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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mariners’ James Paxton rising to ace status | MLB.com

Giddy up!

How overpowering has Paxton been? Coming into the game, his average four-seamer velocity of 95.8 mph ranked third out of the 56 pitchers in MLB with at least 150 four-seamers thrown, behind only right-handers Luis Severino of the Yankees and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. He was even better Wednesday, averaging 96.2 mph with a high of 98.1, according to Statcast™.

Paxton relied on the four-seamer more heavily, throwing it for 74 of his 103 pitches (72 percent), compared with his average of 61 percent in his first four starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners, statcast

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Monday, April 10, 2017

Statcast of the day Angels 9th inning rally | MLB.com

Now that’s a comeback.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mariners

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

How do you build a winning outfield? Mariners mixing up the blueprint

Picture the prototypical corner outfielder, and a classic image springs to mind: He has strong wrists and forearms and the ability to hit 20 home runs by accident. The defense might be spotty, but he’ll compensate with a penchant for driving balls into the seats.

That’s the stereotype, and Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto isn’t hesitant to admit he bought into it until his analytics department took a dive into the numbers.

“If you look at what’s available in today’s game, sometimes people in the industry get lost in the shuffle of what our expectations are for a position,” Dipoto said. “Corner outfielders are supposed to hit like George Foster, but that’s really not happening in today’s game as much.”

To amplify his point, Dipoto offers the following pop quiz: Of the 60 corner outfield spots in 2016, how many individual players hit .260 with a .320 on base percentage and 16 home runs? Those seem like relatively meager numbers, right?

The answer: 11.

“I think it comes as a shock to most [people] when they see the list,” Dipoto said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Friday, March 31, 2017

Smyly diagnosed with flexor strain, expected to miss six-to-eight weeks Read more here: http://www.

Left-hander Drew Smyly will open the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a flexor strain in his elbow. The injury surfaced Tuesday when he experienced problems in a routine between-starts bullpen workout.

Smyly, 27, is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, and the Mariners will compensate, at least initially, by recalling left-hander Ariel Miranda from Triple-A Tacoma.

This is Smyly’s fifth trip to the disabled list since 2012. He missed much of the 2015 season because of tendinitis in his shoulder but appeared fully recovered last season when he made a career-high 30 starts.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2017 at 03:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, mariners

Trupin: Drew Smyly’s arm has drowned, he’s out 6-8 weeks

If only he had pitched in meaningless Cactus League games in lieu of meaningless WBC games…

Cool cool cool. Drew Smyly was the acquisition that signaled for many a shift in the Mariners from fringy contenders to Wild Card favorites. With his return expected in June, they’ll have to rely on their considerable but lightly proven pitching depth. Ariel Miranda will get first crack in the rotation, reportedly, and will start the fourth game of the season in Houston. The choice to continue stretching him out as a starter will now come in handy, albeit sooner than anyone would have liked. According to a doctor from Rice University, flexor bundle strains are an elbow injury that develop due to overexertion over time, which makes it equally plausible that this was exacerbated by Smyly’s WBC start, or that he simply would have developed this later on regardless. It’s tough to say. On the somewhat positive side, flexor bundle strains supposedly respond well to rest and rehab. Less cheerily, a similar injury, albeit more serious, ended Adrian Sampson’s season last year, did similarly to Roenis Elias, and contributed to Homer Bailey’s struggles recently. This is trouble, pure and simple.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: March 31, 2017 at 03:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, mariners, wbc

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The new Mariners’ culture: what’s changed? - Lookout Landing

The new Culture Club?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2017 at 06:34 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sporting News: Bat flips are so last season.

Bat flips are so pedestrian. Or, as the video states, so last season. Time to switch things up. Say hello to The Swashbuckler, The Jockey, The Lullaby, The Grandpa and The Drum Major. Worthy alternatives all.

Stay to the end for the Edgar Martinez punchline.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 07:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, edgar martinez, mariners, unwritten rules

Statcast’s New Defensive Metrics and Seattle’s Glove-First Outfield | U.S.S. Mariner

. I used his averages and calculated plays made above average for each player in 2015 and 2016, and then I looked at how their chances were distributed. That is, some players (Jackie Bradley, Jr.) saw proportionally more extremely difficult opportunities, while others (Kevin Kiermaier) saw fewer. The plays on the Statcast leaderboards apparently don’t include the absolutely never missed, can of corn, 100% probability balls. At least, that’s my guess just from noting that the sum of each players chances across all 5 buckets totals a fraction of their overall chances/putouts as reported elsewhere. If true, that means that the plays that really separate defenders are in a few not-terribly-large buckets in the ranges where catches are made 25-50% of the time or so. Given THAT, I’m pretty impressed with how reliable these numbers look. Kiermaier, Lorenzo Cain, Ender Inciarte, etc. look great both years despite varying playing time, opportunities, etc.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, statcast

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Phillies get ambidextrous

The Phillies made a minor trade with fun implications today, flipping outfield prospect Joey Curletta to the Seattle Mariners for switch pitcher Pat Venditte. Both Curletta and Venditte are off of 40-man rosters, so there will be no corresponding moves needed.  Curletta was the player to be named later in the Carlos Ruiz deal (the other two pieces being A.J. Ellis and RHP Tommy Bergjans).


Monday, March 13, 2017

Mariners utilityman Taylor Motter in a league of his own when it comes to hair flips | The News Tribune

He’d better hope he doesn’t get traded to the Yankees.

“He’s certainly got tremendous hair flip,” manager Scott Servais said. “In Seattle, I can (already) hear the crowd holding their breath until he flips it back up again.

“I’m sure (marketing vice president Kevin) Martinez has T-shirts coming. I can see the whole thing (unfolding). We’ll see.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, taylor motter

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Mariners, a mariachi band and Leonys Martin: A birthday and baseball celebration | The Seattle Times

“We’ve got something special planned for Leonys’ birthday,” Servais said with a mischievous smile in his morning media meeting. “You guys will see it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, mariners

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Felix Hernandez focused on return to form | MLB.com

“Everybody sees it,” Dipoto said. “His teammates see it. There’s a different fight to Felix. He’s in great shape. And he’s driven in a way that I think is different. I keep telling people, the demise of Felix Hernandez has been greatly exaggerated.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2017 at 02:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mariners prospect Tyler O’Neill shows off talent on the field and … on the keyboard? | The Seattle Times

Keith Law breaks with the prospect consensus on O’Neill. It will be interesting to see how O’Neill produces on the big league field.

“He’s a special player,” said Mariners director of player development Andy McKay said. “The numbers speak for themselves. But there’s so many things about Tyler that are more exciting than the numbers. He bought into what we asked as much as anybody. He handled a lot this past year and stood up. I’m a big fan. There’s a lot of substance behind those numbers.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, tyler o'neill

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Is this the year that Mike Zunino can put it all together for Mariners? | The Seattle Times

Being able to adjust is a necessity in MLB.

“There are a lot of smart people in the league and in the game and scouting and look at video and how they’re going to approach you,” Servais said. “So they made an adjustment on him based on the fact that he wasn’t casing the breaking ball anymore and now he’s got to continue make an adjustment back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2017 at 12:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jerry Dipoto’s Trade Activity, in Context | FanGraphs Baseball

I don’t recall him making a lot of trades with the Angels.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Why did the Mariners trade touted pitching prospect Luiz Gohara?

Gohara followed his breakout 2016 season at Class A by indeed throwing extremely well in the AFL, striking out 19 in 11 2/3 innings. Some scouts look at his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and see a young CC Sabathia.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, luiz gohara, mariners

Mariners Add Intriguing Arm in Shae Simmons | FanGraphs Baseball

That’s a lot of walks.

The Mariners hope he can hone his delivery and command, which have been inconsistent. He walked more than six per nine during two minor-league rehab stops last season. But he’s limited opponents to 11 walks in his brief 28 innings of major-league work to date, and his stuff appears to be intact, if not improved, following his injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, shae simmons

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Okay, Now the 2017 Mariners Are Interesting | FanGraphs Baseball

I agree.

Steamer has Smyly projected for +2.5 WAR in 164 innings, while ZIPS came in at +2.0 in 143 innings, so both projections have Smyly as a quality pitcher when he’s on the mound. There are definitely durability concerns, given that he missed most of 2015 with shoulder problems and chose to rehab rather than have surgery, but a healthy Drew Smyly is a pretty good starting pitcher. And he’s replacing close-to-replacement-level arms, bumping Ariel Miranda or Chris Heston from the rotation, and hopefully reducing the team’s need to count on Yovani Gallardo, whose starts can now be skipped when off-days allow it. Swapping in Smyly for the team’s back-end arms is probably something close to a two-win upgrade.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 10:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Mariners make 2 trades to land Drew Smyly | MLB.com

Dealing Dipoto makes another one two.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 05:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, mariners

Here’s hoping there’s more roster moves to come from Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto | The Seattle Times

Maybe for regular fans, not to us. (And that’s not the royal we.)

That’s the optimistic way to look at the additions of outfielder Jarrod Dyson and pitcher Yovani Gallardo, on top of the offseason acquisitions of infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, catcher Carlos Ruiz, outfielder Mitch Haniger and right-handed starters Rob Whalen and Max Povse.

Nothing too sexy — some of those names might not even ring a bell — but, at least theoretically, they’ve added depth, maneuverability, athleticism, speed and potential, all elements that are important parts of Dipoto’s vision for making the Mariners a sustainable contender.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Monday, January 09, 2017

The Mariners finally are close to the team their GM envisioned

Ken Rosenthal breaks down the Mariners off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 08:09 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Friday, January 06, 2017

Royals trade Jarrod Dyson to Mariners for Nathan Karns

That’s what speed….did.

Kansas City got the starting rotation help is so desperately needed.

The Mariners got the speed they sought on the base paths.

“As so often times is the case, once teams know there is a mutual interest in a player — in their case Jarrod, in our case Nate — we just stayed in touch and the timing was right,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “The deal was obviously attractive for us.”...

Dyson, a former 50th-round draft pick, became a fan favorite in Kansas City thanks primarily to his speed on the bases. He hit .278 while stealing 30 bases a year ago.

“We’ve had many conversations about Dyson specifically,” Dipoto said, “and what a good fit he was for our team. He’s an elite-level defender. He’s dynamic on the bases, a fearless base stealer. And the combination of Jarrod Dyson, Leonys Martin and Jean Segura hitting somewhere between the bottom and top of your lineup really creates a three-player dynamic on the bases for us that is probably different than the Mariners have had in a long time and perhaps most different than most teams in our league.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2017 at 08:00 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jarrod dyson, mariners, nate karns, royals

Mariners acquire Yovani Gallardo from Orioles | MLB.com

After weeks of pursuing available options, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto moved to bolster the team’s rotation on Friday by acquiring veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Orioles in a trade for outfielder Seth Smith.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, orioles, trade

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