ago
mojicianThe reason that Iwakuma pitches stateside is that the shuuto has been banned by NPB as non competitive and dangerous.1 month 4 days ago
mojicianRub some dirt on that.1 month 5 days ago
DaddyOEric Wedge to Seth Smith: "Groin tightness?! GROIN TIGHTNESS?! You don't need no stinkin' GROIN, kid! Get out there and show me you can play!"1 month 5 days ago
jemanjiAt least two posts. You've been warned.1 month 5 days ago
jemanjiIf the Shout Box hits 100 lines and the M's win, I'll… I'll…. well, I'll have two posts up in time for coffee. So there. (Posts >10 from any single Denizen don't count.)1 month 5 days ago
Gordon GrossStretch more, seth! Can't believe the angels are going around injuring groins in their attempt to win the West. Despicable. Go get em Kuma. More runs than the Angels would be nice tonight too.1 month 5 days ago
MtGrizzlyI love the instant over reaction in the social media space. "Lloyd is an idiot, he doesn't know what he's doing, what does he have against Seth?" Ugh..."groin tightness. He's day to day." Silence...1 month 5 days ago
mojicianDivish reporting that Smith is out with a groin strain. Rioters demand a doctor's note.1 month 5 days ago
MtGrizzly@RyanDivish: The Twitter anger when Seattle traded Brandon Maurer to acquire Seth Smith is less than the outrage of Smith not playing in game 3 of 1621 month 5 days ago
DaddyONo Seth Smith in the starting lineup tonight?! http://mynorthwest.com/374/2744022/Lineups-Mariners-vs-Angels-Game-31 month 5 days ago
mojicianThe Orcs have signed Cody Ross to replace Coco Crisp. That didn't take long.1 month 5 days ago
mojicianVegas odds for tonight: Seattle -130ish. MGM most bullish with -140 line. Vegas loooovvees Iwakuma.1 month 5 days ago
MtGrizzlyI'm with Matt - it looked good but it didn't sound good. Still, I don't anticipate him hitting many out of the Safe.1 month 5 days ago
SABR Mattyou can't always tell in the first split second whether he nutted it. It was a homerable pitch and he got the bat to it with a good looking swing so they were reacting to that I think. But it sounded almost like it might have micro-cracked the barrel1 month 5 days ago
moethedogI wondered. The TV guys sounded pretty excited as ball hit bat but then it simply died.1 month 5 days ago
SABR Mattno...he hit that ball of the end of the bat...it didn't sound right.1 month 5 days ago
moethedogBTW, did it look like Jackson mashed that ball that died15 ft short of the LF wall? If he did, Doc's worries (and mine) are legit.1 month 5 days ago
DaddyOWe ran into CJ Wilson pitching as good as CJ WIson can possibly pitch. It happens. Paxton looked pretty good to me, he just got tatered on a rare mistake pitch, and it happened to be the same game where we got shut down by WIlson. Go get 'em tomorrow.1 month 5 days ago
SABR Mattwell...that was a turd of a game.1 month 5 days ago
SABR MattYoervis still looks like Yoervis1 month 5 days ago
SABR MattBig Tom still looks like Big Tom1 month 5 days ago
Gordon GrossWe're getting more pathetic by the minute against CJ, though.1 month 5 days ago
Gordon GrossPaxton's not pitching like he's bothered by the home run. Just had a really painful hiccup. A flyball like Austin Jackson hit would not have hurt us at all. Mr. Freeze just got a little too much of that ball. Hopefully we can get a little too much of one with runners on too.1 month 5 days ago
SABR Mattmissed his location by like 18 inches. the same distance that ball was out of the park by1 month 5 days ago
mojicianW000t! But reports of Wilson's demise may be exaggerated.1 month 5 days ago
Tacoma RainI thought the Mariners moved Joe Saunders to the bullpen... Besides the Rainiers already have Kickham and Montgomery in the rotation with Elias.1 month 5 days ago
SABR Mattwas really hoping for a zuumball...not so much.1 month 5 days ago
SABR MattPaxton is back. w00t!1 month 5 days ago
SABR MattHmmm...Ceej looked a little better than he did in 2014.1 month 5 days ago
SABR Matthere we go.......1 month 5 days ago
MtGrizzlyTacoma is going to win a lot of AAA games.1 month 6 days ago
Gordon GrossAnd yeah, GLS - Austin Wilson is my #1 watch among the bats in the minors this year. Alex Jackson is #2. I would love to see Wilson continue what he started before his injury in the MWL, and pull away from the John Mayberry-type comparisons. If he can put all that talent to use in games, we could be in for a LOT of fun.1 month 6 days ago
Gordon GrossTacoma's got an interesting club. Hultzen (eventually) alongside Elias, Pries and grizzled vet Saunders in the rotation. A squadron of relievers (including Leone and intriguing arms Montgomery and Guaipe) that a lot of teams wish they had lingering in the minors for emergencies. And non-sneezable bat talent. Maybe I'll break it all out while I watch the game tonight.1 month 6 days ago
Tacoma RainI am stunned to see Tyler Smith and Jack Reinheimer both in Jackson, while Bakersfield really does not have a SS.1 month 6 days ago
DaddyOIt could also be that McClendon wants as many players as he can to "get their feet wet" as quickly as possible. I've always thought that was prudent, and it's easier to do if you win the first game.1 month 6 days ago
GLSAustin Wilson is starting the year on the Bakersfield Roster. I'm excited to see how he does. Churchill has a really good write up on him and I'm wondering if he'll be this year's breakout candidate.1 month 6 days ago
MtGrizzlyQuite the lineup tonight. Weeks at DH, Cruz in RF and Ruggiano in. LF. Lloyd isn't messing around this season!1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattJust hoping we bring the pain tonight.1 month 6 days ago
SpectatorMy favorite pair will be in Bakersfield with 6-4, 250 stud Austin Wilson in right and 5-10, 160 every-dude Aaron Barbosa in center1 month 6 days ago
SpectatorOnly mild surprise to me on the full-season rosters is that Tyler Marlette doesn't start at AA.1 month 6 days ago
SpectatorKivlehan listed as 3b on Tacoma roster. D.J. listed as 3b on Jackson roster. Must be for trade value.1 month 6 days ago
DaddyOLonnie, I actually agree with you. IMO We need to give the roster as constructed a chance, and that includes Ruggiano or perhaps occasionally Cruz in RF. I was responding to what seemed like the suggestion that Seth Smith should be given a chance against LHP, and saying that we would actually have to see him perform successfully against LHP's when the opportunity came up (vs. relievers) to even think about that.1 month 6 days ago
Gordon GrossThey're trying to stagger the kids' arrival times, splitting up DJ and Kivlehan like that. I don't have an issue with it. If LoMo has a great year you don't want DJ rotting away, you want him destroying the opposition and upping his trade value. The odds are against Patrick, DJ, Austin Wilson and Alex Jackson all working out, but if they DO then you don't really want them all arriving at the same time. This isn't 2009 - we don't have any place to put all those guys next year. If we can can stagger em to 4 over 3 years, we can stage arrival times with the ends of contracts and free agency. Maybe. ;-)1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattCeej is not good anymore...I would not bet against that line.1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattYes...Kivlehan would be the second guy up, most likely, unless McClendon doesn't like Montero.1 month 6 days ago
mojicianVegas has the Mariners as solid -120ish favorites to win tonight. MGM is the most bullish with a -130 line.1 month 6 days ago
MtGrizzly@shannondrayer: Hultzen is starting season on minor league DL and will remain in extended spring. No setbacks, part of plan to build arm strength & innings.1 month 6 days ago
MtGrizzlyPetersen, Lara and Guerero all on the AA squad.1 month 6 days ago
SpectatorAnd there is a reason why P. Kivlehan appeared in 18 spring training games. Rugs and/or Weeks will have short leashes if Kiv is raking in AAA.1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattIf Ruggiano fails, the first call-up would probably be Montero, who would DH against lefties to let Cruz play the OF1 month 6 days ago
SABR Mattwe need to know whether Ruggiano will be adequate or not. I think he will not be...but we need to know that.1 month 6 days ago
Lonnie of MCWhy do we need to see how Smith performs against LHP? The real thing is we need to see how Ruggiano performs against LHP. Should Ruggs falter, look to see more Cruz in RF.1 month 6 days ago
SpectatorWithout spending too much time, I think there's reason to believe that Smith should have a higher BA vs. LHP than he does. But his career ISO vs. LHP is .109 and from what I could scrape up it was similar in the minors. In other words, he doesn't seem to justify a corner OF spot vs. LH. Still hard to know exactly how much is self-fulfilling of course since he's still essentially a rookie vs. lefties (fewer than 500 PAs in 6+ seasons). Boy is he a tough out vs. RHP though.1 month 6 days ago
DaddyOWell the big thing is, WE need to see how Smith performs against LHPs this season before forming any judgments. The same is true, of course, for Lloyd McClendon. If he gets a few chances and makes the most of him, and if Ruggiano struggles, no doubt McClendon will adjust accordingly. Oh the lot of the platoon player!1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattI think there's a reason Smith is not given a shot against the lefites. But maybe I'll be proven wrong at some point.1 month 6 days ago
SpectatorWho will get more PAs vs. LHP? Seth Smith or Carson Smith?1 month 6 days ago
SpectatorNone of his managers has ever given SSmith an extended shot vs. LHP. Year-by-year starts vs. LH starters: 0, 1, 8, 3, 11, 9, 13, 2. Only got more than 100 PAs vs. LHP once (2011) and his line was .217/.272/.304. Apparently this uber-platooning is the secret to his success.1 month 6 days ago
DaddyOIt's worth pointing out that the M's are on pace to win 162 games :). The trouble is, if we go by pace, it still wouldn't win them the division outright :(.1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattSmith is a career .590 hitter against lefties.1 month 6 days ago
mojicianWhaaaaaa? Smith leads MLB in all hitting categories. 3 XBHs play. I'm going to call McClendon.1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattWe'll get to see Ruggiano, Weeks and possibly Bloomquist instead1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattSmith won't even start today1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattPaxton time. ..surprised he's going ahead of Iwakuma1 month 6 days ago
mojicianSay it ten times fast: Seth Smith slams sappy stupid CJ in Seattle.1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattLove...stupid phone1 month 6 days ago
SABR MattThat is why we should live Morrison1 month 6 days ago
MtGrizzly@CupOfLoMo: One less Christmas Card I need to send out this year. Big mistake @Trouty201 month 6 days ago
OBFOf course if that had been Michael Saunders making that play he would be out for 2.5 months.... Opps sore, didn't mean to pick at scabs :) Great win,. go ms!1 month 6 days ago
mojicianI'm beginning to love this Smith guy. His screaming meemie line drives managed to nearly maim all three Angels outfielder, including a Joyce diving chop block that laid out Mike Trout! Seeing Angels collapse over a ball and miss makes watching sports worthwhile.1 month 1 week ago
mojicianAbout two weeks ago, they asked McClendon why Seth Smith was the new number two batter. "Doubles" McClendon said. http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/mariners/mariners-think-seth-smith-will-help-them-break-a-vital-run-scoring-barrier/1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOI kept telling myself, just don't let TWO runners on base. One is okay, but not two.1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOYou literally NEVER feel comfortable with Fernando Rodney in the closer role, but doggone it if the vast majority of the time he manages somehow to get it done.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattWhat, Grizz?1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyWow.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattLOL...love it G...I picture that every time he shoots that arrow1 month 1 week ago
SABR Mattthe Fernando Rodney Experience wobbled, but it didn't fall down1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossAn Oakland Jump-Jump just deflated. 1-0, everybody.1 month 1 week ago
DaddyO94 to go.1 month 1 week ago
moethedogI have a man crush on Seth Smith now. Well, for today, anyway.1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyRodney. Grrrrrrrrrr1 month 1 week ago
Tacoma RainCarson was better1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyTrout is good.1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyFat doesn't seem to negatively impact pitchers much regardless. :)1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOThey just showed a side shot of Rodney, and perhaps what looked like more paunch was just his uniform.1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOSeeing Rodney warming up in the pen, he looks like he's added more paunch this year. Hope it doesn't affect him negatively. We gotta close this game down and reward The King.1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOThat was impressive for Carson Smith against Mike Trout as the tying run in a game where a feel-good Felix start was at stake.1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOFarqhuhar looks VERY tepid, but Charlie-Smith COME THRU! First bullpen test, A-OK!1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattWHEW!! Carson Smith looks like a LOAD out there...that was awesome1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyFarquhar serving up some meatballs1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyBullpen :(1 month 1 week ago
SABR Mattugh...Farquhar still looks off1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOIt's nice to see Felix give up an early run but not be trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning. Offense. WheryaBEEN all these years?!1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOI don't think anybody is worried about Felix' last two spring training starts now...1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzly7 innings, 10K, 1 run. Just your run of the mill Felix start.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattI just remembered something. It's fun to win. :D1 month 1 week ago
OBFSMITH!!!!!!!!!!!!! DOUBLE AND TRIPLES GALORE!1 month 1 week ago
moethedogAck-attack!1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattDonno about youse guys...but I like this Smith guy. :D1 month 1 week ago
OBFYEAH DUSTIN! And a single by Miller... The M's have an offense!1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattThe Ack Attack is Back, Jack!1 month 1 week ago
OBFI LOVE double plays :) And K's are cool too! You go Felix!1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattIf Weaver's stuff does not improve by a lot, he's in big...BIG trouble in 20151 month 1 week ago
SABR MattClassic Felix escape1 month 1 week ago
moethedogAtta baby, Smithy!1 month 1 week ago
mojicianFelix looks like Felix.1 month 1 week ago
mojicianFrom Gameday, Weaver looks like a meatball. 85 MPH fastballs with no location. Balls way outside, balls down the middle. I don't think there has been a swinging strike yet. He's gotten lucky so far, with a liberal dose of help from the home plate ref, but Weaver may be toast.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattPitch count getting up a little bit on Felix...so...I hope our pen is good today1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossK'd Trout in Round two of that matchup.1 month 1 week ago
wufnersTrout did the same thing on Opening Day last year. Hit a homerun off Felix in his first at bat. Following that, Felix was cool.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossAND THAT'S THE LEAD. Single up the middle by Cano, 2-1 Ms.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossDouble and a triple for Seth Smith in his first game, and the game is tied. Somebody build that man a statue.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossDude... This ref and his off the plate calls this half of the inning are irritating me.1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyMan on for the heart of the order. Gotta hope we see a lot of it this season.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossAnd Seth Smith does what we're paying Seth Smith to do - double in the RCF gap. Heck yeah.1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyI can't really bring myself to hate Trout. I'm somewhere between admiration and fear.1 month 1 week ago
SABR Mattsigh - Trout is such a (bleep)...hate that guy. :)1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossFelix strikes out three in the first, but that Trout homer that Jackson shoulda caught has us down 1-0. I mean, Jackson can't hit, so we're paying him JUST to catch those, y'know... Let's see this improved offense next.1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyTrout.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossStruck out Pujols twice in one at-bat.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossYep, Jackson could have caught that. Just messed up his distance from the wall.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossI dislike Mike Trout. Just saying.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossThree pitches, three strikes, one dude gone.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossFirst pitch strike. Let's go MARINERS!1 month 1 week ago
wufnersJust dusted off the ol' AM radio that has to be about 3 feet away from my workstation to get passable reception. I can look up from my monitor and see Safeco out the window--looks like there's smoke coming from it. Was there just fireworks? I'm the kid watching from living room window, practicing the violin while his friends play outside.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattSo pumped up I could fly right now1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattThe Braves and Phillies seem to be in a competition for who can stink the worst.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattKimbrel = Rivera but better. He is the Padres' reward for taking on BJ Upton's contract. (sorry...I refuse to call him Melvin) Upton is signed for multiple more years and big money. I think San Diego was not happy with Wil Myers in CF and will eventually flip him elsewhere and Upton (who is, at least, a good fielder) will help them cover for the defensive weaknesses surrounding him. But yeah...brutal white flag dump by the Braves1 month 1 week ago
GLSAnd Kimbrel is an absolute beast, a true relief Ace.1 month 1 week ago
GLSAs best I can tell, the Padres gave up virtually nothing of significance to get Craig Kimbrel. I suppose Matt Wisler is some kind of prospect, but his AAA numbers last year weren't good and I have to imagine some of the shine has come off of his prospect status.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossI'm just glad we live in an age where I can get the game in hi def on my phone, so that I still get to watch the first pitch. Hope you're plopped in front of your big screen, Matt - we all have to make do as best we can. ;)1 month 1 week ago
mojicianI think that the move from Atlanta to Petco is not what BJ Upton needs to get his career on track. He hasn't played well since his much awesomer little brother joined the Braves. He should go to the Blue Jays. They would get a good healthy outfielder with considerable upside. he would get out of Jupton and now Kimbrel's shadow, and rediscover his own considerable hitting skill in a cozy hitting environment with a stacked lineup.1 month 1 week ago
SABR Matt(actually...that is about the only perk, aside from choosing the types of work you want to do - and it comes with the downside of no one taking your efforts seriously, just about everyone asking you "but what about your career?" as though this whole self-employment thing is just a hobby, and a general sense that even the people who most care about you think it's a phase and you'll end up a company man when you get all grown up)1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattYou suckers that have to play hooky from work to watch this game today...I pity you. Joy of being self-employed - I make my own schedule. Mwahahaaa1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattSD just traded for a pretty good reliever...some guy name DEATHINCARNATE1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyMaurer optioned to AAA. M's aren't the only club with a deeeeep bullpen.1 month 1 week ago
moethedogHey, batta batta.....Swing!1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattOpening day! Let's hear some chatter!1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOAdmins, FYI, I have an article in the queue. I'm sharing with my SSI friends the thoughts about this years team I expressed to an online friend in Houston.1 month 1 week ago
SABR Mattdumping Leone down to AAA was absolutely the right call...and if he doesn't get his stuff together quickly, Rollins might replace him in June. :)1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyLeone hasn't looked good when I've seen him. Grooving the high FB over the plate and hanging sliders us a good patch to AAA. Given what he has in AAA, Lloyd can afford to have a quick hook. I'm happy that he made the call before Leone blew a couple of leads.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattThe angels will pay the millions they agreed to pay him knowing his history. Boo frigging hoo1 month 1 week ago
mojicianI dunno. The Angels will probably pay $8 million for this latest avoidable DL stint. That could have been avoided with the restricted list. If you can censure your player for dogging it, you can certainly censor him for abusing cocaine.1 month 1 week ago
Bat571If you want a lift, go view the MLB.com "People Will Come, Ray" spot. Lots of young stars in a good reading. There is good in the world, and in baseball.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattDespicable, not despair. ..dyac1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattAbsolutely despair of the angels to attack their own player this way...they make me sick.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossWOW - the Angels are not exactly throwing their arms around Josh Hamilton. "Angels team president John Carpino and general manager Jerry Dipoto sided with MLB and were upset that the league is unable to take any steps to reprimand Hamilton. "It defies logic that Josh's reported behavior is not a violation of his drug program," Carpino said Friday.Added Dipoto before the team's exhibition game against the Dodgers on Friday night: "Do I agree with the decision that was made by the treatment board? Absolutely not.""1 month 1 week ago
IcebreakerXAnd enough of me, but M's suddenly swap Dominic Leone for Carson Smith on the 25-man.1 month 1 week ago
IcebreakerXG, OBF: Noticed that too. Pretty much every projected good team wins 86, which means we have lots of numbers that get us not much better than guessing...?1 month 1 week ago
IcebreakerXAlso, the only thing I wonder is what would have happened if Hamilton had come to the M's. Yeah, he's a disaster now, but it's also clear that he needs the warm and fuzzy feels for it all to work. And there is some evidence that coke addiction comes from not being able to cope with external discomfort.1 month 1 week ago
IcebreakerXRelated to Hamilton, Ken Rosenthal and another guy over at NBC (I think it was), are pretty much implicating the Angels for leaking the news on Hamilton. It's one thing for the Yankees to dump all over A-Rod, but beating a recovering drug addict while they're down is simply sad to see. Especially when it's a situation where the Angels went in eyes open. Heck, everyone associated with baseball in one way or another knew about how high-maintenance the guy is.1 month 1 week ago
OBFWelcome to the "Lets regress everything to .500" generation...1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossI'm glad for Josh as a person too. Besides, let's beat the Angels on the field. To that note: ESPN has the Mariners winning the west... at 86-76? So, worse than last year? Interesting. It doesn't say they're predicting a rash of injuries for us...1 month 1 week ago
SpectatorIf the RedSox get around to trading some of their depth, I'm a huge Jackie Bradley Jr. fan. I think he was pushed into the bigs prematurely like Zunino has a lot of upside left. Young CF would be a nice pickup and we have plenty of depth to swap.1 month 1 week ago
OBFI am actually happy for Josh, the person, baseball and it's daily schedule can only help him in his temptations. Further he self reported and seems like a sincere guy trying his best to conquer his demons and temptations, we all have them most of ours just aren't so public... And really he wasnt that bad of a hitter last year he was just injured quite a bit... same age as CRUZ btw... In general I dislike the Angels very very much, but I admit to having a soft spot for Hamilton I hope he does well this year. I hope the rest of them hit below .200 :)1 month 1 week ago
OBFWow... no penalties... AT ALL... for Josh Hamilton... I guess the Angels aren't getting out of that contract afterall... Did Hamilton play during spring training at all??? Does he hit #3 or 4 on opening day??? :)1 month 1 week ago
SpectatorAnd Moran was returned to the M's from the Angel organization.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattThat's on top of Gilheeney and Luetge1 month 1 week ago
GrumpyAnd in a sense to Hultzen has been added, "back from the dead".1 month 1 week ago
Tacoma RainSo for those who are not keeping track, this is now 8 left handed pitchers added to the M's organization this off season... Happ, Olmos, Kickham, Rollins, Saunders, Montgomery, the new Cuban Siverio, and Biemel.1 month 1 week ago
MtGrizzlyIf Miller doesn't start hitting, I hope Mac makes him shave his head.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattAnd that's why the Orcs are so slippery and evil. There are no players...only grist for the mill.1 month 1 week ago
mojicianThat's the thing. If your slapstick outfielder is maimed, the fix is easy. I bet the Orcs sign Endy by the end of the week.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattCrisp is about to age out. Not a big loss for them IMHO. They were gonna have a black hole in CF anyway. And in LF. And in RF. And at SS. And behind the plate. Their offense is going to be lousy. :)1 month 1 week ago
mojicianOne thing about the Orcs is that Crisp, Gentry and Fuld are basically the same guy. But, Crisp had a legit shot at OPSing .700 this year. Gentry and Fuld are on the brink of black hole status.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattFor the Happ doubters...I just picked him up in my fantasy league because someone was dumb enough to think ST in Zona meant anything for a lefty whose bread and butter pitches were a high fastball and a slider. Don't be that dumb. :) And my rotation currently includes Kluber, Samardzija, Tillman, Paxton, Shoemaker, Archer, Hahn and (for later in the year) Nova...and I still thought Happ would add value.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattI don't think they'll miss Crisp all that much...Gentry isn't a giant step down from him.1 month 1 week ago
Tacoma RainCoco Crisp out 8 weeks due to elbow injury / surgery. Mariners may only need to win 85 games to make play-offs the way injuries are piling up in this division.1 month 1 week ago
mojicianPaxton told the News Tribune never to doubt him based on a spring training game.1 month 1 week ago
SABR Mattthe real kicker, IMHO was not the Jones trade..it was the pair of Cleveland trades.1 month 1 week ago
GLSTrading Adam Jones was the real kicker. That one trade set the organization back for years.1 month 1 week ago
moethedoghave our pitchers been throwing underhand the last few ST games?1 month 1 week ago
SpectatorMain two winter trades involved Jack offloading the last holdouts: Condor and Maurer. Is Nate Tenbrink still holding on by his fingernails? Maybe the only Bavasi draftee left in the org?1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossThat was his talent. You have to be REALLY good to miss on that many players. It's not like there weren't good or even great players where we were drafting. We pulled an all-time reach on Clement at #3 in a season of tremendous hitters, after all - a guy who was barely rated as a first rounder in most places. You have to TRY to mess up like that. Heck, Bavasi was so humiliated to have found a couple of guys in Jones, Tillman and Sherrill he had to throw them away before they messed up his record. It's hard to blame Jack for not believing in one of the ONLY successes (Fister) and trading him at a theoretical high point. Based on the wasteland Bavasi left us with, any oasis seems like a mirage. I still blame him tho. ;-)1 month 1 week ago
SABR Matthard to believe how poor Bavasi was at finding talent.1 month 1 week ago
SpectatorTechnical correction: I guess Aumont is still employed, but just outrighted to the minors since he went unclaimed when exposed to waivers.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossThe second inning isn't going any better. Just one of those days. That's it, James - get it out of your system now. You're allowed one more like this before the All-Star break. ;-)1 month 1 week ago
SABR Mattfor the record, Paxton did not labor in that first inning...bad luck, bad defense and a bad HP umpire labored in that first inning.1 month 1 week ago
SpectatorTotal Bavasi Meltdown -- having already taken place in Seattle -- continues to sweep the nation, with Matt Tuiasosopo and Phillippe Aumont both getting released today. Neither one might ever get another baseball paycheck.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattLOL...my wife found the same thing, moj...but I'll still write that article once the site is up and running. :)1 month 1 week ago
mojicianFile a 4852 wage and withholding estimate. Don't let a disorganized former employer hold you up from a refund. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4852.pdf I expect an article explaining the sink difference of Felix's magic changeup between Peoria and Seattle for that.1 month 1 week ago
SABR Mattthe downside of having worked for the Yankees...trying to get them to send me a W2...:\1 month 1 week ago
SABR Mattwow...that's a rare one, G...bummer. I'm allergic to breaking my body, so I've been afraid to try it, but I'm trying to stop being such a wuss. :)1 month 1 week ago
Gordon Gross*grins* I am deathly allergic to horses. No rides for me - which is terrible, because Colorado is a GREAT place to take horseback rides.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattAnd, no joke, I am looking into riding lessons - something I've always wanted to do.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattThe "and a pony" bit made me think you were not very optimistic...LOL1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossNo sarcasm, Matt - Farquhar is my heir apparent to Rodney as well. :) I just hope for a year where everything goes right for once, and we don't have to use three closers, or trade for different (yet still pathetic) bats at the deadline, or have anything else go wrong. I want a year where the people performing on the field live up to their expectations, and we go do something special. It's been too long, that's all. I am hopeful for the season, yet nervous. Felix has waited so long to have a good team around him. I want this year to live up to the hype - no sarcasm.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattI'm trying to figure out if that sarcasm was intended as an attack on my idea of Farquhar as closer or...?1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossYeah, my choice of the guys in the pen is Lord Farquhar. Hopefully Rodney is excellent, the bullpen is outstanding, the starters all win 20 games and we score 800 runs this year. I then want a World Series sweep of the Nationals, a victory parade through the Puget Sound, and a pony.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattI'm confident enough in Farquhar if Rodney fails (or following his exit). But if you don't like that idea, we have Leone, Wilhelmson, Smith, or we could go with a lefty like Montgomery (if we can fix him) or Rollins or somesuch or we could go and replace Rodney with a guy we acquire in trade if, somehow, none of those guys works out...we have tons of extra prospects that could be dealt if the need arose.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossAlso, Seth Smith better hit. I wanted Maurer to take over at closer after Rodney. Thankfully we have 37 pen arms - there are other options.1 month 1 week ago
Gordon GrossWe've finally got a shot to pull a Matt Thornton deal on somebody else. Former top prospect with a big fastball, went through a series of injuries and control issues as a starter and toyed with in the pen, thrown away as busted goods to a team (the White Sox) that privately cackled they could fix him in a week. And they did. Thornton went on to be a 137 ERA+ dude for his career with the Chi Sox with some pretty beastly 170s there in the middle, and make an All-Star game. Basically we traded away Maurer for Smith, and replaced him with a Thornton chance for the price of a guy we were gonna have to release anyway. That's not bad trading if it works out - and if it doesn't, it didn't really hurt us. If we fix Montgomery there are gonna be some pretty cheesed off people in Tampa. We know how that feels.1 month 1 week ago
SpectatorSorry to hear, Matt.1 month 1 week ago
SpectatorBack when Baseball America was proclaiming that KC had the Greatest Farm System in the History of the Known Universe or somesuch, Montgomery was definitely one of the top names. He's certainly worth a flyer, and that's all that we were going to get for eRAM anyway. So nothing to dislike.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattI will be out of communication, largely, Friday to Sunday. My grandmother is on her deathbed at this point, so we're going down to DC to say goodbye.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattMontgomery still hits 97 with ease, so say reports. Just needs to learn how to have some clue where it's going...........1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattThis is an awesome deal stylistically. The Mariners get a year to see if they can accidentally find a power lefty reliever, the Rays get a free starter. Everyone wins.1 month 1 week ago
GLSI really like this Mike Montgomery deal. I don't know that much about the guy, but supposedly he still throws hard and he's only 25. A cursory glance at his numbers on B-Ref indicates a pitcher that should have been moved to the bullpen a long time ago. Not sure why the Royals never made that move.1 month 1 week ago
Tacoma RainSo is Carson Smith now the token righty in the Tacoma bullpen now? I mean Montgomery, Saunders, Kickham, Olmos, Luetge, Moran, Gilheeney, A Fernandez, Siverio, Hultzen, Elias... and eventually Olson or Rollins.... with Zokan, Mathis, DeCecco, Shipers and Valenza in AA... All of these guys are left handed pitchers in the farm system now.1 month 1 week ago
DaddyORays get former promising young pitcher who failed to deliver, but one who has no options left but might be revitalized and contribute this year. M's get former promising young pitcher who failed to deliver, but one who has an option year left who might be revitalized and contribute next year. This fits the needs of both teams, since Rays need help now, M's not so much.1 month 1 week ago
Bat571So, Erasmo to the Rays. Montgomery was once highly-regarded, but now needs some help with his stuff - maybe Lance Painter (or somebody) can get him back on track. At least it wasn't just the proverbial bag of balls - it's a real guy with *possible* upside still.1 month 1 week ago
DaddyOI wouldn't worry about Felix unless he gets several starts into the regular season without once looking like Felix. However, opening day is BIG deal for the King. If he's off on opening day, it will at least give me a very slight pause.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattAh...sounds like he messed himself up by doing a heavy-lower-body weight session at the wrong time. No physical problems...he just was tired and Zona kills the sink on his change-up anyway. Good to know.1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattShould we be worried about King Felix?1 month 1 week ago
okdanHey maybe the shorter locks will help him throw the ball in a straight line :P1 month 1 week ago
SABR MattLook at Zunino go!1 month 2 weeks ago
DaddyOHah! Funny about Miller's hair! If I was on that team I'd be calling him Shirley.1 month 2 weeks ago
MtGrizzly@JasonPuckett20: So, Brad Miller, tells us that McClendon ordered him to cut his hair.1 month 2 weeks ago
moethedogMan, Taijuan is getting ripped today!!! He gave up a run and 3 hits in 7 innings. What is wrong with him? :)1 month 2 weeks ago
SpectatorJabari Henry got a surprise call to the big-league game, homered, and then dedicated it to Victor Sanchez. Nice.1 month 2 weeks ago
Bat571Any pitcher whose pitches depend on movement and not deception or power will be at a disadvantage in Arizona, where, like Colorado, the air does not "grab" the rotating seams as well. Using a humidor so the balls are not so dry would help keep the seams "up" as well. Not only the fields are rock-hard, but so are the covers on the ball. The guys you name, OBF, are just the kind of guys who might be affected, but then Felix is also; it's not just a LH thing.1 month 2 weeks ago
OBFGeneral question... Do lefties tend to be slower starters? I believe Furbush also has had slow ST starts in the past... My failing memory also wants to say Bedard and Washburn were, "ignore the ST stats" types of guys... Oh well... SafeCo will cure all right?!? :)1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossI'm very luke-warm on Happ, moe. My hopes for him are pinned on the idea that he jumped a plateau last year - if he did not do that, then we should know it soon. If Elias was pitching like Walker I'd be a little more bent about Happ's outings, but as it is we've got him holding Elias's seat warm. And if he goes on a run like Young did last year, then sure - he can stay in the rotation. And if not then we'll work that out in May. Unless he implodes and we have to start Olson or something. Let's not have that happen, yeah?1 month 2 weeks ago
moethedogUnderstood, G. Mostly I was tongue-in-cheek, ergo the :). But I must admit to be a Happ doubter. I hope I'm wrong.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossElias is only a phone call (and a day) away. It's not like he's been stuffed into a suitcase and airmailed to Tajiristan. :) and it's not like he's been killing it this Spring either. Just give em time. Both happ and elias. It's the #5 starter. I just want something approximating .500 from that slot anyway.1 month 2 weeks ago
moethedogFeeling great about Happ. Wait.....Never mind. :) Gee, I miss Elias.....1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattIt's official. ..Walker wins sp5, Leone wins Rhrp 5, Olson wins lhrp21 month 2 weeks ago
MtGrizzly@shannondrayer: Carson Smith has been optioned to Tacoma.1 month 2 weeks ago
MtGrizzly@shannondrayer: Mariners send down Elias, Lowe, Pries, Correia, Saunders, O'Malley, Rivero, Baker and Chavez1 month 2 weeks ago
jemanjiSincerest best wishes for Mr. Sanchez and those around him.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon Gross"It's pretty devastating to a lot of us," Mariners minor league catcher Tyler Marlette said after Sanchez's accident, according to MLB.com. "He's a big dude -- we'd always call him Shrek -- with a lot of humor. He's always pleasant, always positive with everybody. Just a fun-loving guy and he'd be the first one to buy you food or do anything for you. It's a shame that it happened to him. It just reminds you how important life is and that it's not just about baseball."1 month 2 weeks ago
OBFWow, that sucks... :(. Prayers for his family, enjoy heaven, Victor.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossRIP Victor. Thoughts are with his family. Just a tragedy.1 month 2 weeks ago
Lonnie of MCSanchez was a lot like other prospects in the M's organization; didn't fit the profile of a true MLB player, yet, he always managed to exceed expectations. I am going to miss El Toro.1 month 2 weeks ago
MtGrizzlySo sad.1 month 2 weeks ago
Tacoma RainPer Dutton... Victor Sanchez has died.1 month 2 weeks ago
rick82Man. I've been looking at Willie Blomquist a LONG time.1 month 2 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyFrom a cold and purely selfish point of view, this works out pretty well for the Mariners. They don't have to choose between Olsen and Rollins. They get to keep Rollins in AZ under their training regimen for 80 games. They get him back mid season and if he's essentially ready for MLB action, well, that's pretty good for the club. Tough to see anything but benefits for the Mariners.1 month 2 weeks ago
GLSThis is the greatest day of Tyler Olsen's life.1 month 2 weeks ago
GLSThe positive test was for stanozolol, so I guess there isn't much hope that it was just tainted supplements or something like that.1 month 2 weeks ago
Tacoma RainPer MLB Trade Rumors, the Mariners can keep, and will keep Rollins through the suspension.1 month 2 weeks ago
Tacoma RainNow Erasmo and Safeco Joe come back into the discussion, though I really hope it is a short discussion1 month 2 weeks ago
mojicianNah. The Mariners have issued a statement that they are going to keep him, since he doesn't get paid for restricted list time. He will stay in Peoria like Danny Hultzen.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR Mattwhoops. guessing we'll waive him now. LOL1 month 2 weeks ago
mojicianDavid Rollins suspended 80 games for PEDs. And his name will be Tyler Olson, and he will finally pay off those Gonzaga student loans.1 month 2 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyIf Happ has a good first half, I'll bet he gets dealt.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattPossibly. I projected Felix to take the ball 34 times, Iwakuma 30, Happ 29, Paxton 27, Walker 24 and Elias 18 times.1 month 2 weeks ago
Bat571Actually, Matt, I expect Happ to be a guy who'll go through a dead arm period, too, and do a 15-day stint with rehab. Elias will probably get a start for everyone but Felix.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattElias will be up for at least 2/3 of the year stealing starts from just about everyone except Happ and Felix1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossThe concern with them is really September and October. Neither guy has thrown a ton of innings - how are they gonna handle 200? I'm guessing there are gonna be innings walls, and that somebody like Elias (or a deadline trade for an arm) might be a huge deal for us to try to save the kids and get them into postseason with their stuff intact. Bumgarner jumped from the minors to the pros and threw 220+ innings that year, IIRC. But we're gonna do something other than let the kids just air it out all year as starters, I'm guessing.1 month 2 weeks ago
rick82Last night I saw Michael Carp trying to make the Nationals (doesn't look good right now, but who knows). Dude has a beard that would make Ack envious. I thought maybe it was General Longstreet switching over from the Confederate Army.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattNot that I expect Pax and Walker to be perfect every time...but I see no reason why I should expect either of them to be anything but stars, starting immediately, other than the injury risk.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossIf Paxton and Walker come out swinging like Cain and Bumgarner, and Felix and Kuma are Felix and Kuma, and the pen is even close to last year's... yeeeeeeeshhhh1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossAlso, sorta funny story: Iwakuma picked up a full-time beat reporter (Sam Onada) for stories back to Japan thanks to Yu Darvish's injury. From another Schoenfield article: "Onada admits that Darvish is more popular in Japan. 'He's more dynamic,' he said. 'Iwakuma is a good pitcher, but Darvish has more pitches and a better fastball,' a combination the fans love. Still, a job is a job. A couple of the other reporters also will leave the Darvish beat to cover Iwakuma..." Let's hope Kuma is in vintage form and our vying for the pennant keeps the good folks in Japan entertained.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattI have really good feelings about what's coming in 2015...I feel like we might be the first AL team to run a team ERA under 2.50 in the DH era. :D (only slightly exaggerating)1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossHe carried us to the playoffs, and to those playoff victories. Can't believe he didn't win the MVP that season. With Junior out with a broken wrist? He did all the heavy lifting. It was a crime. He didn't even finish SECOND that year - he was behind both Mo Vaughn (East Coast Bias joke there) and Albert Belle (more understandable for Belle to be in the convo that year). Randy and Jay stole votes from Edgar that year, I guess - which is weird since Buhner was 200 OPS points short of Gar. Just hard to give credit to the Little Guy, I guess. Also the curse of the DH, since no DH has EVER won MVP. I do love how winning an MVP gets you HOF votes, but because no one will make a DH the MVP, no DH can get those bonus votes. 95 was some kinda season, though. I'd like to have another one worth writing home about this year.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattNope...I was evidently thinking of 2000...he was still quite old to be hitting .320+ in a full sesaon...still and all...good lord is right1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattI like to look at his 2002 stat line. I believe that was the year, at age 39, where he was hitting .385 in August.1 month 2 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyI sometimes look up Edgar's 95 season stats, just to remind myself just how unreal he was. 29 HR, 52 doubles, .479 OBP and 1.107 OPS. I mean...good lord. He struck out about once every other game and was on base half the time! And that was with Jr on the DL for a good chunk of the season.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossLOL trust me, Matt, I'm not the one doubting Gar's fire. He's my favorite player of all time. But some people don't believe you have fire unless you're being a jackwagon in public and screaming at people. You don't spend three hours a day staring at a piece of paper to keep your eye issue at bay without having the dedication and fire to your craft. His right eye would wander, so he'd have to hit pitches sometimes while using just one eye - how do you hit .300 WITH ONLY ONE EYE ON THE TARGET?? His level of dedication in everything his did, his drive to be the best, was completely off the charts. He just didn't beat his chest about it.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossAlso, I like the Tribe parking Jose Ramirez's BMW at short to prank him (and teach him a lil lesson about comporting yourself as a rook and a pro). As far as pranks go, it cannot top the Jeff Francouer / Jose-Reyes-is-deaf one (that's the best in recent memory) but I do like it. Baseball is unique like that.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattGar had PLENTY of fire. He fouled a ball off his BROKEN FOOT and then got back up after 5 minutes of dire agony and HOMERED. Dude had the fire.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossLookin' forward to seeing how that goes, Matt - have fun stormin' the castle!1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossIs it bad that I would like to see David Ortiz reach the HOF - because there is NO WAY you can put Ortiz in and keep Edgar out? Not unless you're counting World Series rings, I guess, but Gar was the better player in my estimation. Ortiz had the power and RBI advantage, Gar had the average and OBP. Both guys were pretty pure DHs. Neither needed a lot of "protection" in the lineup - they just did what they do. Gar didn't smash any dugout phones or cuss out any home plate umps, so if "fire" is your deciding line then I guess Ortiz wins there. With his name in roid convos, though - as even he states in his op-ed - I don't think David Ortiz is getting in with the writer vote either despite the East Coast bias. If the only thing keeping him out is the roid talk, though, then maybe Gar can get in as part of the conversation about HOF-worthy DHs gets revived. Be a vet committee call for Gar, however.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattAcquired MATLAB today...let the games begin.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattWhat happened was Elias won himself a one-way ticket to Tacoma.1 month 2 weeks ago
mojicianWhat happened out there? Elias got hammered!1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR Mattwell this has been a steamer of a day for the Mariners. SS double losses are no fun.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossGotta love the way Alex Jackson can get around on a ball to pull it to third, and that if he hadn't hit the ball off the end of his bat the routine pop up might not have been so routine - he was right on that. He really ain't bad for a 19 year old kid facing a league-average pro who knows what he's doing. Seeing him against fresh JuCo type arms in the Midwest League could get interesting quickly.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattI'll be happy with .650s from Miller and Jackson and .750 from Zunino (SLG-heavy). That'll be more than enough.1 month 2 weeks ago
mojicianI dunno. If the up the middle guys' OPS was .500 something we'd be freaking out. Those fans who throw a wet blanket on your spring buzz about a 1 OPS really aren't enjoying baseball as much as they should. You may be a dreamer, but you're not the only one.1 month 2 weeks ago
SpectatorDoesn't mean anything, but of AJackson, Zunino and Miller, the lowest spring OPS is Jackson's .943.1 month 2 weeks ago
SpectatorIf LoMo, Ackley and SSmith are OK, they might not need much production from C, CF & SS. But, man, if they get it ...1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattI'm not sure if you guys were aware of this, but I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. This Robinson Cano guy is pretty good at baseball. Just saying.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattZZZZUUUUMBALL! Finally got to say that. :D1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattPaxton, Felix, Walker in the rotation, Wilhelmson in the pen with signature curves. Doesn't seem like an unusual level of curvage.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattHe only needs the heater and the splitter to be nasty. If he has the curveball, he's death on a stick.1 month 2 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyIs there a pitching staff in all of baseball that utilizes the curveball more than the M's? Walker's is just nasty when he has it and he's had it his last few starts.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR Mattwow...Walker, today, has gotten Ks on his curve, change-up (twice) and fastball. He's throwing all three for strikes with ease. He's hit 97 on the soft Peoria gun. Bring on the WS. Kid's ready.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattOh MY does Walker look awesome. The garbage swings he's getting on his splitter are hilarious and he's throwing his curve for gimme strikes early in the game.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattThis is entirely an online business...nothing ink person so no credit card swiping. I envisioned using square to have my customers depositing directly into an account.1 month 2 weeks ago
mojicianTonight's game was originally a day game, but was rescheduled at the request of the Peoria City Council, as there were concerns that what Taijuan Walker was going to do to the Cubs was inappropriate for broad daylight.1 month 2 weeks ago
mojicianThe Square online support is limited to starting a canned Web site on Square's server. This is called Square market. You can't integrate a payment portal onto your Web site with square. If you want a payment portal, Authorize.net costs $25 to $35 per month in addition to whatever your credit card processing fee is.1 month 2 weeks ago
mojicianSquare is awesome. The fees are WYSWYG, not like your $149 cell phone bill that is really $250. Also, the reader device itself is only about $10. The free between friends is for direct bank account withdrawals, and not for the credit card machine and account. The credit card machine costs 2.75 percent for swipe and 3.5 percent for punching the buttons. <https://squareup.com/help/us/en/article/5068-fees-and-pricing> The credit card account is what most small businesses want, as it comes with Web support, that is, you can integrate Square payment into your Web site somehow, and most people don't want to download an app to make a payment. You should probably get both, and if you can get someone to pay with the App it would be a bonus.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattLooks like square is "free between friends"...1.5% for businesses. Not sure how they distinguish. ..but it seems to me that until I'm incorporated, all of my contracts are friendly deals. ..I'm too small time to be a business. ..can't afford the free for incorporation or trademarking1 month 2 weeks ago
DaddyOGonzaga's gonna beat UCLA, but I gotta root for the boys from Westwood. Been a huge fan since the early Wooden years, even before Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I started watching them when Gail Goodrich was their main weapon. My oldest cousin was a UCLA cheerleader into the Alcindor years. She soon married Bruins forward Jim Neilsen, and was well-acquainted with all the players, coaches and assistants. But if the Zags get past UCLA, which I expect, then it's go Gonzaga all the way for me.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR Mattagreed Gordon...which is why I want Paxton and Walker extended after this season...get them locked in.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossThis is also the reason I wanted Seager extended ASAP: $/WAR is about to go through the ROOF. Kyle's looking to be an absolute bargain in 3 years.1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossAnaheim and Texas rank #8 and #11 on the list, and the 'Stros and As come in at 26 and 27. We're right in the middle - and with a sustainable farm system we should be able to compete with anybody - especially once the gate starts rolling in if we're back on top of the AL West this year. Full breakdowns are here: http://www.forbes.com/mlb-valuations/1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossAlso, Forbes noted this morning that the AVERAGE major league baseball team is worth 1.2 billion dollars - "up an astounding 48 percent from last year." We rank 14th at 1.1 billion. If only management had been willing to spend more than Chris Denorfia's salary on a pennant chase last season, seeing as they made 26 million in pure income profit last year in addition to the team value increase (yes, I know we traded for a broken Kendrys). Bought for 100 million in 1992 - not a bad return on investment. Thanks for finding money in the couch cushions for team upgrades a year late, fellas! Hopefully it turns out to be just in the nick of time.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattBoomer Sooner!1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossI'm very much hoping to see the Zags face Duke. That's what I wanna see this weekend.1 month 2 weeks ago
SpectatorJust looking at the brackets. Gonzaga-Duke, if it happens, looks like a better matchup than almost any Final Four possibility, except maybe Kentucky-Wisconsin -- though I can also see Wisconsin getting blown out by UK. Gonzaga-Duke winner would be a big favorite in the Final Four over anyone coming out of East bracket (highest seed left is uninspiring No. 3 Oklahoma).1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattI am selling service as an editor and hav r afew prolific clients booked, but until I get more business, th r fees would be worse th han PayPal. But square sounds good...thanks for the help, moj1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattThe monthly fee is problematic for me until I am selling consistently...maybe I should try square.1 month 2 weeks ago
mojicianMatt. As a small business man Flagship Merchant Services has been a game changer for me. They charge 8 bucks a month if you sell more than 500 and 24 if you do not and 1.8 percent commission on Visa Mastercard and Discover. Amex is 3.5 percent. The eight bucks is deducted from your first sale of the month. They also have a range of Web site support options. I've been delighted with the service. A lot of other small businesses really like Square which charges double POS (except AMEX) but no monthly fee. Same difference.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattEspecially fiverr...when i realized that, I was quite miffed1 month 2 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyWow. Those are 'usury' rates, Matt. I had no idea.1 month 2 weeks ago
SpectatorKeep track of those fees Matt because you can deduct them as business expense on your taxes. Every little bit helps.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattNote that PayPal only costs a commission on transactions larger than $10. So if you want to be smart, do lots of $5 transactions.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattHmmm...I've learned in the last week that fiverr.com has a 20% commission on any money changing hands through their service, WePay (gofundme) winds up costing you about 9%, and PayPal costs you 6.9%. Useful numbers for all here to keep in mind in case anyone else tries to conduct business online. :)1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattWell that's unfortunate1 month 2 weeks ago
mojicianUpton and Kemp hit for the cycle against Happ. Kemp hit the odd numbered bases, and Upton hit the even ones.1 month 2 weeks ago
DaddyOGood to hear, Matt. Congrats, and well-deserved.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattHuzzah! Had a guy drop in on my campaign whose been following my efforts for the last decade, and put me up to my goal. Fantastic!1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattHey bat...I'm not going anywhere, and I'm traveling this weekend anyway, so the first shouldn't be a problem. Email me at matt dot souders at gmail and I can pass along my paypal info. I''d rather do PayPal actually since they don't take a10% commission. :)1 month 2 weeks ago
Bat571Hey, Matt - if you can wait until after the first, I have some for you. I'd prefer to do a paypal xfer, if you can authorize Jemanji to send me your phone number or other paypal receipt address. or add Q dot com to my screen name and send directly. I have a limited "fun budget" and it needs topping before I can send some, though.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattJust to be clear...I meant no offense to anyone who didn't feel they could donate...was just trying to thank the ones who did. Money's tight for many of us, and I absolutely understand that. It's frankly asking a lot to ask for this sort of help via the web when no one here really knows me in person and when everything I offer in return is completely speculative.1 month 2 weeks ago
DaddyOMatt, there's probably more than five who believe enough in your ideas to want to donate to your funding drive, but some (and I know of one in particular) might not feel themselves in a position to do so for whatever reason. That said, I agree that those who did so deserve appreciation. I'm sorry you are not yet able to purchase your needed software, and hope it happens for you speedily.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattThanks to the five of you who believed enough inn my ideas to donate to my funding drive...I came up a little short of my goal, but you got me close enough that I should be able to make up the difference eventually. May take me a while, but I nonetheless greatly appreciate your vote of confidence in me.1 month 2 weeks ago
SABR MattNot interested. We have three better options1 month 2 weeks ago
Tacoma RainNot sure where we would put him but.... Texas just released Homeless Joe Biemel1 month 2 weeks ago
Gordon GrossOof - some un-lovely offense in this one. I'm chalking it up to not wanting to let the Angels see anything before we get to the regular season. Yeah, that's it...1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossLove seeing Zunino turn on that inside stuff, man. It's just pretty. Hope to see him get a bunch more hits this year as he gets comfortable with his approach. Maybe that widened stance will help1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossJordan Pries, OTOH, looks exactly like I want him to look.1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyI hope Texas picks up Erasmo, just so the M's can hit against him.1 month 3 weeks ago
mojicianErasmo was probably toast when McClendon lined him up to pitch against both the Orcs and Angels. There is a longstanding Mariners tradition that no one who is making the team is ever allowed to pitch against our hated division rivals in Spring training games.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossOoof. Bye Erasmo. Thank Bloomie for that wonderful booted ball, but man - that pretty much seals your fate. Guess we're losing you for basically nothing.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattErasmo looks flat and predictable and they're creaming him. That's all she wrote1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattSaunders will do well for two months and then fatigue and go into a whiff steak1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossSaunders will probably do well as an every day guy - until the Astroturf field destroys him. They aren't moving to grass til 2018, right? I remember hearing they were trying to add some more rubber pellets under the surface to help cushion the field, but I'm not sure how pillow soft it can be to help out Saunders. As for Smoak... good luck with Smoak. Maybe the sign stealing the Blue Jays have been routinely accused of at home will help, as will the change in stadium. Ya never know.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattHa!1 month 3 weeks ago
SpectatorHadn't realized this, but apparently Toronto is expecting Smoak and Saunders to both be pretty much everyday players. Kind of like putting reruns of American shows on Canadian TV.1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyFelix-Paxton-Iwakuma-Happ-Walker is a formidable rotation. I mean sheesh - a guy with double digit wins last season isn't even likely to make the team.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattWow...algal the guys having no problem getting on top of Gallardo's fastball1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossSo good to have Paxton on the mound and dealing. And yes, okdan, I expect Alex Jackson in full-season duty in the Midwest League. There's really no reason not to. If he can hit homeruns off of current major-league bullpenners in the Spring, he can handle medicore college arms in April. There isn't really a need to keep him in extended Spring Training and then short-season duty - his strikezone judgment is fine. Clint Frazier was an equivalently drafted player, and he did the same rookie-ball first year after being drafted / second year in full-season ball. And I think Jackson is a better player than Frazier, certainly less raw. Go grab some of those tickets. ;)1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattAlright! Checked in with my gofundme campaign and find that I've gotten the help of six generous donors...I'm still $80 short, so if you haven't already pledged and want to see some of the stuff I've been advertising get done, please consider participating in even small ways. Every little bit helps!1 month 3 weeks ago
electrokrakenAlso I love the fact no one who&#039;s going to be on the opening day roster is having a bad spring.1 month 3 weeks ago
electrokrakeni love austin wilson1 month 3 weeks ago
okdanHey G, you think Alex Jackson will be in Clinton to start the year? Fingers crossed for that, as I've got a few MDW stadiums within driving distance.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR Matt15 seconds is almost track star speed1 month 3 weeks ago
Lonnie of MCAround the bases is 360 feet, or, if you like 120 yards. When you combine the distance with having to essentially run in a small circle, 15 seconds is pretty damn fast.1 month 3 weeks ago
sonofsnake15 seconds around the bases. How relatively fast is that?1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossAlso, Austin Wilson's inside-the-park homer was fun today. I assume Austin's gonna be in the Cal League with an eye toward a mid-season promotion to AA, the same way that DJ and Kivlehan did it last year. O'Neill might be back in the MWL doing double duty with Jackson. Morgan is almost certainly going slower and headed for extended Spring training and then Everett. With DJ, Kivlehan and Marte in AAA, and several members of the High Desert crew (Marlette, Lara, Henry, Gurrrero) in AA, there should be interesting hitters to watch all up and down the system this year. Still wanna see Pizzano get back on the horse. I don't think we'll have room for him, but somebody should.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossSmoak had three problems: bad pitch adjustment, unathletic, and a swing that was too-long to the ball. even when it all lined up he had trouble crushing the ball - which was weird, because before his dad died he was able to put more mustard into it. His dad was his swing coach, and it's my opinion that when Smoak lost his dad he lost the person who could help him make up for his other issues. Jackson's swing isn't speedy, but he is short to the ball and powerful - that's gonna lead to a lot of fun. Look out, Midwest League.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossFelix is just working on stuff. I don't really care what his spring looks like. He'll be ready - he always is.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattAgreed, GLS...for a large framed guy, Smock was alarmingly unathletic. Felix always has one really bad spring outing. ..don't worry about it1 month 3 weeks ago
GLSRe: man muscles. I've mentioned it here before, but I'm still convinced the number one thing Justin Smoak could have done is to just get stronger. He was unlikely to improve in terms of pure hitting skills, but if he got stronger, and hit the ball harder, a few more of those balls might have landed for hits.1 month 3 weeks ago
mojician"Really Impressive" is an honor that hasn't been bestowed on a prospect before. Occasionally a prospect will have some pretty impressive aspect to his game, such as Ajax's power. That impressive aspect is what makes the prospect interesting. As in: Alex Jackson is interesting. He has pretty impressive power to right center. No one, except Kivlehan, has been declared blanket impressive. It is easy to see why Kivlehan has caught McClendon's eye. He likes an advanced approach at the plate, and he likes power, particularly doubles and home runs. This comes from having pretty darn good hitters with man muscles, not puppy dog muscles.1 month 3 weeks ago
Tacoma RainWow... the Cubs shelled Felix in 2.2 innings. 2 doubles, 2 HR's and 6 earned runs... ouch. Maybe I can wait for the season to start.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattLOL indeed1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyLOL. It probably means that it's a good thing for Ruggiano that he's having a good spring.1 month 3 weeks ago
GrumpySo McClendon calls Kivlehan "really impressive". Nice. What's that translate to on the McClendon compliment scale? Future hall of famer?1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzly@RyanDivish: McClendon on the No. 5 battle: "My evaluation is probably a little different than yours. I don't worry about the numbers per se."1 month 3 weeks ago
moethedogBTW, is Pizzano in the ST MLB camp?1 month 3 weeks ago
Tacoma RainPer Dutton, Carraway has retired...1 month 3 weeks ago
SpectatorI vote for DJ and Kiv getting a plenty good helping of AAA. Neither has spent a day at AAA yet. There's no defensive imperative as there was with Zunino. But most importantly: The window is not closing. Only Iwakuma and Rodney are on the 2014 clock, and I think we might have some guys who can fill in those slots if they don't re-sign.1 month 3 weeks ago
moethedogI was funnin' there G. We're in with A. Jackson in CF.....All in. But, I'm not dead sure pitchers just don't saw his bat off if he doesn't show some mash. And you know me, I believe that when a guy is ready, he's ready. Age doesn't worry me, much. Alex Jackson isn't ready, I know that. But a tater at 19 is enough to be thrilled about.1 month 3 weeks ago
GLSReally looking forward to following Alex Jackson's box score lines this year.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossUhh, no. Alex Jackson cannot play center field. Maybe if you're in a serious bind, but otherwise no. He's a RF. So you were looking at internal options only, you'd slate Kivlehan for LF (where he'll be plus on defense) and Jackson for right, sometime in 2017/2018. I suppose Jackson could move faster than that, but we really don't need to rush him the way we rushed Ackley and crew. I've been begging the Ms for the ability to slow down, so as GLS says - since we're finally at a point we can do that, we might was well investigate the notion. You know, for science. DJ and Kiv shouldn't be needed before next year. Let em get their 500+ PAs in AAA and put the finishing touches on their minor league skills before they have to learn major league ones - especially since they'll both be handling new positions.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattJackson...mariner cf 2016?1 month 3 weeks ago
okdanDJ, Kivlehan, James Jones, Romero, and Guti were all cut today... And Jackson and Blash are still here :)1 month 3 weeks ago
moethedogCan Alex Jackson play CF? We had a 19 year old CF, once upon a time. He wasn't bad, IIRC.1 month 3 weeks ago
okdanYesterday when the broadcast had Zduriencik in the booth, he dropped a comment about carrying 3 lefties in the pen...1 month 3 weeks ago
okdanGoldsmith and Rizzs commenting how the ball jumped off his bat, and how deep he hit it. They're impressed.1 month 3 weeks ago
okdanThat a kid!1 month 3 weeks ago
okdanAlex Jackson just parked one.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattCool that they're letting Jackson play today...very cool. Kid is going to be special.1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFUmmmm... So.... Whats up with Alex Jackson getting hits and walks in MLB Spring Training games?!?!?! I feel like I am about to get way to excited for a 19 year old that should be in high A....1 month 3 weeks ago
GLSI'd still like to see DJ and Kivlehan get as many minor league AB's as possible. Churchill has a post up on his site that I think makes a lot of sense about how the current Mariners depth should allow these guys to get the minor league AB's that Ackley and Zunino should have gotten before they were called up.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattMcC called Kivlrhan "really impressive"...so is say he's got a good chance of moving up soon1 month 3 weeks ago
moethedogG: I am convinced that Kivlehan will hit himself right up the I-5 to Safeco pretty dang soon. A very early COF injury (April May) likely sees Romero getting the call, but by mid-June I will be surprised if Kivlehan doesn't get a 15-Day call up.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossI believe Kivlehan and DJ are primed to be our version of (a more nimble) Billy Butler at 1st and Alex Gordon in the OF. The fun part about that is they won't even be in the MOTO for a couple years - if they can overcome the curse of Mariners Prospects Slow Starting, then we can have fun things happening. Much like we have two full sets of end-game relievers, we'll have two decent MOTOs in the same lineup. We don't need Griffey / Gar / Bone - not if we have 6 really good hitters in the lineup and no black holes.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossIt's weird to hear Sims doing radio work on the NCAA tourney. I mean, even with 160 games a year to practice you can still tell that that baseball isn’t his best announcing skill, but it’s weird for me to hear him doing basketball when I’m used to hearing him for all those baseball games.1 month 3 weeks ago
mojicianInteresting McClendon stuff: On Jesus Montero: "He's going to be fighting for playing time at Tacoma." It seems like the Mariners think that Kiverson might be the new bash brothers. On second bullpen lefty: "Im not locked into having two lefties". He's not?! We know McClendon likes Carson smith an awful lot. Maybe he's the dark horse. http://blog.thenewstribune.com/mariners/2015/03/20/mariners-send-11-players-to-minor-league-camp/1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI'd be a little concerned about Ruggiano, offensively, though. (0 BB/7 K)1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR Mattalas...Zunino's brief appearance of improvement in this regard is gone. It was 1 BB and 1 K three days ago. Now it's 1 BB and 5 K. D'oh1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR Mattthe thirteen players expected to make the 25 man and get most of the PAs this year have combined for a 30/53 BB/K ratio. If they do that in the regular season, they will EASILY score 4.5+ R/G1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI would say that Zduriencik, despite his critics in the Seattle intelligentsia, is doing a fabulous job at building a club that can contend for years to come.1 month 3 weeks ago
DaddyOHaven't been able to watch as much of the games as I would want, diderot, but from what I have seen I get the same impression. Lloyd knows what he's talking about and means what he says when he talks about professional hitters. No longer do we have a bunch of young hitters with talent who at this point are just wannabes. Those guys, instead of being forced into MLB duty, are waiting in the wings if needed, and that's how it should be for a club with the resources of the Seattle Mariners.1 month 3 weeks ago
diderotThe strongest impression I have of this spring training so far is watching Smith, Weeks and Cruz take pitches. What a change for us.1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFI feel bad for the SMU kid, but.... that was clearly goaltending by every definition. Yeah the shot looked like it would probably miss, but we never got to find out (it could of hit the rim and rolled around and in), which is sort of the point of the rule... Hey, I am a Beaver fan and I hate UCLA, and I still think it was goaltending ;) It was really a silly play by the SMU kid... he should have been boxing out getting ready for the rebound, not trying to.. well I am not really sure what he was trying to do...1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFI think Ackley was offended by the signing of Weeks to platoon with him, and he is out to prove JackieZ wrong! You go Ackley!1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossGreat starting pitching 1-5, great and deep pen, lineup cornerstones and no real sinkholes (except perhaps at glove positions, which can be remedied by internal replacements) - what's not to like?1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossWe gave 1600-ish PAs to guys with an OPS+ under 80 last year (many approximating 70, and 600ish under SIXTY), with another 250 to a DH OPSing 83 (Kendrys). Just fixing the sinkholes will be immense. .830 career OPS Cruz in place of .590 OPS-ing Corey Hart and .630 Morales. .770 career OPS Weeks getting time instead of .530 Romero and .570 Denorfia. Smith and Ruggiano platooning instead of the Saunders / Chavez disability whirlwind (which actually worked out about as well as could be expected... but should be greater this year). Imagine what it will be if Zunino can hit singles and Austin Jackson can hit doubles, let alone if Ackley is finally ready to post the 120 OPS+ that should be in his blood. The offense should be plenty to win consistently - and if they hit their stride then this could be the biggest giggle-fest since 2001. I expect 95 wins, but let's see that playoff team take shape.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI have a pet theory that teams who won a lot early in ST have good farm teams but aren't likely good in the bigs yet...whereas teams that win a lot middle to late in the spring are the good clubs. Take now of which kind of team we were in 2011 to 2014...and which kind were are now.1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzlySmith and Weeks should really help stabilize things as well1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattCool quote...Walker is very self aware for someone so young. And his changeup, while different from Felix' dry spitter, has a very similar effect1 month 3 weeks ago
GLSThis rotation could be one for the ages. If the offense is simply average, we're gonna have a good time this season. If the offense is better than that (if, for instance Ackley and Zunino have turned truly turned the corner), the M's could be a juggernaut that beats up on the league.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattAfter seeing that stay, I think the only question with walker is whether he can locate the fastball...if he can ev r n sorta kinda do that, he could rip off a string of sub 3 ERA seasons, starting now1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzly“The second inning I was up with the fastball and I think I just threw too many fastballs. I wasn’t throwing off-speed. (Waits) just told me mix in offspeed right there, throw a changeup, slider whatever. I threw my changeup. Usually I try to throw my changeup down and that gets everything back down.” — Taijuan Walker1 month 3 weeks ago
SpectatorWhy they play the games ... 538.com says Georgia State had a 0.38% chance of winning when down 12 with 2:39 left. That's probably generous. Gotta love Coach/Dad literally falling out of his chair.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossTaijuan Walker is a juggernaut in the making. Felix came up not knowing how to pitch and had some very mediocre ERA performances before he mastered the craft. Just having the arm isn't enough (ask Brandon Morrow about stuff vs. results). Walker's learning both how to pitch AND how to control his arsenal. Teams are gonna be praying to see some Happ or Elias during a series, because Kuma / King / Pax / Taijuan could bring teams to their knees this season. Especially now that we should actually, y'know, score some runs. Opposing pitchers will know that 3 runs given up = a loss. Watching the cracks form in even good starting performances from other clubs will be quite delightful.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattFinally got to see walker inn life action...he looks MUCH improved over last season...his offspeed pitches were fantastic with great arm action...the power fastball, splitter, curve attack looked Clemens like.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattDoc - I've added a post on the gofundme campaign - if you could make sure it goes live, that'd be appreciated. :D1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyWhen Walker has the curveball and that split-change thing going, he's just nasty.1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyAckley wants the AB's.1 month 3 weeks ago
moethedogCruddy call against UCLA today. That ball had no chance of gong in, with is required for a GT call. However, it is worth pointing out that a UCLA rebounder basically had a gimme put-back or dunk. He was going to tie the score. I'm not as bothered by the fact that the call isn't reviewable. There is some judgement involved in such a call. You don't replay double dribble calls or fouls late in a game, either. It is different that checking if a foot was on the line or the clock expired.1 month 3 weeks ago
jemanjiMatt, you want to put a guest article up about gofundme? I'm not even sure how to get to the page - or give me a URL and I'll embed it with my next article -1 month 3 weeks ago
GLSIn case anyone was wondering, the M's have three picks in the top 100 this year at 60, 72, and 94. They give up the 18th pick in the first round to sign Nelson Cruz.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossAgreed. I've been on that wagon for a while. There are years where the pitching talent is much greater (See: the year Evan Longoria was drafted) but even then, the team happiest with what they got was Tampa Bay with Longoria. If there's large falloff from the pitchers to the hitters available, take the arm. If the talent is viewed as equivalent, take the hitter every time. You'll notice that since the snafu with Hultzen, Jack has used the first 5 rounds to draft 11 hitters and 4 pitchers. Of course, since we're now a bit light on perceived impact arms, I expect Jack to change back a bit. But when you saw the arguments for what even pitchers like Taijuan bring back (not as much as you'd think), maybe it's better to be stocked with hitters and use them to trade for arms.1 month 3 weeks ago
GLSI think the higher you are picking in the first round, the more biased against pitchers you should be, simply due to the injury risk. Which isn't to say that you should never draft a pitcher with an early pick (say top 5), because sometimes that's just where the talent is, but if it were me making the picks, my bias going in would be to look for that polished hitter that can play every day.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossYeah, here's the first 4 rounds of Z's drafts, JUST listing valuable pieces: Ackley, Seager, Nick Franklin, James Jones, Walker, Paxton (also drafted Ryne Stanek but he turned us down for college), Hultzen (sigh... come back strong this year kid), Miller, Capps, Hicks, Zunino, Diaz, Kivlehan, DJ Peterson, Austin Wilson, Tyler O'Neill, Alex Jackson, Gareth Morgan, and Tyler Olson. And there are still guys like DeCarlo, Cousino and Pike who can get back on the prospect wagon this year. That's flat out INCREDIBLE. Out of 28 picks he's got 3 current lineup pieces, two guys traded for a 4th and 5th piece, two frontline starters (with a third coming back from injury), a borderline starter (Jones) and basically his whole top 10 of his prospect list, most of whom are highly regarded. Even the "reaches" of Kivlehan and Olson are coming up roses. Dude definitely knows how to run the top of the draft. No complaints - except Hultzen. ;-)1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattThe good news is that Z has rarely fouled up a pick of significant value...that Hultzen pick still chaps my hide though.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossLOL of course there's a list somewhere. Guess I should have looked.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossThe Ms have several genetics-guys Seager (with his raft-full of brothers in the pros), Gaby Guerrero, Schiraldi, heck Robinson Cano is a 2nd gen player. And who can forget our greatest selection, Michael Garciaparra, younger brother of Nomar (and basically a useless soccer player with a glove on his hand for some reason). We took him in the supplemental first round - two picks ahead of the high school player I was hoping for, some dude named David Wright. I have thrown things 4 times on draft day. Once for Mike G, once for Jeff Clement (wanted Tulo), once for Denny Almonte (2nd round, but instead of fellow high-schooler Giancarlo Stanton) and once for Hultzen instead of Rendon. Okay, maybe twice on Rendon - I was very invested in that pick. Bloodlines don't always pay off, I guess was my original point. Grr... Almonte... LOL.1 month 3 weeks ago
SpectatorJose Cano and Diego Segui were pitchers whose position-player sons turned out OK ... as Rick suggested.1 month 3 weeks ago
SpectatorM's also had Chance Ruffin, whose dad Bruce was an MLB pitcher. That didn't end up working out too well.1 month 3 weeks ago
SpectatorOf course, the Internet has a list. Great job, Internet! Not a lot of valuable pitcher-pitcher combos. Just scanning it looks like Mel Stottlemyre- Todd Stottlemyre wins, with Cam Bedrosian (consensus top 10 prospect for Angels) having a chance to move up quickly (with dad Steve). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_second-generation_Major_League_Baseball_players1 month 3 weeks ago
SpectatorMariners have RHP Lukas Schiraldi, whose dad Calvin was a middling MLB pitcher best known for his blown save in the ill-fated "Bill Buckner" game (though it was Bob Stanley who gave up the slow roller that Buckner missed). So there's that.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossYeah, far as I know Vlad's supposed to go to the Jays. That could always change, but the Yankees can only sign scrubs this year after last year's bonanza, so I dunno who else is gonna blow through their pool and eat all the penalties for going over. Though it ooks like several teams are thinking of doing that this year - maybe because they're not doing so well in the domestic draft. I've said before that I'd rather sign international pitching and domestic hitting. After blowing millions upon millions on international hitters who can't even get to AA, it's hard for me to get excited about the top-paid bats. Gaby Guerrero signed for $400k, for instance - much better deal. Hopefully Brayan Hernandez breaks the big-money curse on IFAs for us.1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFLooks like Edgar has a son... I wonder what he's up to...1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFThere is DEFINITELY something to do with genetics in finding good baseball players, blood lines definitely mean something... Is it too early to sign Felix JR to a future contract? Also... how old are Griffeys kids now? What about Bonds'? As an aside, as a big Beaver fan, it is very gratifying to see this work ing basketball as well... Gary Payton Jr was AMAZING this year for the beavs... gives us beaver fans some hope!1 month 3 weeks ago
rick82Well, so long as we get Felix Jr. - which leads me to wonder how many successful Father-Son pitching combos there have been. I can't think of any - pitchers whose kids go on to play baseball tend to see them become position players.1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFHmmm... never mind I guess? After googling around looks like he already has an agreement with the Blue Jays? http://andrewstoeten.com/2015/01/06/jays-have-verbal-agreement-with-vlad-guerrero-jr/ too bad...1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFDang, the Vlads sound intense... could you imagine an american kid quitting school at age 7 to concentrate on baseball? I mean it was a big deal when Bryce Harper got his GED to skip his senior year of HS! Still... I would LOVE to sign Vlad Jr... does anyone think Seattle can win the bidding war? Does having Gabby help our hurt our chances?1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI am going to envision some Orc fan getting his day ruined every time Rodney shoots that arrow into the sky this year.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR Mattinteresting1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyVlad Jr: gonna be a bidding war to ink him. http://www.baseballessential.com/news/2015/03/18/vladimir-guerrero-jr-ready-to-follow-in-dads-footsteps-surpass-him/1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI see I have a start on my gofundme goal...thanks to those who've contributed already. :)1 month 3 weeks ago
moethedogDitto, G.1 month 3 weeks ago
IcebreakerXCharlie & The Bartender sounds like a new hipster bar.1 month 3 weeks ago
Gordon GrossI love me some Kivlehan.1 month 3 weeks ago
DaddyOIt was inevitable... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3000260/Starbucks-PR-fail-Twitter-mockery-causes-coffee-executive-delete-account-customers-say-NOT-want-talk-racism-ordering-coffee.html1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattHey BTW, just in case anyone here does any writing and needs the services of an editor - I'm also running a side business as a line and copy editor: https://www.fiverr.com/matthewsouders/copyedit-and-line-edit-any-writing (sorry for the shameless self-promotion!)1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR Mattthe bloopers make it painfully clear that Wilhelmson and Furbush are searing towers or white-hot awesome.1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFI thought they were all quite good this year. Mostly what was conveyed though is this seems like a really good group of guys. I bet it would be incredibly fun to hang out with Charlie and The Bartender for an evening :)1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI did enjoy that one too. :)1 month 3 weeks ago
mojicianYou are all out to lunch. Rodney's invisible arrow popping Orc kids bouncy houses is the stuff of legend.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR Mattfound 'em...not on the front page...video center if anyone else wants to look - agreed that Cano's vid was funniest...though I think Hawt Corner is gonna be a thing in the stadium this year (sometimes they don't go for funny, they go for iconic).1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR Mattwhere did you find the Mariner commercials...I don't see them on mariners.mlb.com1 month 3 weeks ago
DaddyOMariners commercials out. Sometimes when they first come out I don't find them very funny, but early in the season when they pop up on game broadcasts they seem better. This year's crop is no exception so far. Meh. The Cano one is best. All of us are annoyed when people put flyers on their car windshield.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI've launched a gofundme campaign as discussed yesterday for the purpose of getting my research off the ground: gofundme.com/p6jgks1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattIt is generally understood that the top 16 teams in the NCAA are a LOT better than the next 49. Seeds 1 to 4 would, therefore, logically have a lot less to lose by underperforming expectations than seed 5. Good stuff.1 month 3 weeks ago
SpectatorFor bracket junkies: Why No. 5 seeds lose to No. 12s -- "Seeds No. 1 through 6 all underperformed expectations by a smallish — but somewhat consistent — amount. The main difference with the No. 5 seed is that it didn’t have a big enough advantage to underperform this much without losing a lot more games." http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-no-5-seeds-are-jinxed/1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI also drafted Alex Rodriguez and Shin Soo Choo, though...so I was in a gambling mood.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattDrafted, rather.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattGood thing I dragged Saunders in my fantasy league. For 1 dollar. :)1 month 3 weeks ago
rick82Dutton reports Michael Saunders will play in a minor league game tomorrow. Wha?1 month 3 weeks ago
rick82I figured it out. Here's how I order: "Hands up, no cream. Black coffee matters!"1 month 3 weeks ago
Tacoma RainThanks Doc for the extra shout out. I only wish we could be seeing Edgar Olmos involved in the second lefty battle with Rollins, Olson and Luetge.1 month 3 weeks ago
jemanjiTacoma Rain gets a bit of a shout-out on Shannon Drayer's blog. Kewl. Also she 'points out' that Mike Zunino has one strikeout :- )1 month 3 weeks ago
jemanjiStarbucks - right. You'll never see it *the other way around* in Seattle, where a popular company announces a POINT OF SERVICE propaganda campaign that is based on a non-PC point of view. Remember the trooper who tried to talk to a woman to think about her decision to go to an abortion clinic, and was lynched in the headlines for two weeks? I'm trying to visualize Tully's announcing that its baristas will hand out "Two Sides of the LGBT Debate" pamphlets with each latte. Can you get your arms around what would occur next?1 month 3 weeks ago
jemanjiMatty … gofundme sounds like a no-brainer, esp. if you're going to throw in (partial) subscriptions to your site as a thank you. Just my $0.02.1 month 3 weeks ago
moethedogHa, rick! Or you could order a White Mocha! Hey, if you order a Mexican Mocha, is that having a real conversation about immigration policy? Starbucks has done something truly American by convincing us we all must have $4 coffees. Hurrah for them. Their race thing is silly and trivial.1 month 3 weeks ago
rick82I normally ask for a Venti or Grande drip (pretentious, but when in Rome...), but perhaps I'll play along and go back to asking for a black coffee, like I do at Jack in the Box. How's that for doing my part? Meanwhile, I see the First Lady is back to being the Nation's First Nag...something about limiting portions or something.1 month 3 weeks ago
Lonnie of MCI think that any time that a person with more money than common sense gets behind an issue it creates more problems more times than naught.1 month 3 weeks ago
GLSThis Starbucks thing is really stupid. In fact, it's just so jaw-droppingly obtuse that I expect it will go away fairly quickly. Realistically, Howard Schultz should put his own money to work on the issue if he feels so strongly about it.1 month 3 weeks ago
moethedogIt might work, Matt. Just be a contrarian....buy when the barber says sell, sell when he's buying. Starbucks may be getting a bit too full of itself. In Salem there is a drive-in place called Bikini Coffee: Sure enough, after a three hour early morning drive on my way to the capitol, the gal who made my morning mocha was in jean shorts and a bikini top. I swear I only stopped once, and just to see if it was real. Haven't been back. But what a great country we live in. Take that Starbucks race relations guy!!!1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI mean...they act like their baristas are experts on politics. Hey, I know! I'll go to my barber and ask him what he thinks of currency devaluation and speculation in commodities. That'll be really useful.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattAbsolutely agreed, re: Starbucks. This is just tacky and unfriendly. Honestly, it doesn't matter what I think of race relations. What matters to me is that I don't give a flying fig what my barista thinks of race relations. Serve me my danged hot chocolate (I hate coffe) and, really, I don't need anything else.1 month 3 weeks ago
DaddyOI don't want to be propagandized if I go to a coffee shop. Imagine the outcry if Hobby Lobby trained it's clerks to enter into a dialogue with their customers about matters of faith. They would be drummed out of town, they would be hounded off the face of the earth. I don't see what Starbucks is encouraging as any different. Like I said, they are free to do it; I just don't expect the fallout from it to be what they would hope.1 month 3 weeks ago
DaddyOThat's the way I feel, Griz. Leaving aside one's particular view of race relations, which is a subject more complex than a sound bite or slogan, I can't imagine the potential this has for turning off many, many customers who just want to come in and enjoy a cup of coffee. Personally? I get annoyed when, at the behest of my bank I'm sure, a bank teller asks "What are you doing today?" I know they are trained to strike up a personal relationship. I don't mind if they ask "How are you doing today?" But "What are you doing today?" I feel like saying, "That's none of your business!" I don't say that, I mumble some banal generality, because it's not their fault that they are trained to ask these questions. I know that's the case because every single one of them asks it. It started about five years ago.1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyYikes DaddyO. I question the business decision for the same reason as you. I often go to Starbucks for breakfast when I'm on the road and the last thing I want in the Starbucks 'morning cattle call' line is a barista trying to start a conversation about race relations, religion or politics! It's just...bizarre.1 month 3 weeks ago
DaddyOCouldn't find an appropriate thread, so here goes: Howard Schultz is encouraging his baristas to talk to customers about race relations. http://fortune.com/2015/03/16/starbucks-baristas-race-talk/ ..... As a private business, he's free to do so, but I wonder how tolerant Schultz will be toward those baristas freely express opinions on the subject differ significantly from his own? If I was a barista, I would not be happy with this AT ALL, because I would assume diverging from the party line would get you in big trouble. At that point, a barista becomes a political mouthpiece for Howard Schultz. And apart from this problem, there's bound to be trouble among customers when "discussions" escalate into vehement disagreement. I'll be amazed, and pleasantly so, if this turns out anything but badly. One guy says the Ferguson cop was justified, another guy with his friends are chanting "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" That's gonna go well.1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFLomo and Ackley with back to back (well, almost Zunino struck out in between) TRIPLES! Lomo has the 2 hard parts of the cycle done! ;)1 month 3 weeks ago
moethedogLoMo with a homer and 'Kuma with 4 shutout innings.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattHmm...I'll check with the wife, but I am strongly considering using gofundme. I'll get back to the group on that one.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattThanks Grizz...I'll look into those packages. I admit...I'm not a master developer, so if there is a steep learning curve, I'm not going to be interested right now. I am what a professional developer would call a "data crusher"...I am an analyst who knows just enough programming basics to do some damage. I can hack out some C++, Python, R, Perl, etc...and I learn reasonably quickly in new languages...but would rather not go that way if I don't have to. Any open source option, BTW, needs to have a big user community library from which to draw, so that I'm not re-inventing the wheel and designing my own MCMC or linear solver or XML parser. Don't want to waste time.1 month 3 weeks ago
MtGrizzlyThere are some (reportedly) decent open source alternatives to MATLAB. GNU Octave, Scilab, Rlab and Scipy. Pluses and minuses with each, as one must expect when dealing with open source. One of our data guys did a small POC using Scilab and it seemed to work well.1 month 3 weeks ago
rick82gofundme is pretty good. I'll kick in $60 ($50 plus cover the money they take out, hopefully) if you go that route.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattAlas, commercial MATLAB licenses are like 2 grand...so if the work gets done in MATLAB and I find out that the company considers my small-time efforts commercial use, I'm pretty screwed.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI was planning on starting to monetize through the new DOV and possibly expanding from there to marketing my research on a separate website where the data could be directly accessed for active players and historical careers.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI'd like to monetize, yes...but some care needs to be given. A personal MATLAB license cannot be used commercially. I am not certain what the boundaries on commercial use of the product might be. If I'm using MATLAB to do certain tasks, but monetizing the results, is this a violation of the law? Or is it only the commercialization of imagery and direct work product that couldn't be reproduced by another software package? The wording of the user agreement isn't clear on this point.1 month 3 weeks ago
Bat571Matt -- Any chance some of the work you'll do with MATLAB will be monetized? I.e., might it be a loan rather than a grant?1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattAgreed OBF on the formatting. All of the available data is in CSV files or XML files that need to be read into some program to parse and explore...I am not planning to use a straight DB...I'm planning to read them into MATLAB and use the power of the MATLAB file sharing system to do a huge chunk of the work. Need a Markov Chain/Monte Carlo simulation to get win probabilities for base/out states? Download the MCMC script. Need to solve a system of linear equations to isolate variables? Use the stats toolbox. Need to read XML data into a flat data file? Use an XML parser object. I used MATLAB and got very comfortable with it while doing my graduate meteorology studies. :)1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFKickstarter, is probably not what you are looking for (there is an expected product)... but a quick http://www.gofundme.com/, or https://fundrazr.com/ could probably get you a couple hundred bucks from the folks around here in less than a week... The big time SABR project that you would report on would be more than worth it to us Baseball nerds ;)1 month 3 weeks ago
OBFSounds backwards... but for non relational data (ie sequential), you actual don't want a database at all... you want a flat file (CSV, txt, etc.) just like you wouldn't split a movie into a bunch of frames a plop it in a DB, it is one big AVI, MPEG, etc, the file structure itself carries information along with it (order)... Of course the trouble is, if you already have the data IN a DB... you are up a crick a little bit, because that meta data (order) of the sequential file is lost... I assume each record has a DateTime Stamp with it? You could recreate the order with that... Visual Studio Express is free and the C# MySql add in is free... You could rebuild the order...1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI thought I was going to have the money to do it this week, but three other unexpected expenses popped up: microwave broke, MLB.TV auto-billed me (yeah, I should have probably known that was about to hit) for the season, and needed money to travel down to visit my ailing grandmom.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattI need about $200 to fund the acquisition of MATLAB with the statistics toolbox...I can and frequently do code in MySQL, but I believe MySQL is a severe limiting factor on a person's ability to do real research. It's great for interrogating data looking for simple relationships, but it's terrible for doing anything that is sequential in nature, which Elo most definitely is, as are the number of projects I have in mind relating to pitch f/x data. R can do a lot of what MATLAB does for free but not all, and, IMHO, the language you use in R also limits research some, as it is much less powerful and streamlined than MATLAB. In my (albeit limited) experience with crowdsourcing, people have to know who you are and you have to advertise heavily in high-traffic neighborhoods to get anywhere. I really need a course in social media as advertising engine.1 month 3 weeks ago
rick82How much we talking, Matt? Kickstarter project, maybe?1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR Matt*sigh*...I'd be getting stuff done today toward the Elo project if I could afford to buy the software I need to actually do the work.1 month 3 weeks ago
SABR MattZunino looked good today1 month 4 weeks ago
okdanKivelhan's throw to 2B was a missile.1 month 4 weeks ago
Gordon GrossKiv in LF and DJ at first is a nice preview of the 2016 Ms1 month 4 weeks ago
Gordon GrossKivlehan showing off his strong and accurate arm today in LF1 month 4 weeks ago
Gordon Grossif you didn't hear shannon drayer:gareth morgan and austin wilson got the only two hits off felix in his simulated game. and joe decarlo was on felix's team and hit a monster homer... just foul. good to hear joe's name in that class.1 month 4 weeks ago
SABR MattStarting to seem like Sanchez has long odds to even survive. Really disheartening.1 month 4 weeks ago
MtGrizzly@bvenezolano: #Mariners RHP Victor Sanchez remains in a coma, in ICU, no reaction yet. Still in critical situation. 1 month ago today he was hit by a boat1 month 4 weeks ago
jemanjiMarte has remarkable quickness with the bat and obvious ability to cover the ball, but I'm wondering how they see pop beyond Endy Chavez'2 months 3 hours ago
jemanji's all good chief2 months 3 hours ago
okdanApologies, Doc2 months 3 hours ago
SABR MattThat crop circle may be the coolest and geekiest thing I've ever seen. ..quite a trick2 months 3 hours ago
SABR MattKeel Marte is more Cesar Izturis II than José Reyes II, IMHO2 months 4 hours ago
SABR MattI have not...and now I'm gonna have to look that up2 months 4 hours ago
jemanjiThat's a great catch on 3.1415. Have you seen the Pi crop circle? :- )2 months 4 hours ago
SABR MattOoooooooh...that really...really sucks.2 months 4 hours ago
jemanjiLanguage guys. That's twice. ;- ) Yeah, could that have happened to a less deserving player? That really stings you as a fan. :: moan :: … bright side: it does force the M's into the decision that I was hoping for - and could conceivably give us more intel on Jose Reyes II -2 months 4 hours ago
okdanDamn. Chris Taylor fractured his wrist. Out 4-6 weeks. Big loss for the team, but feel awful for the kid after the hot start he's had.2 months 5 hours ago
SABR MattHappy pi day, everyone! 3/14/15, 9:26:53 enjoy some pie. :)2 months 12 hours ago
SpectatorWilson had the best SLG of any prospect who didn't play at High Desert, but he grades out as strong BA and OBP guy too. And he looks like Megatron. And he went to Stanford for the academics (both his parents have Ph.D.s). What's not to like?2 months 1 day ago
Gordon GrossWilson can run, though. He's one of my most anticipated minor leaguers this season. His swing is looking good and compact, especially for a big man. If he's healthy, I wanna see if he can take a Winfield-sized step forward into harnessing all those tools.2 months 1 day ago
Gordon GrossAustin didn't even get a pitch worth swinging at. Throw him a strike at least, ya bum! ;)2 months 1 day ago
Gordon GrossLara showing off his arm. That's always fun. :) He reminds me of Mike Wilson a bit. Big guy, more athletic than he looks, good arm, not bad at the plate... Mike just stopped progressing as a player at a relatively young age, and then stopped caring. We'll see if Lara can keep making progress. He doesn't exactly have a lightning-quick bat, so that hand-eye and pitch-reading better be sharp.2 months 1 day ago
Gordon GrossMan, I'd love to see Wilson get into one. He's way above his current level, since he'll be starting off in AA at BEST, maybe the Cal League. But that guy can rake when he's right, and his more compact swing he found in the MWL last year is pretty. I have huge hopes for that dude if he can stay healthy.2 months 1 day ago
Gordon GrossYup. Still don't like Guiape yet. Medina minus a foot on his fastball.2 months 1 day ago
SpectatorAn Austin Wilson sighting! Let's hope he stays healthy and fast-tracks! He could end up being better than D.J. or Kivlehan.2 months 1 day ago