June 2016

where are they now, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 06/30/16
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Diderot quipz, . Three questions 1) Was the Karns move more about fixing the bullpen than fixing him? 2) Anyone other than me still convinced the Astros finish ahead of the Rangers? 3) Does it make me a bad person because I REALLY miss slamming a phone down in anger? . Heh!   Taking 3) first ... some things just pay off in measures far, far broader than any sense of proportion might predict.  If you could flatten the palm with good follow-though, the little rrrriinnnggggg that echoed gave you a sense that all was right with the world.  Mashing a little circle target on a... Read More
Piracy not all it's cracked up to be, especially in Chicago and Seattle
Posted by jemanji on 06/29/16
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. KKKARNIVORE TO THE BULLPEN The M's have decided to give Wade LeBlanc at least one more start, which will displease exactly no one.  Even better, they've decided to let KKKarns work out the kinks in the Seattle clubhouse, using him in the bullpen.  Dr. D is excited as anybody to find out what this does for his velocity, and for his nasty habit to overthink things.  "A little bit of a breather" was the way Servais characterized it, so absolutely no complaints here. . The TNT quoted Servais, towards both the above issues, "It will probably be similar to what we did with Michael Montgomery... Read More
slow news day? Not for the M's rotation
Posted by jemanji on 06/27/16
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. The Tacoma News Tribune reports that it's Miley Wednesday, and probably Taijuan on Thursday.  This leaves the choice between Wade LeBlanc and Nate Karns on Friday.  DiPoto and Servais are obviously wavering about it.  I'm warming to Bat571's inkling to see what Karns would be like in the bullpen, if they're going to stick with him on the 25-man as opposed to, say, Donn Roach. . The Times reported that Paxton "wasn't as sharp as he had been in his previous three or four outings," despite F/X and Dr. D gaining the opposite impression.  Pressed to specify, Paxton said that "there were... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 06/27/16
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. Please click to the next article if politics tend to annoy you.  :- )   - Dr. D ... Seems to me that the European Union is something we ought to be able to discuss in a dispassionate, stimulating and enjoyable way.  (You've said you have strong feelings about it, Matty; please be careful to be respectful of globalists on SSI.) There are very strong arguments in favor of globalism.  But there are also strong arguments in favor of the idea that the world should have nations, should have diverse homes for diverse populations, the same way that you and I live in different houses and... Read More
Dr. D's scripts are getting more predictable than X-Man flicks
Posted by jemanji on 06/27/16
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. ZEUS As big a fan as Dr. D is of James Paxton, he never said he wanted to BE James Paxton.  At a certain point James' forlorn-bloodhound eyes start looking like he has been cast for this role by Tim Burton.   Coming for Halloween 2016!  "SISYPHUS"  Introducing James Paxton as the Highwayman     co-starring Helena Bonham Carter as Sophocles and Johnny Depp as Jupiter Dr. D is probably crazy; what else is new.  He thought K-Pax threw the ball better than in any other game.  In saber terms, his FIP (that is, his ERA assuming normal defense) was 1.53 on the day, but his actual ERA 9.00.  That's... Read More
and won't be too long before Le Blanckinator carousels around again
Posted by jemanji on 06/26/16
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. Dr. D's PET LINEUP 2-and-0.  Reminds me of when a .500 Big Red Machine moved Pete Rose to 3B, put some George Foster kid in LF, and ripped off 41 wins in 51 games.  Very unlikely the M's surge will be any less dramatic. You could argue that Lee and Lind were key tonight again, as of course they were when they (and Kyle Seager) double-handedly won the Friday night epic.  In the first inning, our wrecking crew spotted Mike Leake two outs, nobody on.  Then after the MOTO got on base three straight times, Dae-Ho Lee knocked in the winning runs and Adam Lind dotted the exclamation point. It's... Read More
medic!
Posted by jemanji on 06/26/16
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. AND PUT WINGS ON IT, SKIP dept. The sportswriters sounded as eager as anybody to shed Nate Karns.  They asked Servais hopefully, you got some healthy pitchers coming back, any chance one of them could pitch for Karns next time?  (They asked the question in journo-speak, of course, but the spirit was clear.  There's nothing a sportswriter hates more than an un-brisk baseball game.  Sometimes you suspect that maybe they forget that they're living their childhood dreams?) But!  Servais was as hard to read as Doyle Brunson.  He smiled, well, we just want as many healthy pitchers as we can get... Read More
BJOL hasn't yet noticed the forward lean
Posted by jemanji on 06/25/16
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. Gnatto has a fun little philosophical question for us: . Matt, if Paxton continues this standard of pitching for 20 more years... When did the upgrade happen? . Or for five more years, like Sandy Koufax.  Same question applies.  Three ways of looking at it: . ON-FIELD IMPACT I've always been fascinated by the way that no-name players can function as HOF'ers in any particular game, or week, or month.  In 2014, Dallas Keuchel took off out of the gate pitching as well as, say, Felix Hernandez.  In a given three-game set that year, we had a huge advantage on paper.  On the green grass of the... Read More
Bat571 takes the board deep!
Posted by jemanji on 06/25/16
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. THE JAMIE MOYER COMP Before, during and after the game Bat571 insisted on (the possibility of) this comparison.  The exit velocity was clocked at 112.8 MPH when Scott Servais slammed exactly the same comp during his postgame interview - even sharing that Edgar and he were laughing about the Moyer/LeBlanc comparison during the game.  That would be a lot of fun to watch if you were Bat, wouldn't it?  Heh. When Edgar blinkin' Martinez points his finger at one of 9,000 pitchers and says, now THAT guy takes me back, you've really got something. ..... Dr. D is not partial to Moyer comps --- >... Read More
let's get a thumb on the scale in the 8th inning, shall we
Posted by jemanji on 06/25/16
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. Fangraphs' playoff odds reports offer several ways of looking at the 2016 season: . COIN FLIP MODE:  Here you simply assign a 50-50 chance for every game for every team.  Supposing that there are 15 different hydros with the Mariners' 25-man roster playing against each other the rest of the way.  What are any team's chances of winding up in the playoffs, given the current standings?  The M's chances come out to 21% based on this assumption. The Red Sox are +9 over .500, the Blue Jays are +5 over .500, the Royals +4, the Tigers +2, the White Sox, Yankees and Mariners =0, the next best team... Read More
the Poster Boy for the M's June identity :- )
Posted by jemanji on 06/24/16
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. Q.  Is there something about Nate Karns' pitching that inherently limits him to 90 pitches and 5 innings? A.  Scott Servais is of the opinion that around pitch 80, Karns starts dropping his center of gravity -- and his release point -- in order to maintain velocity.  So Servais himself is on the record that at the moment, 90 pitches is a good number for Karns. It's not clear to me why a drop-and-drive delivery is a bad thing, but it's nice to know that Servais is on the cutting edge of analyzing his players. . Q.  What do the stats say? A.  Whatever the stats say, our minds' eyes have... Read More
well, we know he gets his weight through the ball, anyway
Posted by jemanji on 06/24/16
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. Q.  What is the BEST thing that could happen? A.  Two best case scenarios that could happen.  As y'know, we live to serve.  First one, Bat571 offered the following: . I hope Dan Wilson is there as the 7th coach for LeBlanc's start. He seems to be there for home games. He caught Moyer from the very first of Moyer's time in Seattle almost to the very last and could very well help Wade to make the same kind of adjustments that Jamie made at the same career point. I think Dan is a good argument for the influence a catcher CAN have with the right kind of staff. Hope he's there and in the works... Read More
M's team ERA 4.95 in June; maybe the bad guys are on to something
Posted by jemanji on 06/24/16
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. Hey Bill had a Q (and A) that relayed several things I hadn't realized: . Hey Bill, I have an issue that has long confused me, and I hope it's not so broad a query as to be unanswerable. I hear broadcasters variously attribute in-game pitch selection to the manager, the catcher, or the pitcher, depending on what narrative they seem to be painting at the time (e.g. "he used to be a thrower now he's a pitcher who knows what to throw when"). Sometimes seemingly contradicting themselves by solely attributing this ability to separate players at different times.     So with caveats that there... Read More
Earl was right. About a great many things
Posted by jemanji on 06/22/16
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. We asked Rick whether MLB(TM) was making any noises about automating the strike zone.  He sez . Not a peep from MLB execs, although last year's test of an automated strike zone in a minor league game had excellent reviews, even from the umpires involved. (1) But it can't go on like this, because nobody trusts the ump over the little tracer box, and people don't go to games to watch umpires. Every game on TV has a little box shadowing the ump, to see whether he's doing his job right, and the networks just leave it there for every single pitch. No way is anyone going to even argue that... Read More
Lost in the noise has been a pleasing development ...
Posted by jemanji on 06/22/16
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. FAMOUS COMPANIES AND THEIR POWER-WORD ASSOCIATIONS . F-500 Concern Power Word(s) SSI Grok Most-Comparable M's Grok Coca-Cola Refresh Does 11 teaspoons of sugar in 8 oz. of water quench YOUR thirst? UZR roster construction Ford Proud Know anybody who brags about their Focus?  0-for-2 Hargrove McDonald's Quick, Smile Truth in advertising this time Dae-Ho Lee Disney Happy Pretty much IS the happiest place in the world The Edgar Twitter Friends, Family Here Dr. D thought it was about rage and/or clickthroughs Concession prices Ikea Design They do stay ahead of the curve Jerry DiPoto Verizon... Read More
just a quick first take to get our arms 'round the sitch
Posted by jemanji on 06/20/16
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. Q.  Checksum = Required A.  No solid prognosis at this point, babe.  You gotta give the mainframe two batters if you want 5,000 words out of it.  Well, no you don't.  But y'know. . Q.  What's the general template? A.  The 2015-16 version of Lee reminds of a Doug Fister, Brian Holman, Ian Kennedy type.  Real ability to mix four (4) pitches and a darts champ look and feel to motion and his 1+ walk rate. A pitcher 's worth 1,000 words.  Check this out :- ) .... He sometimes gets accused of having no scary pitch.  As did those other guys, but you do have the 7 strikeout rate to think about when... Read More
no matter where you go, there you are Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 06/20/16
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. Psychologists tell us that some personality traits are subject to change, others are harder to change, and others go firmly into the "cradle-to-grave" category. In Dr. D's case, there is no shortage of the latter, the long-term quirks that he'll be saddled with in two years or two hundred.  He is resigned to permanent friendship with comfort food, to being the guy at the party with a lampshade on his head, and to a hopeful orientation towards Chris Taylor. In the Mariners' case, that means a fondness for long-distance relationships, particularly relationships with ca. 2001 banners in their... Read More
strange team in a strange land, Dept.
Posted by jemanji on 06/18/16
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. “I never do anything I don't want to do. Nor does anyone, but in my case I am always aware of it.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land "Chess can be a relaxing game if you play it that way." - Mikhail Tal "I don't know about reporters, but I LIKE being at the ballpark." - Rob Neyer . Q.  Is Adrian Sampson a quad-A starter? A.  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck ... check the late bite on its slider. In Sampson's case, that power slider could be a "separator" that makes him a little bit different from other PCL starters.  As well, he seems to spot... Read More
as if Seattle Sports Insider didn't fill the niche to bursting
Posted by jemanji on 06/18/16
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. Jeff Sullivan did a report on umpire favoritism.  So far this year the M's are the #3 in the Umpire Hatred Power Rankings, with -50 net strikes we've lost; Texas is at the other end.  Like Steph Curry's wife, I'm sure I'll be deleting this Tweet momentarily. . Shannon Drayer reports that Felix, um, leaped a training plateau and could be back soon.  Meanwhile, the TNT characterizes Wade Miley's shoulder problemo as an "impingement."  Miley will miss a few starts "if all goes well."   At the same time, Carson Cistulli is giving James Paxton off-the-charts NERD scores for Joy of Baseball... Read More
we had 'em all the way
Posted by jemanji on 06/18/16
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. FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ Quotable:  "His pitches were over the plate. When (they) leave pitches over the plate, you can do whatever you want with those pitches. That’s what happened." Dr. D always laughs when he hears an announcer say this:  "Kobe can score whenever he wants."  If I were Kobe that would mean 142 points per game, average.  What could possibly happen to cause you to not want to score? Guti, however, found pitches he could do whatever he wanted with, and what he wanted to do was hit homers to left, center and right.  Well, the one to right bounced off the wall, so we'll put... Read More
Let's hope Dae-Ho and Boomstick pull a fly ball or two
Posted by jemanji on 06/17/16
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. 5.82 RUNS PER GAME For those who haven't looked directly at the sun, fearing for their retinas, the 2016 Red Sox are spraying out runs like a snow machine: . Master Blaster Age AVG OBP SLG OPS+ Comparable Player D. Ortiz, DH 40 .344 .423 .715 194 Lou Gehrig X. Bogaerts, SS 23 .352 .401 .513 141 Nomar Garciaparra J. Bradley, CF 26 .305 .382 .573 149 Fred Lynn's rookie year M. Betts, RF 23 .288 .338 .516 122 Nelson Cruz, Texas D. Pedroia 32 .312 .372 .471 122 Dustin Pedroia T. Shaw, 3B 26 .270 .336 .456 108 Kyle Seager C. Young, part time 32 .286 .353 .562 138 Dae-Ho Lee . Not counting Hanley... Read More
Gordon's musings, so take them with a grain of salt
Posted by G_Money on 06/17/16
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The Day 1 and 2 thoughts were chats, and the rest just put to paper so I have reference for myself for later so I can see what I missed.  Take them for what they're worth, and I hope you find something interesting if it scratches an itch.  This is the most baseball-related activity I've done all year. Day 1:Pick 1: Kyle Lewis. BA player of the year 2016.  .535 OBP, .395 BA. 2nd most walks in the nation. Not sure where the undeveloped power swing rap comes from. Putting Lewis with Edgar Martinez may be the greatest thing that could have ever happened to the kid. Power is his game, and he's... Read More
smoke and fire starting to accumulate in Thessaly
Posted by jemanji on 06/17/16
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. ZEUS, the CHAIN-LIGHTNING'Y POKEMON EVOLUTION OF K-PAX In Pokemon, you have a Charmander and you "evolve" it to Level 2 Charmeleon and then to the Level 3 monstrosity Charizard.  Well, that's how it was in the 1990's.  I think these days there are Level 5 Charizard-EX type cards that don't have to be evolved - just snap it down onto the field and rain death at 300 hit points per shot.  Not bad when no pocket monster facing the card is going to have more than 120 or so hit points.  So what's the excess 180 points for?  Flavor text, mostly. K-Pax' "evolution" Zeus rains 99, 100 MPH fastballs... Read More
a win, and a career, to shout about
Posted by jemanji on 06/17/16
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. DAE-HO LEE They reported on TV that Big Boy was crestfallen over the freefall of his batting average (down to .288).  Lee shortened up his stroke and lined an RBI single into center in the first inning.  Later in the game, he lined a two-RBI double down the right field line.  With his OPS+ back up to a respectable 150, we're sure he can now live with himself. Technically, the jury is still out scientifically on whether sugar causes obesity, whether matter and energy conserve, and whether Dae-Ho Lee's "sample size" has established him as this year's Jung-Ho Kang.  But if there's anything you... Read More
it's go time
Posted by jemanji on 06/17/16
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. This from RockiesJeff: . Okay, can breathe a sigh. I didn't want to be saying something until it happened so.....Jeremy just signed. Long day with physicals. He had been at their Training Facility since 6am but just signed right before the Chick fila closed....he is now a professional baseball player! He gets [xyz] for a signing bonus in part in 60 as has to go through commissioner's office and then second payment next year. This comes with separate reimbursement for him giving up the scholarship at Bradley. He will have approximately [90%] put into an escrow account for education only in... Read More
or should we say, stRange opponent
Posted by jemanji on 06/15/16
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. It's a weird sports psychology cycle that the Soviet grandmasters spent a lot of time on.  1960 World Champion Tal met Viktor Korchnoi in an important tournament, committed an embarrassing blunder against him to lose and "after that, Tal always played against me as if he were doomed," according to Viktor the Terrible. Bobby Fischer, from 1959-1967, had a way of botching things up against the Russians.  He would outplay them for 30 moves, but they'd be slithering around, hanging on to life, seeking the tactical blow that they felt should be rightfully theirs.  They usually found it.  Fischer... Read More
M's fumble another easy win, want no part of the recovery
Posted by jemanji on 06/14/16
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. GAMEFLOW - EARLY Taijuan came out driving the fastball high and deep, complete with the weird knee-locked hip swing and all the trimmings.  Within 10 pitches, he had the entire city of Tampa Bay cheating high and early.  Anything other than a high fastball was a freebie for him ... except he didn't throw anything else.  At pitch 46, the F/X had Taijuan for 44 fastballs and 2 offspeed. Didn't matter.  Taijuan generated 11 swings and misses before he left the game in the fourth inning, and it looked like another 8 3 0 0 0 0 11 line for him. ... The Seattle Murderer's Row is comfortably the... Read More
congrats RockiesJeff
Posted by jemanji on 06/14/16
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. RockiesJeff, aka Jeff Gwinn, is the bona fide pitching coach who always comes on and asks to sit at our feet to learn about pitching.  When he does this Dr. D likes to change the subject ... A lot of real baseball people seem to have this ability, to ride in a crowded train car and nobody ever feels an elbow from them.  Part of that is the nature of baseball life, the fact that you're crowded into small rooms with large men for long periods of time.  Many baseball people have a natural grace, charm and ease about them that makes everybody else feel great.  RockiesJeff is the personification... Read More
Texas nearly runs down the M's, but this time the hero escapes
Posted by jemanji on 06/11/16
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. GAMEFLOW EARLY - AHEAD ON BOXERS' POINTS AGAIN Earl was asked what a HOF manager is looking at when the game starts.  His reply, first thing is he wants a guage on how the starters are throwing that night.  Derek Holland looked "meh" from here, while Iwakuma looked solid but not razor-sharp. Certainly Kuma was pitching ahead in the count ... er, controlling the zone (TM).  And he had them in between, swinging weirdly through 87-90 fastballs down the middle.  On the other hand, the CF camera wasn't showing any late break on his offspeed, and that turned out to be right: . Kuma mvmt June 10... Read More
M's turn their own power to their disadvantage, botch a big one
Posted by jemanji on 06/10/16
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. GAMEFLOW In the Shout Box in the early innings, we were counting hard-hit balls.  After three-plus innings we had it at M's 8, Indians 1, if you included loud fouls raked to the pull field.  Official base hits themselves?, if you're into objectivity which you should not be?, were 6:1 also.  Four of the first five M's hitters squared Tomlin up and launched him: Seth Smith hit a 3u that had to be 104 MPH, minimum (.800 BABIP on that ball) Cano hit a ball through the batter's eye in center Nelson Cruz hit one of his hot-shot .257 Weatherbys into right field Kyle Seager hit a near-HR foul that... Read More
How much cake was already baked?
Posted by Spectator on 06/09/16
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Doc asks: Spec, do you put any "bad karma" on Jack at all? Or would you call it *strictly* a matter of things not breaking right? Would be SO frustrating to GM a team, and spot a player like Seager and hustle him to the bigs, and pay $240M to recruit Cano, and reel in your "anti-Blengino" RF ... bake the cake, and then have some other guy eat it. *** Quick answer: I think Z had plenty of deficiencies. -- I think Z was constantly fighting the perception that he was a very good scouting director over-promoted into a mediocre GM and that had more than a bit of self-fulfilling-prophecy to it. --... Read More
a #11 overall? how can we go wrong with a pick THAT high?
Posted by jemanji on 06/09/16
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. We'll see here whether the denizens want a comments "thread" or whether they want to use the Shout Box for this 'un.  Probably depends on whether G-Money or Spec have extensive thoughts on the M's pick?  :- )  Here's the MLB Draft Tracker. ..... Mojo said,  . Aaand, the Orcs take another 12 year old pitcher nobody has heard of with their high draft pick. AJ Puk (rhymes with Muck) LHP from Florida. The Orcs like 'em young because the 12 year old immune system does not reject Orc DNA as readily. After six months of transmutation in the dungeon, we can be sure that Puk will be hungry for man... Read More
Coming to a historical society near you
Posted by moethedog on 06/09/16
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As it turns out, my brother is the Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society.  OHS has pulled off a terrific coup in regards to baseball history.  An anonymous private collector has purchased a document they are calling the “Magna Carta of Baseball”—the first ever written down rules of the game—$3.3 million.  He contacted my brother asking if OHS would like to get first crack at displaying this document.  Naturally OHS jumped at the chance!  The display is scheduled to run from late June to early September.  This will be a blockbuster that will likely draw baseball fans from around... Read More
if you spot this man, dial 1-800-REALCLUB
Posted by jemanji on 06/09/16
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. Face it.  If the Seattle Mariners were a first-person shooter, you'd have logged out of the game last weekend.  And missed the final cut scene where you saw the center of the galaxy. Okay, the M's haven't exactly seen the center of Downtown Seattle Ticker Tape yet, much less the center of the galaxy.  But those who stayed, saw that after the bolo-plastique took their heads off, they re-spawned in a turreted sniper tower with a "broken" rifle.  There you go, SSI told you so.  Five such iterations down, eight more to go.  And nobody gets to mention the fact that Dr. D told you so in 2015, too... Read More
Posted by jemanji on 06/08/16
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. SUPERSTITION - THE ACCIDENTAL POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT OF RANDOM BEHAVIOR It's a very, very good thing that stressed out major league players -- > hop over foul lines and keep the same sweat socks for 42 days and stuff like that.  How many hits does a given bat have in it?  It all goes to the issue of mental re-boots. One of those dudes borrows a team-mate's bat, and gets two hits, and ... the best case scenario is that the lighter bat really improved something.  Or re-organized the hitter's thinking.  The worst case scenario is that the player felt re-booted, felt like the slump might... Read More
that, or a couple of home runs go foul
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. One of the following two strike zone plots are from Wade Miley's shutout last night, and the other is from his 9-run game the time before.  Can you tell which is which? . Miley 2 . The second plot is from the 9-run game against a pathetic offense.  The first one is the shutout against the smokin' hot Indians.  if anything, the second plot is the better one, but they're very similar.  ALL strike zone plots look alike after 100 pitches.  Wade Miley wasn't perfect last night; he had a two-run homer go ten feet foul for him, and he had three doubles hit Kyle Seager in the mitt, and another... Read More
stickin' it to The Man
Posted by jemanji on 06/08/16
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. GAMEFLOW If Wade Miley seems like an unappetizing night in the open air, having watched James Paxton and Edwin Diaz, tell that to the poor saps who watched Jeff (not Jered) Weaver, Horacio Ramirez and Cha-Seung Baek ten years ago. GM Emanuel Lasker stated that the prettiest variation is always the most economical and functional variation - beauty is found in the least pretentious path to success.  Also in first innings that take 2 minutes, 41 seconds* to occur. .... Miley and some ad hoc Indians starter matched zeroes until the latter made a mistake in the first inning.  His mistake wasn't... Read More
the moral of the story is ...
Posted by jemanji on 06/07/16
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. DR. DETECTO INTERNET PROFILE Profession - shtick Training and Education - once owned a 1988 Bill James Abstract Likes - Seattle Mariners, molcajete, cats, think tank amigos Dislikes - Any food that is greeen, reptile "pets" (lizard brains don't requite human affection), Seattle Mariners (also don't requite human affection) . STAR-CROSSED Dr. D can sympathize with those amigos who have concluded that the Mariners are cursed.  After all, many historical baseball teams have actually been cursed, such as the Red Sox and Cubs, and their curses lasted about six times as long as the M's current... Read More
so that's why the paintings used the wrong hand...
Posted by jemanji on 06/07/16
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. There was a time, say, two years ago, when Dr. D would have had to come on the postgame and convince the denizens of what happened.  Now they know before he tells them.  So we'll settle for guessing at what you might not have noticed, what you might want to wallow in a bit further, or what entertains Dr. D his ownself regardless of its usefulness . VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCE Dr. D is completely baffled as to how the villagers score three runs on Zeus hurling lightning bolts from Mt. Olympus.  We're guessing there would be a lot of scurrying, death, and luck involved.  The gameflow would be... Read More
as if we didn't have enough subplots in 2016
Posted by jemanji on 06/07/16
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. On a grander scale, we remember back in the dawn of the Internet Age.  When Hideki "Typhoon" Irabu was landing on the Eastern Seaboard and none of us had seen him.  He was reputed to have a 100 MPH fastball and about six different offspeed pitches, which, if true, would have made him not a Cy Young contender but good and sufficient cause for changing baseball's rules. It was remarkable how little video was available on Edwin Diaz.  MILB.com had like two pitches' worth, taken from a range that would have gotten Mojician into the moose hunter's hall of fame.  YouTube had a couple of minutes'... Read More
watch out, lady, there are cowboys and indians in the woods the next 10 days
Posted by jemanji on 06/04/16
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. Cowboys and Indians of the Texas and Cleveland variety, of course.  Wouldn't want to stand around in those woods hoping something good will just happen to you by accident. . SMOKE BILLOWING FROM UNDER THE HOOD Wednesday May 25, ten days ago, the Mariners beat the Orcs by 13-3.  They were sitting on a 28-18 record, +1.5 games in the division, and they had a 120 ERA+.  Unfortunately Leonys "MothaLode" Martin tweaked a hammy in that game. Since then, the 120 ERA+ Mariners have coughed up the following run totals, game-by-game:  7.  6.  5.  3.  4.  14.  13.  7.  10.  In ten days their ERA+ has... Read More
sing us a song, you're the RBI man
Posted by jemanji on 06/04/16
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. In his first ups on Sunday, Dae-Ho Lee faced on 0-2 count against LHP Martin Perez.  He got a 93 mph fastball in on the black, letter high, real tough jam pitch.  He pulled his elbows in and smacked it solidly into center field for a single.  Tremendous plate coverage!, he hits balls shin high, hits them off the black, fights them off inside, destroys mistakes.  He had a long single to left later in the game.  He's batting .319/.354/.582 in right about a 100 plate appearances. Sure, anything can happen in a hundred chances.  But you've watched this guy hit just like I have.  He sits five... Read More
M's do the right thing
Posted by jemanji on 06/04/16
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. THE LITTLE LEMON ICE CREAM CONE TO CLEANSE YOUR PALATE BEFORE THE QUAIL IS SERVED May 12th we had a philosophical take on Diaz' conversion. Today, Lookout Landing stacks up the talking-point bricks and piles them into a neat little wall.  Nice job amigos. . PREGAME CONSIDERATIONS 1.  It wouldn't be at all unusual for Edwin Diaz, Mark Lowe, or whoever, to be throwing 1-IP stints in AA (or even A+) and just flat-out be the best pitcher in the organization. 1b.  Scouts are well aware of this.  And are not averse to bullet promotions for such relievers.  Chris Sale. 1c.  It would be unusual,... Read More
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. The Shout Box denizens are enjoying the M's bats most thoroughly.  Let us wallow in the vast glory that is the Safeco hitting attack. . PREAMBLE With the beard shaved and, admittedly, a few years shaved, Dr. D in real life looks quite a bit like Jack Black.  The above photo should rightfully be the site avatar.  But Jack Black is a little too centered and rational to represent the author, so we go with a character that is a little more period-accurate. . PROLOGUE Josh appreciated Gnatto's report about [the Shout Box on mobile phones] and sez . Thanks for the heads up – we get thousands of... Read More
If you control the zone, he will come ... the guy with extra scoresheets, that is
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. FIELD OF EXTREMES, Dept. This March we baseball dorked.  What grabs you more:  a run at a no-hitter?  A 16-13 arena baseball game?  Or Nelson Cruz pulling down TWO line drives hit way over his head in the same game? Tonight, you got in touch with your inner baseball toddler.   . ANY RESEMBLANCE TO BASEBALL IS STRICTLY COINCIDENTAL, Dept. Rick, Bat, Dr. D and crew took to the Shout Box to share baseball wisdom for the ages.  The "Shout Box GameFlow" was like Groundhog Day, when sobbing Bill Murray drove the pickup off the side of the quarry ... it flipped a slow half turn and landed upside... Read More
Not pictured below: either player
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. TO THE VICTOR GO THE SPOILS First principles in generating clickthroughs, or at a bare minimum, good will:  use photos of puppies, children, and Dae-Ho Lee's wife. .... With the M's down 12-4 Thursday and two runners on base, LHP Brad Hand worked the count to 3-2 on Dae-Ho Lee.  Understanding that fastballs are the right and proper Coin Of The Realm, understanding that on a 3-2 count nobody wants to see a pitcher sneak an 88-MPH fastball by them, Hand crossed Lee up with a curve ball.   Lee crossed Hand up by expressing his own understanding of realm coinage, far into the left field... Read More
scrounging for PREDICTABLE depth
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. Originally published Oct. 19, 2015.  Martin pitched as advertised on June 2, 2016 - Nintendo change curve and a knack for fooling hitters.  It's not clear what a #5 starter is doing in this particular bullpen, but DiPoto has had good results with sabermetric orientation at times in the past. Comments on Cody Martin, Edwin Diaz or sundry are welcome below.  - Dr D . It's easy to gauge Dr. D's level of interest in a new Mariners pitcher.  If the guy's a meatball, well ... if you can't say anything nice about a person, don't say anything at all.  That, or link up NinersNation on him.  If the... Read More
some pretty cool teams have had Steady Eddies at third base
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. It would be normal and natural if Kyle Seager had his best year at age 28.  Right now it looks like that's what he's doing.  Oh! yeah in the stats as well as on the field: . Yrs G AVG OBP SLG OPS Remark 24-25 155-160 .260 .320 .425 110 20 homers.  Hard-pull ability with CT% ability 26-27 155-170 .268 .333 .450 120 25 homers 28 .287 .364 .528 146 . The stats back up the eye here - Seager is anticipating the pitches better.  He has cut his fishing percentage from 30% to 24% and his swing-at-strikes % has gone up from 63% to 71%.  It ain't the numbers, dude.  It's that he's seeing the ball... Read More
Padres 14, M's 6
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. "p p p"  "PPPa" "PAXTON." "Darling." In Frank Miller's 1980's reinvention of Batman, there's a clever scene where a catatonic Joker wakes up because he hears a long-lost Batman's name over a TV report.  As is usually the case, real life is more interesting than the comix.  Miller should have had Joker stand up off his couch demonically, slide eyes left and right, glide over to the door, and ...  get beaten down by two hallway janitors.  Now that would have been unexpected. .... Be that as it may, Dr. D is awake and alert, as is James Paxton (albeit holding ice to his lip this morning).  ... Read More
Dr. D is anything but bored with strike-throwing K-Pax
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. Easy to sympathize with yer impressions that James Paxton's "sidearm" motion created pleasant hitting angles for people.  Even to sympathize with yer impression that the adjustment created a totally different pitcher. The Mainframe's grok is different, though, and we'll tell yer exactly why: . MOVEMENT Here is a Brooks movement chart from his first game last year - Apr. 7, 2015, in which he mowed down the Angels: . fastball movement 7x8 inches . And here is a movement chart from the game last night: . fastball movement 8x8 inches . Of the above two movement charts, it is last night's that... Read More