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Is Wilhelmsen’s bad fastball location leading to an inordinate amount of hard hit balls?
Tom Wilhelmsen has amazing stuff. He has a 95-97 mph fastball and probably the best curveball of any right hander in the MLB. In 2012 he had an incredible season; 9.87 K/9, 29 saves, and a sparkling 2.50 ERA backed up by a 2.89 Fielder Independent Pitching (FIP) score, which demonstrated his ERA was no fluke. Out of the bullpen the Bartender was worth 1.9 bWAR and fangraphs.com pegged him as the 10th most valuable closer according to fWAR, ahead of big names like Jonathan Papelbon and Rafael Soriano among others. There was little reason to fear a collapse from Tom Wilhelmsen—in fact, I am sure many Mariners’ fans felt the second most confidence in him among M’s pitchers. I certainly did.
Fast forward to the end of June and Wilhelmsen is no longer Seattle’s closer; he has blown 26% of his save opportunities, allowed all of his inherited runners to score (2), seen his strikeout perce...
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The bullpen seems a little bit like a scape goat for the Seattle Mariners’ problems in 2013, but the facts are going against them. After Tom Wilhelmsen came blazing out out of the gates, a bad June moved him out of the closer’s role and moved Seattle into a closer by committee. Despite the insistence of some that the save is an overrated stat, the committee never seems to...
The Seattle Mariners have promoted shortstop prospect Brad Miller from Triple-A Tacoma, who will join the big league roster in time for a series against the Chicago Cubs.Miller will become the new starter at short for the Mariners, as Brendan Ryan will be moved into a backup role and Carlos Triunfel will be sent down to Tacoma to free up a spot on the 25-man roster.The second-round...
Your browser does not support iframes.Fans who attended the Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field Friday night were treated to an amazing rendition of the national anthem.This is because Mike McCready, lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, was on hand to perform the traditional tune and did so with the help of his electric guitar. McCready followed up this performance by tossing out the...
Listen up, Jack Z
Everybody has an issue with the Seattle Mariners nowadays. Whether it’s a disgruntled fan or an immature neighboring business, we all have opinions about this franchise. Some are a little more extreme than others, but the fact remains that this team is in need of some major changes in the midst of utter mediocrity.
It’s quite apparent that the entire front office...
The Seattle Mariners will be flying the rainbow flag on Sunday during their game against the Chicago Cubs.
A group called Seattle Out & Proud says the Mariners will be the first Major League Baseball team to publicly fly the gay pride flag. But Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale says she cannot confirm that.
The team has gotten a handful of comments about its plans, which were...
When you’re active on a site like FanGraphs, it’s easy to forget the majority of baseball fans don’t consume the game the way you do. Most people don’t know nearly so much about baseball analysis; most people don’t have the foggiest about UZR. More people, though, are writing about the game in an analytical fashion — meaning more people are being exposed to such analysis...
The Seattle Mariners have selected infielder Brad Miller from Triple-A Tacoma and put him in the starting lineup for his major league debut Friday night against the Chicago Cubs.
Seattle also optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel to Tacoma and designated infielder Alex Liddi for assignment.
Miller was in the ninth spot in the lineup. He was on a 22-game hitting streak or Tacoma, hitting...
There was a movie that came out in 2000 titled Unbreakable. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis, the thriller by M. Night Shyamalan detailed the story of David Dunn (Willis) and his interactions with Elijah Price (Jackson). Though there is a large, broader, and emotional pull to the movie, an extremely brief summary will suffice for our purposes.
In short, Dunn...
Despite having huge velocity and a delivery that would lead you to believe he is tough to pick up, Carter Capps ranks among the least effective pitchers in Major League Baseball this year. Why is he struggling so badly, and what should the club do to try and fix him?
Keith Allison Time for some more predictions for a few players that might have already surprised us. Domonic Brown is a great young player that is starting to really get it together. Raul Ibanez is not so young, but he's mashing it in Seattle. Jason Kipnis is red hot. How will they do the rest of the year??? Let's make a few bold predictions. Domonic Brown | PHIBrown...
Mike Zunino hit a game-ending single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
Michael Saunders and Raul Ibanez led off the 10th with back-to-back walks before Blake Parker (0-1) was relieved by Shawn Camp. Jason Bay advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Justin Smoak was intentionally walked to load...
The Seattle Mariners will have a new starting shortstop when they open their series against the Chicago Cubs Friday Night as Brad Miller has been told that he is a big leaguer.
The Seattle Mariners will have a new starting shortstop when they open their series against the Chicago Cubs Friday Night as former Clemson Tiger Brad Miller has been told that he is a big leaguer.
Every fan goes to the game dreaming of catching a home run ball. This Mariners fan caught not only a game winning, 3-run walk off shot by Kendrys Morales, but then, in what appears to be his regular seat, plucked Raul Ibanez home run ball 72 hours later on Wednesday. Watch this fan catch both balls, in the air, from the front row of the bleachers (courtesy of MLB.com)
The Chicago Cubs are going to be wearing these throwback uniforms against the Seattle Mariners for their weekend series starting on June 29th. The jerseys are an updated version of their 1909 uniforms and they look pretty good. It’s always great when teams mix up their uniforms with some throwbacks.