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Five Pirates Among the Top 100 Players Right Now

On Wednesday night, MLB Network began their top 100 countdown of current Major League players. The countdown consisted of five shows, each an hour long, shown over the last three days. Andrew McCutchen was obviously the highest rated player from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but his spot could surprise people a little based on previous rankings on MLB Network. McCutchen ranked sixth overall...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Giving Carlos Martinez the Pitch-Comp Treatment

This is clearly a toy I love playing around with. Please just don’t ask me what it means. I don’t know what it means to say that Henderson Alvarez almost has Felix Hernandez‘s changeup. It’s just a statistical observation, like any other. This is all way too new for me to know if it has […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

18-year-old Urias could be Dodgers' next international star

  Julio Urias is a teenager from Culiacán, Mexico, who hasn’t pitched above Class A in the Dodgers farm system. Yet, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez knows his name. “I’m going to watch him in spring training,” Hernandez, the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, told me this week. That’s your first clue: Urias could become one of the most compelling baseball stories...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cruz steps into power-hitting role with Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Few Mariners were happier to see Nelson Cruz in Seattle's clubhouse than Felix Hernandez. The Mariners' ace knows how difficult an out Cruz can be. Not only has Cruz broken up a Hernandez no-hit bid, the slugger is tied with the Yankees' Mark Teixeira for most home runs against the 2010 Cy Young Award winner with five. ''He reminded me of those things,'' Cruz...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners' Hernandez eager to help bring playoffs to Seattle

PEORIA, Ariz. — When we last saw the Mariners, a crestfallen crowd was rising as one to recognize arguably the greatest right-handed pitcher of his generation. Felix Hernandez had taken the mound in Game 162 with the chance to force a playoff for the second American League wild card. He did what he could, pitching brilliantly in the Mariners’ 4-1 win over the Angels. But by the...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Fun with VORP — Starting Pitchers

View image | gettyimages.com I’ve spent a long time avoiding evaluating starting pitchers. I suppose it beats evaluating relief pitchers, but otherwise it’s a pain in the tookus. The standard numbers are so volatile that basing your predictions on those numbers makes little sense. Yet, when you compare the sabermetric numbers and the standard numbers they vary wildly. As...
Via The Fantasy Fix
7 days ago  |  Discuss

5 reasons the Seattle Mariners will win the AL West

The Emerald City is buzzing with optimism about the Mariners’ chances in the 2015 season. After missing the playoffs by one game in 2014, the Seattle Mariners look to bounce back and make the playoffs for the first time since they won 116 games in 2001. Could this finally be the year for long-suffering Mariners fans? 1. King Felix Since Felix Hernandez made his Mariners debut...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Are We Seeing More Surprising Position Players or Pitchers?

An interesting thing about Corey Kluber is that he just won the 2014 American League Cy Young Award, narrowly edging out Felix Hernandez. Though it was virtually impossible to separate the two, statistically, there was no arguing with Kluber’s win — he was at least the co-best pitcher in his league. Another interesting thing about […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano are the fantasy studs in Seattle, but the lineup is more interesting than usual. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: 2B Rickie Weeks, OF Seth Smith, OF Justin Ruggiano, DH Nelson Cruz, SP J.A. Happ Key losses...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Only 2 teams haven’t appeared on Sunday Night Baseball in the last decade

Some interesting research was published at Baseball Essential by @CespedesBBQ into the frequency of appearances by teams on Sunday Night Baseball over the last decade.  As you’d expect, the list is led by the Yankees and the Red Sox.  Not only do they rank #1 (Yankees – 51) and #2 (Red Sox – 47) in appearances, but the matchup is the most popular over the last 10 years by...
Via Awful Announcing
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Limitations of Promising Pitch Comps

I’m never really sure how much to review recent articles. Last week I wrote a lot about pitch comps. Compared Henderson Alvarez‘s changeup to Felix Hernandez‘s changeup. Compared guys to certain signature pitches like Aroldis Chapman‘s fastball and Clayton Kershaw‘s slider. Wound up with this Marcus Stroman absurdity, in which Stroman is flattered by some […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding Comps for Other Signature Pitches

Yesterday, inspired by a morning chat participant, I drew some parallels between Felix Hernandez‘s changeup and Henderson Alvarez‘s changeup. While Felix’s changeup is better than Alvarez’s changeup, in terms of its effectiveness, the actual pitches themselves aren’t too different; the pitchers just have different levels of command of them. I made use of the Baseball […]
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Henderson Alvarez Almost Has Felix’s Changeup

Felix Hernandez‘s changeup is one of the best pitches in baseball. How can we actually know this? You could, if you wanted, look at the assigned run values. Those’ll tell you what happened on Felix’s changeups, specifically. But, those run values get complicated, since all pitches are inter-related. One pitch has an effect on another […]
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Starting PItching Rankings

Most people will agree that Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the MLB.  However, that does not mean that you need to have, or should even want to draft him, on your fantasy baseball team!  He would require a 1st round, MAYBE early 2nd round draft pick and starting pitchers just do not hold early round value. Considering the fact that they start just 30-34 of a teams 162 games...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners preview: games 7-12

With our predictions for games 1-6 made, we move on to games 7-12. Through the first six we have the Seattle Mariners at 3-3, taking one from the Los Angeles Angels and two from the Oakland Athletics. For the next six games I expect a somewhat similar story. After leaving Oakland, the Mariners face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game stint in famed Dodger Stadium...
Via isportsweb.com
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Positioned as Early Favorites in AL West

In 2014 the Seattle Mariners notched 87 wins, their highest total since 2009. It marked a 16 game improvement on the previous season. Still, the Mariners were unable to end their playoff drought, which has continued since they won an MLB record 116 games in 2001. Going into 2015, the Mariners look like the favorites in the American League West. The Mariners aren’t short on star...
Via Baseball News Source
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners focus: Looking back at “The Big Unit”

Per the announcement today from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame class will include Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Seattle Mariners legend Randy Johnson. Quite the class, isn’t it? Three of the greatest pitchers from the past 30 years and one of the best all-around second baseman from that same period. Not bad for a single...
Via isportsweb.com
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners rumors: Cespedes, Cruz, Kemp

Hanley Ramirez is out of the equation, as is (now) former third-baseman Pablo Sandoval. Both are now heading to Boston to be members of the Red Sox. As for the Seattle Mariners, the key targets in this year’s free agency pool remain the same: Yoenis Cespedes, Nelson Cruz and Matt Kemp. All three would presumably bring the much-needed component of power to the Mariners lineup. And...
Via isportsweb.com
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Kyle Seager, Mariners agree to $100M deal

            Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Seattle Mariners are close to signing third baseman Kyle Seager to a seven-year, $100 million deal that would keep him in with the club through 2021, reports Yahoo Sports. Seager deal is 7/$100M and includes 8th-year club option for up to $20M with escalators. Contract will be official...
Via Sports-Glory
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

What Corey Kluber Winning the Cy Young Tells Us

Corey Kluber won the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, beating Seattle’s Felix Hernandez by 10 points, with 17 first place votes to Felix’s 13. In doing so, Kluber became the first Indians pitcher to win the award since Cliff Lee in 2008, the first Indians right-hander to win the award since Gaylord Perry […]
Via Fangraphs
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

One stat motivated a writer's third place AL Cy Young vote for Corey Kluber

Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber is the 2014 American League Cy Young -- and he won the award in spite of an obstacle in the voting his fierce competitor did not face. The race between Kluber and Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez was incredibly close, decided by 10 points (169 to 159). Kluber received 17 first place votes to Hernandez's 13, while second place votes went...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Hernandez "disappointed" finishing 2nd in Cy Young

SEATTLE (AP) If he needed any extra incentive going forward, Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez found some on Wednesday when he finished second in the AL Cy Young voting. ''I don't know what to say. That was tough,'' Hernandez said after finishing 10 points behind Cleveland's Corey Kluber in the voting. ''A little disappointed. Just give me more motivation to work harder and harder...
Via AP on Fox
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber Win Cy Young; Jon Lester Finishes Fourth

NEW YORK — The Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber won the American League Cy Young Award, edging the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez. Kluber received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 169 points in balloting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Hernandez got 13 firsts and 159 points, and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox was third with 78 points...
Via NESN.com
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Corey Kluber narrowly wins 2014 American League Cy Young Award

Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber had an absolutely tremendous year. It was one of the best pitching seasons in franchise history. And just by a nose, he defeated Seattle star Felix Hernandez to win the American League Cy Young award. The honor is the third given to an Indians pitcher in just eight seasons. C.C. Sabathia won the award in 2007, followed by Cliff Lee in 2008. Kluber’s...
Via Waiting For Next Year
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' Kluber beat M's King Felix on my AL Cy Young ballot — barely

They were almost inseparable. Heck, they pretty much were inseparable. But in the end, I voted for Corey Kluber over Felix Hernandez for the American League Cy Young Award. The majority of the 29 other voters agreed with me — the Baseball Writers Association of America announced on Wednesday night that Kluber edged Hernandez to win the award for the first time. I’m happy to explain...
Via Fox Sports
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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