Week #14 in Review
Didn’t we just tear down this roster a year ago?
On this Friday we find the Mariners 33-44. And like a selfish 3-year-old eyeing his favorite Hot Wheels car at play time, they have know violently wrenched last place away from Oakland. “Mine!” They drop three more notches in the standings, now 13.5 back of Anaheim. According to Baseball ProspectusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ adjusted standings, the MÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s are underperforming by two and a half games, now. Only the Royals and Devil Rays have fewer third-order wins than the Mariners.
The Mariners have scored 322 runs. Last in the American League. They are hitting .256/.315/.386 compared to the AL average of .266/.329/.420. Their on-base percentage is last in the American League. Their slugging percentage is tied with Oakland for last. Are we sensing a theme yet? They have hit 57 homers: last. Their 211 walks are tied with Baltimore for 10th in the league. Their .255 EqA ranks 26th in all of baseball, tied with the Pirates.
The defense has allowed 349 runs, which makes them the 8th best team in the American League at keeping runs off the board. The gloves are turning 71.3% of balls in play into outs, which is the 3rd best rate in all of baseball. The overall the pitching staff ERA is at 4.36. They have struck out 401 batters (last in the league), walked 265 (3rd highest total in the league) and allowed 82 home runs (the 4th highest total in the league, Safeco Field be damned). The starters are allowing 4.95 runs per nine innnings (12th in the AL), while the relievers are at 3.15 (5th in the AL).
Not a pretty week. The less said the better. They Mariners went 1-5 and were outscored 38-28. Take out last Friday’s lopsided victory, and they were outscored 33-14 in the five straight losses. They were outplayed across the board–out-homered 12-8, out-walked 25-12.
Turning it around after two horrid weeks, and just in time for the trade deadline, is Bret Boone, who went 8-for-22 on the week (.364/.417/.773). The shared the team league in hits, home runs (2), walks (2) and RBI (5) and led the team in total bases (17). Maybe the Don Baylor transmogrifier works after all. Or maybe its coincidence.
Pat Borders: 2-for-12 with a walk (.167/.214/.167).
Saturday was just a rough day for Aaron Sele. There’s only so many balls one can put in play before they start falling in places they really shouldn’t. Sele allowed 8 Padre runs in 4 innings, including 3 home runs. And this was Petco Park, of all places.
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So if the Mariners get swept by the team with the worst offense not in Seattle, what happens when the hottest offense in the league comes to town? I shudder at the thought.
Seven of the Rangers starters have double digits in home runs. The Mariners have two. Only Boston has scored more runs than the Rangers. But only the Devil Rays, Yankees and Royals have surrendered more runs. So perhaps all is not as nightmarish for the Mariners as it sounds. The Rangers are 4-8 over the last two weeks against the likes of the Angels, Astros and Nationals.
Freak stat of the day: Since 2002, Chan Ho Park has made 6 starts against the Mariners and compiled a 2.29 ERA. Against all other teams since 2002, his ERA is 6.37.
On Monday, the Mariners travel to Kansas City, where the Royals have scored a measly 12 runs more than Seattle, and their pitching staff is 13th in the league in runs allowed. Will 15,000 show up to any of those three games?