Mariners Wrangle with Teams from Texas

Week 8 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
5/19
5/20 Mariners 6 Rangers 2 W
5/21 Mariners 3 Rangers 4 L
5/22 Astros 1 Mariners 3 W
5/23 Astros 1 Mariners 6 W
5/24 Astros 9 Mariners 4 L
5/25 Astros 4 Mariners 1 L

Well, howdy there pardner. The Mariners had some BIG games against some BIG teams from Texas this week. But we ended up spinning our wheels like a lassoed bull and ended up right where we started.

Ok, that’s enough of that. The Mariners split both of their series this week. A promising start to the series against the Astros turned sour as Brandon Maurer threw a stinker on Saturday and we ran into Dallas Keuchel, a surprising top-10 pitcher in the AL. Robinson Cano continued his hot streak and actually hit that elusive second home run.

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 (5/12-25).

Batters

Name G AB 1B 2B 3B HR SB BB AVG OBP SLG BB% K% BABIP WAR
Robinson Cano 12 46 13 5 0 1 1 3 0.413 0.431 0.587 5.9% 9.8% 0.429 0.7
Michael Saunders 9 31 8 1 1 1 0 1 0.355 0.353 0.548 2.9% 14.3% 0.370 0.4
James Jones 12 48 8 2 2 0 2 4 0.250 0.308 0.375 7.7% 15.4% 0.300 0.2
Mike Zunino 9 27 3 2 0 1 0 4 0.222 0.333 0.407 12.1% 27.3% 0.278 0.2
Kyle Seager 12 43 10 1 1 0 0 4 0.279 0.354 0.349 8.3% 20.8% 0.364 0.1
Willie Bloomquist 6 9 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.222 0.200 0.556 0.0% 30.0% 0.167 0.1
Cole Gillespie 5 8 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.250 0.333 0.250 11.1% 11.1% 0.286 0.0
Dustin Ackley 11 41 5 3 1 0 0 1 0.220 0.238 0.341 2.4% 19.0% 0.273 0.0
Nick Franklin 4 10 2 0 0 0 1 1 0.200 0.308 0.200 7.7% 38.5% 0.333 0.0
John Buck 3 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.111 0.200 0.111 10.0% 40.0% 0.200 -0.1
Brad Miller 9 23 2 0 0 0 0 4 0.087 0.222 0.087 14.3% 21.4% 0.118 -0.2
Corey Hart 6 20 2 1 0 0 1 2 0.150 0.227 0.200 9.1% 31.8% 0.231 -0.2
Justin Smoak 12 46 4 3 0 1 0 4 0.174 0.240 0.304 8.0% 22.0% 0.206 -0.2
Stefen Romero 10 30 3 1 0 1 0 3 0.167 0.242 0.300 8.8% 17.6% 0.174 -0.2
  • Like I mentioned in the lede, Cano has been hitting the lights out the past few weeks. In his past fifteen games, Cano has 25 hits and just 5 strikeouts. He’s also been hitting line drives a full third of the time he’s putting the ball in play, an incredible rate. This is what it looks like when a great hitter is on his game. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Cano’s ground ball rate was abnormally high leading to the lowest power numbers he’s ever put up. Well, these past two weeks we’ve seen Cano correct his batted ball rates and they are starting to move closer to his career norms. And I was worried about him. Ha.

Pitchers

Name IP G TBF SO K/9 BB BB/9 HR HR/9 BABIP ERA FIP pLI WAR
Felix Hernandez 22 2/3 3 86 21 8.34 2 0.79 0 0.00 0.317 2.78 1.46 1.0
Hisashi Iwakuma 23 3 84 14 5.48 1 0.39 3 1.17 0.242 2.35 3.66 0.4
Roenis Elias 12 2 50 10 7.30 5 3.65 2 1.46 0.219 3.65 4.99 0.0
Brandon Maurer 8 2 37 5 5.63 5 5.63 2 2.25 0.240 9.00 6.92 -0.1
Chris Young 13 2 61 1 0.68 4 2.70 4 2.70 0.255 6.08 7.92 -0.3
Dominic Leone 5 4 17 7 11.81 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.200 0.00 0.42 1.0 0.3
Charlie Furbush 2 2/3 4 11 4 13.50 1 3.38 0 0.00 0.167 0.00 1.17 0.2 0.1
Danny Farquhar 3 2/3 5 11 4 9.82 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.143 0.00 0.87 0.3 0.1
Yoervis Medina 4 4 16 5 11.25 2 4.50 0 0.00 0.222 2.25 2.05 0.3 0.1
Joe Beimel 2 3 10 1 4.50 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.444 0.00 2.05 0.3 0.0
Tom Wilhelmsen 5 5 26 5 8.44 5 8.44 0 0.00 0.250 5.06 3.98 0.4 0.0
Fernando Rodney 2 2/3 3 14 2 6.75 1 3.38 1 3.38 0.400 6.75 7.55 1.4 -0.1
  • There wasn’t much need for the bullpen this week but in the few high leverage innings outside of the ninth inning, Lloyd McClendon turned to Dominic Leone. He responded by striking out 20% of the batters he faced without walking anyone. It seems like Leone has earned the trust of McClendon and will be seeing more high leverage innings in the future. This isn’t a bad thing, he brings a fastball in the mid-90’s and a cutter and slider which allow him to rack up the strikeouts. So far he’s been able to keep his walk rate down but if it starts to creep up, he could become another Yoervis Medina, an erratic thrower who doesn’t inspire confidence.

AL West Standings

Team Win-Loss Win% Games Behind
Athletics 30-20 0.6
Angels 28-21 0.571 1.5
Rangers 25-25 0.5 5
Mariners 24-25 0.49 5.5
Astros 19-32 0.373 11.5

The Week Ahead

Date Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher
5/26 Angels L Tyler Scaggs Mariners R Chris Young
5/27 Angels R Jered Weaver Mariners L Roenis Elias
5/28 Angels L C.J. Wilson Mariners R Felix Hernandez
5/29 Angels TBD Mariners R Brandon Maurer
5/30 Tigers R Justin Verlander Mariners R Hisashi Iwakuma
5/31 Tigers L Drew Smyly Mariners R Chris Young
6/1 Tigers R Max Scherzer Mariners TBD

The Mariners play seven games against two of the best teams in the AL. Not only that, but we draw both Verlander and Scherzer in that three game series against the Tigers. If we can end this week anywhere around .500, then I’d call it a success.

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