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Watching the Mariners (Updated)

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What sucks worst about being in the Mariners’ “viewing area” and seeing all their games on ROOT Sports is that one gets the idea that the Astros don’t totally suck. Which is, of course, poppycock. But they are 3-2 vs. the Mariners.

(When I say the “worst thing” realize I’m making a pretty bold statement as the Mariners made me watch the dried-out husk of Chone Figgins try to bat leadoff for almost two-and-one-half seasons, which was extraordinarily painful as he posted an OBP somewhere south of .300.)

UPDATE: As of 1:00 pm PDT the Astros lead the Mariners 7-1 with men on the corners and no out in the bottom of the 6th inning.


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April 24, 2013 at 12:01

What/Who to Watch This Weekend…

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…if you’re interested in watching teams you don’t usually watch.

I just got done watching the A’s-Angels series and I’ll have notes about that rout after a while. But if you want to tune into some, let’s say, quirky, series,

The Braves and Nationals have both looked talented and deep. They meet this weekend. One look here, another here, and a third over here. Blogger, STATS Inc.’s Alan Ferguson in the Washington Post, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist.

While, the Orioles and the Yankees play in the Bronx in a reprise of their 2012 AL Divisional Series matchup, the AL series I’m watching (aside from my obligatory, and often painful, diet of Mariners and Twins viewing) will be the Blue Jays and the Royals.

Yeah, yeah, that’s kind of out there, but I think it has the potential to be an explosive offensive experience. While it’s not the ’85 ALCS all over game–man, Dave Stieb was brilliant–these teams both, on paper at least, can score a lot of runs. The Jays’ starters have had a tough time of it so far this year, and the Royals just pounded the Phillies up one side and down the other. Jay’s Journal offers a preview of the series.

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April 12, 2013 at 15:47

Brandon League’s Struggles

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Some reassurance about Brandon League’s recent string of reeking stinkers.

As a Twins fan living in Oregon–and so watching the Mariners everyday–it’s a pretty depressing stretch of May going on right now. One thing that’s cool is that both those teams have broadcast teams that are unfailingly optimistic. Sure, it’s whistling past the graveyard kind of optimism, but they don’t act too jaded and thus prove even more depressing than what’s been going on in the field.

Since I watch the Mariners every night, I just have to add that League has been terrible. His boxcore lines appear below.

Sunday, May 8, CHA 5 SEA 2: 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2K; Loss (0-1) [-.343 WPA]

Tuesday, May 10, BAL 7 SEA 6 (13): 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K; Blown Save (1), Loss (0-2). [-.799 WPA]

Thursday, May 12, BAL 2 SEA 1 (10): 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER; Blown Save (2), Loss (0-3). [-.799 WPA (!)]

Friday, May 13, CLE 5 SEA 4: 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR; Blow Save (3), Loss (0-4). [-.916 WPA]

So, that’s -2.857 WPA in only four appearences, with 3 IP, 13 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR for an ERA of 30.00 and a WHIP of 4.333.

So, I don’t know how reassured I am, since even starters getting shelled at this rate get body parts examined or assigned to other duties. On the other hand, the alternatives are worse.

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May 14, 2011 at 14:06