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The new M' FO approach and why its encouraging

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:

Miguel Batista
Horacio Ramirez
Jon Thomson
Sean White
Jason Jennings
Justin Lehr
Jeff Suppan

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:

48.1%
49.7%
44%
52%
48%
50.1%
46.8%

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.

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