This year has been rather lackluster for the M's. There were no big deals or signings. Even the people talked about were, well, underwhelming. However, there is a bright ray of hope that I see as a change in approach pitching that is really revolutionary. But first, let's look at the pitchers that have been acquired or even talked about being acquired:
Now then, most all of the numbers on these pitchers are rather dismal. Well, in all honesty, they suck. Suck bad. But, the single ray of hope is here:
These are the groundball percentages. All of these pitchers lean toward groundballs. This possible pitching roster construction can be effetive.
I will not be suprised to see these pitchers succeed, particularly with the double-play.
I, for one, have found the moves this winter encouraging. We have seen the front office pursue pitchers that are atypical: ignoring the usual W-L and ERA stats, which are not accurate judges of pitching. Did they pay too much for this off-season? Yes. But everyone did. God help the Royals with Meche. But, for the market, the Mariner's made good moves.
Tangentially, I don't think Soriano's arm is going to take it much longer, and Batista and Ramirez are definately an improvement over Pinero and Meche.