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Series Preview: Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers

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MARINERS (2-1) Δ Ms RANGERS (3-0) EDGE
HITTING (wOBA)
1.3 (14th) - 13.7 (1st) Texas
FIELDING (UZR) 0 - 0
ROTATION (tRA)
4.1 (5th) - 4.5 (4th) Texas
BULLPEN (tRA)
-0.2 (17th) - -1.2 (20th) Seattle
OVERALL(RAA)
5.3 (6th) - 17.0 (1st) TEXAS

The Rangers are off to a lightning start with the bats so boy is it a great time for Erik Bedard and Michael Pineda to wow us with their first starts in either a really long time or ever. Which is also a form of a really long time. The Mariners will have to face a pair of lefties again and that will make us again miss Franklin Gutierrez in the lineup. It could also be a time for Miguel Olivo to shine and show us all that he can hit for power in a Mariner uniform.

Mon 04 April 17:05

ERIK BEDARD* DEREK HOLLAND*

Bedard! More than almost anyone else, his above chart could change rapidly as the season progresses and he provides fresh data to analyze. Not only are his samples small in nature but they are also old. I don't expect it to be outdated per se. Erik Bedard is not suddenly going to roll with a slider and knuckleball or something. But the mixing of pitches and the effectiveness of his fastball and curve could change. 

Derek Holland is a fuzzy and mirrored version of what we hope Michael Pineda becomes. He's a lefty, but he relies on a fastball-slider combination and has enough of a change up to flash it as a legitimate third option. In fact, he does a good job of getting strikes with it so I wouldn't be surprised to see that often as a pitch early in the count to our righties.

Tue 05 April 17:05

MICHAEL PINEDA ALEXI OGANDO

 

 

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Ogando's numbers are as a reliever so it would be a surprise if he maintained his speed over multiple innings. Ogando isn't intended to stay in the rotation long-term. He is only holding down the fort until Scott Feldman, Brandon Webb or someone else becomes healthy and pushes him back to a set up role. It's an unusual experiment and I will be interested to see how far he can go on Tuesday and how his two-pitch arsenal, which is eerily similar to Pineda's, fares against the Mariner left-handers. 

Wed 06 April 11:05

FELIX HERNANDEZ C.J. WILSON*

So many colors! C.J. Wilson seems like he gets too much praise for his 2010 season. He made a surprisingly successful transition to the rotation and deserve plaudits for having a good season, but he wasn't spectacular. His absurdly low home run rate on fly balls helped cause a half-run per nine rift between his FIP and xFIP and his .266 BABIP further kept his ERA low. That's not to say Wilson isn't a good pitcher; he just hasn't shown himself to be great yet. He has trouble with walks and his strikeouts suffered from the move to the rotation. He survives by avoiding line drive and fly balls to a good extent and that's fine, but just don't overrate the package.