Sunday, chock-full of content

DMZ · April 2, 2006 at 11:34 am · Filed Under Mariners 

The Times ran their huge pre-season preview, “the Future is Now” (rejected tagline: “Now, more than ever”)
Putting the pieces together. The problem? “there was little character or chemistry or whatever it is that makes a team meld.” Yup.
M’s are watching Felix closely. Also, in case you were worried, they also run a list of “Can’t-misses who did
Johjima’s doing fine

O’er in the TNT:
Nageotte looks like the Rainiers #1 starter.
The Rainiers won the exhibition at Cheney, which was cool for Tacoma fans. And no one got injured.

Projected standings ahoy!
Diamond Mind Baseball ran their load o’ simulated seasons, and presented for you the results.

Mariners went 80-82, won the division 4% of the time and the wild card 5% of the time. They beat the Angels, who fall to last place. It likes Minnesota in the AL Central, too, and Cleveland comes in second.

Clay Davenport used a much different methodology in an article at Prospectus (subscription), and the Mariners on average were a 77-85 taem, but they made the playoffs 15% of the time. This follows an earlier PECOTA-based article by Nate Silver, which put them at 77-85 as well.


8 Responses to “Sunday, chock-full of content”

  1. Smegmalicious on April 2nd, 2006 6:04 pm

    Wow, eight hours with no comments. Everyone must have gone to the feed (which kicked total ass, btw).

  2. msb on April 2nd, 2006 6:41 pm

    even without pizza.

  3. zzyzx on April 2nd, 2006 7:10 pm

    Yeah, the pizza was definitely missed. That’s the only possible complaint though.

  4. Gomez on April 2nd, 2006 7:47 pm

    The feed was awesome. All four USSM bloggers are a ton of fun, and Bavasi was Bavasi.

  5. Jim Thomsen on April 2nd, 2006 7:53 pm

    Thanks for the shindig, Dave, Derek, Jason and Jeff.

    Hope the new GM next year will be as accomodating.

  6. metz123 on April 2nd, 2006 8:21 pm

    You know Jim, those were my thoughts exactly as I was leaving the feed. I fully expect Bavasi to be out as GM by mid July if the season goes as I predict. While Bill was very forthcoming he can’t answer the question that I’d love to ask Lincoln – “Does the current ownership think that the M’s are in the competitive baseball business or in the entertainment business?”

    I’ve never been able to figure out if they are trying to win a world series (baseball business) or if they see winning games as a necessity in order to compete in the entertainment business.

  7. Evan on April 2nd, 2006 10:36 pm

    If they’re in the entertainment business, they can’t tell you that. Doing so would remove the illusion that they’re in the compettive baseball business, which is the very entertainment product they’re selling.

    If I were an M’s exec, there’s no way I’d answer that question. It’s such an obvious trap.

  8. jtopps on April 3rd, 2006 10:15 am

    Which is why we should inject Bavasi with truth-serum before these…

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