Yes, there was a sort of game on yesterday. Yes, we may have had a shot to win it. But I think even the Mariner hitters were distracted by Danny Hultzen being selected. Okay, probably not. But still pretty crazy.
The offense, that Keith talked about last night on the live chat, went MIA again. In fact, we only had two individuals in the positive for WPA yesterday and only one was a position players. Playing in a place like U.S. Cellular field you need to score runs and lots of them. It’s a small ball park where the ball flies out very easily and is a boon to right handed hitters. (See: Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski)
I was encouraged to see the numbers on Halman, who continues to knock the cover off the ball, but he’s one of those few where the process is more important than the end result. Simply because we don’t know how much longer that end result will continue.
It hurts a bit to lose this game as the Mariners have been going blow for blow with the Rangers, who got blown out at home by Detroit, and it would have been ice to gain some ground on them. But we didn’t loose any ground so that’s important too.
Quick reminder: We will have another live chat today covering the Day Two of the draft. come on out and join us! We should also have a short pod cast posted tomorrow on all the Mariner draft dealings and some thoughts.
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Mariners of the Game:
Greg Halman WPA (0.136)
Michael Pineda WPA (0.089)