Game 30, Mariners at A’s

marc w · May 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Chris Young vs. Scott Kazmir, 7:05pm

This game’s as important as any early-May contest, I suppose, but I think a lot of northwest fans might be interested to note that top prospect Noah Syndergaard’s starting tonight against the Rainiers in Tacoma. Catch Chris Taylor face actual MLB-level pitching, and plus velocity from the right side. The M’s couldn’t really find a spot for Nick Franklin, who started off the 2014 season on a hot streak, but Chris Taylor is making things even more complicated.

Ok, ok, back to the big league game for a bit. Scott Kazmir was famously difficult to forecast this off-season. He was a lackluster member of the Sugar Land Skeeters recently, and the fact that he’d made the Indians roster came as a shock to most. He looked OK, but had mediocre results in the first half, like teammate and fellow comeback story Ubaldo Jimenez. In the second half, he was an effective #3. So: forecasting him going forward, or forecasting what he’d make on the free agent market, how do you weight his performance record? What do you DO with the fact that his career was *over* 18 months ago? It was a slightly more extreme version of the questions regarding the top of the free agent pitching market, namely Ervin Santana (who was abysmal in 2012) and Jimenez (who was replacement level in 2012 too). It’s tough to tease out how much the ambiguous nature of their recent performances played into their contracts, and how much of it was due to the draft pick compensation attached to signing Jimenez/Santana. Santana’s been absolutely brilliant and stands to make more money next year while Jimenez looks pretty much exactly like he did in 2012 again. Meanwhile, Kazmir’s been among the best bargains of the off-season.

He had fairly neutral GB/FB ratios and he’d had home run problems off and on since 2008, so he looked like a good candidate to pitch well in Oakland. But since joining the A’s, his GB% is up dramatically, from the low 40s to the mid 50s. Small sample weirdness? Maybe, but a pitcher’s ground ball rate stabilizes early on; Russell Carleton found it stabilized (r=.7) at around 150 batters faced. Kazmir’s faced 151 thus far. An updated version of Carleton’s work by Derek Carty, using a slightly different methodology, found that GB rate stabilize after 105 balls in play. Kazmir looks to be around 106.

There’s nothing that stands out as an explanation for this change in the pitch fx data. He’s not using a different pitch, or targeting a different part of the zone. He’s still the same sinker/slider/change that he was last year, and he’s throwing just as hard. He always showed fairly dramatic platoon splits for grounders – with lefties pounding the ball into the ground while righties elevated it. But he’s faced four times as many righties this year as he has lefties, so that’s not it. The other dramatic difference in his stat line is his walk rate, which is under 5% for the first time in his career. Even when he was at his best, from 2005-07, he had so-so command, and a walk rate over those three years near 10%.

Chris Young is having perhaps his most Chris Young season, which is saying something. Coming into the year, he was known for being 1) tall, 2) an extreme fly-ball guy but who could 3) generate lower BABIPs due to all of those fly outs without 4) giving up tons of HRs somehow, no one really knows why, but it all adds up to 5) a guy with actual runs allowed coming in lower than the fielding-independent metrics would assume. So far, he remains exceedingly tall; his GB rate is just 24%, below his own absurd career average of 27%; his BABIP is .211, below his own absurd career average of .253; he’s given up HRs on 6.7% of fly balls, below his low-but-not-absurd average of 8%; and he’s got an ERA of 3.04 and a FIP of 5.46 and a whatever’s-beyond-absurd xFIP of 6.27. I know allusions to animated series are the lifeblood of baseball blogging, so to put it in old internet meme terms:
Phase 1: Throw 85mph fast straightballs up in the zone.
Phase 2: ?
Phase 3: Profit.*

Line-up:
1: Saunders, CF
2: Romero, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Hart, DH
5: Seager, 3B
6: Gillespie, LF
7: Smoak, 1B
8: Miller, SS
9: Zunino, C
SP: Young

As you’ve no doubt heard, the M’s have sent down CF Abraham Almonte and recalled CF James Jones. Jones was off to a solid start in Tacoma, but so’s just about everyone. He’s fast, he’s got a howitzer of an arm, but he’s a lefty. In theory, Almonte’s switch hitting helped balance the line-up against lefties like Kazmir. In practice, of course, Almonte just didn’t hit. Defensively, I don’t know that I’m qualified to say if this is an upgrade or not. I thought Almonte was a solid to plus fielding CORNER OF, but I think his range was better than I’d predicted in the big leagues. On the other hand, whether it was concentration lapses or positioning, he made more unforced errors too. When I’ve seen Jones, it’s mostly been in the corners too – the R’s have Endy Chavez and Xavier Avery to rotate through the OF positions – and he’s looked solid. He had some nice starts in the spring as well, but it’s tough to know how it all adds up. Best of luck to Jones, who obviously was up for a brief call-up earlier. That he’s made it this far shows some solid work by the M’s much-maligned player development system, considering nearly everyone saw Jones as a pitcher coming out of LIU.

I’ll be in Tacoma to check out the Syndergaard, one of the Mets top prospects, and one of the top righties in the minors. Andrew Carraway gets the start for Tacoma. Jake Zokan, Jimmy Gillheeney and Eddie Campbell start in the minors as well. OF Austin Wilson, the M’s 2013 draft pick, was named the Midwest League Player of the Week last week, collecting six XBHs and nine total hits in seven games.

* The M’s are only 2-2 in his starts, despite the lack of runs allowed, and they lost in his only relief appearance. None of this is Young’s fault, of course, but that’s a pretty fielding-independent way of looking at things for a guy who famously cannot be evaluated by fielding independent means.

Comments

136 Responses to “Game 30, Mariners at A’s”

  1. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 5:45 pm

    Besides the Marlin game Young has exceeded expectations. Would like to see improvement in his K/BB ratio, but as a fly ball pitcher not sure if that should be expected. But giving the A’s too many free passes to first base is asking for a loss. Thus far when Young is able to throw more than 100 pitches, Mariners win. Less than 100 and Mariners lose.

    Mariners need to make Kazmir work each and every inning.

    Looking for every game in the Oakland series to be a pitching duel/defensive dogfight. Hopefully that includes both doubleheader games.

  2. ck on May 5th, 2014 6:07 pm

    Removing Almonte from the line-up is welcome addition by subtraction.

  3. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 6:17 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see how Jones and Saunders are used going forward. If Jones is a competent center fielder, having Saunders in right field makes sense. BUT the issue is Saunders is almost certainly the best outfielder we have, and he really should be playing every day – so what do you do with Romero and Gillespie (and Morrison once he’s back)?

    I really don’t want to see Ackley get the same treatment Saunders did all of April either.

  4. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 7:06 pm

    I don’t wanna jinx anything but Kazmir is the kind of pitcher we should do well against, and now we’ve seen him once already… Much like I think we’d do well against Chris Young if we got to face him multiple times. No real “plus” pitches, and throws strikes. We just need to block out the “be aggressive at all costs” mentality and be patient. The A’s have been really good at using our “be aggressive” incessant chants to their advantage.

    Of course, now that I’ve said this Kazmir will probably have a no-hitter going into the 7th or 8th.

    We’ve been swinging the bats well, let’s keep it going. Wait for pitches in the zone we can hit, and then DON’T MISS THEM (oh wait Almonte’s gone, I don’t have to use all caps on DON’T MISS THEM)… Interesting to watch: I guarantee the A’s staff saw Smoak flailing at breaking balls the past week… I expect a LOT of slow breaking stuff from Kazmir to him.

  5. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 7:08 pm

    Saunders keeps his recent tear going… Nice!

  6. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 7:09 pm

    No way… Luck IN our favor? 2 on, nobody out… Let’s go Robbie!

  7. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 7:10 pm

    Mr Z, let’s talk about that no-hitter…

  8. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 7:11 pm

    nvn-
    I love being wrong as quickly as possible! *laugh*

  9. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 7:13 pm

    Never surrender!

    Nice at bat Corey… Waiting on the change up, went with it… Used the shift to his favor…

  10. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 7:13 pm

    There goes the shutout too! Nice work, Saunders and Hart!

  11. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 7:18 pm

    Good start kids. I think that was really important for us coming into Oakland for 4 games– to get a quick start, put some runs up. And this should be a good ballpark for our ultra-tall flyball man. Got get ‘em Mr. Young.

  12. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 7:20 pm

    Man the A’s color guy is HORRIBLE.

  13. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 7:21 pm

    Westy, are you stuck with the A’s broadcast too? It’s about as exciting as a tax audit…

  14. Paul B on May 5th, 2014 7:24 pm

    Is he a former player?

  15. Paul B on May 5th, 2014 7:27 pm

    Miller walked!

  16. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 7:27 pm

    I forgot to click submit on this post before the game. Oops.

    M’s are woeful deadlast in AL in stolen bases (9) and most times caught stealing (11). And Ms need to draw more walks, currently next to last in AL with 72. Correspondingly, the M’s BB/K stat is historically horrendous.

    Whatever happens, when Saunders is in the lineup he should be leadoff batter. Hopefully the Ms can use his stealing power to an advantage and not leave Saunders stranded. Same with Cano. Hart needs to beginning earning his paycheck, consistently, or moved out of the cleanup spot. Even with the strikeout issue, allowing Zunino to bat cleanup, and moving Cano up in the lineup and might be an option.

  17. Section329 on May 5th, 2014 7:32 pm

    As irritated as I get sometimes with Sims/Rick, they ain’t Hawk Harrellson, who just won the annual Awful Announcer award, again.

  18. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 7:35 pm

    And before I posted above Hart does his job like his is suppose to. If Cole is going to stay up with the MLB team he’ll need to figure out how to put the ball in play with RISP.

  19. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 7:36 pm

    That cannot be John Jaso. Not without that big beard – it’s not even the same guy.

  20. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 7:37 pm

    I don’t recognize Jaso without the raccoon on his chin. It always cracks me up when he’s clean shaven I have no idea who he is…

    (Ha, Westy you just wrote the same thing…)

  21. bigred on May 5th, 2014 7:39 pm

    I was surprised to see how low Saunders UZR was for last last year. Fangraphs had him at -9.6 at CF.

  22. bigred on May 5th, 2014 7:41 pm

    Also James Jones leads the ML in wRC+ at 491 ;)

  23. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 7:41 pm

    Just the eyeball test, but Cano has been having lousy luck with BABIP. There always seems to be someone able to “just get to” whatever he’s hit lately…

  24. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 7:44 pm

    I’ve mostly given up on UZR. Not because of Saunders, but because of Almonte. But also, it was so variable on Guti from season to season.

    I think it probably tells us something; but I don’t have much faith in it other than a really rough tool for comparison.

  25. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 7:44 pm

    hehe, yeah – and Jones also has an OPS of 2.000!!!

  26. bigred on May 5th, 2014 7:48 pm

    I’ve wondered what it was about Saunders that McClendon didn’t like. Saunders is basically getting time because Almonte imploded. But Saunders is a smart baserunner, competent outfielder, and he can lay a bunt down when asked. I don’t see what Almonte did to earn the 4 weeks of playing time over Saunders.

  27. leon0112 on May 5th, 2014 7:52 pm

    Seaver should bunt for a base hit.

  28. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 7:55 pm

    It is nice to see them taking a few walks lately.

  29. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 7:57 pm

    Four pitch walk for Smoak. Is Kazmir starting to break down or just avoiding Smoak to get to Miller? Might as well as been an IBB.

  30. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 7:59 pm

    Well whatever it was it was a good choice by Kaz. Kaz with 58 pitches in 4 innings.

  31. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 8:04 pm

    Well the walks will come if more patient at the plate. But M’s so far this season far too often swing at the first pitch and quickly get behind the count. If the M’s are swinging at first pitches because they have been “the best pitches to hit”, then need to get more contact on a few more of those. I’d rather see a foul out than a strikeout.

  32. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 8:04 pm

    Whelp, that fly ball left the yard…

  33. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 8:08 pm

    Damn, Young was one pitch from ending the inning.

  34. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 8:12 pm

    Romero!

  35. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 8:13 pm

    Okay, the guy doing color tonight for the A’s is Shooty Babitt. He’s an ex-player. And he’s awful.

    The play by play guy is Glen Kuiper, and he’s okay.

  36. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 8:14 pm

    How about Romero! That’s his first homer, isn’t it?

  37. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 8:14 pm

    Stefen!

  38. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 8:16 pm

    Westy, yes it was!

  39. juneau_fan on May 5th, 2014 8:22 pm

    Yes, they just said it was. Now, bets on that evil fans in Oakland tossing it back for him?

  40. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 8:26 pm

    At the plate, in bottom of the fifth, the A’s looked more like the M’s.

  41. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 8:28 pm

    I think the baseball Gods got the colors mixed up of who the lucky team is and who the unlucky team is…

    I’ll take it.

  42. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 8:28 pm

    Gillespie did a good job there.

  43. msfanmike on May 5th, 2014 8:28 pm

    Good reads by Gillespie on the basepaths. .

  44. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 8:31 pm

    Mike-
    Very true… That delayed steal was all him and it led to a run…

  45. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 8:31 pm

    Right on Cole. Great at bat by Miller. Small ball executed well.

  46. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 8:32 pm

    Crazy Legs is back!!

  47. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 8:33 pm

    Finally, some positive action running the bases.

  48. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 8:33 pm

    Ugh. All that great baserunning… And… (fart)

  49. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 8:34 pm

    Well, then we get a mistake like that.

    On the plus side, Saunders continues his 2-hit-game streak.

  50. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 8:35 pm

    And… (bigger fart)

    F’in ran ourselves out of a great inning there… Stupid!

    Good to see the steals though– they obviously picked up something in Kazmir’s move, cause Miller had BOTH those bases easy…

  51. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 8:35 pm

    Who the hell is in charge of teaching baserunning??? CRAP!!!

  52. Section329 on May 5th, 2014 8:35 pm

    Aargh, Mariner base running blunder.

  53. juneau_fan on May 5th, 2014 8:35 pm

    uh, what was that?

  54. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 8:35 pm

    Except when going home.

  55. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 8:36 pm

    Who sends their catcher 1st to 3rd on a single to the Centerfielder (when Johnny Damon isn’t playing CF)? Has that ever even been attempted before? Probably count the times in the history of baseball on 1 hand…

    Geesh.

    (Although maybe if I’m playing against Almonte I’d try it… *ba dum CYMBAL CRASH*)

  56. Kazinski on May 5th, 2014 8:45 pm

    Miller going home on that was the right play because he would have been dead meat going back to the bag. Donaldson was 3 steps from the bag when he fielded it.

    Zunino screwed going to 3rd.

  57. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 8:45 pm

    Abad is just plain BAD (in a good sense).

  58. Dennisss on May 5th, 2014 8:48 pm

    69 pitches for Young through 6 — a complete game win over the A’s would be sweet.

    Shooty Babitt, one of the memorable names in baseball history. Played second for the A’s one season back when I lived in the Bay Area, always remembered him. Looks like it was one year, 54 games, and that’s a career.

  59. msfanmike on May 5th, 2014 8:50 pm

    With some better Bapib luck, Saunders would have 4 hits tonight. This is really good to see. And very necessary.

  60. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 8:55 pm

    Yeah, if Saunders two line drive outs hadn’t been right at the guy those are extra base hits most likely… They were hit hard… He’s playing really well after not knowing if he’d ever play again (yes, hyperbole *laugh* but just barely)…

  61. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 8:57 pm

    Im glad he proved Lloyd wrong sooner than later. Only lost about 15 games or so. Could have been worse if Wedge were still here.

  62. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 8:58 pm

    McClendon’s pitcher use scares the crap out of me… He’s got to get that NL manager “replace the pitcher” blood out of his body… With the bullpen struggling, you’re gonna take the starter out with 3 hits in 6 innings? And he’s taken Felix out a couple times when I’d rather see Felix face the guy than a by-the-book “good matchup” from the bullpen.

    I just don’t like his view of his bullpen and when to use them. There’s NO ONE but Farquar I would think “ut oh, guys on base, let’s go to the bullpen!”

  63. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:00 pm

    and…..why is Charlie Furbush brought in to pitch to a right hander in a high leverage situation? Seriously. Someone needs to explain this to me.

  64. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:02 pm

    Nice job to get the DP, but his track record does not warrant that. But what do I know, seriously,

  65. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:03 pm

    Eastside-
    I don’t know either… But I’m with ya… Furbush? Why? Wha? (shrugs)

  66. Dennisss on May 5th, 2014 9:04 pm

    Eastside, I’m with you on the “what do I know?” thing. Young came out about the time I finished typing that he could pitch the whole game.

  67. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 9:05 pm

    Eastside, too much veteran grit?

  68. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:08 pm

    I thought Young was nails. And he throws strikes fro days. With our bullpen, I would be inclined to go another batter, especially a right hander, rather than go with the lefty with an almost 8.0 ERA. Just sayin

  69. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:09 pm

    Watching the typical M’s game analogy, brought to you by our bullpen…

    “A beautiful hike through the mountains… Fresh air, waterfalls, deer scampering around… Majestic eagles snatching fish off the lake……. And then….

    The last 1/4 mile before you get back to camp (ie, the 7th inning) a pack of wolves come charging out of the woods and you have to sprint as fast as you can to get to your cabin and slam the door shut before they eat you.”

    Ahhhh… Nature…

  70. Kazinski on May 5th, 2014 9:09 pm

    Zunino’s framing magic ran a little short there. But damn he’s good. Anybody that compares him to Olivo, even if he doesn’t walk much and strikes out plenty should be banned.

  71. msfanmike on May 5th, 2014 9:11 pm

    I would have much rather seen Redick face Leone in this situation, but phew!!!

  72. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:12 pm

    I do like Biemel though… I often forget he’s out there until he comes in… “Oh yeah, Biemel… Cool.”

  73. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:12 pm

    Wow. Mariner’s bullpen….the cardiac arrhythmia of Major League Baseball

  74. msfanmike on May 5th, 2014 9:14 pm

    CLEAR!!!!!

  75. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 9:14 pm

    Getting out of the seventh unharmed was un-Mariner like.

  76. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:14 pm

    (laugh) That was awesome, Mike… I laughed out loud. Our bullpen would do better if we had someone to lay down some suppressive fire for them…

  77. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:16 pm

    Ladies & Gentlemen…

    JAMES…. JONES….

  78. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:16 pm

    Msfanmike…..hilarious. Nice follow up

  79. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:17 pm

    Ah man, I gave you such a great introduction for the game and you ground out to the 1B…? Don’t do that.

  80. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 9:18 pm

    Young deserves this win. So whomever Mac decides to pitch in the bottom of the eighth and ninth, please hold it and don’t blow it. Medina and Rodney, I’m talking to you.

  81. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:19 pm

    Nice job, Justin… Held off a breaking junkball with an 0-2 count, then lines a ball to the opposite field gap for a double.

  82. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:19 pm

    Oh …..M e d i n a ……the P A I N!!!!!!

  83. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:26 pm

    C’mon baby….no medina, no medina, no medina

  84. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 9:26 pm

    Good Beimel is back. Didn’t think Mac had it in him.

  85. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:27 pm

    and…..here we go

  86. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:27 pm

    Fasten your seatbelts, ladies & gentlemen…

    It’s time for some FUNKY COLD MEDINA!

  87. bigred on May 5th, 2014 9:28 pm

    The game just got extended an hour with Medina coming in.

  88. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 9:28 pm

    Medina is in. Now holding breath.

  89. Kazinski on May 5th, 2014 9:28 pm

    I have to its a lot less entertaining not having Raul out in LF in the late innings of a close game.

  90. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:29 pm

    I need to move our bar closer to our TV… I get winded all the trips I have to make upstairs and back again…

  91. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:30 pm

    Kaz-
    I do find it funny you couldn’t bring yourself to actually write the word “admit”… *laugh*

  92. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:31 pm

    Gotta love speed. But could someone give me a quick chest thump to get me tickin again

  93. msfanmike on May 5th, 2014 9:32 pm

    Better grab a couple Mr Z, the circus comes to town next inning.

  94. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 9:32 pm

    Breathing again now.

  95. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:33 pm

    Eastside-
    You just need some blood thinner… I recommend an 18 year Talisker.

  96. Kazinski on May 5th, 2014 9:33 pm

    “Say” not admit. I don’t know where it went, but I’m always full of typos on my kindle.

  97. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 9:35 pm

    Move the bathroom closer to the bar as well. man cave with big screen sitting on throne. A different angle on the Game of Thrones.

  98. msfanmike on May 5th, 2014 9:35 pm

    No Ackley to PH or to go into LF … Good!

  99. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:37 pm

    I prefer 18 year old Glenmorrangie, but thanks for the tip

  100. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 9:37 pm

    Rodney coming in. Holding breath again.

  101. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 9:38 pm

    James Jones lost 50% of his OPS with that last plate appearance.

  102. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 9:39 pm

    Three outs from .500.

  103. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:41 pm

    Take a bow, Mr. Miller…

  104. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 9:41 pm

    Nice, Bradley!

  105. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 9:41 pm

    Miller!

  106. Kazinski on May 5th, 2014 9:41 pm

    Romero has his OPS up to .712, he’s starting to look like he can play. He’s still got some rough spots, but not Almonte rough.

  107. msfanmike on May 5th, 2014 9:41 pm

    I take back a couple of those things I have said about your defense, Brad. Nice play!

  108. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:41 pm

    Great play Millsy!!

  109. absolutsyd on May 5th, 2014 9:42 pm

    Nice play! It’s Miller time!

  110. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 9:42 pm

    Ooh, just got a UW Alert – strong-arm robbery on campus.

  111. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:42 pm

    Eastside-
    I’ve got Dalwhinnie going right now, but I thought you could use something a little heftier! *laugh*

  112. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 9:43 pm

    Eastside, I think you can put the defibrillator away!

  113. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:43 pm

    Highlight…
    (laugh) I love it. I missed your throne post because (no lie) I was refilling the scotch.

    Yeah baby. 4-2. .500

  114. msfanmike on May 5th, 2014 9:43 pm

    That was crisp ………..and rare.

  115. californiamariner on May 5th, 2014 9:43 pm

    Great play by Miller!

  116. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:43 pm

    Well done M’s!!!! .500 baby

  117. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 9:44 pm

    Westy, are you sure there wasn’t another alert for a robbery in Oakland courtesy of Miller and the M’s?

  118. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 9:44 pm

    Nice to see Miller making some good defensive plays tonight.

  119. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 9:44 pm

    hehehe Bryce.

  120. Kazinski on May 5th, 2014 9:45 pm

    If the Angels lose, we leapfrog them.

    Espn has them ranked 11 today, we were 24th. And we are 3/4 of a sweep from a first place tie with Oakland.

  121. Section329 on May 5th, 2014 9:47 pm

    Who was that throwing 1st pitch strikes in the 9th?

  122. WTF_Ms on May 5th, 2014 9:48 pm

    Just got back from vacation in Hawaii, where the only baseball reports I saw only mentioned the “local boys”…Good to see the M’s having a resurgence to make up a bit for that losing streak, and I agree it’s also good to see the infield working well.

  123. Eastside Suds on May 5th, 2014 9:48 pm

    I just want so badly to believe when/if we get back a healthy Paxton and Walker and Kuma returns to form. Given what Felix and Elias have done, we may have a chance to stay interesting until August…..just maybe

  124. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 9:48 pm

    Thing about the Angels is – they’ve got a significant positive run differential. We’ve seen them sucking, but they don’t seem to be doing that so much at the moment… but they continue to be unlucky.

    Works for me. I love seeing expensive teams significantly underperform expectations.

  125. nvn8vbryce on May 5th, 2014 9:49 pm

    Section, it looked like Rodney, but I couldn’t tell… I was impressed that the kardiac kids didn’t turn this into more of an adventure than anything…

  126. HighlightsAt11 on May 5th, 2014 9:50 pm

    Good job Rodney.

  127. The_Waco_Kid on May 5th, 2014 9:51 pm

    .500! Feels like ’09.

  128. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 9:53 pm

    My favorite words to sum up a 9th inning…

    “Fernando, we hardly knew thee…”

    Short and sweet. That feels nice.

  129. Kazinski on May 5th, 2014 10:09 pm

    I wonder what were going to do with Morrison. We don’t need another left-handed bat, especially one with no glove. Jones is a lefty too, not that they are competing, but we’ve already have a lot of them.

    Lloyd doesn’t sound happy with him either:
    “Morrison is recovering more slowly than expected. Even McClendon is surprised. “I have been. There’s no sense in arguing about it,” he said. “When I get him I get him. Until then I’ll just read his tweets.”

    I sense a lengthy rehab assignment.

  130. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 10:14 pm

    McLendon may be like Wedge – he may see dealing with injuries as a toughness thing. It’s a stupid attitude, but it seems fairly widespread… especially among old ex-jocks.

    Of course if he heard that Carter Capps is hitting 98-100 again… maybe it’s just sour grapes.

  131. LongDistance on May 5th, 2014 11:23 pm

    Eastside – re: August. I’ve had those thoughts, but, because optimism isn’t a normal Mariner fan mindset, and in fact isn’t recommended, I tend to bury them. But going with the idea that if wishful thinking is allowed there’s no reason to hold back, I’ll confess to a variation:

    If they stay healthy and consistent, I’m wondering what we’ll find ourselves looking at as of midnight, 31 July.

  132. Breadbaker on May 5th, 2014 11:30 pm

    We are .500 and we have scored exactly as many runs as we have allowed. Your 2014 Seattle Mariners: no one is more average than we are!

  133. Westside guy on May 5th, 2014 11:40 pm

    Hey, Breadbaker – when was the last time this team didn’t have a negative run differential 30 games into a season? I will take it!

  134. MrZDevotee on May 5th, 2014 11:41 pm

    Your 2014 Seattle Mariners… The hottest team in the AL the past 10 games. After being the coldest team in the AL for 10 games.

    Adding to your stats breakdown Breadbaker… 2-8 followed by 8-2…

    Yay Baseball!

  135. LongDistance on May 6th, 2014 3:38 am

    Since there’s no real antonym for regress, we could call this (with blind wild optimism) improving to the mean?

    BTW Z, I agree with what you wrote earlier. Mike will no doubt, eventually, regress to the Morse. Just don’t say so on any SF blogs, they’re too giddy to want to know.

  136. Paul B on May 6th, 2014 11:31 am

    Teams that dont walk tend to be streaky?

    Just a thought.

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