A's Trim M's Lead to +1.5
But nothing can depress Dr. D this year


Dr. D's impressions of Tuesday night's action being:



Before the season we weren't shooting for 32 games started.  We were shooting for 27+, and he's on track for that.  Spasms in the lower back are undesirable and all that, but unlike Kendall Graveman's season-ending arm surgery.

After 5-6 years of watching Pax through the minor leagues and all, it does seem that he's more of a Ferrari than a Civic.  He is a big, loose dude and may have some issues making 75 starts in a row.  That said, his next arm injury will be his first one.




Went behind 10-2 on Tuesday and even that didn't stop them.  After their miracle 24-7 run, they have pushed their OPS+ to 106 and their ERA+ to 103, still barely good enough to win 90.  I know it sounds ironic, but their run differential is +37 -- better than ours, to be sure -- but in the main not a set of statistics that leads you to believe they're going to sustain.

Does that mean the M's are not going to sustain?  Right now they could use some offensive punch; they're slumping a bit in the bottom half of the inning.

If you call Dr. D on his shtick about the comparative RD's *so far*, he's simply going to reply that he likes the M's roster much better.  He likes:

  • James Paxton much better than whoever they call a #1 starter
  • Marc-O better than Manea
  • Wade LeBlanc better than their #3, probly
  • The Mega-Closer better than theirs, though theirs is no slouch either
  • Tampa's closer better than their #2 setup guy
  • All our All-Star MOTO's better than theirs
  • etc

But yeah.  He'd like to see a .385 OBP hitter imported.



A man for whom ---- > the whole is just less than the sum of the parts.  We're not going to take the time to do a video layout, but if you could draw a yellow line where his spine is .... it tilts backward at the worst possible moment, the throughstroke.  This makes him "effectively wild" but also leaves him with a lifetime 3.5 walk rate and no pitchability whatsoever.

Last night in his "Johnny Bullpen" start he gave us 3.2 IP with 6 hits and 2 runs -- not terrible, which is the story of his career.  A man who sits 94 MPH left handed, touching 96 .... who has a sharp -15 MPH curve ... who has a very functional change ... that should be the young Derek Holland, not a guy bouncing around organizations.



The best news of the night, especially in the lose the battle, win the war department.  Here is his velocity chart.  They wanted lower body action and extension out front; they got half of it, but who’s quibbling. One way or another they got 95 miles an hour from the first pitch and if it took half a season to get an $8M pitcher for the 7th then NOW we can say with Terry, "How many RP's does one team need."  No more than these, with Pazos in the 6th.

That's all asterisked, of course, by that 95 first pitch we've seen a few times now.  Eyes slideways, kiddies.  I still wish he'd bend the back knee once in a while, but a few more of these 95 first pitches and we've got a real Three Amigos, as Servais calls them.



Have already been covered by a better man than me.  Well, at least as good a man, that's for sure.



So a grounder goes through, the runner advances on another grounder, and finally a "soft" ground ball goes through scoring the 4th run.  That's why teams don't go 70-0 in a given pitcher's games.  The problem here was with the offense, that scrabbled to tie the game at 1-1, 2-2, etc all night long.


A's are back to 1.5.  Okay by me, because pennant races in general are all right by me.  :- ) 



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And in any case please remember that the more taters, the better :- ) 


Dr D





Kudos to them. They knocked us out in 2002 while our offense struggled and are threatening to do it again. I like our team, but I might swap #1‘s and take Manea over Paxton. They scared me in 2001 as well, had they beat the Yanks. They came THIS close to knocking us out in 2000.

Beans runs his MLB team much like I run my roto team, looking for underappreciated assets, and always a threat to do this. Other teams are constantly rebuilding, I’m constantly competing. I love my Mariners, but frankly, I’m tired of hating other teams because they might be better than mine. I’m going to love my team, and enjoy it when they are good.

Bring it on Orcs. May the best team win.


In 2002, we led Oakland by 11 games at one point and by seven st the all-star break before they won twenty games in a row and left us in the dust. In 2003, we again led Oakland (by a bit less) in July and again had a huge slump in August while they got hot and blew us away.

If that weren't bad enough, they also edged us in 2014, although we were the pursuing club that year.


Sports events can affect our psyche much more than we want them to.  It's a good point.


i went into the hat section and said to myself: “Which hat is the coolest looking hat.” Gotta say, it was the A’s. Of course I wouldn’t buy it, but I wish we coulda kept our Pilots with our own dilapidated stadium (Sonics too). Kudoes to the A’s and Beane for making it work. 

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. . . is one of the functions of being a fan. You're allowed to have feelings that might land you in jail in the real world. Sports are toys in the playground.


Must be getting soft in my old age :-)

I’d keep these terrible confessions to myself, but Doc wants potatoes.


Orcs are fearsome when they are out razing villages and eating villagers.  They are made to be cut into cheap meat with fountains of black blood when they encounter legendary warriors using legendary weapons.  

The Mariners need to decide what character they are in the story.  Orcs fight to the last monster.  They don't have any pity for injuries, summer swoon or  the Mariners persistent playoff problems. 

The road to the promised land lies through them.


I never ventured past the theatrical renditions of Middle Earth. So, who are The Mariners again?


In years past, we decided the Mariners were Rohan, with the feeble bewitched king, dysfunction between ground troops and the throne, and the inability to overcome moderate foes.  Maybe this year is different.


...then let this be the year Theoden King awakes  Haniger is like Aragorn, LeBlanc is Gandalf, Gonzalez could be Legolaa (accurate, crafty, and young/beautiful. :) ), King Felix needs to overthrow Sarumon from his mind and listen to Ryon Healy as Gimli (AND MY BAT!) or Peregrin Tuk (Dee Gordon) and Merryaddock Brandibunk (Segura).

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And Pelannor Fields lies just ahead of us:  Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered, a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!


Film of an epic 20 inning battle between the Boston Red Sox and your Seattle Pilots! This is very likely the only video recording of a Pilots game in existence.

As a 12 year old, I remember being rivetted to the car radio, wondering if we might set a record. If you ever wondered what old Sicks stadium looked like and how it played, here ya go. Watch Yaz play a fly off the left field corner fence!


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