Series Preview: Anaheim Angels @ Seattle Mariners

Seattle: 11-17
Anaheim: 12-18

MARINERS Δ Ms ANGELS EDGE
HITTING (wOBA)
-36.4 (29th) -11.6 -16.7 (24th) Anaheim
FIELDING (?) 18.9 (1st) 0.5 -8.1 (26th) Seattle
ROTATION (tRA)
-2.0 (19th) 4.1 -15.2 (26th) Seattle
BULLPEN (tRA)
-7.1 (27th) -1.5 -5.2 (26th) Anaheim
OVERALL(RAA)
-26.6 (26th) -8.5 -45.2 (28th) SEATTLE






 

Through 28 games, the Mariners are 13-15. Oh never mind, I was looking at the 2008 Mariners

The StatCorner numbers (all the non-fielding ones) take a slightly bigger jump this preview because I incorporated the new handed park factors into wOBA and tRA across the site. So now you can take a look back at years past in High Desert for instance and be less impressed by the hitters there.

I don't have much else to write. How many ways can you say this team has played bad? They're not a bad collection of talent, but they're playing like it. We want change, but the best bet for that change is for the players we already have to start playing up to their abilities. It's not bringing in new players.

If anything, I advocate bringing back old players. I remain convinced that this team was at its best in February when the 11-man pitching staff seemed a go, left field was going to be a platoon of Ryan Langerhans and Eric Byrnes, Milton Bradley would get time at DH and there was no Mike Sweeney. That was a roster I thought could win the AL West. I would like to see that roster be given the chance it never got.

 

Fri May 7, 19:10: Felix Hernandez vs. Jered Weaver

Sat May 8, 18:10: Doug Fister vs. Joe Saunders*

Sun May 9, 13:10: Jason Vargas* vs. Ervin Santana

The Mariners are a ground ball-hitting team and right now they rank dead last in the Major Leagues in BABIP on ground balls. Eventually those are going to start finding some holes, but that predilection for keeping the ball on the ground harms us against pitchers like Jered Weaver and Ervin Santana. They're strikeout pitchers who throw up in the zone. You beat them by punishing them for doing so and hitting balls into the gaps and over the walls. 

I don't care how they do it though. Just win. Win more than you lose. Start winning now.

Felix Hernandez Doug Fister Jason Vargas
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 68% 94 75 60 80
Slider 13% 88 75 65 75
Curve 11% 83 55 45 65
Change 8% 87 70 70 80
Overall -- -- 75 65 80
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 56% 88 20 65 45
Change 23% 81 40 80 60
Curve 10% 75 60 25 80
Sinker 6% 89 45 50 75
Slider 5% 82 50 80 40
Overall -- -- 25 70 55
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 55% 88 45 40 35
Change 20% 80 80 70 50
Sinker 15% 85 50 40 30
Slider 7% 82 20 25 55
Overall -- -- 55 40 30
Jered Weaver Joe Saunders Ervin Santana
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 45% 90 65 45 20
Change 18% 81 80 80 45
Slider 14% 79 35 25 35
Sinker 13% 89 60 65 20
Curve 10% 74 40 80 30
Overall -- -- 65 65 20
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 57% 91 55 50 65
Change 19% 82 55 50 45
Curve 13% 77 20 25 35
Sinker 7% 88 30 75 65
Overall -- -- 40 35 65
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 58% 94 45 60 50
Slider 32% 83 70 55 35
Change 8% 84 40 45 55
Overall -- -- 65 55 35
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