Say Hey, Baseball: Column Archive

2015 May 31, 2015: Ramon Flores gets MLB debut after years in minors “Ramon Flores may be a newly-minted major leaguer, but he’s no spring chicken.” June 13, 2015: Say hello, goodbye to switch pitcher Pat Venditte “Only a week after MLB was introduced to Oakland Athletics’ switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, the 29-year-old landed on the 15-day disabled…

Lookout Landing: Column Archive

2013 October 24, 2013: Is “The Plan” working? “The thing is, it’s two years later, and I can’t remember what The Plan is anymore. Was the plan for Raul Ibañez to become the hottest hitter on the team? Was it for Jack to chase overpaid, big-name free agents, only to settle for overpaid, washed-up “clubhouse…

High Heat Stats: Taking pitchers’ WAR to the next level

“When assessing a pitcher’s value, it’s important to consider the skill set he brings to the mound. Pitchers can be effective in a variety of ways, from striking out a high percentage of batters to limiting walks, controlling balls in play and stranding runners on base. Like position players, pitchers are evaluated according to the…

Ump Show Finale 2013

“We love to rag on umpires. They’re blind, their strike zones are simultaneously too wide and too narrow, and their ability to incorrectly interpret video replay is unparalleled. With that said, and as much as it may sting our carefully honed armchair managing skills, they do get it right more often than not.” Full post…

Stat of the week: Skills-Interactive Earned Run Average

“Three pitchers in the American League are making their cases for the Cy Young Award in 2013: Yu Darvish, Max Scherzer and Felix Hernandez. Historically, the Cy Young Award has been bestowed on pitchers with superb run support, such as Cliff Lee, who went 22-3 with a backing of 5.52 runs per outing in 2008….

A Totally Serious Q&A with Mariners Blogger Ashley Varela

“Your blog just turned three, which is an eternity in Internet years. Congrats. You have said you didn’t know anything about baseball when this started. Why did you decide to blog about baseball? I’ve always been a writer. Writing about my hobbies is a way for me to process and understand them. When I began…

Futures Game: Mariners History

“Before Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma take the mound this Tuesday in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Seattle Mariners will display two of their up-and-coming talents during Sunday’s annual precursor to the All-Star Game. A showcase for Major League Baseball’s best and brightest, the Futures Game will pit right-hander Taijuan Walker against infielder…

Cabrera’s wRAA Proves Worth

“In 2012, Miguel Cabrera topped the charts in home runs, batting average and RBI. While this distinction earned him the American League Triple Crown, it doesn’t begin to cover the extent of his prowess at the plate. To determine how many runs he contributed to the contending Detroit Tigers, we can use a far more…

Talkin’ Bout the Bartender

“The Seattle Mariners have given us plenty of reasons to watch them lately, from the resurrection of Raul Ibañez’s slugging percentage to Brad Miller’s major league debut, resplendent with two doubles, two walks, and two stolen bases in his first three games. These are the kinds of small sample sizes that, while enjoyable, invite us…

Walker’s Tuesday Task

“Last season, the Big Four broke hearts in the Southern League. The top-rated pitching prospects in the Seattle Mariners organization — Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Danny Hultzen, and Brandon Maurer — combined for a 2.03 earned run average, striking out 424 batters and quashing opposing power with just 23 home runs allowed in 83 appearances….

M’s Going All Out for Zunino

“Last week, the Seattle Mariners fanbase was an over-anxious parent unwilling to send their child to kindergarten. “He’s not ready,” many said, as catcher Mike Zunino packed his bags for Seattle. “He can’t handle playing with the big kids yet.” Full post at Prospect Insider here.

My Dad the Almost-Baseball Fan

“A good father listens to you prattle on about your hobbies, no matter how far removed they are from his own interests. My Little Pony? That’s cute, honey. Actual ponies? Great, you’re just not getting one for your birthday. A great father, however, inserts himself into your life in such a way that he not…