M’s Q3 Report: Roster Analysis

“When the unexpected becomes the expected, strange becomes familiar.” — Jason A. Churchill | May 20, 2016 At the halfway point of the 2016 season, the rotation of the Seattle Mariners was in disarray and their bullpen ineffective. It looked as if their season was quickly slipping away, especially after going 10-18 during the month of June. Then, the calendar turned to July and the Mariners slowly regained their footing and crawled back into the contention with just over 40 games remaining. The first two parts of our Third Quarter…

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Mariners: Three things for the second half

With the All-Star festivities now in the rear-view mirror, the quest for October baseball will ramp up a couple notches as play resumes on Friday. The Seattle Mariners entered the break with a 45-44 record and sit five games back in the Wild Card and eight games back in the division. It’s not an ideal position for a team with postseason aspirations, but at this time one year ago, the Toronto Blue Jays entered the second-half with a 45-46 record before going on an incredible run to end the longest postseason doubt in…

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M’s Mid-Season Report: Bench, Injuries & Roster

“When the unexpected becomes the expected, strange becomes familiar.” — Jason A. Churchill | May 20, 2016 Forty games into the 2016 season, hopes and expectations were soaring for the Seattle Mariners. Then, unexpectedly, one of the best teams in Major League Baseball (MLB) became one of the worst in the span of just six weeks. The team that could do no wrong suddenly couldn’t catch a break. What exactly caused the Mariners’ downward spiral? Can the team get back on track and compete for a postseason berth? Considering the…

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Projected M’s 25-man Roster: Edition 1

Typically the majority of the jobs on a given big-league roster that are ‘open’ have a heavy favorite, and there are few ‘open’ job with which to begin. The Seattle Mariners’ roster is just about solved, but there are a few questions yet to be answered, including the following: Will the club carry a first-base platoon? as I have noted many times, it’s not a great idea, but if the club does carry one, there are several candidates in camp. Who will win the first-base platoon gig? The candidates are:…

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Preview Capsules: Bullpen

Steve Cishek, RHP: 4FB, SNK, SL, CH 2015: 59 G, 55.1 IP, 7.81 K/9, 4.39 BB/9, 46.1% GB, .313 BABIP, 3.86 FIP, 0.0 fWAR Cishek was dominant two straight years as the Miami Marlins closer 2013-14, missing bats and limiting bases on balls to let his stuff take over high-leverage innings. None of the above occurred in 2015, with the 29-year-old taking a step back in performance, but perhaps most importantly all the areas that led to those two top-flight seasons. The velocity was down a full tick from 91.7…

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Mastering the JeDi code

From what I’ve been able to determine, social media bestowed Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto with the nickname of “JeDi” while he was still working for the Los Angeles Angels. I wasn’t aware of this clever nod to the fictional characters in the “Star Wars” movie franchise until I noticed it on Twitter after his Seattle arrival. I have to admit that it did make me chuckle a bit. [pullquote]The lineup needs to be a little bit longer. The rotation needs to be a little bit deeper. The bullpen…

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The Mariners and reliever volatility

At some stage of their baseball career, a relief pitcher was no longer viewed as starting pitcher material by an organization. Perhaps, they couldn’t consistently repeat their delivery, didn’t possess a viable third pitch, or had physical limitations due to their injury history. These “flaws” can make it challenging to forecast the performance of many relievers, especially during stressful game situations. That’s why baseball analysts frequently use the term “volatility” when describing the inconsistent nature of relief pitching. “Volatile” is certainly an appropriate way to describe Seattle Mariners relievers during…

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Mariners hot stove recap

After suffering through another losing season and extending their playoff drought to 14 year, Seattle Mariners management decided to hire Jerry Dipoto to be their general manager. Since taking over in late September, the 47-year-old has significantly altered the club’s approach towards scouting, player development, and coaching. While Dipoto’s initial actions are encouraging, the root cause to the Mariners’ underwhelming record is the fact that they didn’t have enough good players to compete last season. That’s the main reason behind Dipoto’s hiring and why he was the major’s most active…

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