Mariners Limp Home and Face White Sox
|MARINERS (24-33)||ΔMs||WHITE SOX (24-30)||EDGE|
|HITTING (wOBA*)||-9.8 (19th)||-0.1||-79.2 (30th)||Mariners|
|FIELDING (RBBIP)||-3.9 (19th)||0.5||9.9 (10th)||White Sox|
|ROTATION (xRA)||11.1 (9th)||-0.9||22.3 (5th)||White Sox|
|BULLPEN (xRA)||3.9 (8th)||-2.3||-12.2 (29th)||Mariners|
|OVERALL (RAA)||1.2 (16th)||-2.9||-59.2 (28th)||MARINERS|
Oh, wow, the worst hitting team in the majors! The White Sox are posting a team slash line of about 25 points worse than the Mariners in both OBP and SLG. And the White Sox play in their joke of a park while the Mariners play in their less laughable park. Using StatCorner’s ratings, only one White Sox hitter — Alex Rios — has had a better than average bat. FanGraphs concurs unless you want to include Dylan Axelrod’s 1-for-2 performance.
In comparison, the Mariners have the following hitters with above average lines: Bay, Franklin, Gutierrez*, Ibanez, Morales, Morse, Peguero, Seager and, yeah, even Justin Smoak.
*Coincidentally funny that Nick Franklin and Franklin Gutierrez line up next to each other in alphabetical order
The Mariners aren’t a bad team, I think, they just seem to sometimes play like a horrendous team. Bonderman is an example of that. Three home runs allowed is a bad number for one start. Two of those were hitters took pitches, while behind in the count, on the outside edge of the zone and hit them over the fence the other way. That doesn’t happen very often. Is Bonderman just more hittable? It sure looked like it, but it’s hard to say after only one start. I don’t think he’ll be up for long regardless, and he wasn’t mowing down hitters in Triple-A either, but that was a weird start, from an overall stat line perspective.
|Batter||PA||P/PA||Slash line||nBB||K (sw)||1B/2B/3B/HR||Sw-||Ct+||Qual+|
|K Morales^||57||3.6||.411/.421/.696||1||11 (9)||13 / 7 / 0 / 3||117||97||110|
|K Seager*||54||3.7||.294/.352/.510||3||8 (6)||8 / 5 / 0 / 2||100||107||110|
|M Saunders*||48||4.1||.143/.250/.190||6||16 (11)||4 / 2 / 0 / 0||95||88||105|
|B Ryan||45||3.7||.302/.333/.442||2||5 (4)||9 / 3 / 0 / 1||103||115||103|
|J Bay||43||4.2||.216/.326/.541||6||10 (7)||4 / 0 / 0 / 4||89||95||138|
|R Ibanez*||37||4.0||.229/.297/.371||2||10 (8)||5 / 2 / 0 / 1||92||102||126|
|E Chavez*||35||3.7||.265/.286/.441||1||0 (0)||7 / 0 / 0 / 2||105||122||98|
|M Morse||31||3.8||.286/.387/.393||3||5 (5)||7 / 0 / 0 / 1||117||84||95|
|K Shoppach||27||3.4||.077/.111/.192||1||12 (11)||1 / 0 / 0 / 1||113||68||41|
|J Sucre||24||3.2||.190/.250/.190||2||1 (1)||4 / 0 / 0 / 0||89||118||106|
|J Smoak^||21||4.1||.150/.190/.300||1||6 (5)||2 / 0 / 0 / 1||86||93||89|
|N Franklin^||21||4.2||.235/.381/.588||4||2 (0)||2 / 0 / 0 / 2||71||113||157|
How many games do you think Nick Franklin can go before his first swinging strikeout?
Now, remember how long it took for Dustin Ackley to have his first swing-and-miss, at all? It was like 40 swings. Now look at him. Now look at Nick Franklin. Now appreciate the moment and don’t assume it will last. Don’t assume anything will last. Go hug your dog. Go get a dog and hug it.
|Batter||PA||P/PA||Slash line||nBB||SO (sw)||1B/2B/3B/HR||Sw-||Ct+||Qual+|
|A De Aza*||51||4.3||.239/.294/.326||4||11 (10)||7 / 4 / 0 / 0||95||94||83|
|A Ramirez||51||3.2||.245/.308/.306||2||4 (4)||9 / 3 / 0 / 0||116||108||72|
|D Viciedo||45||4.1||.159/.178/.205||1||14 (12)||5 / 2 / 0 / 0||128||89||105|
|A Rios||45||3.5||.209/.261/.256||2||6 (5)||7 / 2 / 0 / 0||98||110||90|
|A Dunn*||44||4.5||.125/.182/.300||3||18 (15)||2 / 1 / 0 / 2||94||79||84|
|J Keppinger||39||3.6||.359/.359/.462||0||3 (3)||12 / 1 / 0 / 1||94||118||96|
|P Konerko||37||4.1||.303/.395/.424||4||3 (3)||8 / 1 / 0 / 1||99||113||128|
|C Gillaspie*||37||3.5||.257/.316/.286||2||4 (2)||8 / 1 / 0 / 0||103||112||122|
|T Flowers||27||3.7||.192/.222/.269||1||10 (8)||3 / 2 / 0 / 0||100||82||68|
Adam Dunn is shooting for the one of the more fascinating tail ends (I’m assuming) of careers in baseball history. His wRC+ for the past four seasons, all with regular playing time, have gone 136, 59, 114, 66. Unlike his 2011 collapse, Dunn’s power is still present this season, but the walks are way down, the strikeouts are back up and the batted ball breakdowns are worse.
|INFIELD||-2.5 (18th)||-1.0||-6.0 (21st)||Mariners|
|OUTFIELD||-1.5 (16th)||1.4||15.9 (4th)||White Sox|
|RBBIP||0.311 (18th)||–||0.299 (10th)||White Sox|
|OVERALL||-3.9 (19th)||0.5||9.9 (10th)||WHITE SOX|
03 JUN 19:10 – JOE SAUNDERS* vs JOHN DANKS*
John Danks for his career has actually surrendered a slightly better batting line to left-handed hitters (.738 OPS) than against right-handed hitters (.728 OPS) so I don’t think that Wedge needs to factor in Danks’ handedness much into lineup construction tonight. Meaning, you probably don’t need to freak if Ibanez starts against a lefty again.
04 JUN 19:10 – FELIX HERNANDEZ vs JAKE PEAVY
This is actually a dynamite pitching match up. Peavy’s resurgence since 2012 has been remarkable and he’s so far taken it to a new high this season. He’s been excellent at getting ahead of hitters and having them chase out of zone pitches so I might coach the Mariner hitters to look for pitches early in the count to swing at and then be more selective as the count runs deep. But I’m not a coach, so instead I’m just writing it here.
05 JUN 12:40 – HISASHI IWAKUMA vs DYLAN AXELROD
|C Furbush*||55||102||5||92||16 (11)||86||2||122||1.1|
|T Wilhelmsen||42||90||5||100||6 (6)||123||0||110||2.9|
|C Capps||38||103||2||88||12 (9)||66||1||90||1.6|
|Y Medina||37||87||5||94||8 (4)||141||0||79||1.9|
|O Perez*||34||102||3||85||16 (12)||75||1||113||1.1|
|D Farquhar||33||97||2||95||15 (13)||112||0||88||0.3|
|L Luetge*||29||104||2||99||7 (5)||146||2||95||0.7|
Tom Wilhelmsen could have picked a better time to melt down than right after I declared that I wasn’t too worried about his recent scuffling. For instance, he could have picked a time that didn’t cost the team a win. That would have been a better time. Why did he pick this time? We can only guess.
|N Jones||56||100||5||107||10 (8)||110||1||106||0.9|
|M Lindstrom||51||97||6||108||6 (6)||110||0||81||1.4|
|B Omogrosso||45||92||5||95||9 (7)||116||2||100||0.4|
|J Crain||43||100||3||97||15 (12)||99||0||119||1.8|
|A Reed||37||111||0||94||10 (9)||67||0||132||1.4|
|M Thornton*||29||92||6||116||2 (1)||118||0||88||1.7|
This is Matt Thornton’s eighth season with the White Sox. That is one of those passages of time that doesn’t seem quite right to me. It doesn’t “seem like yesterday” that the Mariners traded him and I rejoiced, but it doesn’t feel like eight seasons ago either.
On the other hand, last night I had the chance to go back and look at the Mariners’ 2007 roster and it was these alternating feelings of “oh yeah, Miguel Batista, I knew that” and “oh I totally forgot about Chris Reitsma”, that summed up to something that didn’t feel like a six plus year old experience. I was still in college when that team began playing. I know that’s a personal reference only, but that almost feels like a different life back then. So maybe it’s like my brain thinks that everything baseball that happened between 2003-7 exists as though it happened at just one time.
What am I going to feel when I’m 50? Weird stuff, y’all. We live a long time.