A couple of numbers to think about

Today is a travel day.  I can’t promise a daily game recap, but I’ll do as many as possible

Here are a few things for you ponder after the three game series with Texas:

  • Today your Seattle Mariners are 2-1 and are in sole possession of first place in the AL West by a half game.  That could change tonight after the Astros play their rubber game against the Yankees.

 

  • The Mariners bullpen, which makes me nervous, had this line in Texas:
    • 9.0 IP, 32 BF, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 R, 5 BB, 14 K.  BA against .037

 

  • Offensively, the Mariners had quite a split against left handed and right handed pitching.
    • The Mariners faced two left-handed starters and two left handed relievers
      • 16.1 IP, 64 BF, 8 H, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 BB, 12 K, 2 HBP, BA allowed .148
    • The Mariners faced one right-handed starter and five right-handed relievers
      • 10.2 IP, 50 BF, 20 H, 16 R, 5 HR, 7 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, BA allowed .476
  • What does it all mean?  Are the M’s just killing right handed pitching? Will they continue killing right-handed pitching?  Are Rangers right-handers, especially in the bullpen, just that bad? Does this foretell anything, or is it just one series-cover your eyes and move on?

 

It’s so super early in the season, it’s too soon to know much about anything.  I like to give any team 50 games before deciding I know what a team is about.  That’s Monday, May 30 against San Diego at Safeco Field, for those keeping score.

Still, it’s hard not to be excited about the team’s offensive explosion, when for years the Mariners have underperformed. Just gotta keep it all in perspective.  Just to help the too optimistic or too pessimistic, the winningest teams in baseball history, the 1906 Chicago Cubs, or if you prefer your winningest teams home-grown, the 2001 Seattle Mariners were 116-36 and 116-46 respectively.  They lost more than a game or two, and the 2016 version of the Mariners are likely to be even less successful.  Enjoy the ride.

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