Monday, March 31, 2008
Erik Bedard 2-20%
JJ Putz 1-10%
Adrian Beltre 0-0%
Side note: We are now over the 500 visitor mark here over the last almost two months. Not bad for a three month old blog. We are also reaching 200 posts here as well. Stay tuned.
- According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves have signed 3B Scott Spezio to a minor league contract. Spiezio who is now 35, hit .269/.354/.386 in 223 AB's for the Cardinals last year.
- The Orioles added some depth in the shortstop hole by signing Alex Cintron to a minor league deal, and assigning him to AAA Norfalk.
- A little bit more on the Alex Rios extension. GM JP Riccardi is optimistic that a deal will get done. The deadline was pushed back a few days. I've heard that the two sides agreedish (poor grammer again) on an extension worth $65M over six years. The holdup is believed to be over the amounts on the option years.
- MLBTradeRumors makes a few predictions on some July trades.
- Some real action. KC 5 DET 4; ARI 4 CIN 2; MIL 4 CHC 3; CWS 8 CLE 10; TB 6 BAL 2; WSH 11 PHI 6; NYM 7 FLA 2; SF 0 LAD 5; LAA 2 MIN 3; PIT 12 ATL 11. Postponed: TOR @ NYY; COL @ STL.
I wanted to buy MLB 08 The Show, but I decided to try something new. Anyone else want to share there stories, or play online sometime?
Nice to see the rain hide out for a little bit. I still miss Arizona though. Pictures are coming soon.
- Dave Neiheus, who was elected in to the Hall of Fame, threw out the first pitch.
- Erik Bedard pitched 5 innings in his debut. He struck out five, but walked four and gave up one run which was a homerun. He threw 1He got a no decision.
- Sean Green pitched 1.2 innings of relief for Bedard and picked up the win (1-0), striking out two. He walked one and gave up two hits.
- JJ Putz struck out two earning his first save of the year. Eric O'Flaherty and Mark Lowe both picked up holds.
- Ichiro started the year 0-3 but scored two runs and was walked once.
- Jose Lopez went 2-4 and drove in two runs.
- Adrian Beltre and Jose Lopez were both caught stealing. There's Mac's game plan at fail. I doubt that's correct grammer, but my old English teachers probably aren't reading this blog.
- Game time temperature: 50 degrees (F), roof closed.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
- The Jays and Alex Rios are closer today to an agreement on a long-term extension than they were yesterday. The Jays are believed to have a six year offer worth $65M, which would buy out two arbitration years, and four years of free agency. It was also said that Sunday (today) was the Jays deadline for an extension. They'd resume talkes at the end of the season.
- The Orioles released Jay Gibbons today. They swallow the $11.9M in remaining salary. Gibbons is facing a 15 game suspension for steriod related problems, but it's believed that the ban will be lifted. How, I don't know.
- The Daily News LA says that Francisco Rodriduez won't negotiate a contract extension with the Angels during the season. He will be a free agent this coming winter. Not winter right now, but next winter. If Sum-, Spring ever comes.
- A REAL baseball score to pass along. ATL 2 WSH 3.
3/31 - Erik Bedard vs. Kevin Millwood
4/01 - Felix Hernandez vs. Vicente Padilla
4/02 - Carlos Silva vs. Jason Jennings
Jose Vidro (DH)
Overall, not bad. Solid rotation, and bullpen full of young eager pitchers with JJ Putz, maybe the game's best starter anchoring the pitching staff. The lineup has some question marks. Adrian Beltre will be playing with a torn thumb. His defence should be fine, but can he still put up 25-30 homeruns and 90-100 RBI? Richie Sexson. Can he do it? What will Brad Wilkerson bring? He isn't a Jose Guillen 30-100 guy, but can he produce atleast half of that? Those will be answered soon enough.
McLaren also announced his Opening Day lineup.
Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Jose Lopez, 2B
Raul Ibanez, LF
Richie Sexson, 1B
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Brad Wilkerson, RF
Jose Vidro, DH
Kenji Johjima, C
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
No problems with this lineup as of yet. Lopez in the number two hole is my only concern, and maybe Sexson and Beltre hitting back to back. Vidro has proved that he can hit in that number two spot fine, but I guess that I've missed something. If Sexson can get going then that will be fine with Beltre hitting behind him, but who else is there in terms of protection?
I'm not going to dwell what has happened in my absence, but rather sumit up with one or two short posts. and then get right in to Opening Day, and the regular season.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
2008 Mariners Projection
Getting to Know a Rival
Mariners Offseason Assessment
Poll Results: Where will the Mariners finish in the AL West?
First 3 votes
Second 1 vote
I will add another poll in a few minutes.
I hate to leave at a time when traffic at this blog is on the rise, but them's the breaks. I wish you all a good next weeks and a bit, and hope you don't forget about this blog. We'll be back and running at full throttle when I'm back.
- MLBTradeRumors is reporting that White Sox have waived SS Juan Uribe. MLBTR has another source agreeing, but Uribe and his agent not knowing about this, yet.
- The Red Sox were boycotting because their coachers weren't going to get the $40K that they were promised. Like they need more money.
- The Yankees are believed to be interested in A's pitcher Rich Harden. The A's probably would want the full sticker price for Harden, so Ian Kennedy and another pitcher or two?
- Bonds vowed that he would play again. As I said yesterday, I'm not opening this can of dog crap.
- Today's Spring Training scores. TOR 4 BOS 3; PHI 1 TB 3; STL 12 BAL 3; LAA 6 OAK 1; OAK 5 CHC 2; COL 10 CWS 10; ATL 7 HOU 8; NYY 12 PIT 8; CLE 1 NYM 3; CHC 4 SF 2.
- The Mariners are set to beat the D-Backs 7-4.
I'm not going to pass on too many stats for you right now, because a lot of you would've probably checked already. I'm sorry if I've come across as kind of mean or sarcastic these last couple posts, but it's the stress talking.
We have Jamie Burke and Willie Bloomquist as locks. Two spots filled. Scenerio time: here's what the bench would look like with Jimerson and Morse on it.
Greg Nortan or Miguel Cairo (Reed starting at AAA)
That's scenario one. That looks alright. It'd be coming down to between two players, so Churchill would be right in this scenario. I'd have Reed at AAA, because he still has two options left, and there's no reason to get rid of him. Bleeding Blue and Teal agrees with me. The Mariners have said that Cairo's garunteed contract doesn't mean anything. Nortan has played allright, but the main thing is that he can play first. If Sexson tanks, then that would be a plus. Although Morse can play first too.
Scenario 2: The Mariners only take four on their bench. We now go back to stage one, with Burke and Willie garunteed. Then, you'd have the rest of those mentioned in secenario one going for the two open jobs. You'd end up with something like this:
Pretty much the same idea. I'd say that Cairo and Morse would be the other two on the bench.
Scenairo 3: The Mariners go with three bench players.
This would be the least likely of the three. If it were to happen, then I'd say that Morse takes the spot, because he can play third, first, and right and left field. Willie would play up the middle.
Only time will answer this one for us. You can make your own predictions, but I'd say that scenarios one and two are going to be the ones decided on. With Rosenthal's new stuff, then maybe scenario one. But it would make sense to start with scenario two.
- The Mariners might carry 11 pitchers in order to keep both Mike Morse and Charlton Jimerson on the bench, who are out of options. I'm going to get to the bench in a few minutes.
- Brad Wilkerson will be the starting right fielder come Opening Day for the M's.
- Wladimir Balentien will be starting with Tacoma in AAA, but will likely get called up at some point. Sooner if one of the previous mentioned outfielders gets hurt.
- Rosenthal agrees with me that the Tigers have a week bullpen.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
- The Reds are believed to be looking in to acquiring a catcher. Mostly because of David Ross' back acting up. I don't have any names to throw out there for you right now, other than maybe Gerald Laird of the Rangers.
- Ex-Mariner George Sherrill was named the Orioles closer for this season. It's something "that every reliever wants to do". Sherrill even shaved off his beard. It probably wouldn't be their anyway of he was still with the M's because Manager John McLaren wants his boys clean shaven.
- I know some Barry Bonds crap has come up, but I'm going to leave it at that.
- Some scores to pass along on an off-day for the M's. LAD 2 FLA 1; MIN 4 BAL 2; PIT 8 CIN 4; TB 2 PHI 4; WSH 9 DET 1; KC 5 CHC 6; MIL 4 LAA 11; OAK 6 TEX 11; SD 5 CWS 0.
Kenji Johjima has been a very solid catcher during his two year tenure behind the plate for the Mariners. He continues to improve, and is one of the more underrated catchers in baseball. Joh is in a contract year, so like most players, there's a sense of urgancy knowing that he isn't garunteed anything in the next year. His numbers have been consistant, so you can expect something like a .280 average with 15 HR and 60 RBI. Probably more because of his contract status. He's around come rounds 8-12, and is easily a number one catcher in most leagues. If he's there, pick him up. He shouldn't let you down to easily.
Monday, March 17, 2008
He’s still chasing pitches out of the zone early in the count and is unable to punish the fastball. Presently, Lopez is not showing that he deserves regular at-bats in Triple-A, let alone a solid big-league baseball club.
He pulls off breaking balls about half the time, and the other half he’s reaching out for them with a weak waive. Until he can offer more effective plate coverage — going to right field with a line drive regularly — he’s probably going to be limited to being a .260 hitter with moderate power at best.
If pitchers stay away from Lopez and make him reach, he’s an easy out waiting to happen. He must develop better discipline, and if he wants to keep his job as the starting second baseman, he’ll need to show something early in the year.
Oh, and happy Saint Patricks' Day to all of you. I think that tomorrow should be called Saint Tyler's Day. Who's Patrick and why does he get his own day? It's not fair...
- Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has Jason Varitek's agent Scot Boras saying that the Red Sox would have to come to them about a contract extension.
- MLB Rumors is making a list of their top 100 prospects. Our own Carlos Truinfel falls in at #50. 50. Carlos Triunfel, Mariners- Considered to be the next A-Rod, Triunfel hit .296 at the age of 16 at Single-A. He is the shortstop of the future for the Mariners and will likely see MLB action in 2009.
- Today's Spring Training scores. ATL 2 STL 4; CLE 4 PHI 6; DET 3 CIN 5; FLA 5 MIN 3; HOU 12 LAD 10; NYM 7 WSH 3; TOR 1 PIT 4; BOS 4 NYY 8; CWS 4 MIL 4; KC 2 OAK 6; SD 4 ARI 8; SF 2 COL 4.
SEATTLE AB R H BI I Suzuki CF 5 0 0 0
Y Betancourt SS 1 0 0 0
T Hulett SS-2B 3 0 0 0
J Vidro DH 3 0 0 0
B Johnson PR-DH 0 0 0 0
R Johnson PH-DH 1 0 0 0
R Sexson 1B 3 1 2 1
M Wilson LF 1 0 0 0
W Balentien RF 4 1 2 1
K Johjima C 4 1 3 0
A Moore PR-C 0 0 0 0
W Bloomquist 2B 2 0 0 0
O Navarro SS 1 0 0 0
M Morse LF-1B 4 0 1 1
M Tuiasosopo 3B 4 0 2 0
IP H R ER BB SO HR
C Silva (L,0-2) 4 1-3 13 10 9 1 2 1
R Feierabend 1 2-3 2 0 0 0 0 0
S White 2 6 4 4 1 0 1
J Huber 1 4 3 3 0 0 0
SEATTLE AB R H BI
J Reed LF 3 0 0 2
J Lopez 2B 4 0 1 0
L Valbuena 2B 0 0 0 0
R Ibanez DH 3 0 0 0
J Dominguez PR-DH 0 0 0 0
B Wilkerson RF 4 1 0 0
A Beltre 3B 4 1 2 1
M Kinkade 3B 0 0 0 0
G Norton 1B 4 0 1 0
J Clement C 2 0 0 0
D Carroll PR 0 1 0 0
J Burke C 1 0 1 1
M Cairo SS 3 1 1 0
C Jimerson CF 2 1 1 0
IP H R ER BB SO HR
C Baek (W,2-0) 4 1 0 0 1 1 0
R Dickey 3 3 0 0 0 2 0
E O'Flaherty 1 2-3 1 2 2 4 2 0
C Jimenez (S,2) 1-3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sunday, March 16, 2008
- Ken Rosenthal revisits at the end of his most recent post, 2001, when the Mariners started off 20-4, and had the division locked up before May. Rosenthal talks about how the Angels may want to add another starter to fill a 14-16 start void that will be left by John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar's injuries. The Angels could go in to the scrap heap of free agents left; Horocio Ramirez, David Wells, and Jeff Weaver is all that is left. The Angels have a surplus of outfielder, so they could make a trade. The Brewers Dave Bush and Chris Capuono could get some interest. Or the Angels could jump in to the Joe Blanton sweepstakes. The Angels may decide to go with in house options such as Ercin Santana, Nick Adenhart, and Joe Saunders.
- The Pirates have signed Ian Snell to a three year extension worth $8M with a $600K signing bonus. There are two option years on the deal, totalling around $16M. This looks like a good deal for the Pirates, because the arbitration rate for young pitchers these days are crazy.
- The Marlins are going to sign Jeff Conine to a one day contract so he can retire as a Marlin. Conine, also known as "Mr. Marlin" holds many club records, and was vital in the clubs 1997 and 2003 World Series titles.
- Spring Training action from today. SD 6 LAD 3; ATL 3 STL 2; BOS 3 PIT 6; DET 2 TB 7; FLA 7 LAD 6; NYM 4 HOU 6; PHI 6 CIN 2; TOR 8 MIN 3; WSH 3 BAL 11; DET 4 NYM 7; CLE 6 NYY 7; LAA 1 CHC 4; CWS 5 ARI 4; SD-COL Cancelled; SF 3 KC 13; TEX 7 OAK 9.
SEATTLE AB R H BI
I Suzuki CF 4 1 1 0
J Reed CF 1 0 0 0
J Vidro DH 4 0 1 0
R Ibanez LF 4 1 1 2
C Jimerson LF 1 0 0 0
R Sexson 1B 4 1 3 0
G Norton 1B 1 0 0 0
B Wilkerson RF 4 1 0 0
W Balentien RF 1 0 0 0
M Cairo 3B-SS 5 0 3 1
J Lopez 2B 2 0 0 0
T Hulett PR-2B 2 0 0 0
J Burke C 3 0 3 1
Y Betancourt SS 3 0 0 0
M Tuiasosopo 3B 1 0 0 0
IP H R ER BB SO HR
F Hernandez (L,0-1) 4 1-3 7 5 5 1 5 2
C Reitsma 1 5 3 3 1 0 1
A Rhodes 2-3 1 0 0 1 2 0
M Lowe 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
J Putz 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
R Corcoran 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Saturday, March 15, 2008
- The Mariners recently updated their pictures for each biography on their site. I was going to turn the pictures in to a post, but I figured it would be better just to have them shown along the way, or have you check them out yourselves if you're that interested.
- Tony Massarotti says that Manny Ramirez is planning on being a Red Sock for atleast the next four years. Ramirez has two options years for '09 and '10 worth $20M each. I guess that he is expecting a two year extension on top of that.
- Susan Slussar of the San Francisco Chronicle, says that the A's and Red Sox are talking about Coco Crisp. Crisp has $11M garunteed on his contract for the next two seasons, and if his option is bought out. So price isn't an issue, and the A's could use some outfield help. The Red Sox may target Chris Denorfia as a return for Crisp.
- Some scores to pass on from today. LAD 3 SD 3; ATL 6 HOU 15; BAL 6 FLA 7; CIN 6 BOS 14; LAD 6 WSH 1; MIN 11 PHI 2; NYY 11 DET 7; PIT 1 TOR 4; TB 11 ATL 10; STL 10 NYM 3; TB 7 NYY 2; ARI 4 LAA 5; CHC 3 CWS 5; COL 5 TEX 10; KC 3 MIL 8; OAK 9 SD 3; SF 2 OAK 10.
Time for something a little bit new here. I'm going to take a look at everything that has happened over the last week for the Mariners, and analysize it. This is a key part of Spring Training so I'll be covering a lot more thanks to this idea.March 9
- Seattle 0 Milwaukee 2
- Miguel Batista pitched three innings and struck out two, but walked three and gave up two runs on three hits.
- Jake Woods pitched two scoreless innings, striking out 4.
- Adrian Beltre and Jose Vidro each had one hit, and all the hits the Mariners would get.
- Seattle 8 White Sox 9
- Erik Bedard gave up four runs on 8 hits, including 2 HR.
- Ryan Feireabend pitched 1.1 innings, striking out one.
- Brandon Morrow gave up four runs on 2 hits and 3 BB, in 0 IP.
- Wlad Balentien went 4-5 hitting 2 2B, 1 RBI and 1 SB.
- Jose Vidro went 2-5 with 1 R and 1 RBI.
- Kiger went 2-2 with a 2B and 1 RBI.
- Seattle 1 Colorado 4
- Felix pitched 5 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and getting 3 K.
- JJ Putz gave up 2 ER, and struck out 2 in 1 IP.
- Ichiro 0-4
- Richie Sexson hit 1 HR
- Charlton Jimerson had 2 SB
- Brad Wilkerson went 2-3
- Milwaukee 1 Seattle 5
- Carlos Silva struck out 1 and gave up 7 H in 5 IP
- Aurthor Rhodes and Mark Lowe each pitched 1 perfect inning
- Wlad Balentien 1-4 2B, R, RBI
- Mike Morse 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
- Migeul Cairo 2B, R
- Vidro 2B
- San Francisco 3 Seattle 3 F/10
- Jarrod Washburn gave up 2 R (1 ER) and 6 H, in 5 IP, with 1 BB and 1 K
- RA Dickey gave up 1 R on 2 H in 2 IP
- Miguel Cairo 1-5 HR
- Ichiro 1-4, 1 R
- Raul Ibanez 2-4, 2 RBI
- Brad Wilkerson 2-4
- Mike Morse 3-3, 1 R, 1 SB
- Colorado 4 Seattle 9
- Miguel Batista gave up 2 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, while striking out 5
- Ryan Feierabend gave up 2 ER on 2 H and 1 BB, with 1 K in 2 IP
- Ichiro 2-4 HR, 2 RBI
- Yuniesky Betancourt 2-4, R
- Adrian Beltre 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
- Richie Sexson 1-3, R, 2B
- Greg Nortan 2-3, R, 3 RBI
- Jose Lopez 2-1, 2B, R, RBI
- Seattle 8 San Francisco 14
- Erik Bedard pitched a poor four innings, giving up 8 runs (6 ER) on 7 hits and 1 BB, but K'd 5
- Sean Green pitch 1/3 of an inning that he would like to forget, giving up 6 runs on 4 hits and 1 BB.
- Yuniesky Betancourt 2-3, 2B, 2 R
- Raul Ibanez 1-3, R, RBI
- Greg Nortan 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R
- Kenji Johjima 1-3 Grand Slam
I realize now that I've completed this post that I had included mostly stats. Now that I have a better idea as to what I'm doing, I'll be able to include more of an in depth analysis for the next, well, week of Spring Training, before I leave for Spring Training down in Arizona. I will bw bringing back tons of pictures.
The regal expectations flowed from Hernandez after having just 14 starts at Triple-A three years ago and then a 2.67 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 12 starts for Seattle late in 2005. But he began 2006 out of shape. "I was fat," Hernandez has said of a season in which he was 12-14 with a 4.52 ERA. Expect King Felix to make a move toward the elite of Fantasy Baseball this season. He is an outstanding pick after the top 10 aces are off the board.
Even though Erik Bedard is the Opening Day starter, Hernandez has as much upside as any pitcher in the American League. He has given up just two runs in 11 innings this spring while Bedard has struggled. (RotoWire - Tue. Mar 11, 2008)
We may not have to wait much longer for the King's coronation. Although he struggled at times last season, Hernandez had the highest strikeout rate of any pitcher with at least a 2/1 groundout-to-flyout ratio. He also finished with a lofty .337 opponents' BABIP, suggesting that he'll allow fewer hits this year. Set to turn 22 shortly after Opening Day, the burgeoning ace appears poised to put it all together. At the very least, expect him to top 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the first time.
Is it time to crown the King? With Erik Bedard named the Opening Day starter, and Felix moved into the two spot in the rotation, he won't have as much pressure. He has an amazing defence behind him, and a solid offence that he can count on. If he can stay healthy, you can expect around 200 IP, and 200 K. Felix will be 22 this season, and after a couple season's experience, he seems poised to prove that he is one of the game's elite pitchers. Don't be afraid to take him when his name comes up between rounds five and seven. He souldn't let you down.
SEATTLE AB R H BI
Y Betancourt SS 3 2 2 0
T Hulett 2B 1 0 0 0
J Vidro 1B 3 0 0 1
S Green P 0 0 0 0
E O'Flaherty P 0 0 0 0
S White P 0 0 0 0
J Clement PH 1 0 0 0
R Ibanez LF 3 1 1 1
R Rowland-Smith P 0 0 0 0
J Reed PH-RF 2 0 1 0
A Beltre 3B 4 0 2 0
M Tuiasosopo PR-3 0 1 0 0
G Norton RF-1B 4 2 2 1
K Johjima C 3 1 1 4
R Johnson C 0 0 0 1
W Balentien CF 2 0 0 0
J Lopez 2B 3 0 0 0
M Cairo PH-SS 1 0 1 0
E Bedard P 1 0 0 0
M Morse PH-LF 3 1 1 0
IP H R ER BB SO HR
E Bedard (L,1-1) 4 7 8 6 1 5 3
R Rowland-Smith 2 1 0 0 1 2 0
S Green 1-3 4 6 6 1 0 0
E O'Flaherty 2-3 1 0 0 0 0 0
S White 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
A team source concluded today that “the race for the bench jobs is probably down to two guys and I think you can guess who those two are.”
1. Jake Peavy
2. Johan Santana
3. Erik Bedard
4. Ichiro Suzuki
5. Victor Martinez
6. Brian Roberts
7. JJ Putz
8. Chris Young (SD, SP)
9. Mike Lowell
10. Joe Nathan
11. Brian McCann
12. Ken Griffey Jr.
13. Jose Valverde
14. Chris Young (ARI,OF)
15. JJ Hardy
16. Jose Contreras
17. Placido Polanco
18. Kosuke Fukudome
19. Conor Jackson
20. Pedro martinez
21. Noah Lowry
A little tip, the FoxSports draft don't auto draft for the people that aren't there, instead they take the 90 seconds, and then auto draft, so this one took me two hours. Overall I 'm happy with this team. I find myself to be very pitcher heavy, which may be an advantage. My last four picks were "I'm tired so let's randomly take someone who might be decent", so I ended up with a few wild card players. If anyone wants to start a Fantasy Baseball League for this blog, then email me at marinerscentral"at"gmail.com.
Friday, March 14, 2008
- MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan wrote today that the Cubs interest in Marlon Byrd still has some life. The Cubs would give up Matt Murton, but the Rangers want young pitching. I think that we will have to wait and see what happens with Brian Roberts before this deal is done.
- Kyle Lohse passed his physical today, and he officially signs with the Cardinals.
- According to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox aren't very happy with the offers that they recieved from the Giants. Names believed to be in the mix are Randy Messenger, Scott Williamson, and Dave Roberts, but not all together.
- Spring Training scores: ATL 9 PHI 1; BAL 4 BOS 7; CIN 5 PIT 0; CLE 4 WSH 8; NYY 7 CIN 7; NYM 8 FLA 2; PIT 1 MIN 4; STL 6 LAD 4; TOR 4 TB 8; LAA 6 CHC 5; ARI 6 SF 11; OAK 8 CWS 1; TEX 10 KC 8; DET/HOU Cancelled; WSH 2 CLE 3.