The Mariners Arrive Home
|MARINERS (3-4)||Δ Ms||ASTROS (1-5)||EDGE|
|HITTING (wOBA*)||-4.8 (25th)||-5.5||-16.1 (29th)||Mariners|
|FIELDING (RBBIP)||12.2 (1st)||9.2||-1.0 (17th)||Mariners|
|ROTATION (xRA)||-0.7 (16th)||-2.7||-4.7 (30th)||Mariners|
|BULLPEN (xRA)||-2.5 (27th)||-1.5||-3.5 (29th)||Mariners|
|OVERALL (RAA)||4.3 (11th)||-0.3||-25.3 (30th)||MARINERS|
Haha, oh boy, Astros! That didn’t take long, guys. Now watch them take the series against the Mariners.
There’s a new column that I hope is displaying correctly. It should be an upper case Greek letter delta which is typically used to denote change. That column is the amount the Mariners have changed since the previous series preview.
Now that there’s a semblance of sample size, I feel comfortable adding in some individual hitting breakdowns. From hereon, they will cover the previous two weeks’ worth of games. Most of the above should be self-explanatory except for Qual+. Basically what Qual does is look at a hitter’s batted ball profile and compare the run value of that profile to the league average. Roughly it’s a measure of the quality of a hitter’s batted balls and put on the familiar 100 is league average scale.
|Batter||PA||P/PA||Slash line||nBB||K (sw)||1B/2B/3B/HR||Sw%||Ct%||Qual+|
|M Morse||31||4.5||.310/.355/.828||2||10 (10)||4 / 0 / 0 / 5||53||60||177|
|K Seager*||30||4.4||.192/.300/.308||4||4 (4)||2 / 3 / 0 / 0||40||83||100|
|K Morales^||26||3.4||.280/.370/.480||1||3 (3)||4 / 2 / 0 / 1||50||80||145|
|J Smoak^||25||3.7||.190/.320/.190||4||4 (4)||4 / 0 / 0 / 0||40||78||154|
|M Saunders*||24||3.8||.250/.375/.550||3||3 (2)||2 / 1 / 1 / 1||42||84||107|
|F Gutierrez||24||3.8||.304/.333/.652||1||6 (6)||3 / 2 / 0 / 2||47||70||99|
|J Montero||22||3.5||.182/.182/.182||0||4 (4)||4 / 0 / 0 / 0||49||76||143|
|D Ackley*||22||4.5||.050/.227/.050||2||3 (1)||1 / 0 / 0 / 0||41||93||124|
|B Ryan||20||3.5||.294/.400/.294||3||5 (5)||5 / 0 / 0 / 0||36||76||107|
P/PA = pitches per PA [avg~3.8], nBB = uBB + HBP, Sw = swinging [avg~45%], Ct = contact [avg~78%], Qual+ = a measure of quality of batted balls [avg=100, higher is better]
You’ll notice that the Mariners almost universally rate above average in Qual despite having an overall poor hitting line. Currently the Mariners are running one of baseball’s lowest BABIPs but they have an average line drive rate and a well above average rate of pulled fly balls, which are the two best batted ball types historically.
It’s early and still a small sample, but that would suggest that the Mariners have been unlucky in having some balls fall in. It may be self-delusion, but at least it’s something to help you talk you off the ledge on Montero, Smoak and Ackley who collectively have batted like they play for the Astros (haha, buuuuuuurn).
It’s a bit amazing that Brendan Ryan has the team’s lowest pitches seen per plate appearance yet also the team’s lowest swing percentage and not even a stellar contact rate.
|INFIELD||5.3 (2nd)||1.9||-1.1 (20th)||Mariners|
|OUTFIELD||6.9 (2nd)||7.3||0.1 (14th)||Mariners|
|RBBIP||0.227 (2nd)||.018||0.309 (17th)||Mariners|
|OVERALL||12.2 (1st)||9.2||-1.0 (17th)||MARINERS|
It’s early. It’s early. It’s early.
There’s like no way the outfield defense stays this good. The gigantic increase over the past series might have been related to the wind at US Cell making fly balls more catchable than normal for that park.
08 APR 19:10 – JOE SAUNDERS* vs PHILIP HUMBER
Go stuff yourself, Phil Humber!
Joe Saunders did not have a great Mariner debut, but I’m not concerned yet. It’s one start which is all you need to know to dismiss any worries unless the worry was about how Saunders would pitch in the future after his arm literally came detached in that one start. That didn’t happen so we’re all good.
But I’d be remiss to just dismiss via sample size. The main peeve from the March 3 start was Saunders walking four batters. That’s quite uncharacteristic from Saunders who last had a walk rate worse than league average back in 2006.
I noticed on Saunders’ StatCorner page that his strike% — the percentage of his pitches that I evaluated as landing within the typically called strike zone — was at 49%, a decidedly average rate. And then I noticed that of pitches within the zone not swung at, 14 in total, I categorized five as being called a ball. A typical rate would have had just two of those called balls, so some combination of factors potentially cost Saunders three strikes. Three strikes isn’t overwhelming, but it ain’t nothing either.
I’ll note that none of the mentioned pitches occurred during an at bat in which the hitter walked, so perhaps it had no impact, but we can never rule out cascading effects. Curiously, the home ump that game was Doug Eddings who is regarded as having one of baseball’s largest strike zones.
09 APR 19:10 – BRANDON MAURER vs ERIK BEDARD*
Welcome back, Erik Bedard!
10 APR 19:10 – BLAKE BEAVAN vs BRAD PEACOCK
Umm, Brad Peacock?
Peacock’s first start for Houston saw 11 batted balls against him and not one of them were hit on the ground. That’s not going to stay there obviously, but Peacock has never been even close to a neutral groundballer. Humber and Bedard both slightly have flyball tendencies but Peacock has a fetish. It could make for a display of Safeco’s new cozier confines.