U.S.S. Mariner: A Seattle Baseball Blog

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  1. Dylema

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    If someone would have told me that nearly 2 months into the season that we would be in first place in the west, someone other then Ackley hit for the cycle, and Felix didn't have the best winning percentage, I would have thought you were crazy. But here we are .5 a game in front of the Angles for the West title, Brenden Ryan hit for the cycle, and Blake Beavan is 7-1, yes 7-1 that isn't a typo.

    This hot start for the M's is hard to pin down but good pitching, contact hitting, and aggressive base running appears to be the key.

    *Pitching - If you can have your starters constantly working deep into a game, it doesn't matter how bat the back end of your bullpen is because they don't get many chances to work. Combined Seattle's starters have a 3.57 ERA and 27 quality starts, which works out to about 63% of the games that Seattle has played. Felix leads the team in this category throwing a QS in 8 out of 9 games this season and is unlucky to find himself with only 3 wins.

    *Hitting - This one is a little confusing to say the least. The M's are 5th in Average yet lead the league in hits. They also lead the league in runs scored and have one of the worst strike out rates in the AL. They manage to have at least 60 more PA then any other team, having only played 1 or 2 more games. In the West they have over a 100 more PA then the Angles and nearly 100 more AB in one more game.

    *Baserunning - Is there anything better then a team who knows how to steal a base? I think not and the M's are proving this theory. They have 15 more stolen bases then the next closest team in the AL and have only been caught 9 times. With runners constantly putting them selves in scoring position it's no wonder why the M's lead the league in runs scored and RBI's.
     
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    The M's are playing out of their mind right now. Even while leading the league in runs scored, Felix still can't get that run support. Will be interesting to see if your M's can continue to play so well.
     
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    Blake DeWitt to the Rescue

    Who would have guessed that Ackley going down could have been a blessing in disguise. Ackley who was having a bit of an underwhelming season, although picking it up slightly until the injury, has still managed to keep his spot over DeWitt who the team picked up to be a utility player with hopes that he could contribute when called on. And boy is he contributing, batting .440 with a slugging percentage of .800, that puts his OPS only behind Montero's on the team and Montero has been having just a ridiculous September so far.

    I think everyone in the Pacific Northwest cringed when Ackley went down, because although he hasn't been doing great this season you know what he's capable of. For now a mid season waver pick up if filling the gap and filling it quite will.

    Montero's Month

    Jesus Montero is a possible AL Rookie of the Year candidate and so far in September he's staking his claim to it. In 35 AB's he has 33 TB's which leads to his superb OPS of 1.466 on the month. 24 of these bases have come off his 6 homeruns, 1 for about every 6 at-bats. He may only be a rookie but he's already putting this team on his back and doing his best to propel them to the play-offs.

    Edit: For batters with 20 or more atbats this month Montero leads the League in OPS and DeWitt is 6th.
     
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  4. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Wow. Blake Dewitt huh? Hahaha.
     
  5. Dylema

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    If he keeps this up and we make the play-offs he'll be the reason. The key to that sentence is "if" but ratings wise he's really not that bad.
     
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    Paxton Is Out Forever!

    It's sad to report that James Paxton's career is over. He was out with Radial Nerve damage for 5-6 months but the diagnosis now has been updated to career ending. A player who had a bright future ahead of him appears as though it might be over before he ever got to throw a pitch in the majors.
     
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    The Off Season - A Course to Nowhere?

    The M's lost their main FA target today when Doc Halladay signed with the O's. This has left many fan wondering what the off season will bring. News of Montero and Felix signing extensions may be the most exciting thing they get to hear. With the young talent finally maturing in the majors only a few slight weaknesses seem to remain. The rumors of Dempster moving may have been quieted by the first week of FA negotiations. In a Q&A with the GM I was told that there may still be some deals signed but expecting a big signing isn't the best place to put your energy. This didn't rule anything out but a quite off-season from the M's appears on the horizon, however at least this time it appears to be a bright and hopeful horizon.
     
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    Just Who Are These Guys - A Surprisingly Good Season for the M's

    After finishing 20 games behind the 'stros many in the northwest were looking for the team to potentially off load some talent to pick up some prospects for the future. While the team certainly didn't make any splashes in the free agent market smart buys have seen them propelled them to the best record in the AL. Any whispers about King Felix being on the market in the off season or deadline day have been thoroughly quieted as the M's look to push on for another world title.

    So how have they done it? The M's were quiet in the FA window only picking up a few relievers, but boy have those signings paid off. Dan Runzler has been one of the best bullpen arms in the game this season leading the AL in Saves and K's while being third in ERA. As we all know though without a good corp of starters the closer won't have much to do and Seattle have 3 of the best in Felix, Hultzen, and Walker. They are a combined 31-8 and if you throw in the other two starters who are no push overs it's 41-12, a purely sublime winning percentage among starters decisions and naturally lead the league in starters ERA with a 3.09. With pitching like this the offense just has to show up and put a few runs on the board for a win every night, as the pitching generally wins the games for the team.

    The offence however does not shy away from the spotlight. With 3 players with 10 or more HR's and the 3rd most stolen bases in the league, they get it done with both the long ball and good old station to station baseball. While no one player is having an MVP type season guys such as Wiswall and Tommy Morris are having the best seasons of their career overall. Couple that with the recent emergence of rookie outfielder Kozue Kubo and the improving game of third year player Ramon Coronel and the M's are now reaping the benefits of their deep offensive farm system.
     
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    Hopefully Runzler's arm falls off and Astros take the West :)
     
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    A Year of Milestones

    In an era when player movement is increasing the Mariners have two players this season who are reaching milestones with the club. King Felix has made his 500th start this year having played for the M's since 2005. During that time he has amassed 224 wins and a career ERA of 3.21. He suffered through the dark years of the Mariners only to help lead them through their resurgence to the top of the AL West and a deserved World Series ring. Another player reaching a milestone is Tom Morris who has played over 1000 games in his 7 seasons with the M's. Drafted in 2012 he spend the rest of that season in AA and broke camp with the big club the following season in which he had a 5.8 WAR. While never quite living up to his full potential with the bat he has been one of the best if not the best center fielders in the game having only 24 errors in over 2500 chances with a career range factor of 2.6.

    Both players have heard the whispers of trade rumors but they have have and will continue to be the face of the ball club for years to come.
     
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    A Decade Under the Influence
    10 Years of Dylema at the Helm

    After Jack Z had failed to deliver the results he promised the reigns were handed to a young unproven GM in Dylema with hopes that he could turn the team around, and with a few small moves he bridged the gap between the horrid 2012 M's to what became a WS winner with mostly farm talent by 2016.

    Not known for his trades Dylema is one of those managers who looks for value in the least likely of sources, this was shown early in his tenure as he grabbed both Blake DeWitt and Ryan Dempster off of the waiver wire. Both players stepped up their performances in Seattle and became integral stopgaps until the farm was ready to harvest, and boy did the farm produce. No less then 15 players on the World Series team were called up to the majors after Dylema took hold of the team, and showed why his reluctance to trade payed off in the end. As the team matured the results started to come including six straight trips to the post season and three manager of the year awards. Despite this success the Mariners never became one of the most talked about teams, due in part to their remote location in the Pacific Northwest and the amazing rebuild job done down in division rival Houston stealing the headlines.

    The Mariners now have missed the last two playoffs and are looking to retool their team for another run, having dealt two key players in SP Danny Hultzen and OF Kozue Kubo. The hopes are that the players received in return, most notably future ace SP Howard Powers, will help the M's return to playoffs.

    All Dylema Team

    SP - Felix Hernandez
    C - David Villasuso
    1B - Micky Wiswall
    2B - Blake DeWitt
    3B - Frank Green
    SS - Chris Greene
    LF - Denny Almonte
    CF - Tommy Morris
    RF - Kozue Kubo
     
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  12. PAgamer07

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    Awesome. I need the all PA team but there would be like two guys on it
     
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    M's Trade Ace

    In what was an expected move the Mariners traded away 8 year veteran ace Wallace Bannatyne. The man affectionately known as Hat had spent his entire career so far with the M's and made his debut only a year after being drafter at the age of 22. Now 29 he has amassed over 80 wins with 4 seasons of 15 or more wins and a 3rd place finish in the AL Cy Young voting for a stellar 18-7 season in 2031.

    Hat, who had made it no secret that he would test free agency at the end of the season and thus the Seattle GM had been fielding offers for his star pitcher. Bannatyne's caliber as well as his retaliative young age of 29 helped the M's secure one of the top pitching prospects and last years number 1 overall pick Pete Lynch. Along with Lynch the M's got a few other key young pieces including the #55 overall prospect in OF Fernando Gonzalez and SS Adrian Esquivel who has spent part of 3 seasons on the Dodgers big league club. The deal finished with a promising youngster from Aruba and a former #33 overall draft pick, both have the potential to reach the show in the future.
     
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