Mariners Sweep Away Royalty

Week 12 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
6/16 Padres 1 Mariners 5 W
6/17 Padres 1 Mariners 6 W
6/18 Mariners 1 Padres 2 L
6/19 Mariners 1 Padres 4 L
6/20 Mariners 7 Royals 5 W
6/21 Mariners 2 Royals 1 W
6/22 Mariners 2 Royals 1 W

Early in the week, the Mariners split a four game, home-away series in which the losing team scored only once in each game. We also gave away another gem of a performance from King Felix (7 IP, 10 K, 3 H) on Wednesday. Over the weekend, we took on the Royals, who had recently been on a 12-game winning streak. The Mariners juggernaut swept away that pitiful band of royalty. We’ve firmly entrenched ourselves in the AL Wild Card race and have refused to give up any ground.

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 (6/9-22).

Batters

Name G AB 1B 2B 3B HR SB BB AVG OBP SLG BB% K% BABIP WAR
Robinson Cano 14 47 9 4 0 2 0 9 0.319 0.439 0.532 15.8% 12.3% 0.342 0.7
Brad Miller 13 43 12 1 0 2 0 3 0.349 0.383 0.512 6.4% 14.9% 0.371 0.5
Mike Zunino 11 39 3 4 0 2 0 0 0.231 0.286 0.487 0.0% 45.2% 0.389 0.3
Kyle Seager 14 51 7 4 0 1 2 5 0.235 0.304 0.373 8.8% 19.3% 0.282 0.2
Willie Bloomquist 6 22 6 2 0 0 0 0 0.364 0.364 0.455 0.0% 21.7% 0.471 0.2
James Jones 14 58 18 0 0 0 6 1 0.310 0.322 0.310 1.7% 13.3% 0.360 0.1
Dustin Ackley 12 37 5 3 0 0 0 2 0.216 0.275 0.297 5.0% 7.5% 0.235 0.0
Jesus Montero 5 14 3 0 0 1 0 0 0.286 0.286 0.500 0.0% 14.3% 0.273 0.0
John Buck 8 20 4 0 0 0 0 3 0.200 0.304 0.200 13.0% 30.4% 0.308 0.0
Justin Smoak 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0% 0.0% 0.000 0.0
Logan Morrison 12 41 3 2 0 2 1 3 0.171 0.227 0.366 6.8% 22.7% 0.172 -0.1
Michael Saunders 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0% 75.0% 0.000 -0.1
Endy Chavez 13 37 5 2 0 0 0 2 0.189 0.231 0.243 5.1% 15.4% 0.226 -0.3
Cole Gillespie 8 23 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.087 0.125 0.087 4.2% 20.8% 0.111 -0.4
Stefen Romero 7 22 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.136 0.130 0.182 0.0% 34.8% 0.200 -0.4
  • Well, look who finally decided to show up. . That .349/.383/.512 line you see next to Brad Miller’s name is no joke, B-Rad has been hitting the cover off the ball in June. He’s still striking out more often but his walk rate has rebounded past where it was last year. This is a good sign. It tells me that, while continuing to be an aggressive swinger, he’s started to be selective about when he’s swinging and at which pitches he’s swinging at. Earlier in the year, it was pretty obvious that he was pressing at the plate, trying to hit everything the pitcher threw. If these adjustments stick, I’d look for him to continue to walk at his current rate and continue to hit for power with a batting average around .260-.270.
  • Mike Zunino had himself a good series in Kansas City, hitting two home runs in two games, including the game winner on Sunday. The one he hit on Friday was a mammoth blast. He may still have trouble making consistent contact but when he does, the ball goes far.

Pitchers

Name IP G TBF SO K/9 BB BB/9 HR HR/9 BABIP ERA FIP gmLI WAR
Felix Hernandez 15 1/3 2 54 16 9.39 2 1.17 0 0.00 0.194 1.17 1.39 0.7
Chris Young 18 3 69 10 5.00 4 2.00 2 1.00 0.226 2.50 4.09 0.3
Erasmo Ramirez 15 2/3 3 65 12 6.89 11 6.32 0 0.00 0.214 0.00 3.66 0.3
Hisashi Iwakuma 20 1/3 3 81 16 7.08 3 1.33 3 1.33 0.322 3.98 3.87 0.2
Roenis Elias 17 3 70 15 7.94 5 2.65 2 1.06 0.261 4.24 4.09 0.1
Fernando Rodney 6 2/3 7 25 6 8.10 1 1.35 0 0.00 0.278 1.35 1.74 2.4 0.3
Charlie Furbush 5 1/3 6 21 5 8.44 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.333 1.69 1.77 2.3 0.2
Yoervis Medina 3 2/3 5 13 5 12.27 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.250 0.00 0.36 1.4 0.2
Dominic Leone 5 5 24 3 5.40 2 3.60 0 0.00 0.368 7.20 3.09 1.4 0.1
Danny Farquhar 6 6 25 8 12.00 2 3.00 1 1.50 0.357 4.50 3.59 1.3 0.0
Joe Beimel 4 2/3 6 18 2 3.86 2 3.86 0 0.00 0.214 0.00 3.52 1.1 0.0
Tom Wilhelmsen 6 1/3 3 22 5 7.11 1 1.42 1 1.42 0.133 1.42 4.03 0.9 0.0
  • A good week from our pitching staff. Take a look down the leverage index (gmLI) column. Our bullpen has pitched in some very high leverage games recently. Furbush and Leone got hit with losses in San Diego but the bullpen rebounded in Kansas City, locking down all three wins. Fernando Rodney looks like he’s gotten over his early season jitters and has turned into the lockdown closer we paid for this offseason. He’s only given up one walk and one run in ten appearances in June and he appeared in four straight games last week and earned saves in three of them (the fourth wasn’t a save opportunity).

AL West Standings

Team Win-Loss Win% Games Behind
Athletics 47-29 0.618
Angels 41-33 0.554 5
Mariners 40-36 0.526 7
Rangers 35-40 0.467 11.5
Astros 33-44 0.429 14.5

AL Wild Card Standings

Team Win-Loss Win% Games Behind
Angels 41-33 0.554 +2
Orioles 39-35 0.527
Yankees 39-35 0.527
Mariners 40-36 0.526
Royals 39-36 0.52 0.5

The Week Ahead

Date Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher
6/16 Red Sox R John Lackey Mariners R Felix Hernandez
6/17 Red Sox R Jake Peavy Mariners R Erasmo Ramirez
6/18 Red Sox TBD Mariners R Hisashi Iwakuma
6/19
6/20 Indians R Trevor Bauer Mariners R Chris Young
6/21 Indians R Josh Tomlin Mariners L Roenis Elias
6/22 Indians R Justin Masterson Mariners R Felix Hernandez

The Mariners earn a much needed day off after a three game series with the Red Sox. Over the weekend, the Indians come to town for another series with Playoff implications. The Indians are just outside of the Wild Card race so a series win over them would help the Mariners solidify their place in the race.

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