|MARINERS (50-66)||Δ Ms||RED SOX (72-44)||EDGE|
|HITTING (wOBA)||-128.6 (30th)||0.3||119.9 (1st)||Boston|
|FIELDING||22.7 (6th)||-2.0||59.1 (2nd)||Boston|
|ROTATION (tRA)||31.6 (5th)||-3.0||-13.3 (18th)||Seattle|
|BULLPEN (tRA)||-10.4 (21st)||-4.5||33.1 (1st)||Boston|
|OVERALL(RAA)||-84.7 (25th)||-9.2||198.8 (1st)||BOSTON|
Mariners current draft spot: 4th
Boston is the top overall team at nearly 200 runs above average. The next best team is the Philadelphia Phillies and my ratings peg them at +123 runs. That's a huge gap between 1 and 2. It's almost big enough to make the Mariners an average team.
I'm glad that the team doesn't have to face Erik Bedard this series. That would have been weird and sad to witness. Meanwhile, Jonathan Papelbon, who wears number 58, recently said this "Cinco Ocho needs to be told he stinks," in context of being motivated by other people's doubts. Really, Jonathan? Cinco Ocho? Because you're all about the Spanish? Also, been done man. Been done by people way cooler and way more committed than you. You're a pretty good reliever, but your third-person talking style? It stinks!
Fri 12 Aug 19:10
|BLAKE BEAVAN||JOHN LACKEY|
Sat 13 Aug 19:10
|FELIX HERNANDEZ||JOSH BECKETT|
It's odd how as Felix has seemingly transitioned to using his two-sinker almost exclusively, his ground ball rate has actually fallen off as time goes on. Felix was 60% ground balls in 2007 and is now at 48%. That's not a small drop. I'm not criticizing, since he has raised his strikeouts over the same span and Felix has reached the pitching equivalent of Ichiro! wherein I'm content to just watch and enjoy without picking him apart, but it's still a curious development.
Sun 14 Aug 13:10
|CHARLIE FURBUSH*||TIM WAKEFIELD|
All right, so we've seen strike throwing, missed bats Charlie Furbush and we've seen hittable, wild Charlie Furbush. That was quick. Thank you, Charlie, for making the book ends right from the start. Now you need to purchase some books to put in the middle. I'd suggest you stay away from Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Palahniuk and Sedaris and go with more Asimov, Phil Dick, Chaucer, Douglas Adams and Jane Austen. Maybe, maybe you can expand out to the likes of Joseph Heller, but don't get too far or you might end up in Vonnegut territory.