At what point do you shorten the leash of an underperforming player?
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With a look at the stats, you will see the Mariner’s disappointing .238 batting average and .275 BABIP. These are pretty discouraging numbers, but don’t mark this offense as a failure yet.
What the batting average doesn’t show is … [visit site to read more]
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You know there were 11 different Mariners sent to the plate that came up empty yesterday. No hits, no walks, and no runners reaching on error. A perfect game. A perfect game that I didn’t even know happened until this morning when watching … [visit site to read more]
Going into the season, it looked like Kyle Seager would be a bench player/AAA guy in the Mariner’s organization caused by Chone Figgin’s massive salary and Mike Carp’s 2011 resurgence. However, on the first game of the year, Mike Carp suffered … [visit site to read more]
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What an exhilarating, odd game. When the Mariners assembled this team, I doubt they ever figured that Figgins, Saunders, Seager, and Ryan would ever account for 9 of 13 hits and 4 of 6 RBI. But during just the third game of the season, such an … [visit site to read more]
The baseball season has finally started! The Mariners are now 1-1 on the season as they return home from the two game set in Japan. Here are some of my thoughts on what we saw in the first series of the 2012 baseball season.
Things I … [visit site to read more]
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One of my … [visit site to read more]
Just yesterday I was pondering how much longer the Mariners would wait to trim a few loose strings. Today those strings have been neatly trimmed…kind of.
Here is your Seattle Mariners 2012 Opening Day Roster.
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In attendance for this afternoons Mariners game in Tucson, AZ was none other than the person typing out this post. That’s right Kino Stadium is less than 15 minutes from my house and the experience was outstanding. First of all parking didn’t cost … [visit site to read more]
The following coversation took place between me and myself during one of my long walks back from work yesterday morning/early afternoon. It’s kind of distrubing and it violates one of the things I recently said I wasn’t going to talk about but now … [visit site to read more]
So as you know I’ve had a lot about defense on the mind lately. Talking a lot about gathering fly ball data and that whole crappy project that I’m sure other people have done and will end up being another one of my more futile efforts. But it’s got my brain working and spinning and thinking of things that are fun and interesting. Such as did you know according to Fangraphs and UZR that the Mariners were saved 85 runs by their defense alone in 2009.
That’s a lot of runs. It’s the most by any team in the past decade going as far back as UZR goes all the way back to the simpler time of 2002. Yes, I remember those days. My baggy jeans, graduating high school, listening to the new and “popular” Bad Religion album while being over joyed by the latest Ben Afflect movie. Don’t judge me we all do stupid things in our youth.
The point is that the 2009 Mariners, led not just by Franklin Gutierrez (+30) but a whole cast of defensive wizards. Ichiro (+8), Adrian Beltre (+14), a left field that was solid behind a +21 combined run saving performances of Michael Saunders, Endy Chavez, Ryan Langerhans and even surprise Wladimar Balentine.
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I should preface my first post here at Fansided by introducing myself. I am from Portland, Oregon, and I’m a huge fan of both the Trail Blazers and the Mariners. During the past rec-league, slow-pitch softball season, my glove tallied a 26.4 UZR … [visit site to read more]
Do you know how hard it is to come up with something to write about, that is Mariner specific, day after day? It gets old. Don’t get me wrong I love writing and I love Seattle baseball. They are two things that I’ve spent the better half of my 27 years thinking about and wasting my time analyzing.
But in the middle of winter when all anyone and Keith’s mom want to talk about is either signing Prince Fielder or trading Felix Hernandez there reaches a specific boiling point if you will. There is just not a lot of positive things that are going on with this team right now and that’s largely due to conjecture.
People keep saying things like we need to do A (or we need to do B) because the Mariners suck right now. I mean regardless of how we would fix “it” we can all agree that “it” needs to be fixed and the team that is currently standing needs to be retooled to a degree.
But the degree is widely disputed.
Some people say that Casper Wells is merely a fourth outfielder wear as I believe he can be a suitable CF or even RF given the chance. Some people think that Mike Carp is solid in left, citing that despite his defense that his bat will allow him to stay there. I prefer him to stay at the DH. Some are worried about Justin Smoak and what the future may hold and I think he’s a stud.
We all have different opinions on this team and that’s what makes it so much fun to talk and argue with one another.
So I thought let’s stir this pot up a bit and talk about getting this Mariner team back to scoring runs, which is a real focus and one of the main points to acquiring Prince Fielder. So I thought it fun to play with Tom Tango’s simple Markov Run Estimator calculator.
When you look at what has made a team like the Tampa Bay Rays successful over the last few years you always talk about their young players. But not just about their young players but their ability to keep them on team friendly contracts. I’m not just talking about the Matt Moore contract, but look at Evan Longoria, BJ Upton, James Shields, Ben Zobrist and even Carl Crawford a few years ago.
They have done a superior job at keeping their young core together as long as possible and they have done it by signing them early to long term extensions that aren’t necessarily just team friendly but also give in detail the parameters of a future budget. Obviously the Mariners don’t have the issues that the Tampa Bay Rays do when it comes to such a budget.
That said players like Michael Pineda and Dustin Ackley aren’t going to be cheap for very long, especially considering the new terms of the CBA signed in November that all but guarantee both Pineda and Ackley as super two arbitration cases next winter.
Dave Cameron has already talked about signing Pineda to a long term deal and has pointed out a lot of what I’ve already said. So it basically sounds like I read the article and am just reiterating it all for Dustin Ackley. Here’s the thing, Ackley doesn’t represent nearly as the amount of risk that is associated with signing Pineda long term.