Apparently good old New York Vinnie mentioned the USS Mariner today on channel 13’s post-game show… so, welcome aboard if you’re just now finding us thanks to him. Have a look around, stay as long as you like, and we hope you’ll be back often.
I liked today’s game. Sure, you’re not going to see Myers strike out three guys in an inning’s worth of work (!) but they were patient with Wakefield and took their walks where they could get them. Knuckleball guys, even when they’re on, are likely to give up baserunners on walks and hit some guys, and containing frustration at the nature of the pitch in order to hit what you can isn’t something you see all the time.
Still, four doubles against today– four. This defense may not be league-worst, but they do give up the XBH more often then we’re used to seeing.
We got some email today about something the Fox announcers said — that the Mariners were 3rd in the league in “fielding”. I don’t know what that means, and even if you use fielding percentage, which is a terrible way to evaluate defense, they’re not third, they’re in a huge pack in the middle. Even the other commonly-circulated-but-still-not-that-good stats like ZR have the Mariners at best at about #20.
So I’m stumped about what that might have meant, and I wasn’t listening so I don’t have any context to go on.
Why would Melvin mess with the rotation, Jason? He’s got to set a record for only using 5 starters for two years. History’s at stake here. He didn’t take Meche out last year or start giving him more regular time off when Meche was clearly gassed, why start now?