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Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles @ Seattle Mariners

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Seattle: 6-7
Baltimore: 2-11

MARINERS Δ Ms ORIOLES EDGE
HITTING (wOBA)
-10.1 (25th) 3.3 -9.2 (23rd) Baltimore
FIELDING (+/-) 10.0 (6th) 3.0 -4.0 (25th) Seattle
ROTATION (tRA)
-7.9 (26th) -2.7 5.9 (8th) Baltimore
BULLPEN (tRA)
-1.2 (17th) -1.0 0.6 (12th) Baltimore
OVERALL(RAA)
-9.2 2.6 -6.7 BALTIMORE






 

Yeah! Woo! We're number one! We're number one! Alright!

Well, except for the A's. Who conveniently just got down playing the Orioles, who are baaaaaaaaaaad so far. How bad do you mean, Matthew? Like Astros bad? How about worse than Astros bad? I know! That's really bad! They did manage their second win of the season yesterday against Oakland, but rolled over for them in the first two games like they've rolled over for everyone so far which is about on par historically with the Romans at Cannae. It's going to be really irritating if they finally show up against Seattle. C'mon Baltimore, you just let our division leader destroy you and prevented us from gaining any ground against them. At least be an equal opportunity doormat.

The hitting is starting to come around and now they just need to stop running into so many damn out. That's okay though, we need to give them time. It's an adjustment to having base runners again, it's like getting your sea legs back.

 

Mon Apr 19, 19:10: Doug Fister vs. Brad Bergesen

Tue Apr 20, 19:10: Jason Vargas* vs. David Hernandez

Wed Apr 21, 19:10: Felix Hernandez vs. Kevin Millwood

The righty onslaught continues which is good news for you GriffLenters I suppose, though it remains to be seen if Milton Bradley gets some more time at DH soon with his most recent leg aches. It's also good news for Casey Kotchman and Wakamatsu, who gets to continue stacking the lineup with as many lefties as he can find hanging around. I predict a continuing rise in runs scored for the Mariners this series interspersed with getting frustratingly shut down by mediocre pitching. 

Brad Bergensen throws strikes and doesn't miss many bats, relying on limiting walks and getting ground balls to succeed which is exactly two more skills than Ian Snell has shown us thus far. He faces off against Doug Fister who throws strikes and doesn't miss many bats, relying on limiting walks and... no, nothing else. Learn an out pitch, Doug.

Vargas looks to reproduce his last start, this time opposed by David Hernandez who is interesting in that his fastball is his primary out pitch. He gets his strikeouts off the fastball and even throws it for strikes. He manages to do that because it's got good speed on it and he throws it up in the zone. Like way up in the zone. Other than his fastball he has nothing. David Aardsma looks at David Hernandez and decides that no, he's fine sticking with closing rather than starting.

Kevin Millwood used to be good then he wasn't and whatever, Felix! The Orioles are without Brian Roberts but can still muster up Matt Wieters, Luke Scott and Nick Markakis as power bats from the left side but then again David Trembley has used 13 different lineups so far in 2010 so it might be difficult to predict anything. 

Doug Fister Jason Vargas Felix Hernandez
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 52% 88 25 50 30
Change 27% 81 40 80 60
Curve 11% 75 55 35 80
Slider 6% 82 45 80 30
Sinker 5% 89 35 40 60
Overall -- -- 35 65 45

Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 60% 88 35 30 35
Change 19% 80 80 75 35
Sinker 10% 84 70 40 30
Slider 8% 82 20 25 50
Overall -- -- 45 45 35

Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 68% 94 75 60 80
Slider 13% 88 75 65 75
Curve 11% 83 55 40 65
Change 8% 87 65 75 80
Overall -- -- 60 60 70


Brad Bergensen David Hernandez Kevin Millwood
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 42% 89 25 80 55
Slider 23% 81 40 50 80
Sinker 19% 89 30 65 55
Change 13% 84 30 50 65
Overall -- -- 40 70 65

Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 64% 93 75 65 20
Change 13% 84 40 30 35
Curve 13% 79 55 30 30
Slider 9% 79 20 20 60
Overall -- -- 50 45 25

Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 62% 91 55 65 55
Slider 14% 85 30 70 50
Curve 10% 73 70 50 50
Sinker 8% 89 30 30 50
Change 7% 84 35 45 75
Overall -- -- 40 55 50