Mariners Stumble Against Rays, Twins

Week 7 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
5/12 Rays 5 Mariners 12 W
5/13 Rays 2 Mariners 1 L
5/14 Rays 0 Mariners 2 L
5/15
5/16 Mariners 4 Twins 5 L
5/17 Mariners 3 Twins 4 L
5/18 Mariners 6 Twins 2 W

Well, we’re now more than a quarter of the way through the season and the Mariners sit just a game under .500. A rough week against the Rays and the Twins pushed the Mariners back in the win column but we’re still on the cusp of greatness.

  • After a twelve run offensive outburst on Monday, the Mariners didn’t score for 21 straight innings before scoring a single run in the fifth inning on Thursday. Woof.

Player Performances One of the features I’m including is a look at the recent player performances from the past two weeks. That small of a sample size will give us some pretty extreme data points. If you want to see the methodology behind these statistics, check out this page. The two tables below are the batting and pitching data from the last two weeks (5/5-18).

Batters

Name G AB 1B 2B 3B HR SB BB AVG OBP SLG BB% K% BABIP WAR
Dustin Ackley 12 41 6 2 1 3 0 3 .293 .341 .610 6.8% 13.6% .281 0.5
James Jones 14 42 8 4 1 0 2 5 .310 .383 .452 10.4% 14.6% .371 0.4
Robinson Cano 14 54 16 4 0 0 0 5 .370 .417 .444 8.3% 6.7% .392 0.4
Justin Smoak 14 52 7 4 0 2 0 5 .250 .322 .442 8.5% 13.6% .256 0.2
Michael Saunders 12 37 6 1 1 1 1 3 .243 .286 .405 6.8% 11.4% .242 0.2
Mike Zunino 11 35 3 2 0 2 0 4 .200 .268 .429 9.8% 24.4% .200 0.2
Kyle Seager 12 42 5 3 0 1 0 4 .214 .313 .357 8.3% 20.8% .258 0.1
Cole Gillespie 7 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 .286 .375 .286 12.5% 12.5% .333 0.0
John Buck 3 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100 0.0% 50.0% .200 -0.1
Stefen Romero 12 35 3 1 0 2 0 1 .171 .216 .371 2.6% 25.6% .174 -0.2
Willie Bloomquist 7 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0.0% 15.4% .000 -0.2
Brad Miller 14 40 2 1 0 0 2 7 .075 .213 .100 14.6% 25.0% .107 -0.3
Corey Hart 13 45 6 1 0 1 2 4 .178 .275 .267 7.8% 21.6% .212 -0.3
  • Corey Hart injured himself stealing second base on Sunday. He’ll be out until the All-Star break with a strained hamstring and Nick Franklin will be called up to take his place on the roster. While Hart was a fixture in the middle of the lineup, his production wasn’t up to the rate we expected. He’s hitting just over .200 for the year and he wasn’t showing as much power as he has in the past. That’s not to say he was worthless because he was still getting on base and his BABIP is an abnormally low .233 but inserting Nick Franklin into the lineup shouldn’t be so much of a downgrade. For his part, Franklin will get another chance to show that he’s capable of translating his minor league success (189 wRC+ in AAA this year!) to the major league level.
  • After slumping a bit toward the end of April and the beginning of May, Dustin Ackley is hitting the ball with authority again. This just might be his norm, hot streaks intertwined with months of ineptitude at the plate.

Pitchers

Name IP G TBF SO K/9 BB BB/9 HR HR/9 BABIP ERA FIP pLI WAR
Hisashi Iwakuma 16 2 54 12 6.75 0 0.00 0 0.00 .190 0.00 1.57 0.7
Felix Hernandez 21 3 88 12 5.14 3 1.29 0 0.00 .356 3.86 2.36 0.6
Brandon Maurer 11 2 51 3 2.45 4 3.27 0 0.00 .364 4.91 3.62 0.2
Roenis Elias 18 1/3 3 79 15 7.36 5 2.45 3 1.47 .309 4.91 4.55 0.2
Chris Young 21 3 81 5 2.14 3 1.29 3 1.29 .186 3.43 4.88 0.1
Erasmo Ramirez 6 1 24 4 6.00 1 1.50 1 1.50 .278 3.00 4.41 0.1
Dominic Leone 4 2/3 4 18 8 15.43 2 3.86 0 0.00 .375 0.00 0.93 1.6 0.3
Charlie Furbush 2 2/3 4 9 4 13.50 2 6.75 0 0.00 .000 0.00 2.32 1.2 0.1
Joe Beimel 2 2/3 3 11 1 3.38 0 0.00 0 0.00 .300 0.00 2.32 0.9 0.1
Tom Wilhelmsen 6 2/3 6 27 9 12.15 2 2.70 0 0.00 .250 0.00 1.27 0.3 0.1
Yoervis Medina 4 5 18 5 10.38 2 4.15 0 0.00 .200 2.08 2.84 1.3 0.1
Danny Farquhar 4 4 17 5 11.25 3 6.75 1 2.25 .125 9.00 6.07 1.7 -0.1
Fernando Rodney 5 2/3 6 27 5 7.94 3 4.76 1 1.59 .333 3.18 5.19 1.9 -0.1
  • Felix looks like he’s back. After two terrible starts, one with flu-like symptoms (why don’t they just call it the flu?) and another while recovering from the flu-like symptoms, we’ve now had two starts in a row where Felix has looked much more like himself. Well, he was ejected from a game for the first time in his career on Monday.
  • Hisashi Iwakuma’s marvelous start on Tuesday was ruined by Fernando Rodney’s second blown save. Its a shame because that was Iwakuma’s second straight start with eight innings of shutout ball. Rodney for his part is still the same pitcher he’s always been, a little erratic with an excellent strikeout rate. Only now, he’s sporting a BABIP of .404 right now. Wow, that’s incredibly high and should start to fall as those hits start finding gloves.

AL West Standings

Team Win-Loss Win% Games Behind
Athletics 28-16 0.636
Angels 24-19 0.558 3.5
Mariners 21-22 0.488 6.5
Rangers 21-23 0.477 7
Astros 16-28 0.364 12

The Week Ahead

Date Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher
5/19
5/20 Mariners R Hisashi Iwakuma Rangers R Colby Lewis
5/21 Mariners R Chris Young Rangers R Nick Tepesch
5/22 Astros TBD Mariners L Roenis Elias
5/23 Astros TBD Mariners R Felix Hernandez
5/24 Astros TBD Mariners R Brandon Maruer
5/25 Astros TBD Mariners R Hisashi Iwakuma

The Mariners play a quick two games in Texas before coming home for an eleven game homestand. We should be able to gain some ground against these teams from Texas.

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