Series Preview: Seattle Mariners @ San Diego Padres

Seattle: 23-37
San Diego: 35-25

MARINERS Δ Ms PADRES EDGE
HITTING (wOBA)
-57.9 (28th) -9.4 -14.6 (24th) San Diego
FIELDING (UZR) 7.4 (11th) 0.0 26.2 (2nd)) San Deigo
ROTATION (tRA)
-3.7 (18th) -4.5 1.5 (18th) San Diego
BULLPEN (tRA)
-7.5 (22nd) 2.4 23.9 (3rd) San Diego
OVERALL(RAA)
-61.7 -11.5 37.0 SAN DIEGO






 

That was a thorough whopping. Frankly, the Felix game was my Waterloo when it came to caring about 2010. I held on when we gave Ian Snell an early lead because winning that game would have negated the Felix loss, but alas no. 

Honestly, I've been trying to come up with something more substantial to write here for the past three hours and I've got nothing. This team needs a break. Well, it needs to win, but I'm not confident the team can win right now. I fear they are stuck in one of those vicious self-cycles where the losing begets clubhouse problems which in turn increases the odds for more losing. It needs something to stop that. Wins always work, but sometimes a break can as help as well. It would at least help the mental side of things. Unfortunately, the breaks are less likely to manifestly appear out of nowhere than some wins.

I am reminded of the final TV episode of Firefly. A guest character speaks the very final line of dialogue in the series as he is left behind to float aimlessly in space. Eventual death assured, he states with resignation "Well, here I am." Well, here we are Mariner fans.

Fri Jun 11, 19:05: Jason Vargas* vs. Kevin Correia

Sat Jun 12, 17:35: Cliff Lee* vs. Wade LeBlanc*

Sun Jun 13, 13:05: Felix Hernandez vs. Clayton Richard*

None of the Padres' three starters is all that intimidating but really nobody they have in the rotation is intimidating in the way Cliff Lee is and Felix Hernandez usually is. The Padres have an entire bullpen though that's scary for opposing teams. 

At this point, I would start marking down scheduled Cliff Lee starts on the calendar because you will never know when he's going to be sent packing. Given the effective rumor killing nature of our front office, do not expect there to be a long drawn out media circus. I fully anticipate the news just breaking across Twitter some afternoon. In fact, I haven't checked Twitter for the last couple hours. Let me make sure Cliff Lee is still a Mariner. Yep, looks clear.

There's also other people involved in this series, but I can't summon any care right now. This week sucks.

Jason Vargas Cliff Lee Felix Hernandez
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 48% 87 50 35 30
Sinker 21% 86 30 50 30
Change 21% 80 80 75 35
Slider 7% 82 20 40 45
Overall -- -- 50 45 25
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 58% 90 70 80 45
Change 14% 83 55 75 55
Sinker 14% 90 50 80 40
Curve 8% 76 55 50 80
Slider 6% 85 30 80 45
Overall -- -- 55 80 45
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 68% 94 75 60 75
Slider 12% 88 75 65 75
Curve 12% 83 60 45 70
Change 9% 87 70 70 80
Overall -- -- 75 65 80

Kevin Correia Wade LeBlanc Clayton Richard
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 44% 90 60 45 50
Slider 35% 85 35 70 55
Curve 7% 76 35 35 60
Change 7% 84 45 20 75
Sinker 7% 90 55 45 60
Overall -- -- 55 50 55
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 53% 86 40 30 30
Change 28% 75 65 50 45
Slider 10% 81 40 70 25
Curve 6% 73 20 30 25
Overall -- -- 50 35 30
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 46% 91 40 55 65
Sinker 25% 89 60 55 60
Change 14% 83 55 45 75
Slider 11% 83 40 25 40
Overall -- -- 45 40 70
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