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Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Bucky Barometer- Game 12

Forget about Boone...The real former Mariner that we should be following is Bucky Jacobsen!

Bucky's struggles continued last night (8/20) as he went 0 for 3 with 1 rbi and 3 strike outs.

In his short stay with the Inland Empire 66ers and the Tacoma Rainiers, Bucky is 15 for 41 with 3 doubles, 8 runs, 3 HR's, and 13 RBI's. That's a .366 batting average! By the way, in 41 AB's Bucky has only struck out 9 times and walked 8. Clearly he still has a good idea of the strike zone.
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Friday, August 19, 2005

Fun with Numbers

It's TFF baby and today I'm looking at the numbers...

Here are my top five most interesting numbers for the M's, some of them are good others are not:

1. .317 - This is Jeremy Reed's SLG percentage since the ALL-Star break. What's more depressing is that his OBP is .318...How can your SLG be lower than your OBP? I'm not sure this is the guy for the future.
2. 19 - This is how many RBIs Beltre has so far for the month of August. The next closest is Ibanez with 9 and Sexson with 8. Watch Beltre, he is going to have a big month and probably finish the season strong.
3. .311 - Ichiro's average with an O-2 count at the plate. His average for the season is .307. Most averages go down with the 0-2 count, but not Ichiro!
4. 7 - This is number of HRs hit by the catcher position for the M's this year. Interestingly, this is also the number of different catchers the M's have started this year.
5. 17 - The number of times I want to puke when Spiezio comes the plate.

Since I'm having fun with the numbers, here is my line-up for next season:

1. Ichiro CF
2. Lopez 2B
3. Ibanez RF
4. Sexson 1B
5. Dunn LF
6. Beltre 3B
7. Jacobsen DH
8. Betancourt SS
9. Rivera C

This line-up will get you 80 more HRs than this year's.
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Thursday, August 18, 2005

US Win But Lack Killer Finish

The US MNT defeated Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 last night, yet the victory had many wanting more from a team that has virtually qualified for Germany in 2006.

Brian McBride put the US on the board in the 2nd minute of play and it turned out to be the game winner. The US had a goal called back by a bad, bad off sides call late in the second half. While the US dominated this game, if they are to remain a top 10 team in the world, they need to learn how to finish and blow out these kinds of opponents.

Like last month, the US continues to enjoy a sixth place world ranking, just a couple of points behind Mexico, who they face next month.

As well, last nights match saw the return of Claudio Reyna (below), a player the US must have in order to go deep into the 2006 World Cup.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Winn Factor - Game 14

Interested in how Winn might be helping the Giants...

Another fine performance by Winn yesterday as he goes 2 for 5 with a double and 2 rbis.

As of Yesterday (8/16), the soft spoken, soft hitting former Mariner is 17 for 52 with 11 runs, 3 BB, and 12 strike outs. That's a .327 average! Oh, and by the way, Randy's SLG percentage is well above his average at .681.
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The Miguel Movement - Game 13

Wondering if the M's made the right move by trading Miguel Olivo...

Okay, so this has just gotten sick. Miguel Olivo is just playing out of his mind in San Diego and it is driving me crazy!

Yesterday Miguel went 1 for 4 with an rbi...TRIPLE! Sheesh.

Through 13 games with the Padres, Miguel is 12 for 40 with 6 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, and 1 SB. That's a .300 average and .656 SLG percentage! Dude, where's my car!
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Too Bad He's Not a Lefty

Have you been wondering what happened to the "Big Dude" from Hermiston, Oregon that excited M's fans late last season with his HR's and gregarious personality?

Well, he's back. After spending a significant chunk of time rehabilitating his knee, Bucky Jacobsen is finally ready to play. Getting his feet wet with professional ball again, Bucky is in San Bernardino, California playing with the Inland Empire 66ers.

Through yesterday (8/9), Bucky is smacking the ball around the field like Paul Bunyan. He's 7 for 11 with 2 doubles, 3 runs, 1 HR, and 6 runs batted in.

If things continue to progress nicely, expect to see him in Tacoma and possibly at Safeco towards the end of the season. The only problem is that he's not a Lefty and thus probably doesn't fit into the M's plans.
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Monday, August 08, 2005

Sasaki to Retire

Kazuhiro Sasaki aka Daimajin announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of the season. He will make most likely his last mound appearance next Tuesday when the Baystars play host to the Giants in Sendai's Fullcast Stadium.

Sendai is Sasaki's hometown. Sasaki has lost his position as closer and has been ineffective for the Baystars, spending a large portion of the season on the DL and in the minors.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

NPB Update 日本やきゅニュ-ス

Kenjo Jojima, the power hitting catcher for the Softbank Hawks, has a bad shoulder and will rest it for a week. I still hold out hope that the M's will look at Jojima as a bridge between our current catching mess and Clement.

Think the M's have issues with guys making a ton of money and not producing, I give you Kazuhiro Sasaki of the Yokohama Bay Stars. Kaz returned in 2004 and has the highest salary in NPB at 650 Million Yen, a little over 6 Million Dollars. The end appears to be insight for Kaz as the team sent him down to the farm team earlier this year and he lost his closing duties to Marc Koon. 0-3 with 4 saves and a 9.53 ERA are the telltale signs of the end of a career. Sasaki hopes to pitch in his hometown of Sendai when the Baystars have a home away from home game against the Giants. Koon recently set the record for fastest pitched clocked last month with a 161 km fastball against the Tigers.

Sasaki has also been engaged in a lot of changes in his personal life.

Softbank continues to lead Lotte by 3.5 games, both have left the rest of the Pacific League in the dust. In the Central League, the Tigers have a 2.5 game lead over the Dragons and the Giants have managed to pull within a game and a half of the last place Hiroshima Carp.

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Fog Dugout Resembles a MASH Unit

AP - Magnolia, WA

This past Monday was the quarterfinal playoff game, pitting #5 seed the Fog vs. #4 seed Pinehurst Pub. Everyone followed the keys to the game and arrived prior to the first pitch, ensuring the visiting Fog a compete roster.

The Fog got the first going with a 3 spot and looked to add on more when 5 of the first 6 batter reached base safely, but it was for not. The first of many blows occurred in the bottom of the first when the second batter hit consecutive foul ball pop ups behind third base. Each time Graeme gave chase, and the second he appeared to have a line on when he hurt his legged. The injury forced Graeme to leave the game.

The break in the action clearly hurt the Fog as the same batter walked after starting out 0-2, and the Pub managed to take the lead with a 4 spot. The Fog managed 7 more singles the rest of the way, pushing a lone run across in the 3rd. Carlson also aggravated a injured hamstring in the first and was relegated to first base, clearly the leg bothered him hitting as well. Nolte hurt a legged in the 4th forcing him to leave the game defensively for the 5th and 6th innings.

Joe didn't pitch poorly, nor did the defense play exceptionally badly, though it should be noted that like the offense, neither were outstanding on a night when they needed to be given the lack of punch from the batters. 11 Singles and 2 walks, that won't get you far, especially in a playoff game.

The Fog dropped the contest 10 to 4, thought the score didn't feel that close. After the game, stunned teammates, clearly not prepared to end the season, exchanged hugs and enjoyed brownies and orange slices in celebration of Jody's birthday.
The Fog 2005 Regular Season Stats
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SF GIDP AVG Total Bases Slugging Percentage On-base Percentage OPS
Eric Nolte 32 15 18 3 2 2 14 3 1

0.563 31 0.969 0.600 1.569
Steve Boyd 31 12 15 4

5 3 1
2 0.484 19 0.613 0.529 1.142
Nate Watson 29 14 16 3
1 14 2 1 1
0.552 22 0.759 0.563 1.321
Dan Houser 28 15 15 2 2 1 12 2
0.536 24 0.857 0.548 1.406
Matt Cook 24 7 10

3 4

0.417 10 0.417 0.500 0.917
Daunte Gouge 23 7 10

5 1

0.435 10 0.435 0.458 0.893
Mike Carlson 23 7 11 1
1 9 1 1

0.478 15 0.652 0.500 1.152
Brent Amsbary 22 9 14

0.636 16 0.727 0.636 1.364
Peter Watson 22 11 14 2 1
14 6 1 2 1 0.636 18 0.818 0.667 1.485
Graeme Hanson 21 11 12
2 2 14 2

0.571 22 1.048 0.609 1.656
Joe Gerlitz 17 2 11

0.647 13 0.765 0.647 1.412
Jody Wilkins 15 3 3


0.200 3 0.200 0.200 0.400
James Owen 8 0 2


0.250 2 0.250 0.250 0.500
Kris Browne 8 1 4 1


0.500 5 0.625 0.500 1.125
Craig Weaver 7 3 3


0.429 3 0.429 0.429 0.857
Curtis Feddern 7 3 3


0.429 3 0.429 0.429 0.857

The Fog 2005 Playoff Stats
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SF GIDP AVG Total Bases Slugging Percentage On-base Percentage OPS
Nate Watson 7 2 6 1


0.857 7 1.000 0.857 1.857
Eric Nolte 7 3 5 1

3 1

0.714 6 0.857 0.750 1.607
Dan Houser 7 2 4


0.571 4 0.571 0.571 1.143
Joe Gerlitz 7 2 3

1 5

0.429 6 0.857 0.429 1.286
Peter Watson 7 2 3 1


0.429 4 0.571 0.429 1.000
Mike Carlson 7 2 2


0.286 2 0.286 0.286
Graeme Hanson 6 2 4

1 6

0.667 7 1.167 0.667 1.833
Matt Cook 6 3 4 1

1 1

0.667 5 0.833 0.714 1.548
Brent Amsbary 6 3 3

1 5

0.500 6 1.000 0.429 1.429
Steve Boyd 6 4 3

1 1
0.500 3 0.500 0.500 1.000
Daunte Gouge 5 3 4

2 1
0.800 4 0.800 0.714 1.514
Jody Wilkins 3 0 0


0.000 0 0.000 0.000 0.000

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Looking for Lefty

As you may have noticed (or maybe you haven't) the TFF list has taken the last two weeks off. Well...it's back

As the M's make way for the team of the future I can't help but feel optimistic. Maybe it's a mistake, but I really think the team is only one or two players away from being competitive again. One player that could make a huge impact is a legitimate left-handed power hitter. There are some interesting free agents in this regard this off season...Below is my top five list of left handed power hitting free agent acquisitions that the M's should make this off season.

1. Adam Dunn
2. Aubrey Huff
3. Hideki Matsui
4. Nick Johnson
5. Shawn Green

I don't think the M's can make more than one big free agent pick up and I don't think any of these guys will come for under $10 million a year. But with the money they have moved over the last week, they can afford to invest in one of these guys. My money is on Dunn. Have you seen the numbers he's posted this year? He could really fatten up our lineup.
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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Boone Barometer - Game Over

Wondering how Brett Boone has done since he joined the Twins...

For your sadistic pleasure (and mine), here is how are old friend Booney is doing:

After two weeks of girlish play, the Twins realized what the M's knew a month ago...Brett Boone is DONE!!! The Twins have released Double B, thus ending the Boone Barometer..That is unless some other team picks up Booney...

Double B batted 9 for 53 with 3 rbi's and 13 strike outs while he vacationed in Minneapolis. His .170 average was terrible, but not as bad as his SLG percentage which was also .170. In the end Boone proved to be a power singles hitter with average fielding skills.

Stay tuned for further installments of Ex-Mariner updates!!!
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