Unlike me, you guys use an awful lot of Sabermetrics and gobbledigook to explain your baseball experience. Saying things like "I use numbers to express my gratitude to my favorite players", and holding competitions for who can come up with the zaniest acronyms. Yeah, neat stuff there, all right! NOT. But I pose this question to all of you: if baseball was meant to be so economical, than why are baseball players baseball players and econometricians? Mmmhmm, Bobby Fischer goes "checkmate!" Funny, no matter how hard you LOOK around Lookout Landing, you don't really come away knowing what's really going on with the Seattle Mariners. In this post, I hope to change that.
Well it's now 33 games into the 2013 season, and this is about the time that RBIs and dingers begin to stabilize, by my guestimation. With that said, I offer you glimpse at some of the stats from the season thus far:
Kyle Seager: .293 average, with 4 home runs and 16 RBI
Yep, not gonna lie to you, this means he's on pace for something like 20 home runs, something like 100 RBI, and probably a higher average than that because it wasn't that high last year so you know he's gonna improve on it. To think this young kid hasn't even reached his peak is mindboggling. He's risen through the ranks from assistant secretarial custodian, all the way up to the CEO position of this ball team. Congratulations, Kyle Seager.
Grit impressions: kinda gritty!
Mike Morse: .234, with 9 home runs and 14 RBI
So yeah, the .234 average is low, but there's plenty of players considered great power hitters with averages around that, and I don't see them catching any flack for it. Adam Dunn. Giancarlo Stanton hasn't hit for a high average but everyone still wants to trade the farm for him. The point being: average doesn't tell the whole story! You gotta look at home run and RBI to clear up the picture and Mike Morse is doing a satisfiable job at both (couldn't hurt the guy to put some players on base for his home runs, though).
Felix Hernandez: 4 wins, 2 losses, pretty good WHIP though
Okay, for those who don't know, WHIP is an acronym for 'Walks and Hits per innings pitched'. I know, bold move here, but I'm moving away from ERA. Studies are beginning to surface that show some of its faults, so people are leaning more and more towards stats like WHIP these days to get a better glimpse of how a pitcher actually pitched, because it only counts the two things that pitchers have control over (walks and hits, and innings pitched to a lesser extent). Well Felix's WHIP is great and there's a reason they call him the king: because he has the ability to WHIP political dissidents! ;)
Hishashi Iwakuma: even lower WHIP than Felix
Yep, you read right: Hishashi has a lower WHIP than Felix. I know Felix is a big marketing face of this franchise, but I think we've reached a point in the season where WHIP becomes especially meaningful, and maybe--just maybe--it's time to start considering Iwakuma as the ace of this staff?
Since Jesus Montero plays such a valuable position, we can overlook some of his stats. 2 home runs by a catcher this far in the season is like 4 home runs for a first baseman, and that's something like 20 on the year; certainly nothing to scoff at from your catcher. But Justin Smoak really needs to up his game. How is it that our first baseman only has a single home run up to this point? Even 2008 Richie Sexson was still a huge dude: I can hardly even say that about Justin Smoak. Wimp ass shit. Dustin Ackley is pretty scrawny too, and he's single-handedly changing the whole notion that young players thicken out as they get older.
Before the season many people were clamoring about Raul being "done", and that the Mariners were "foolish fuckhounds" for signing him, but what does he do as soon as he's signed? He rips through Spring Training like the personification of the wind, and he comes into the season, holds the fort in left when our players are all injured, and delivers two home runs and 7 ribbies from a bench role. Really, what you guys are forgetting is that that is all he was brought in for, and it's pretty tough to say that he's disappointed in that regard.
That's all I wish to get into at this point in time, but you guys can fill in some of the rest. I believe these stats are still public domain, although they've definitely fallen out of favor. Sure, they don't tell the whole story, but boy do they sure tell a thing!