April 2016

Doggy in tropical (AL West) paradise
Posted by jemanji on 04/30/16
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. Thanks Moe!  Will kick the soccer ball down the field on the 3-v-2 breakaway here, just cause we all got our quot-urs to quaff. . FELIX HERNANDEZ Rumor #1:  The King is dead!  The King is dead!!  The King is........Oh!........Never mind!   - See more at: http://seattlesportsinsider.com/blogs/rumours-you-might-have-heard#comme... Classic Felix game.  Quick look at the first three hitters of the night, remembering that: The 1st inning is the only one in a ballgame that is guaranteed to have the best hitters at the plate, and The book on Felix now is to try to get fastballs early in the game... Read More
(Don't believe 'em all)
Posted by moethedog on 04/30/16
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A great album, back in the day.  It was easy to have some lustful thoughts about the ethereal Stevie Nicks, wasn't it?  If you were there, you remember. But let's change Rumours to Rumors (being Yanks, and all) and go from there: Rumor #1:  The King is dead!  The King is dead!!  The King is........Oh!........Never mind!  (Miss Emily Litella would be proud of those folks)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjYoNL4g5Vg Rumor #2:  Rumors of the batting renaissance of other our King (of Spalding) are perhaps overstated.  5-45 since April 11th, over his last 14 starts.  Oh, 18 K's to go along with... Read More
would you kare for a Kind bar with that
Posted by jemanji on 04/28/16
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. Bill James has a list of the 100 hottest batters at any moment in time.  72 degrees is room temperature.  The Mariners have three in the top 100, those being a guy near the top of the list, one in the middle of the list, and one towards the bottom: 90 degrees - Ketel Marte  83 - Robinson Cano 77 - Adam Lind And that's despite Marte hitting into some hard outs.  First two AB's we saw last night were 1) a nice cut-swing fliner to the opposite field, caught by the LF, and 2) a screaming line drive that held up too long and was caught by the CF.  We didn't see the next three AB's, which were... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 04/28/16
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. Actually it is axiomatic that Fortune 500 companies have "cultures."  Here's a sample link amigos:  http://www.ceo.com/leadership_and_management/can-you-change-your-corpora...  It's a primer on the definition of culture, shared beliefs, ways of doing things, work environments. You never worked for a company that was a good one?  Or a bad one? That cute little list that Forbes puts out about Best and Worst companies to work for, what's that all about? ..... When Chuck Armstrong and Jack Zduriencik phone down to Eric Wedge to demand extra infield for injured players, that's an example of... Read More
sincerest thanks to Yamauchi-San for his magnanimous gift
Posted by jemanji on 04/27/16
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. Mojician with a well-reasoned cross that establishes the fact that many sports owners are disliked.  See the Shout Box for that point and several other convincing points from The Counselor.  We all enjoy his fair-minded and affable reminders of the nuance in these issues. .... Many M's fans, since August 2001, have argued "don't be ridiculous.  Of course Lincoln and Armstrong want to win.  Every owner wants to win."  True, but if you move beyond a simple input-output I/O paradigm, you advance to the land of Priorities.  Every politican, business owner, sportswriter, and indeed athlete has a... Read More
the most interesting predation this year, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 04/27/16
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. NATE KKKKKKARNS "Trusting your stuff," as a motto, is: (1) Overused (2) Completely devoid of original thought (3) Trite (4) Banal (5) Critical to MLB(TM) success (6) Seldom a factor in MLB(TM) games (7) A phrase nobody understands, especially the broadcasters (8) All of the above (9) None of the above But Karns showed us the occasional (5) that you'll see sometimes in big league games.  He had an attitude of, "Here it is, hit it," and if they went yard on him fine.  But he was going to pitch from 0-1 counts.  As he threw more "challenge" pitches, his fastball gained life.  Rather than being... Read More
don't buy in, feeb? No wonder you're back of the line
Posted by jemanji on 04/26/16
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. If you just joined us, there are some behemoth, Carrier-class Opening Day starters who are taking their lumps this April.  You thought it was just Felix :- ) Shelby Miller has four starts, totalling 14 innings with an 8+ ERA and more walks than strikeouts. Jered Weaver's "fastball" is averaging 81.8 MPH.  Yes, a few pitchers have scuffled for a year or two at 80-83 MPH, but they were all lefthanders.  Weaver's on the brink of becoming something you feel guilty watching, like those predator YouTube videos.  Especially the insect laying eggs ones. Scott Kazmir's ERA is 6.62, though that's... Read More
let the record show who's the best
Posted by jemanji on 04/26/16
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. The American Revolutionaries gave their very lives for a future in which every man would have the right to --- > max out credit cards at Disney, to "go out" for dessert, to measure the gains in "inches" rather than centimetres, and to occasionally see a Seattle Mariner fulfill his den-sity.  Dr. D is starting to think the Mariners could win a pennant in his lifetime (no hyperbole whatsoever attached). . SLOPS to the Mariners' 2-for-19 on balls in play Monday.  GameDay described six of those outs as "Chris Iannetta lines out to center field," "Kyle Seager tears third baseman's mitt off,"... Read More
not that soccer is huge in Wade's redneck country
Posted by jemanji on 04/24/16
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. If you just joined us, Dr. D is redneck himself.  At least, he's got the honorary 8th-grade graduation.  He too hates putting his Mariners' blog down and getting himself presentable to the Wal-Mart greeter.  Yes, really. . WADE MILEY "Big Six" broker Detecto -- clandestinely working out of his garage -- is still advising his investor constiuency to HOLD on Wade Miley.  He reasons that Miley has been inflicting Death By Rapid Fire Tennis Ball Machine with exactly the same serves for some years now.  Okay, a batter or four has guessed exactly right early.  Miley's ERA will come south of 5.00... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 04/24/16
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. SETH SMITH His terrifying rampage through the 2016 landscape has reached Orcish proportions.  And in a far more affable way, might we add. Seattle blogs campaigned for six years that we deal for Seth Smith, and for the only time in $500M stadium history, the Mariners complied with the saberdweebs' wishes.  Then, he puts up a great season and we all tried to swap him out for a Quacking Bush.  Thanks for the intervention, Grizzly (?).   Friends don't let friends put Franklin Gutierrez into a fulltime job, however noble be the fight Guti is waging against his earthly tabernacle.  Right now... Read More
revenge is a dish best served blue, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 04/24/16
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. We enjoyed AI-Rick's little metaphor that we "talked him off the ledge" when the M's were 2-6.  Sunday, Nelson Cruz and Seth Smith provided him a warm blanket and a medicinal shot of Glenfiddich in the post-crisis ambulance.  The M's have whisked up four road series in a row that followed, more or less, the same Bearnaise Sauce recipe: TEXAS - Cano and Cruz played Long Drive Championship in 10-2 and 9-5 wins.  Afterwards, Lone Star Ball questioned the ballclub's March preparation, its 2016 future, and the meaning of life and Robinson Cano. NYY - The M's crushed the Yankees like a pop can, 7... Read More
the greatest pleasure in life is doing what they say you cannot do, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 04/23/16
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. Dr. D mentioned that he is failing to perceive Martin's defensive generalship.  Readers quite reasonably replied that Martin's jump on the ball must be DiMaggio-like.  Yes, no doubt.  Dr. D is saying "hey, I can't see it!" in the spirit of the boy at the ending of Polar Express unable to see Santa, or like the mom at Safeco (my kids' mom) can't see Hisashi Iwakuma's deception. Certainly not saying, and don't believe, that outfielders need to dive for balls to win Gold Gloves.  My thing is to sit in section 339 and watch for marginal balls, one another OF *might* not have caught.  I have... Read More
where did you say you saw it?
Posted by jemanji on 04/23/16
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. This time, happy circumstances landed us in a (Los Angels) Tony Roma's with an ... Angels game on.  Well, it wasn't on when we walked in; we started to ask "Um, can we ..." and the Los Angelino replied crisply, "You want the Mariners game on up there?"  That is precisely what the man said.  I don't know for a fact he meant it like, "You want the LeBron game on?" but why rule out the possibility. When the Mariners win a game, I wanna go wallow in a postgame read, bask in the victory.  Particularly the pesky rodent Angels, we need a quiet spot from where the blood can be licked and savored.  ... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 04/23/16
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. whooop!  Running out of spare time!  (You're never busier than when on a vacation, are you?)  The briefest of M's celebrations, whereupon Moe Dawg and Tacoma Rain might just develop the stub into something worthwhile . HISASHI IWAKUMA - Excuse please, Iwakuma-san.  You do not mind less rest, do you?  Can you throw perhaps just eight innings? - Eight innings was my relief day in high school.  But I must with respect decline to throw more than 700 pitches this weekend. .... Iwakuma wasn't as much of a L.A. hero on Friday as he might have been if he'd done it with the Dodgers, but even they... Read More
I mean where is the mean?
Posted by moethedog on 04/22/16
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15 games into the season do we know anything we didn't already know, batting-wise? Let's see where we are: Cano and Cruz:   Big guns, as expected.  Of course, there are large-sized career samples of them being big boppers and the last few months of '15 indicated nothing different.  Neither do the first few weeks of '16, as it turns out.  Both are good enough to carry a team for a while.  We might need that: see below. Smith:  Beating up RHP for a living since 2009:  .321-.459-.464 this spring.  You know what you'll get with Smith. In the small sample of '16, he has 7 BBs and 6 K's.  His... Read More
No, I have not lost my mind...
Posted by Tacoma Rain on 04/21/16
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YES… JERRY DIPOTO is a GENIUS!!! Perhaps even a miracle worker! Or maybe he has the ability to grant wishes!?!?! I know I know… It is just another 2 game winning streak by the Mariners… and the game was far from being perfect. And yes the Mariners have not won 2 games in Safeco this year, let alone 2 games in a row. And even if they had, none of this would make Dipoto popular, let alone someone who could be Knighted in King County. So what has Jerry done to be called a Genius??? How about the 10-4, 10-4, and 8-5… given that those numbers last year were 68-76, 57-81, and 46-93!!! Still... Read More
the kid learning to trap some of those roundhouses coming at his chin
Posted by jemanji on 04/20/16
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. Whoa!  Dr. D's boat blown miraculously ashore by a perfect storm of --- > kludgy hotel computer, restaurant that improbably had an off-market baseball game on, and a staticky internet connection.  So understand first that you're talking on a 1951 military walkie-talkie, barely able to make out the voice on the othe end, but badly in need of legit intel.   In other words, another day in the life of an SSI denizen. . TAIJUAN Threw like 60 fastballs, 45 of them strikes, and less than 10 put into play.  (Remember the static.  First guy who looks it up and complains gets -Nam style justice... Read More
a scan of the M's BABIP x RISP reveals ...
Posted by jemanji on 04/20/16
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. Keep in mind the staticky radio.  You might only be able to make out every third word, but what price can you put on accurate intel when you're in the drop zone?  That's right, baby.  In the jungle there's only one thing more priceless than your six-pack of 84-degree coke.  That's knowing what's going to happen next. . STEVE CISHEK What's going to happen over the next month, is that batters are going to keep hoping for that one thigh-high fastball that ties the game up. His curveball results are off the charts, because it's a good one and because of the above.  His fastball at 92 MPH is... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 04/18/16
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. Rick sez, . Sun 7:30pm: guestdccoicnk  Jeff: Want would Bobby Fischer say about the Mariners this season, assuming that he actually cared. Rick . Well, he would start by complaining bitterly about every ball-strike call that went against him.  (Fischeresque conspiracy "jokes" withheld per Dr. D's better judgment!) And after the second Oakland loss, he'd have booked three flights out of town, intending to take them all if the umpires weren't changed.  But once the ballgame started, he would go into a trance of objectivity and in-game awareness to make Gandhi ashamed.   Still, let's assume... Read More
Shouts resonate at SSI
Posted by jemanji on 04/18/16
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. Mon 4:06pm: MtGrizzly  Also note that Sueng Hwan Oh, the "Final Boss" that we all wanted, has been the best reliever in baseball thus far and it's not even close. 42% contact rate is just...ridiculous. That slider is just savage and he knows how to use it. . Here is the October 2015 POTD on Oh and his "stoneball."  the Think Tank gingerly slid Oh into the category of "probably the right decision."  The M's didn't, not that we blame them especially.  We're sure they've evolved way past the MLB(TM) conceit that used to hold NPB relievers as huge gambles.   There have been 43 pitchers who came... Read More
M's fans definitely feeling the bern on Adam Lind
Posted by jemanji on 04/18/16
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. When Dr. D was at the UW in the 1980's, the Psych department was in Metal Gear Solid mode on one agenda:  People's memories can't be trusted.  What they meant by that, of course, was that other peoples' memories can't be trusted.  Dr. Loftus herself was only too happy to testify in court when the opportunity presented itself. And Dr. D can confirm from personal experience this little anti-prosecution theorem, because it seemed such a vivid dream that Kyle Seager could hit more than .119.  It turns out that he can't.  And the entire M's roster has congealed into North and South Poles of good... Read More
Dr. D presses on with his hyper-objective assessments of the AL West
Posted by jemanji on 04/18/16
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. At 2 wins and 6 losses, SSI denizens were disinclined to produce a 2016 Mariners calendar featuring Adam Lind and Ketel Marte.  After three nice wins and a return to the middle of the pack, they're still not grabbing 16-game plans with both hands, but at least we can hold a grudging conversation.   Feeling untrimmed by any likely outrage from the denizens, Dr. D's mighty beard hungers for Mariner hope.  Thusly: . 45-45 - Mariner runs scored and runs allowed 112:99 - Mariner advantage in strikeouts gained and strikeouts lost 35:38 - Mariner disadvantage in walks gained and walks lost 16:11... Read More
Dr. D again advises, Take two wins and call him in the morning
Posted by jemanji on 04/15/16
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. FELIX His fastball is indeed down a good notch, as any F/X chart could tell you.  If the elbow snaps, I guess we're going with Donn Roach in the 5 slot.  James Paxton has two starts and has been scattering the popcorn vendors behind home plate.   But until and unless Felix' elbow goes, and he does not look like he is in the least pain, I'll take Felix and his 0.69 ERA.  Is Felix still tough at 90 MPH?  We've discussed that a time or six.  You fret if you like.  I'll sign him to a big contract right now.  One thing is, though, I wouldn't go pressing him past 100 pitches even if the game was... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 04/15/16
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. GAMEFLOW For once we get a nice smooth victory that felt like ... ? ... maybe like, not running out of hot water in the shower.  Relaxed, mellow, and hopeful that I-167 may be cruising at 10+ MPH.  Last time we had a nice smooth victory, Lone Star Ball was for sale and Kreuger was trying to figure out how Jerry DiPoto fixed the M's so easily. The gameflow was Sweet Lou's favorite.  He loved to --- > get a two-run lead and then play for one run at a time.  The ten or fifteen times a year it actually worked like that, those were just about the only times he didn't look one ump's call away... Read More
The KKKKKKKarnivore dines on $200M worth of Bronx chum
Posted by jemanji on 04/15/16
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. NATE KARNS - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY The Good in tonight's game is subjective, we'll admit.  But it is rooted in a newfangled (ca. 1977) theory that raw W, L, ERA, and RBI totals are not quite as important as the ... um, what's the term ... "component skills" that result in W, L, ERA, and RBI.  There is a small but shrill group of us that prefer to look at 10 strikeouts per game rather than to look at 1 run or 5 runs in a single game. Friday, Karns got 7 garbage swings and misses on his curve alone, and another 5 bad whiffs off his eye-popping swerve changeup.  This leaves his... Read More
talk about a gimme putt, amigo :- )
Posted by jemanji on 04/14/16
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. Odd to me that anybody is on the other side of this issue, but fortuitous.  In the early days, James and Shandler got credit for genius when they used simple stats to make large, inescapable conclusions.  Like, Joe Shlabotnik just finished 1982 with a 16-7 record but had 5k against 4bb ... Sidd Finch just finished with a 9-12 record but had 9k against 1bb.  Hey, everybody!  Finch will probably be better this year than Shlabotnik!  "You're nuts..." You're slow to come around on Nate Karns, power to you amigo.  :- ) ...... Just from a sabermetric standpoint, Karns has 175 strikeouts in 176... Read More
not sure the M's needed a life preserver, but ...
Posted by jemanji on 04/14/16
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. At the News Tribune, they're selling Lee's walkoff as "salvaging a homestand - and maybe a season."  At this site they've got the Korean broadcast of the blast (warning:  one curse word in the article title if that's NSFW).  That announcer sounds like he's about ready to start crying ... .... From an American scout's point of view there were three questions about Lee going in, one of them major and two of them more minor. . "GOOD VELOCITY" Lee was actually out in front of the previous pitch, 95 MPH.  The one he hit was about 97 MPH.  Here's a quick link to a video of the Joy In Mudville... Read More
non-destructive inspection reveals tight chassis on M's roster
Posted by jemanji on 04/14/16
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. Baseball is for fun.  At least, it's more fun for Dr. D than explaining to his boss why the IRS is auditing.  In order to be fun, there's got to be some hope.  SSI has always insisted, therefore, in casting the searchlights about for reasons to keep da faith.  If he wanted to impress audiences with his surgeon-cool objectivity, he'd write about Bernie Sanders ...  Dennis Miller had a funny throwaway line yesterday.  OSU students would gladly move to Cuba if they didn't need a connecting flight to get there ... Mariners fans would gladly watch 0-0 soccer draws if they could find the right... Read More
Holland tonight? ... brrrrr ....
Posted by jemanji on 04/12/16
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. DaddyO:  DiPoto constructed this roster according to his offseason plans. He can't jettison them less than two weeks into the season. But (chuckles) he can in May. Dr. D:  If you want to /rant how bad the M's are, in the comments below, 'ave at it.  :- )  No hard feelings whatsoever.  But there are probably a few amigos here who wouldn't mind reading an optimistic take on the season.  For those few: ... The M's were 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position against Oakland, 0-for-20 in their four losses before Monday.  I don't know what they were Tuesday, but it wasn't good.  Average with... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 04/12/16
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. DISLOYAL M'S FANS Personally, if I were District Manager of Burger King Seattle?  And it turned out that McDonald's, Wendy's, Jack in the Box and Frugal's 20-cent Greasebombs had much higher customer loyalty than I did? I'd view Burger King restaurants as the cause of this effect. There are times that monopolistic pro sports franchises show breathtaking insularity and arrogance.  In many ways, the San Francisco 49'ers are a fundamentally different company than Del Monte or Charles Scwab.  There are times I really resent the differences. . GNATTO:  Might need a Don't Panic article every day... Read More
It is long since we had hope, Sam
Posted by jemanji on 04/11/16
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. 2nd-worst possible Monday morning text to wake up to? FROM:  BLUES MSJ:  attn human we have temporarily appropriated a selection of your body parts for study next msj soon . Worst possible being? FROM:  BBEANE29 @oaklandathletics.org MSJ:  hey you guys looked really improved out there . TOP 10 REASONS YOUR MARINERS VIEWING SHOULD PERSIST A SINGLE MOMENT LONGER . 10.  A proper sense of respect for Sauron. There are several iconic places for supervillains to lair.  Under the rollercoaster tunnels in long-abandoned theme parks; anywhere that is underwater-based; and O.co Coliseum.  Beane finds... Read More
way of harmony, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 04/11/16
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. Tacoma Rain favors us with the following interesting "transcription."  Thanks Rain. . Pedro on Taijuan - VERY HARSH I have not seen anyone comment on this, and my apologies for the tardiness of this...BUT... After yesterday's game on MLB network, the round table had Pedro Martinez and Harold Reynolds on it... and they were commenting on the Mariners, which is mostly common basic stuff. Until Pedro is asked about Taijuan, and is there anything Pedro would like to see Taijuan do differently. Pedro went off. I do not recall EVER hearing Pedro giving such detailed and specific suggestions... Read More
these Mariners Are. Not. For. Eating.
Posted by jemanji on 04/08/16
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. Franklin Gutierrez is batting 7th for Seth Smith, and Dae-Ho Lee is batting 8th for Adam Lind.  It seems like every hitter offers us fans something interesting to watch:  Whether Guti will maintain his 1 (off-field) HR per 12 AB's sthick, whether Dae-Ho Lee can offer the .500+ SLG that other Cubans and Asians have been racking up lately. .... A guest - undoubtedly a reg SSI denizen on mobile phone - sez  "I really think it comes down to the starting pitchers plus the closer role. There is no reason this offense should not be pretty good. The personnel is there to be a good offense and it... Read More
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. RockiesJeff sends updates to a few of us back-channel.  He certainly does not do it for the purpose of our re-posting it on SSI; Jeff has bigger fish to fry than a smidge of pub here.  But we also hope he doesn't mind if we copy-and-paste a bit of his own summary. On March 17th, we posted "Juggernaut In Junior College" when Jeff's son went to 45:3 (!) on the control ratio after five starts. Last weekend Jeremy had another 9 K's and Jeff provided a bit of a summary: . I had to give you a quick summary of game this last weekend. It was billed as a ‘marquee matchup’ as Jeremy (#4 nationally in... Read More
choke way up. They'll never see you comin'
Posted by jemanji on 04/07/16
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. NORI AOKI In Ichiro's first 10 years as a Mariner, he had the #4 WAR total in baseball.  Check out this chart!  Only Bonds*, Pujols and ARod were ahead of him.  In 4th place with 53.1 WAR, he was miles ahead of the pack.  Only 11 players in MLB even had forty WAR during that time. Norichika Aoki plays exactly Ichiro's game, right down to the swing arc, the slaps through the left side of the infield, etc.  But Aoki averages 1.9 WAR per season, not 5.3, so it's easy to think of him as "40% of Ichiro."  The thing is, in the batter's box with a 1-1 count against a tough pitcher, he is a lot... Read More
They all must fall, in the round the M's call
Posted by jemanji on 04/06/16
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. Just a quick stub, in case denizens wish to wallow in the M's division lead for a day and a half.  :- )  The Astros are down 6-1 in the second as we type. . LEONYS MARTIN 1.  No, four base hits do not cause Dr. D to overhaul his evaluation of Leonydas.  Admittedly, maybe it should be Dr. D's evaluation of Leonydas to go into dry dock, rather than Leonydas' swing.  But that Martin would get four hits this year, Dr. D knew already. 2.  That said, you gotta like the pitches that Martin hit, and the way he hit them.   His first three hits were on soft stuff away, and it takes really nice timing... Read More
Robby even rounded the bases like Junior on Tuesday
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. Q.  What was the HBP really about? A.  It was about the Rangers thinking that the Mariners were going to be their customers this season, and the Mariners trying to spit the bit.  That's not speculation; that's stating the obvious. Differences between Tuesday's HBP and some other less confrontational, much less an accidental, HBP: 1.  The pitch was aimed below the waist (so as not to be dangerous) and slightly behind Iannetta, so as to be sure of actually nailing the batter. 2.  It immediately followed an on-mound discussion with the pitching coach.  Next pitch. 3.  It followed a rally, not... Read More
moider da ump, Dept.
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. HISASHI IWAKUMA Had to battle: The fact that he hasn't built up his strength (gassed after 80 pitches; velo down; location iffy, especially late) A tough lineup with star left handers A dinky little park ... ... with the wind blowing 20+ MPH The home plate ump (4 pitches well inside the zone taken away, never mind close pitches) Sometimes a #2 starter cruises, and sometimes he shows his toughness.  If Iwakuma didn't have the heart of a samurai, no way he gets out of there with 2 ER. ... Time and again the home plate ump botched calls that cost the M's dearly.  For example, to lead off the... Read More
TALK spelled backwards, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 04/05/16
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. Hey amigos, Going to be in the Shout Box for the first pitch Tuesday (5:05 pm) if anybody wants to chat.  See Dr. D call Nelson Cruz' two boomshots only seconds before they occur. 5:00 pm might not be the best for guys traveling home so we might be on at 6:05 for a few minutes to see who's there, again at 7:05, etc.  Please let us know if you have a preference. And Josh forwards a few heads-ups about the way the Shout Box worx: .... A bit about the features:  If you are NOT logged in, you can click the name for “Online As” and change it to anything you want. This will be beneficial to know... Read More
We only need 1.3 wins this series to equal the Rangers
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. Yes, if you want to be a top-flight SSI denizen, you do have to watch the games.  At least sometimes. . WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HISASHI IWAKUMA:  When he's healthy he's a legit staff ace, about the #15 starting pitcher in the American League.  He's healthy.   When last seen, in September 2015, he was death on a stick -- he had the 37:3 CTL ratio, a recent no-hitter and all the trimmings.  In spring 2016 he was smooth as a sled on oiled ice.  A few hits, but throwing the same pitches, groovin' himself in.  No complaining about hits against him on minor league fields; just savor the fact... Read More
Somebody on the M's staff failed to show proper courtesy SOMEwhere
Posted by jemanji on 04/04/16
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. The 1977-2016 Mariners could be compared to Navi in the Zelda video games.  A little light fairy follows you everybody with helpful information like "hit B to open the door."  The first time it's instructive.  On the 600th door you have long sinced wished for an ACME fairy crusher. We've been told, in the little 1977-2016 Navi dialogue box (scores), that talent isn't going to help the M's.  Just because Felix Hernandez is one of the greatest Opening Day pitchers in major league history doesn't mean you, as an M's fan, are going to get a lot of sugar this morning.  And whether you are a... Read More
PLAYER RATINGS ISSUE! YEAH BABY!
Posted by jemanji on 04/04/16
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. Ozil doesn't dribble better than he passes.  That's just plain careless.   ..... You've heard of MGL ratings - last year is weighted 3x, the year before 2x, the year before 1x.  The Mainframe refines this basic concept to its correct proportions:  Monday's game is weighted 3x, spring training is weighted 2x, and the rest of the player's career is weighted 1x. . NORI AOKI:  9 Shooting left-on-left in the middle of O.K. Corral against one of the fastest guns on the planet, Aoki put in an All-Star leadoff performance.  He took every single pitch he should have, and swung at every single pitch... Read More
The men that will make or break 2016
Posted by hawksinsider on 04/03/16
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The Mariners open their 2016 season tomorrow in Texas. There, the team will play a 3 game series against the Rangers.  The team will bring along with it a new approach headed by a new regime. Beginning with their new manager Dipoto and a new GM Servais. Both hope to bring a new practical approach to the fans and city of Seattle. A fan base and town starving for success. Here is a final depth chart breakdown of the blueprint Dipoto and Servais will put on the field in 2016...in order of their ranking to start at each position.  1st base.     Lind, Lee, Navarro 2nd base.    Cano, Sardinas 3rd... Read More
we'd Best Bet him if it weren't trite to do so
Posted by jemanji on 04/02/16
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. Q.  What's a "solid" pitch, a "plus" vs a "plus-plus" pitch?  What is the difference between a quality pitch and a "weapon"? A.  On a 20-80 scale, a "50" grade is major league average in the good sense.  Then there are the groups distinctly better (worse) than average; they're plus (or minus).  There's another group that is clearly better than the plus group, and they're plus-plus, like this: 18 homers per season = 50 PWR = Average = Kendrys Morales, Alex Gordon 27 homers = 60 PWR = Plus = Andrew McCutchen, Matt Kemp, Kyle Seager 36 homers = 70 PWR = Plus-Plus = Jose Abreu, Josh Donaldson... Read More
three M's who would do better not to show up in Texas
Posted by jemanji on 04/02/16
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. NORICHIKA AOKI, CF Don't get me wrong.  Putting a dubious LEFT fielder out there into center field can be fun.  But every rose has its thorn.  Also, every 1-0 loss which is caused by a misread fly ball has a downhill roll through a blackberry patch. I counted four balls hit to Aoki, one being the blundered popup to center.  The other three of which he had "surrounded" from East, West, and North.  Dr. D is hardly a defensive purist, but it's hard to believe this is the franchise that didn't believe Michael Saunders could play CF. Obviously, Smith Cruz and Gutierrez are CF debit card swaps... Read More