May 2016

Eomer builds a pyramid fire in Safeco
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. GAMEFLOW Wed 6:48pm: ChicagoMariner A great piece of Cuban slang for Tuesday's walk off: ahi nama.  Ahi-nama is Cuban slang meaning "here it is/ this is it" - with the suggestion of having reached the best or ultimate, therefore you do not need to look anywhere else. Probably originally from spanish "aqui nada mas". . After the Tuesday gutpunch there was nothing more to be seen of the Orcs' will to win, either.  Watching the game, Dr. D got a constant image of the A's playing in "throwback uniforms," playing a contest between two teams 100 years separated in evolution.  I'd like a good... Read More
Keith and DaddyO force Dr. D's hand on the Konspiracy Korners
Posted by jemanji on 05/25/16
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. DaddyO quipped, I asked Hillary whether Z was in over his head or just a victim of bad luck. Her response was, "At this point, what DIFFERENCE does it make?!" - See more at: http://seattlesportsinsider.com/comment/115800#comment-115800 . Inspiring Mo' Dawg to pen an Adams-Jefferson class reply: . I asked the Donald I asked The Donald if Z was in over his head:  The Donald said he would build a wall to keep the Orcs out, sending those already here back to Isengard.  Then he said he would let the good ones back in.  Then he said that he didn't really mean that.   Then he said he would... Read More
Dr. D = Idiot
Posted by jemanji on 05/25/16
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. Matty linked us to this from Lookout Landing, re King Leonydas' walk-off: . Absolute pandemonium ensued. I've never seen anything like it before at Safeco. I've seen walk-offs of all sorts there, but I'm telling you, the sixteen-thousand still there, minus whoever made the trip from Oakland, nobody wanted to leave. We all just sort of stood there, hugging, wishing peace to one another. I think I stayed an extra half-hour. Sort of speechless, full of perfume and cologne from others I didn't know. Full of winning. Of belief and of knowing. There was no ritual, there was cacophony. Unbridled... Read More
Dr. D takes baseball just a little too seriously
Posted by jemanji on 05/25/16
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. Sigmund Freud said, "The energy released in laughing at a joke is the energy normally used to repress hostile and sexual feelings."  The latter being his obvious goal.  In all the archive of Sigmund Freud photos, there are none in which he has any expression other than the one above. The M's TV broadcast crew doesn't share Herr Freud's philosophy.  The laugh track on Martin's homer is the best part. Well, the best part for Leonydas is actually that his OPS+ is 820.  That's higher than Kyle Seager's or Seth Smith's.  He's on pace for 6.1 WAR and nobody's laughing now, least of all Dr. D or... Read More
resistance is futile, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 05/25/16
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. SYMMETRY Let's see, what happens when you reduce the fractions on 27-and-18?  And what is 60% of 162? . NEW DENIZENS Wednesday and Friday, when Dr. D will be indisposed, SSI will probably be seeing new community members in the Shout Box during the game broadcasts.  If all y'all would welcome them to the best sports site on the internet, I'd be much obliged.  We're in kind of an evangelism phase from an admin point of view.  From our own members' point of view, new friends B kewl. . GAMEFLOW Cindy and I got tickets in the Club section.  Read:  luxury boxes for working stiffs like us.  At one... Read More
F-500 Korner
Posted by jemanji on 05/24/16
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. There are Seattle Sports fans, not including Pete Carroll we don't suppose, who believe that a "culture of winning" is unattainable or overrated or both.  That's fine.  If you want to keep pushing this point of view in the comments, knock yerself out.  You might very well be right, and the arguments toward that position are always interesting.  Just be advised that your opinion and Dr. D's are --- > "Diametrically Opposed." :- ) But cruisin' and playin' the Google-O with no particular place to go, Dr. D stumbled back across this 2013 Times article which, two-three years later, I was able... Read More
M's 4-5, Reds 0-4. Sweeeeeep
Posted by jemanji on 05/23/16
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. You ever put your T-shirt on inside out and go a couple of hours until somebody tells you?  Dr. D feels vaguely odd if a Mariners ballgame goes by unremarked.  He has no idea how in the world he got to this place in his mindset.  But if an 1882 A.D. franchise falls in the woods and nobody blogs it, did it really occur? . M's 4-0:  FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ READS SSI Many of you kiddies are too young to remember the "Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx."  Back in the day, SI would put Tony Mandarich on the cover of its magazine with a loud headline "BEST NFL PROSPECT EVER" and Mandarich would shortly be... Read More
and by "King Leonydas" we mean the virtual player of Dr. D's perceptions
Posted by jemanji on 05/23/16
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. CENOZOIC ERA:  A MASTODON APPEARS Nov. 16, 2015, Jerry DiPoto trades for Leonys Martin.  A superb centerfielder, sez JeDi.  He won't hit all that much, but he can do better than he did in 2015, because he was injured in 2015. Wishful thinking, says Dr. D.  Okay, you're married to fast outfielders in Safeco, fine.  You're "entitled" to a player that implements your philosophy.  We fans get that, but THIS outfielder is just incapable of self-defense at the plate.  Nice going on Powell, though; Martin's placeholding will last about 1-2 months. The Mainframe's algorithm grokked: a Carlos... Read More
Leonydas gets the final word with Dr. D
Posted by jemanji on 05/23/16
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. HEARD ON THE SOUNDER TRAIN, ON THE WAY TO THE BALLPARK . Mon 10:26am: OBF Doc... here you go, smooth and effortless... yet a "marginal" ball that a lot of CF's don't get to, certainly no Mariner since Guti was a gold glover... I like how his sprints at 20 mph for the first half of the path and then down shifts into a nice job as he catches it :)http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/73955164/v723492383/seacin-martin-reaches-20-mph-on-outstanding-grab/?game_pk=447511 . Gracias amigo.  You guys can link me up to StatCast any time!  Hate missing Mariner plays on that thing.  This was an especially good... Read More
Scotty's Wallbangers, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 05/23/16
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. Leonys Martin's current projected stats would nestle comfortably onto some line or other of Stormin' Gorman Thomas' baseball card: . Center Fielder K HR AVG OBP SLG Remark Leonydas 2016 162 30 .252 .331 .462 Not pictured to your left:  an SSI Best Bet Thomas 1980 170 38 .239 .303 .471 Thomas 1985 (Seattle) 126 32 .215 .330 .450 Thomas career 151 30 .225 .324 .448 114 OPS+ (Leonydas currently 124) . For some reason my childhood memory is of Thomas hitting .219 with 34 homers; his career line is like that but he has no real season like that (except the one with the Mariners).  Thomas was... Read More
Not pictured: a team you would want to give a 3-run handicap
Posted by jemanji on 05/21/16
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. ALL-TIME GREAT HANDICAP MATCHES 1.  Bobby Riggs playing quality tennis opponents using a 1970's cast iron skillet 2.  The Great Khali vs Epico and Primo 3.  Paul Morphy vs. a senior master (James Thompson) at Knight odds (about an 800-point spread) 4.  11 soccer players vs 10 (viewed as ungrotesque in some parts of the world) 5.  Seattle Sports Insider against a 98-loss home team 6.  Pete Gray 7.  The 2016 Cincinnati Reds against the 2016 Seattle Mariners, three run head start . The Reds' franchise encyclopedia goes back to 1882, when Will White amassed 11 WAR for the oldest team in the... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 05/20/16
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. Sudden thought.  If you're looking for blog posts that vary in style and rhythm ... at SSI you're already considered Looney Tunes.  Why not just go completely round the bend and try CONCISE?!  What are they going to do, type in all caps at you? So, just for laughs: . FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ Unsurpassable niceness.  Been a good soldier.  Always doubted the consensus on his newfound ability to slug .600.   Earl warned, you gotta be fair to the other 24 players.  By "fair" he meant, "give them their best chance to win the game" and he meant nothing else.  I'd cut bait.  Even if Guti does have six... Read More
"effortless power" and a snazzy age-arc curve
Posted by jemanji on 05/20/16
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. Once a week we head over to the M's minor league leaders and, lo and behold, Tyler O'Neill has amassed 83 total bases already.  Last time we had a 20-year-old wrecking AA like this, didn't it turn out to be Shin-Soo Choo?  Where is G-Moneyball when you need him? Back in the Choo day, we ran some tables on very young players who'd ripped up the Southern League.  Such tables include the Nick Franklins, of course -- that's why AA players are "prospects."  But AA pitching is sequenced and precise, and if you've got a 21-year-old rampant there you've got a blue-chipper. ... The M's site has O'... Read More
M's continue to show annoying inability to win all their games
Posted by jemanji on 05/19/16
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. Anger management specialists warn, "There is always one poorly-chosen sentence between you and the unemployment line."  That's true enough in real life, but fortunately on the internet we have evolved past this consequence-and-caution paradigm.  Here, "anger management" is completely counterproductive - a short-sighted route to losing half your traffic.   The loyal SSI denizen is justifiably irritated this morning. In this particular 16-year cycle, the 90 losses x 15 should followed by 116 wins x 1.  A tough loss to the Orioles' ace is, in this case, an invitation to "spirited" road rage... Read More
M's respond to attempted AL West hijacking with appropriate finesse
Posted by jemanji on 05/18/16
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. In South Africa, it is 100% legal to mount flamethrowers on each side of your vehicle, operated by a fourth pedal near the accelerator.  The government there has deemed this an appropriate response to their hijacking epidemic; no word on whether it is a viable response to hire Tom Hardy to drive for you.  A pesky rodent Angel steps up to your window and demands you relinquish your lead, you douse him in ignited propane until he loses interest. In Seattle 2016, it's a 100% viable losing-streak response to have Cano, Cruz and Seager hit missiles through the outfield wall.  There was a lot of... Read More
tough when you have to plead 'mercy rule' ... against a pitching machine
Posted by jemanji on 05/18/16
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. BULLPEN STRATEGY Dr. D settled into the game mostly to --- > see what proactive measures the M's would take to secure a 5-3 lead.  As it turned out, their proactive measure was "Inflict a base-out RE24 matrix such that Enrique Romo will suffice to protect the lead."  Dr. D approved of this strategy. ... Here is a 46-MPH eephus pitch from Clayton Kershaw last month.  The reader is invited to decide for himself whether 65 MPH qualifies as an eephus, but what Kershaw's and Johnson's curves have in common are that your 14-year-old can throw them. Why was Gauipe sent out and Steve Johnson... Read More
obviously Mo' Dawg has the M's ear
Posted by jemanji on 05/18/16
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. Our 1980's campaign would have been aghast at a visiting delver who claimed to play three or four positions.  And there was no such thing as a multi-class Magic-User/Cleric. The rules on this have been bent beyond all recognition, both in D&D and real life (baseball) as well as pseudo-life (politics and married vice-presidents).  In American politics, the idea of a thief casting spells appears to be gaining acceptance (context of the analogy most definitely intended).  But in baseball, you can be sure that the Ben Zobrist concept is proliferating. Here's an article from Beyond the Box... Read More
K-Pax and Diaz - panic moves or no-brainers... or both?
Posted by jemanji on 05/17/16
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. We switch to the Sci-Fi channel, in which a bullpen can run a 0+ ERA for six weeks and then have an alien erupt out of its chest.  It's a funny thing - try to come up with a Cinderella championship baseball team in which the good guys have a Bobby Ayala-, Scott Sanders-bullpen but overcome it through starting pitching and controlling the zone. There's an unwritten rule that the villains have the technology and the underdogs have the Force or the Good Wizard or the Lost Ark.  The Lost Ark always being Greg Holland. .  EXCUSES, EXCUSES If, in one offseason, you lose Aldon Smith and Patrick... Read More
pesky rodent Angels hit Dr. D with cheap shot, knock off his lab goggles
Posted by jemanji on 05/17/16
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. SERIESFLOW On Friday, the Mariners were 21-and-13, up a full +8.0 games on the pesky rodent Angels, and were again winning mechanically by a lopsided 5-1 score.  But Nate Karns' chest was wheezing like a blast furnace, and the Angels nicked him for a couple of soft runs.  (Or, as Dr. D would prefer to put it, they nicked his RELIEVERS for a couple of soft runs.  Grrrrr.) The score was still a comfortable 6-3 going into the late innings, and the Angels were headed for a comfortable -11.0 deficit in the standings come Monday. Joel Peralta picked exactly that moment to remember that he was... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 05/17/16
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. For those of you who just joined us, "RockiesJeff" is a real-life pitching coach who likes to chime in with an "aw shucks, thanks for all the insight!" comment for us 'net rats who specialize in Pokemon.  Back channel, he does keep a few of us up-to-date on his son Jeremy, who is a bona fide Junior College pitching star.  It is like a machete in the jungle, trying to be noticed by MLB franchises these days, but Jeremy has definitely talked to his share of scouts, including from the M's, I think.  He's gotten some workouts with MLB teams, and I believe he's scheduled to attend the predraft... Read More
the King deigns to rule via finesse these days
Posted by jemanji on 05/14/16
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. STARTING PITCHER RANKINGS I love the BJOL rankings, not in the sense that I enjoy them, but in the sense that I believe in the information.  Who would you rather face - Dallas Keuchel in a slump, or Ian Kennedy on a roll?  Tennis-style "rankings" give you a blend here.  You can tell who is good, like an All-Star, and who is throwing great over the last few months. Who's the toughest draw tonight?  I can just check the BJOL rankings.  We're sure Jhoulys Chacin can pitch, but he's #165 in the majors, theoretically not able to break a 30x5 starter pool.  The game is not won, but the M's couldn... Read More
we botched it. Dr's R/X: Rage Monstering
Posted by jemanji on 05/14/16
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. GRRRRRRRRR Talking Points Memo 1.  The M's had come out on top in their last 7 one-run games, did the TV say?  All good things must come to an end.  Including a retread bullpen and a long string with zero-plus ERA's. The M's were 0-for-their-first-9 with runners in scoring position.  The Angels played okay, but SSI was left feeling we were beaten by "the game of inches" more than by the other team. . 2.  Karns lacked his good fastball command, and pitched behind quite a bit.  Still, the two-pitch repertoire (only 4 changeups all night) took him into the 4th with a no-hitter.  It seemed like... Read More
sorry about that last game, on both our behalfs
Posted by jemanji on 05/13/16
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. Dr. D missed out on the chance to postgame Nate Karns' last hail of 9mm bullets into the antique shop, which left us decidedly Tackleberrish in mood this past week.  But at least we can take out our frustations on the firing range silhouettes. LH George Springer stepped in to start the Astros' "attack" last Saturday and the Karnivore chomped him in half on 4 pitches:  95-95-CHANGEUP-95.  Here's the GameDay if you want to follow along.  He gave up a groundball single to Marwin Gonzalez, and then fanned Carlos Correa on 3 pitches: Belligerent 94 MPH fastball middle in, 0-1 96 ! fastball right... Read More
M's imposing some unpleasant flights home nowadays
Posted by jemanji on 05/13/16
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. GAMEFLOW The M's took a 4-0 lead and, seeing that the Rays were losing interest in competive baseball, threw them a few runs.  Once the Rays pepped up, the Mariners resumed Knight-forking Queens and Rooks ... but saw the Rays' countenance fall again.  So the M's threw them another tie game at 5-5.   "Carrying" the loser might seem generous in the middle rounds.  But in the 11th, Iannetta's homer must have hit the Rays about like Little Marco did after the "Linguistic Killshot" (the Washington Post's term) blew him back off the podium, showing the country the soles of his shoes.** So, the... Read More
is it too late to Best Bet this kid? Probly so
Posted by jemanji on 05/12/16
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. You remember what we told you about titles with question marks. . AGE-ARC Mellow greetings, fellow citizen.  What seems to be your boggle?  In Sept. 2015, Dr. D's was --- > how a 21-year-old Ketel Marte could line up 96 fastballs and 75 curves in the same game.  In the "HOF'ers Template" article, he ran the following mini-table of 21-year-olds with Marte's swing: . Hitter AVG OBP SLG OPS+ Ketel Marte .298 .365 .410 120 Rod Carew .292 .341 .409 113 (and 95 the next year.  Became "Carew" at age 23) Tony Gwynn In Minor Leagues Hit 107 and 105 at ages 22, 23.  Became "Gwynn" at age 24 Ichiro... Read More
looking a lot prettier than the Michelin Man at this point
Posted by jemanji on 05/12/16
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. Six weeks in, we've been able to triangulate Dae-Ho Lee a little bit, as far as his hitting template goes.  Here is a look at his plate discipline numbers, and the direct link if you can't read the below: . Can't beat Fangraphs for this kinda stuff . It reminds you of those "averaged" faces that represent not average appearance, but ideal human beauty.  Lee has a perfectly average swing-miss rate.  He has an average "fish" rate.  He has an average swing rate.  He has an average contact rate.  He's got an average BB rate and average K rate.  If you put together a computer sim of all MLB(TM)... Read More
no, we're not referring to SSI guests
Posted by jemanji on 05/12/16
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. LINKABLE Jason Churchill has a very fine monthly report up.   Prospect Insider was always a good read, but used to be it would assert 10 things and I'd be inclined to take the other side of 5 of them.  That doesn't happen any more.  With JFromSeattle and Spectator and G-Moneyball not writing much any more, P-I is becoming required reading on the "Who's Next?" front. Particularly, they sign off on Edwin Diaz as a Safeco reliever THIS season.  This shouldn't be stunning; there is nothing prohibitive about a pitcher jumping from AA to the majors.  Here is another link you will thoroughly enjoy... Read More
Per Matt's Request ...
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Is there a job of collecting interestingly-sorted tables from the sports-reference.com family of sites?  Like people putting together playlists on Spotify? Like 1921 MLB hitters sorted by ISO: Rk Name Age Tm PA BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ ISO ▾ 1 Babe Ruth* 26 NYY 693 .378 .512 .846 1.359 238 .469 2 Rogers Hornsby 25 STL 674 .397 .458 .639 1.097 191 .242 3 Bob Meusel 24 NYY 647 .318 .356 .559 .915 128 .241 4 High Pockets Kelly 25 NYG 647 .308 .356 .528 .884 130 .220 5 Elmer Smith* 28 CLE 504 .290 .374 .508 .882 121 .218 6 Ken Williams* 31 SLB 651 .347 .429 .561 .990 145 .214 7 Harry Heilmann 26 DET... Read More
no fruit cup for Drew. The M's are too strict
Posted by jemanji on 05/10/16
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. GAMEFLOW - 6:59 PM TJM can tell you that if any news story headlines with a question mark, it's a story so questionable that the paper itself had to mark it as such.  Seasoned political fans get a smile out of every ? in a title.   "Obama born in Uzbekhistan?" or "Seattle Sports Insider read by Mariners brass?" or "Earth-like Exoplanet Found?"  The guy who WROTE it doesn't believe it.  Imagine what he thinks of you, if you DO. Jeff Sullivan needed no question mark on this one:  "Is Drew Smyly a Strikeout Machine?"  Because just a couple of weeks ago he'd proven, to any rational person's... Read More
Rays-Mariners games ain't for the faint of heart this year
Posted by jemanji on 05/10/16
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. While the M's were spearfishing Drew Smyly and the home plate ump was spearfishing Evan Longoria, what happened to our AL West "rivals"?  (Dr. D learned on the BJOL chat boards that you use quotation marks to show contempt for mainstream ideas.  He's picked it up like Charly picking up the comma in the second chapter of Flowers for Algernon.) . ANAHEIM ANGELS Curb-stomped 8-1 by Mike Leake's 5.10 ERA.  The Cardinals piled up 14 hits and 4 homers, while the Angels suffered through innings 6-9 with less than a 1% chance of victory.  This dropped them to -6.5 behind the colossus in Seattle.  ... Read More
everything you always wanted to know about transition timelines but were afraid to ax
Posted by jemanji on 05/10/16
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. If you just joined us, Geoff Baker is one of Dr. D's favorite sportswriters ever.  He would be --- > sportswriting's equivalent of a giant treblehook in Howard Lincoln's posterior.  To say that Baker is skeptical of M's brass' intentions is like saying Scottie Pippen is skeptical of the Warriors' 73-9 record.  So you'll be interested in this op-ed, New Mariners ownership fed up with mediocrity, being the butt of community's jokes. . EXEC SUM 1.  Seattle's perception of the M's is that they've lost for 15 straight years, they hypocritically blocked a SoDo arena and the NBA, and that they'... Read More
all this and Nate Karns, too
Posted by jemanji on 05/07/16
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. TEXAS RANGERS Dallas-area newspapers have left Derek Holland for dead.  Here's an example and here's another.  True, the Rangers have a legit Opening Day starter in Cole Hamels, and Yu Darvish is doing well in rehab games.  But Holland has a 5.1 strikeout rate, Martin Perez has a 4.6 to 4.6 strikeout to walk rate (!!), and Colby Lewis has a 1.9 gopher rate with a ludicrous 5.34 FIP. For those amigos who feel uppity about the Rangers making the playoffs four times the last six years, go ahead and project them to another 88 wins this year.  Dr. D isn't feeding your "No Cheering In the M's... Read More
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. JUGGERNAUT jug*ger*naut Something (such as a force, weapon, campaign, or movement) that is extremely large and powerful and cannot be stopped Now everybody is above 90 OPS+ except Lind, and there are four guys with 150+.  Gotta find a way to get Dae-Ho Lee more AB's, wouldn't you say?  He can spell Aoki or  Martin against RHP's, or of course Lind or Smith vs LHP. The M's ERA+ / OPS+ has sailed up to 121:113.  Taijuan tonight against Fister.  We'll be watching for splitters and sliders that start just inside the zone to break outside it. . K-PAX SEISMOS INITIATE EVACUATION PROTOCOLS UP AND... Read More
Billyball less effective when facing 446-foot missiles to the CF tower
Posted by jemanji on 05/05/16
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. BY DA NUMBAS The M's are in first place this morning and will be in first place tomorrow morning, whatever the outcome of today's games.  House money baby. Their Pythag record is 17-10 and their 122:93 run differential would project to 102 wins.  However, the M's have one of the greatest bullpens in baseball or basketball history, so you can safely bank at least 110-52 this season.  How do you think we match up against the Cubs?  May need K-Pax to split the Arietta series... They're on pace to out-homer their rivals by 228 to 150, which is comparable to Toronto last year, 232 to 173 and to... Read More
Fortunately, I Am Mighty dept.
Posted by jemanji on 05/04/16
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. FIRST NOMINATION I liked Loenydas' first sac bunt.  Squared around, punting the selfish mad rush to 1B before he caught the ball on his bat.  Textbook roll out to the left side.  Hapless batter finds a great way to be useful with 2 on, 0 out.  (The rally faded, but the geekage stayed.) Then he bunted his way on later, right? ... revel away amigos.  Every bum has got to throw a potato in the pot, if'n he wants to ladle anything back out of it.
Why can't we have just a mouthful?
Posted by jemanji on 05/04/16
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. You'll enjoy this John Hickey report a lot more than you'll enjoy SSI this morning.  Excerpts: ... It says something that Sonny Gray gave up seven earned runs in seven-plus innings Tuesday and said afterward “this was the best I felt this year.’’ “I thought I threw the ball well. That’s definitely the best I’ve felt all year. It was really unfortunate the way it turned out.’’ “You pitch into the eighth inning and you come out with a bad start,’’ Gray said. “It’s a really weird game tonight." In my other starts, I was a little sporadic with location and I was not throwing strikes. Tonight I... Read More
pesky rodent AL West rivals getting ear of a new Orkin man in town
Posted by jemanji on 05/03/16
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. Mojo had alerted us to the concept of Shock Therapy for rodents and orcs.  Got to put the fear of ORKin into the Orcs first, counsels he.  Then the battle goes much more smoothly. . WHIPSAW First batter up Monday, the KKKKKarnivore "established" his curve :- ) by using it 4 of the 5 pitches to Billy Burns.  Hey!  Mail in and let us know the next time you see that.  Nate Karns is a pitcher you are not used to seeing.  And by "you" we are talking to the good amigos in the broadcast booth and newspaper columns ... Karns is throwing 45% fastballs, 40% curves and 15% changeups this year.  As... Read More
happy totals, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 05/03/16
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. KETEL MARTE Had three separate "Plus Shortstop" plays in the opening Coin Flip game.  He darted quickly to his left to snare a line drive up the middle, starting an early double play.  He scurried 4 quick steps to his right and jump-threw the lead runner out.  I forget what the third one was, but it was a marginal play too, a 60% er that Marte converted. Early on, we complained that Marte looked stiff, mechanical, and nervous.  He seems to be finding his rhythm with the glove.  UZR stats aren't up yet, but Dewan has him for +5 plays above average already, all +5 to his right, which are the... Read More
M's bullpen replaced with near-exact replicas from an alternate universe
Posted by jemanji on 05/03/16
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. First a' three today.  Probably.  Be there or be square. . GAMEFLOW - EARLY INNINGS, 1-3 To start the festivities, Kendall Graveman threw 27 horse-hockey(TM) pitches.  Every ball a foot outside or right down the middle, usually the former.  The M's dutifully punished him with two walks and then Adam Lind(TM) roped a 105-MPH* three iron off the deep right center wall.  Weirdly, an Orc apparation then materialized at the base of the wall, backhanding a ball that I'll guarantee you Ichiro! would not have gotten to.  Either Josh Reddick is a much better outfielder than I realized, or he was... Read More
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. Hokey Doke, let's try this again.  Since the Lost Weekend in Mordor the Seattle Mariners have found their walks, their ERA+, and their 99 win pace.  Nate KKKarns has found that Strike One is a joyful place to be.  And Rich Hill has found three days off for himself and his cursed 11.5 strikeout rate. Kendall Graveman is a young sinker-slider righty who has been over-challenging a bit.  The idea of Shandler Quality Starts (PQS) is based on an 0-5 scale rather than just 6 IP, 3 ER.  It's designed to let you the roto owner know how a given SP has been throwing if you're trading for him on July... Read More
M's with two coin flip games against KC
Posted by jemanji on 05/02/16
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. It looked like M's fans had the game triangulated already.  Kennedy was snicking the gnats off a rhino's hide without disturbing the herd-graze.  Taijuan seems to no longer have an A game and a B game, but only an A game and an A+ game.  The Royals had five base hits off the handles of their bats, nestling softly onto the grass right before three Mariners collided headlong onto the pile. And the Mariners continued their dreary chemical immolation of the American League using "Triad" strategy:  Coinflip Game -- Detonation Game -- Coinflip Game.  One of these days we'll get both coinflips... Read More
the fun is in the tempo, Jase
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. GAMEFLOW - EARL ON STRATEGY Earl Weaver once wrote a book in which he argued that 3- run homers were important.  Nobody bought in to this drivel, and obviously these days we realize that he was even more wrong than anybody ever understood.  Earl snorted, wandered off and, for other reasons obviously, won .596 percent of his games lifetime. He was proud of saying, "They say managers are hired to be fired, but I was never fired at any level."  His teams shrugged off their undue focus on three-run homers, and Earl's job stayed on his own terms. Saturday's M's game featured convincing homers... Read More