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benihanaBaker also points out - 6 #Mariners regulars at .546 OPS or worse in July. Chavez (.546), Hart (.516), Miller (.510), Zunino (.494), Jones (.493), LoMo (.458). What gets me about those numbers? RF, DH, 1B. Your three EASIEST defensive positions, three BAT FIRST positions are as useless as SS and C.53 min 5 sec ago
MtGrizzly1B/DH is a bit crowded at Tacoma. Montero, Smoak, Choi...58 min 3 sec ago
Bat571Also appears to me that Lara is now in our top 20 or so as a prospect.1 hour 2 min ago
moethedogMorrison is 2 for his last 29 and .165-.205-.253 over the last month. Smoak is a better option right now (and I can't believe I said that). Montero is a better option. Ackley to 1B and Kelly to LF is a better option. Choi is a better option. Richie Sexson is a better option. Does anybody have Alvin Davis' phone number? Morales to 1B and Franklin to DH is a better option. Morales to 1B and a Romero/Tenbrink DH platoon is a better option. Waiting for Morrison to figure it out is the worst option available. If we pick up the COF then we have to do something in-house to fix 1B. Let's use our options.1 hour 2 min ago
Bat571Looking ahead a bit: Kivlehan continues to perform at a level with DJ, and now they've been joined in Jackson by Jordy Lara, who's been playing 1B for a while. Lara has been taking the Cal League apart this year, and then stepped it up - in his last 10 games, 19 hits, 12 for XB, 7 HR while batting .463/.521/1.098/1.618. I wonder if DJ or Kivlehan moves to Tacoma soon - Morban went up to make room for Lara, but 1B is looking a bit crowded. And, if Lara continues to hit anything like that at Jackson, what does that mean about the plans for 1B on the 2015/2016 Ms? Is there room for 1 more? Like Marte hitting his weight, this is an unanticipated, welcomed, but vaguely disconcerting development.1 hour 7 min ago
MtGrizzly@GeoffBakerTIMES: At some point, if only solution is to add 4 or 5 bats to earn 1-game playoff, #Mariners could decide this is as far as they can go.1 hour 16 min ago
rick82I wonder how Willingham would do at first base. He's played every position in the minors, so he'd probably be decent.1 hour 23 min ago
moethedogEven LL is on board: http://www.lookoutlanding.com/2014/7/28/5944949/moving-on-from-corey-hart1 hour 46 min ago
rick82Regarding the replay use: I don't like not having an answer right away. It's one of the charms of baseball that you don't wait around to find out what you just watched is going to count or not. I hate that about football: TOUCHDOWN!!! (look to see if there are any flags). But I'm getting conditioned and you may as well take the time to get the play right. There are fewer useless yelling at the ump episodes. I don't mind watching them, but they are pretty useless if you can't get a call overturned. It just becomes therapy.2 hours 56 min ago
moethedogI've thought the same thing rick. But I imagine in a small sample (55 games or so) he's no better of a bet than Morrison or Smoak or Choi, for that matter. MLBTR headline: Padres Could Trade Chris Denorfia “Soon”. We're listed as one of the teams that might be in. OK, I encouraged chasing Denorfia last winter. He's a 3 positional OF who has a career OPS of .810 vs. LHP (not a masher, though). But this year it is .644. He's not hitting RHP, either. He's WAY better than Hart ini my book (because he can play CF), but I'm sure hoping he's not our preferred COF signing. He would cost only about $700K, but then he's a FA. I hope he's not our current Plan A. He would have been great to get in March. Not right now...unless we're getting two guys. He is ranked by B-R as the #1623 hitter of all time, 3 spots ahead of Brendan Ryan. He's got that going for him.3 hours 33 min ago
rick82I wonder if we could get Mike Carp back for cheap. I'd like to see him at first base. Lifetime OPS+ of 115.3 hours 44 min ago
DaddyOI know the subject de jour is the trade deadline, but...Is anyone else impressed with how well MLB's expansion of replay reviews has gone? I must say it looks like MLB got it right having a remote umpire executing the review and the ruling, then relaying the decision to the local umps, who simply implement it. I'm sure a few more reviewable play types will be added over time, but the what has been implemented has IMO gone almost without a hitch. There is no sense that the game is being delayed unduly. You don't foster a "Kill The Umpire" rage in the stands. The ruling themselves have been almost unimpeachable. The "not enough evidence to overrule" option has been judiciously used. I like it. A lot. Clear mistakes are being overturned, and the game isn't being "messed with" too much.4 hours 4 min ago
GrumpyPlan A is probably stand pat and hope the kids break out. *ducks*7 hours 36 min ago
GLSIcebreaker makes a good point. I wonder what Plan A is?13 hours 35 min ago
bsrIn his last 10 starts, Felix has gone 7 IP / 1 R three times, and gotten a no decision all three times. He's also gone 7 IP / 0 R and 8 / 2, and gotten no decisions. Plus an 8 / 1 game that he lost. That's 6 out of the last 10 starts he dominated, and the hitters blew it for him. Can you imagine the amount of mental and emotional strength he has, to have this happen to him again and again and again, season after season after season after season...and still keep going out there and doing his thing every time? Amazing.13 hours 48 min ago
bsrYep, M's team OPS is 669. Btw, opponents are OPS'ing 684 against Max Scherzer, and 658 against Yu Darvish. Both with similar slash lines to the M's. So basically, the M's lineup (even with 2 of the best hitters in the league), turns all opposing pitchers into a mix of Darvish and Scherzer. No wonder it seems like so many random schlubs have their best games of the season against us! :)14 hours 5 min ago
SABR MattMariners have been running themselves into a ton of outs to kill that OPS differential.15 hours 51 min ago
DaddyOSince the All-Star break, the M's are no looking like a successful small ball team.Too bad. They have the pitching. Despite the prospect of a more seasoned and healthy duo of Paxton/Walker, you can NEVER count on next season's pitching being as good as this one. You've got make hay when you can.16 hours 9 min ago
rick82Prior to today, M's team OPS was .669, opposing teams .639.16 hours 34 min ago
IcebreakerXIf Kemp is a backup, who is gonna be your Plan A?! GIANCARLO STANTON?! Gotta make it happy thoughts at the least, eh?18 hours 33 min ago