“The most recognizable names in for tonight’s game are Carlos Peguero in right and Carlos Triunfel at shortstop. But there is another you should get to know – Abraham Almonte. Almonte started the season in Double-A Jackson, but since then has been one of the most stable players on the team and arguably the most reliable. He leads the team with a .298 batting average with a team-best .844 OPS (on-base + slugging) and a team-best 16 stolen bases.”
—TJ Cotterill at The News Tribune
According to Zach Links at MLB Trade Rumors:
“The Dodgers will be the x-factor in Robinson Cano’s free agency and they could be spurred by their recent success to make a play for him. The Dodgers have been indicating that they won’t spend like crazy forever and could dedicate their resources to new deals for Clayton Kershaw and Hanley Ramirez. However, they could also move one of their surplus outfielders and find the spare cash for the second baseman.”
Given the Mariners need some OF help, they might be able to play Let’s Make A Deal with the Dodgers this coming off-season.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Mark Buehrle has gone to the weighted-ball training that teammates Steve Delabar and Brett Cecil swear by, and his performance has improved in the second half. The Jays have hired the founder of the training program, and a few pitchers have adopted it. It may become an organizational exercise as the Jays seek ways to limit the pitching injuries that have plagued the organization for years.
[Seattle’s is not a good bullpen. In fact, quite the opposite. With a 4.64 ERA, including a 5.77 mark in August, it ranks 14th in the American League, ahead of only Houston’s (5.24). You have to go back to Bobby Ayala’s reign of error to find worse Seattle pens than this one. In June, 1999, the Mariners’ bullpen had an 8.48 ERA. The next month, that same ’99 pen posted a 6.28…. The main culprit this August: Oliver Perez. In six appearances, he has allowed eight earned runs in 3.2 innings with an ERA of 19.64. Nine of the last 10 batters he faced reached.]
The Blame for PEDs in Baseball Begins with You by Maury Brown at Gammons Daily. From comments by fans for articles on the internet, to social media, to your local bar, right now someone is railing on about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. They seethe on one side of the argument or the other, pouring out venom (and often expletives) in extra-large doses. Many times, in 140 characters or less, adjectives are sprinkled about and dripping with snark. To them, the matter is offered in black and white terms. As if blame is ever that easy. The PED issue in baseball has plenty of blame to go around. You can read what is probably the most honest and accurate description of the PED issue (Here).
“Major league baseball is on pace for the fifth-most shutouts in history. The pace has slowed somewhat, yet there were 247 shutouts through 1,793 games, a pace of 335 for a full season, which would be 25 more than in 2012. The top five years for shutouts are: 1915 (359), 1914 and 1972 (357), 1968 (339), and 2010 (329).”
— Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Strikeouts per nine – Mariners relievers lead the AL, averaging 9.70 K/9.0 IP. Danny Farquhar (3rd, 13.73), Oliver Perez
(6th, 12.74) and Charlie Furbush (10th, 12.29) are among the AL leaders — From the Corner of Edgar & Dave.
Tim Lincecum’s loss Monday to the Red Sox was his 28th since start of 2012, which is the most in MLB, according to ESPNStatsInfo.
“…hitters have swung at [Danny] Farquhar’s curve 51 times, and 34 times, they’ve missed. Against the curve, hitters have two singles, a double, and 27 outs, and that’s been important given their success against his straighter stuff. The whole idea is to use the curve to give hitters a different look and mess with their timing. The pitch, then, has been invaluable, because it’s been almost impossible to square up and because it’s made the other pitches better.”
– Jeff Sullivan at USS Mariner
“With 147 home runs in 124 games (none in a 2-1 loss to Oakland Monday night), the Mariners rank fourth in the major leagues in long balls and need two more to match the season total from last season (149). The Mariners also lead the majors in percent of runs scored via the home run — 494 runs, 231 as a result of homers, or 46.7 percent.”
— According to Sports Press NW