FAMOUS COMPANIES AND THEIR POWER-WORD ASSOCIATIONS
||Most-Comparable M's Grok
||Does 11 teaspoons of sugar in 8 oz. of water quench YOUR thirst?
||UZR roster construction
||Know anybody who brags about their Focus? 0-for-2
||Truth in advertising this time
||Pretty much IS the happiest place in the world
||Here Dr. D thought it was about rage and/or clickthroughs
||They do stay ahead of the curve
||In a school-principal kind of way
||Haven't been on it in like two years
The most successful companies in the world are able to "imprint" us. That may have something to do with the fact that they have a clue about what they actually want to do. Pete Carroll's mission is "Win Forever" and "Always Compete." The other day he relished the prospect of coaching Russell Wilson in Wilson's 20th season. From anybody other than Carroll, it might induce an eye-roll. Carroll, however, has imprinted us.
You've been following the M's for 10, or 20, or 30 years. Any idea what their associated power word is? It ain't playoffs ... :- )
Which brings us to good ol' SSI. How about --- > M's info-tainment. Notice that this self-imposed burden is about ten yards off of bickering with the denizens about whether the M's have a good team this year. :- ) Hence the preceding thumb-flick of a quarter into the open sax case of the guy playing a dirge outside the park.
Take a hike, Jobu. If you won' help, we do it ourselves.
For Moe, Rick and the two other guys ;- ) looking forward to the next two games of the Tiger series... baseball's a funny game. Lot of luck involved. Hey, why listen to me when you've got it straight from Zeus' mouth:
He allowed two straight one-out hits before an intentional walk to Justin Upton with first base open to load the bases. He spotted a 99-mph fastball on the outside corner on a 1-2 count to Mike Aviles, only to have him slap it down right in front of the plate to score the go-ahead run from third. Paxton said he was frustrated that pitch didn't pay off.
"That's baseball right there," he said. "That stuff's going to happen, and hopefully we get some of those breaks going our way pretty soon."
Speaking of, let's file James Paxton firmly into a "lose the battle win the war" file folder. Since his return from AAA, he's got stats up the yin-yang. But far more to the point, he's thrown the ball like a superstar. A reliable one. (Not that the umps have noticed yet. Yer absolutely right Matty.)
Putting it another way ... would you accept another 5-and-12 losing streak in return for a second James Paxton? Wish the offer was on the table.
My favorite at-bat of the Tiger game, Miguel Cabrera in the 1st:
- 95 fastball at the letters, froze him, 0-1
- 88 deadfish into a teacup low and away, garbage swing 0-2 (well, as much as Miggy can ever take a garbage swing)
- 96 fastball inside, froze him, see you later
Since Mike Blowers pointed out there's nothing a major league hitter can do with 97 MPH on the inside third even if he guesses it, that pitch never ceases to send Dr. D into rapture. Paxton seems no less impressed with the phenomenon.
And, for SURE he can throw the foshball for strikes now, so the two-pitch whipsaw (unexpected as its form turned out to be) is fully engaged. And a third thing, Paxton has upside remaining (he threw zero curve balls again Tuesday).
And a fourth thing, he seems to have a fastball. It looks like 95 MPH is about as low as James Paxton is willing to go:
Give me a specific name, some pitcher who has velocity trend lines like the above. ... oh, I'll give you one. The young Justin Verlander used to do that, throw 95 in the first and 99 in the eighth. Anybody remember that?
Look, we ain't kidding here. This version of Paxton has a very realistic chance to become the best pitcher in the league. Hey, for that matter he's already been the best pitcher in the league. His 3.02 xFIP would be #1 in the AL if it qualified. (Aaron Sanchez 3.19.) ... we went through the Randy Johnson experience. There will never be another Randy Johnson, but except for that little factoid, this has been the same deal-io.
Long before the Mariners got good, Cindy and I would circle Unit starts on the calendar and hoof it down to the Kingdome. Dr. D is way too old to care much about another routine 4-3 ballgame. Sports is about special moments. I can savor a James Paxton start, and deeply, whatever the M's record. Not that I personally am at all moved to despair by a 5-and-12 losing streak in baseball.
It would be nice if Paxton were 5-0, 0.97 since being called up, or if he'd thrown a perfect game already. But look on the bright side. If Paxton were 5-0, 0.97 right now then everybody would know who he was. As it is, only you the intrepid SSI reader know who he is. Everybody else just thinks he's got a lot of potential.
WE ALSO GOT EDWIN DIAZ OUT OF THIS LOSING STREAK, Dept.
Been a great three weeks,