Tall, dark hair, slightly above average IQ, can make layins 82% of the time with no defense, slow-pitch center fielder, from Portland, OR.
Millwood is in no way a part of this organization's future. Even a long-shot prospect we could get in return has more chance of helping the Mariners long-term than does Millwood at this point.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Trade Poll: Kevin Millwood
Moyer gave up a few more runs, though exhibited the control we came to expect from him. 62% strikes and just one walk versus Hultzen's 58% strikes and four walks.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on A Tale of Two Pitchers
Zunino was 14th in the country in homeruns per game. I dream of games where Zunino catches and Olivo is playing for the Angels.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Zunino To Wear Mariner Blue Soon Enough
"Stephen Strasburg has more doubles that Justin Smoak."
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Link Roundup
How awesome would it be if Guti remembered what 2009 was like? No doubt that this hot start is an indication of good health. We know the ability is there somewhere, and now it looks like he's healthy enough to show it!
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Welcome Back Guti
I like the idea to reduce stress on (specifically) Felix. He's signed through 2014, and it would sure be nice if he could go 240 or 250 innings when we really need him!
10 months, 4 weeks ago on 6 man rotation
What about releasing Figgins for Franklin if Franklin looks good in AAA? I mean, if...
11 months ago on How Long Until We See Hultzen and Franklin?
@maqman I wouldn't be surprised, but then again, projection systems try to balance out the potential improvement with the potential attrition. It's probably a sound median projection, but may hide the fact that Saunders' 90th percentile is higher than many.
11 months ago on Jekyll, Hyde and Saunders
I love it when they metamorphisis's into stars.
I just got excited about this pick, small sample sizes be damned. I wonder how he feels about northern white ash...
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Patrick Kivlehan
His homerun rates haven't stabilized! There's no way a pitcher with an average groundball rate in Safeco will give up nearly 2 dingers a game for the rest of the season. Noesi could probably use time down in AAA, but I don't know what his options situation is like...
11 months, 3 weeks ago on The Iwakuma Poll
It would be nice if Delabar could figure out how to prevent homeruns...he's got that strikeout stuff!
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Here Comes Pryor?
Might we see Pryor even sooner than expected now that League's closing status was opened?
11 months, 4 weeks ago on The Next Seattle Mariners
Though small lineup changes haven't shown to change scoring much long-term, I think the general consensus these days is to get your best bats in the top of the lineup (duh), putting an OBP guy first, and then filling in the 2 and 4 holes with your best overall hitters. I would think Ichiro qualifies. Especially on this team....
1 year ago on Life Without Figgins
@Mariner_Melee Maybe for my coed summer softball team... But Liddi's bat has the potential to be a third baseman's power bat. His body is a third (or maybe even more first) baseman's body. I see no reason to even try him at shortstop. I sincerely hope Wedge is just trying to light a fire under Ryan's ass. We can only hope...
1 year ago on Don't Do That...
@Mariner_Melee Delegate! **Puts finger on nose first, a universal symbol of "not it" **
1 year ago on The Pigeonhole Principle and More!
@Harrison_Crow I totally knew that. I just don't like him very much.
@KenLeder Zips is putting a lot of weight on his walk rate this season (at 10.4% after today), which may or may not be totally fair. I just know that ZiPS has a hard time with players like Saunders. Only about one full season's worth of PAs, and spread out over 3+ seasons. So I was just looking at some of his swing traits when thinking about his walk rate, and his overall swing percentage has gone up about 3%.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, since he is swinging more often at balls in the zone, and slightly less often at balls out of the zone. It may help him maintain his career high LD% and HR/FB rate, while his walk rate may settle closer to his career average between 8 and 9%.
One thing I like about Wells looking back over the numbers is that he's seeing more pitches than the league average, while essentially being pitched more strikes according to pitch/fx. His babip looks suspiciously high at .350, but maybe some added patience this year has helped. It's such a small sample for Wells though, that I don't want to get caught looking too far into it.
@KenLeder The thing with batted ball data is that we would have to regress it all the way back to career and league averages. That stuff doesn't even stabilize in one season of plate appearances. So I agree that it's useful to help identify potential good or bad luck, but if I'm trying to find underlying improvement in small sample sizes, the plate discipline numbers are the first place to look.
chutz·pa [khoot-spuh, hoot] noun Slang
1. unmitigated effrontery or impudence.
Of course, then I had to look up "unmitigated," "effrontery" and "impudence." Stats degrees are worthless sometimes...
1 year ago on Casper Wells or Mike Carp?
@Harrison_Crow No I see what you're saying. They can't fix it if they don't know what exactly is broken. And only sample size can say what's broken.
I need to delve into Texas Leaguers more often!