Q. We know Dr. D loves his summary stats.
Pax is 2-1, 3.40 heading into May (the M's being 5-3 in his starts) and we have talked about how he spent 50% of 2017 pitching out of rhythm. You see how he gains momentum as he strings healthy starts?
3.40 would be plenty to finish top 10 in the league, but of course it's headed way South from here. His slash line is 12.7 / 3.6 / 0.9. Funny thing is, while he's in stride like this you almost feel he could sustain that line. It would be comparable to Chris Sale last year, 12.9 / 1.8 / 1.0 which gave him --- > 7.7 WAR.
Pax is at 1.3 WAR so far, which pro-rates to "only" 5.2 WAR; it's an interesting puzzle for somebody like SABRMatt, why the discrepancy between Paxton's '18 WAR and Sale's '17 WAR.
[BOS/NYY loser] 25-10 wow
Sea 20-14 -0.5
Tor 19-17 -2.5
Everybody else .500 or worse, probly way worse
MORAL OF THE STORY: This horse race is jelling. In two weeks, the Angels and Mariners could have put everybody else away and staged a 2-team race for the right to play [Bos or NYY]. If that's what the 2018 baseball season becomes, it's All. Right. with Me.
VARIOUS AND SUNDRY
Gonzales is more a Mainframe favorite now than he was a month ago, in case you're interested. His season slash line is 9.9 / 1.6 / 1.0.
Felix is settling in to repeat his 2017 slash line, a nice 8 strikeouts but a horrific 1.8 home runs to go with his 3-4 walks. His offspeed stuff is terrif, but they catch up to several slowballs per game. ... there is a way to pitch well with this arsenal, but Felix just flat isn't having any of it. Dipoto and Servais have been trying to teach him how to succeed as an Innings Eater, how to nibble with that slowball and how to defend himself against the scouting reports. He Just. Won't. Do It.
Not that Dr. D is angry. Just so you know what's goin' on.
It now becomes clear, what was the concept behind Wade LeBlanc. He's a stoploss, and Dipoto's trust in his Rainiers SP's is zilch. ... He could be right, y'know.
Zuumball's oblique is batting .185 with a .500 SLG. Heh! Even if his oblique is going to mess up his timing for a couple of months, there's nothing wrong with two homers a week, nor with a 100 OPS+. There was quite reasonable fear that he'd wobble through a Grade 2 or 3 oblique strain all season, but here he is behind home plate, directing traffic and even pitching in nicely with the 170 PX.
There's also nothing wrong with an OPS+ between 122 and 131, which is something we could say about the players at 1B, 2B, LF, and DH. It's the guy in RF who maintains the silly OPS+ at 167.
The problem remains the RF, Ben Gamel, who continues to worry the Mainframe. Two good things here: (A) the Mariners are supremely confident, which counts for something, and (B) the alternative is batting .286/.422/.486.