Series Preview: Seattle Mariners @ Kansas City Royals

Seattle: 9-10
Kansas City: 7-11

MARINERS Δ Ms ROYALS EDGE
HITTING (wOBA)
-13.4 (26th) -7.4 15.6 (4th) Kansas City
FIELDING (?) 14.9 (1st) 1.0 -3.4 (22nd) Seattle
ROTATION (tRA)
-8.2 (25th) -4.2 -0.5 (17th) Kansas City
BULLPEN (tRA)
-7.6 (28th) -4.9 -15.0 (30th) Seattle
OVERALL(RAA)
-14.3 -15.5 -3.3 KANSAS CITY






 

Ouch. Ow ow ow. That series hurt. It's over with though and the good news is that we get to face the Royals, we get a turn from Felix and after this comes the return of Cliff Lee in an important series against division foe Texas. For now, the team needs to get back to its winning ways in Kansas City which is doable, but there are challenges to be faced as well. 

 

Mon Apr 26, 17:10: Felix Hernandez vs. Kyle Davies

Tue Apr 27, 17:10: Ian Snell vs. Zack Greinke

Wed Apr 28, 11:10: Ryan Rowland-Smith* vs. Gil Meche

At least Felix takes the bump today. A typical showing from him would go a long way to easing our memories of this past series. Kyle Davies should provide an opportunity for the Mariners to put their walking shoes back on. This lineup is never going to be a potent one, but it can fool people into believing that when it works the count and draws walks, especially at the top.

Right after we're (hopefully) done soothing our injured egos with a thrashing of Davies, we get Ian Snell against Zack Greinke which is just haha funny. Originally, Zack Greinke graded out at 55-55-40 on the overall rankings in the below tables, which made me re-evaluate my cutoffs so some of those overall numbers are going to look quite different now than they were before. I think I had left relief pitchers in on the original sample from which I drew my percentile cutoffs.

Felix is good.

I would prefer that the Mariners face former-Mariner Gil Meche like they faced former-Mariner J.J. Putz and not like they faced former-Mariner Matt Thornton.

Wait, we're going up against a Kyle, Zack and Gil this series? Are we playing baseball in Kansas City or bocce ball at the yacht club?

Felix Hernandez Ian Snell Ryan Rowland-Smith
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 68% 94 75 60 80
Slider 13% 88 75 65 75
Curve 11% 83 60 45 65
Change 8% 87 70 70 80
Overall -- -- 75 65 80
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 58% 92 55 35 35
Slider 27% 84 70 55 40
Change 13% 84 40 25 55
Overall -- -- 70 45 40

Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 52% 88 45 65 35
Curve 19% 72 35 75 70
Change 18% 80 50 50 40
Sinker 7% 88 20 50 20
Overall -- -- 35 60 40


Kyle Davies Zack Greinke Gil Meche
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 57% 92 50 25 40
Change 17% 82 70 60 30
Slider 13% 86 50 30 70
Curve 12% 77 50 35 45
Overall -- -- 55 25 40
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 60% 94 65 55 40
Slider 18% 86 75 60 70
Curve 14% 75 55 65 45
Change 7% 83 50 40 50
Overall -- -- 65 55 40

Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 54% 92 70 50 35
Curve 19% 78 45 45 75
Change 12% 83 75 70 55
Slider 11% 87 25 40 65
Sinker 5% 89 55 40 30
Overall -- -- 60 45 55

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