We all knew how important this series was coming up. Started off 3.5 games behind Texas and now we’re sitting 5.5. I don’t love the Mariners standing pat with his roster but at the same time, as much as we all love to talk about trades, it’s not something that has to realistically happen.
Yes, there are plenty of roster holes and yes the Mariners really need to upgrade certain positions but it’s a matter of how in which are they choosing to improve. There are some interesting free-agents going into next and while they won’t have as much free cash – budget wise – as most people believe there will be. But, it will still be enough to go get a free-agent or two.
That said they need to figure out what they have in someone like Greg Halman. He’s someone that has really been an engima of late. Yes he’s 5 for his last 24 with 9 strike outs in 1 walk. But watching yesterday he had all of maybe two or three really bad swings. Other than that he got caught guessing on a fastball but made up for it by jacking that slider down the line for what was almost a home run.
I re watched each of Halman’s at bats a couple of times and for someone that struggles against the slider he did really well against one of the best sliders in the game. Ervin Santana is currently ranked third in most accumulated runs above average with the slider, just behind Bud Norris and Clayton Kershaw (by the way … droooollllll Kershaw. I’m a huge fan of his!).
I get he’s not as exciting as he was a few weeks ago but despite the results he’s still putting together some really intelligent at bats. Sure they’re not all great and there are certainly some issues but they are so much better than that of what Carlos Peguero has been putting together.
Another quick thought on David Pauley, I told you last time and I’ll tell you again, he’s going to give up home runs and the fact that he’s only given up two of them (unfortunately both walk-offs) in the past 46.1 innings pitched is admirable and yet still unsustainable.
In 176 innings he pitched last year between both Tacoma and Seattle he gave up 19 total home runs and ran a HR/FB ratio of 13.8 in Seattle.
I know he’s done really well with the ground ball rates and working the ball in the lower half of the zone but he’s going to give up more home runs it’s just an inevitability and part of this game.
Mariners of the Game:
Greg Halman WPA (0.127)
Blake Beavan WPA (0.089)
Brendan Ryan WPA (0.022)