Week #5 in Review
Happy Seis de Mayo!
As of today the Mariners are 12-16, sitting in last place of the AL West and five games back of the first-place Angels. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve scored 114 runs (3rd in the division and 11th in the league). Stop me if you’ve heard this before. They’ve hit 17 home runs (last in both division and league, 2 fewer than the A’s and more than half less than the Orioles’ 40). They have drawn 86 walks (3rd in division; 7th in league, and just as close to last as to 4th in league). Their EqA is .243 (11th in league, and just .002 better than last place Kansas City). But as Dave brought up earlier this week, the Mariners have faced the stiffest pitching of any team in the league over the first four weeks.
Defensivley, the Mariners have allowed 119 runs (2nd in division; 5th in AL). The gloves are gobbling 72.5% of balls in play into outs (2nd in AL). That’s just outstanding.
And again, their record accurately reflects their offensive and defensive contributions.
Not a good week in Marinerland. Not at all. The M’s have hit (no pun intended) a five-game losing skid versus division-mates Oakland and Anaheim. The culprit? How about the offense that slapped .237/.296/.333, had just 12 extra-base hits in 208 at bats and scored 15 runs over 6 games. They haven’t scored any more than 5 runs in a game since Tuesday April 26. And while the case has been made for quality of pitching the Mariners have faced, the five pitchers notching “wins” against the M’s this week include Keiichi Yabu, the pitcher formerly known as Barry Zito, Jarrod Washburn, John Lackey and Paul Byrd.
Hmmm… uh… eeny, meeny, miney… Randy Winn? He went 11-for-20 (.550/.640/.700) with 3 doubles and 5 walks. He was the only regular to reach base more than a third of the time. He also contributed a stolen base.
Then there’s the bullpen corps of Jeff Nelson, Shigs Hasegawa, Julio Mateo and Matt Thornton. They combined for 11.1 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 5.
While Winn made only 9 outs for the week, Adrian Beltre made 23, swinging 4-for-27 (.148/.148/.185). Then there’s Miguel Olivo who went hitless in 14 plate appearances, striking in almost half of those.
Following his strongest start of the season, Jamie Moyer was beaten and bruised an Oakland offense that’s struggled to score runs this season. He couldn’t finished the fourth inning and surrendered 10 hits leading to 5 runs. His ERA jumped a full run. The law of averages catches everyone.
Coming to a Stadium Near You
Next up are visits to Fenway and the Bronx. It’s less menacing than it sounds. Pedro Martinez no longer wears red socks. Boston sends Matt Clement, Jeremi Gonzalez and Wade Miller in his 2005 debut. Boston’s offense is third in the league in runs scored, just 3 behind league-leading Texas. Meanwhile, their pitching is middle of the pack.
It just might be that the cure for this anemic offense is a trip to the Big Apple. Only the Devil Rays have surrendered more runs than the Yankees’ pitchers. However, the matchup to watch will be Monday, as Randy Johnson takes the mound. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m thinking this is the Big Unit’s first start against the Mariners. Then again, the Yankees’ offense is every bit as potent as Boston’s.
Unfortuantely, due to time constraints and the fact I’m week away from finals, that’s all I got today.