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Series Preview: Oakland Athletics @ Seattle Mariners

Seattle: 61-97
Oakland: 77-81

MARINERS Δ Ms ATHLETICS EDGE
HITTING (wOBA)
-176.4 (30th) 2.5 -7.7 (17th) Oakland
FIELDING (UZR) 11.9 (11th) 0.0 42.8 (2nd) Oakland
ROTATION (tRA)
7.0 (16th) 4.3 8.2 (14th) Oakland
BULLPEN (tRA)
-32.6 (29th) -2.1 -6.3 (17th) Oakland
OVERALL(RAA)
-190.1 (29th) 4.7 37.1 (15th) OAKLAND

 

 

 

 

 

Need a rooting interest this weekend? I'm here to help. The primary benefit left to play for is draft position. While that would seem to indicate that rooting for losses would be advisable, it gets trickier. See, the Angels are currently sitting with the 15th worst record in baseball. The worst 15 get their first round pick protected from signing Type A free agents. Therefore if you want to hurt the Angels--as well as do--then you are rooting for the following things:

The Angels to win
The Athletics to lose (they are just one game worse than Anaheim)
The Tigers to lose (the closest team better than Anaheim)
The Dodgers, Marlins and Mets to all lose (to stay worse)

Rooting for the A's to lose means rooting for the M's to win. Luckily, that would not harm our own draft position because the Orioles are playing the Tigers so we're rooting for Baltimore to win anyways. It would maintain the current draft order, leaving us with the two pick and it has a chance to throw the Angels out of a protected first round pick into that most hated of positions, 16th. Also, in a completely meaningless way, it would be nice for some people to have the Mariners avoid a 100-season.

Thu Sep 30, 17:05: Doug Fister vs. Gio Gonzalez*

Fri Oct 01, 17:05: Luke French* vs. Trevor Cahill

Sat Oct 02, 17:05: David Pauley vs. Brett Anderson*

Sun Oct 03, 11:05: Felix Hernandez vs. Dallas Braden*

Obviously Felix's start may not happen. I haven't heard who would take the start in his place, but there's obviously more than a few options. Hyphen, Garrett Olson, possibly others I am forgetting. The other seven guys are uninteresting. 

[16:13 UPDATE]: Felix is done for the season.

Doug Fister Luke French David Pauley Felix Hernandez
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 58% 88 25 65 60
Change 19% 81 35 80 60
Curve 9% 74 45 25 75
Slider 7% 83 35 80 50
Sinker 7% 88 25 55 60
Overall -- -- 20 70 60
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 56% 87 20 50 30
Change 25% 79 35 60 20
Slider 15% 78 55 45 20
Overall -- -- 30 55 20
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 42% 89 20 70 65
Change 22% 83 60 45 45
Curve 16% 76 75 25 70
Sinker 12% 89 25 60 60
Slider 8% 83 40 80 75
Overall -- -- 50 45 70
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 68% 94 75 60 75
Curve 13% 83 60 50 75
Change 10% 88 75 70 80
Slider 9% 87 70 65 80
Overall -- -- 75 65 75

Gio Gonzalez Trevor Cahill Brett Anderson Dallas Braden
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 53% 92 60 50 35
Curve 29% 78 75 40 80
Sinker 11% 90 40 35 60
Change 6% 83 30 20 70
Overall -- -- 65 25 65
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 48% 90 25 25 80
Change 24% 81 65 50 60
Sinker 15% 90 45 50 60
Curve 9% 78 55 20 75
Overall -- -- 40 25 75
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 39% 93 40 40 50
Curve 20% 82 70 70 80
Slider 20% 83 35 55 80
Sinker 14% 91 25 60 50
Change 7% 84 20 55 70
Overall -- -- 40 55 75
Pitch % Sp K BB GB
Fastball 58% 87 35 70 55
Change 25% 73 70 75 30
Slider 14% 77 25 65 25
Overall -- -- 45 75 40