Series Preview: New York Yankees @ Seattle Mariners

MARINERS (61-85) Δ Ms YANKEES (88-57) EDGE
HITTING (wOBA) -148.7 (30th) -1.6 96.5 (3rd) New York
FIELDING 30.5 (5th) 5.1 -12.5 (12th) Seattle
ROTATION (tRA) 20.4 (10th) 1.4 11.4 (12th) Seattle
BULLPEN (tRA) -14.6 (27th) 1.6 24.4 (5th) New York
OVERALL(RAA) -112.4 (26th) 6.5 119.8 (4th) NEW YORK

Mariners current draft spot: 4th

Great, the flippin' ducking Yankees. Which means we'll get to hear about 7,000 references to Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak again because that's an easy story. I cannot control (yet) what everybody in the media says, but I will issue this warning to LL commenters. Please just don't bring it up. Everyone is already aware of the rumors at the time and honestly they were that, rumors. You don't know for sure what the actual trade offer was. You don't. So please stop acting like it was a one-for-one choice between Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak. It may have been. You don't know. I don't know.

Mon 12 Sep 19:10

FELIX HERNANDEZ PHIL HUGHES

Humanity cannot often be sure about these things, and this is one such case of uncertainty, but September 12 is the date generally accepted as when the Battle of Marathon (never forget!) happened way back in 490 BC, assuming it ever actually happened and wasn't a total hoax. Turns out Herodotus was just making shit up and his books were well known Athenian slasher fiction at the time. Given enough time and lack of context and people will believe anything. Look at Atlantis or King Arthur. Also, most people have a completely warped view of life in the Middle Ages thanks to the romanticism of the Victorian era. Maybe you're fake, too.

That paragraph took an unexpected turn.

Tue 13 Sep 19:10

CHARLIE FURBUSH* A.J. BURNETT

I got sucked into the void reading about ancient legends and now have very little to say about Charlie Furbush. He's a little interesting in that his pitch-level results are fairly acceptable, as you can see above. He's about prototypical average for a Major League starting pitcher, which is an improvement, I feel, over what many of us thought of him as when he was traded over. However, the strikeouts haven't yet materialized and the walks are a bit high compared to his pitch results. 

Wed 14 Sep 19:10

JASON VARGAS* IVAN NOVA

The increased ground balls from Jason Vargas at the start of the year mostly faded into the background. His rate is still elevated over 2010, but not by a staggering amount. It's minutely helpful, but Vargas would derive more help from figuring out a way to punch a few more hitters out in this lowered run environment.

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