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Series Preview: Oakland Athletics @ Seattle Mariners

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Seattle: 2-5
Oakland: 5-2

MARINERS Δ Ms ATHLETICS EDGE
HITTING (wOBA)
-10.5 (28th) -3.3 5.9 (8th) Oakland
FIELDING (+/-)
6.0 (3rd) 6.0 3.0 (10th) Seattle
ROTATION (tRA)
-7.0 (25th) -4.0 5.1 (7th) Oakland
BULLPEN (tRA)
0.5 (14th) 0.4 0.7 (12th) Oakland
OVERALL(RAA)
-11.0 -0.9 14.7 OAKLAND






 

Well, that could have gone better again. While this is a troubling beginning to the season, there remains a long journey left to go. I don't want to say the real test begins now, but coming home hopefully gets the team out of its rut. This roster was assembled with Safeco Field in mind and as much as the lack of hitting has been a focus early on, the rotation has struggled almost as much. It's too early to make hay out of anything, especially pitching just seven turns in, but it gives us another reminder that the team we've seen so far is not the projected team from February. They're still sorting through the early roster fluctuations and almost everyone is in a slump. Patience.

UZRs are not out yet but thanks to Supreme Lord David Appleman implementing the Fielding Bible stats on FanGraphs, I am able to throw in the +/- runs above average (DRS) in the meantime. Unsurprisingly, the Mariners are already hovering near the top the league.

 

Mon Apr 12, 15:40: Ryan Rowland-Smith* vs. Justin Duchscherer

Tue Apr 13, 19:10: Doug Fister vs. Brett Anderson*

Wed Apr 14, 19:10: Jason Vargas* vs. Gio Gonzalez*

What's there to say? We just played these guys and saw two of these three starters. Gio Gonzalez is the new one and what he lacks in command (a lot), he tries to make up for with the ground balls that he gets from his curve ball. It was actually one of the best pitches in all of baseball last year at generating ground balls.

The Athletics do not have a potent offense. It's probably not as bad as ours, but it's still not likely to be above average at the end of the season. Safeco Field is home for us and the weather's supposed to be cool. It would be a great time to get some solid starts out of the back of our rotation.

Ryan Rowland-Smith Doug Fister Jason Vargas
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 58% 88 45 65 35
Curve 20% 72 40 75 70
Change 16% 80 55 45 40
Overall -- -- 40 60 45
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 49% 88 25 45 25
Change 28% 81 40 80 60
Curve 11% 75 65 30 80
Slider 6% 82 30 80 25
Sinker 6% 89 35 45 60
Overall -- -- 35 60 45
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 62% 88 35 30 40
Change 18% 80 80 75 35
Sinker 9% 83 75 40 40
Slider 8% 82 20 20 35
Overall -- -- 45 45 35

Justin Duchscherer Brett Anderson Gio Gonzalez
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 46% 85 45 40 45
Slider 27% 81 20 80 50
Curve 25% 70 70 60 60
Overall -- -- 45 65 50
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 47% 93 40 40 50
Curve 30% 82 65 70 80
Slider 9% 84 40 65 80
Sinker 7% 90 30 70 50
Change 6% 84 20 55 55
Overall -- -- 45 55 70
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 62% 91 65 45 35
Curve 28% 78 80 30 80
Change 7% 83 30 20 65
Overall -- -- 55 35 50