Bad umpiring was the buzz as the Mariners finally lost a game, 3-2 to Oakland in 12 innings.
- Update: Scott Weber of Lookout Landing has some good data on the strike zone issues.
And AAA Tacoma’s season-opener was rained out, Low-A Clinton also lost in extras, and High-A High Desert was blown out.
But … Blash Splash!
Elias is strong, but there are red flags
Roenis Elias went 5.0 IP and only gave up two hits and one earned run. And many reports indicate he didn’t get friendly treatment by the umpire.
So it could have been better. But, going by the Pitch f/x data, it looks like it could have been worse.
Check out how Felix Hernandez kept out of the danger zone. The center of gravity of his plot is down, and down-and-away. When he comes up, it’s up on the black.
Erasmo Ramirez was even more pronounced, leaving almost nothing up-and-centered.
But Elias left almost everything up-and-centered, and virtually nothing down-and-away.
A little more scouting, though, and some of those will get tattooed.
There were some who questioned Lloyd McClendon‘s devotion to Abraham Almonte as center fielder and leadoff hitter. So far, Almonte has five hits (two doubles) and three walks in four games for a .294/.400/.412 line. That doesn’t mean he’ll keep doing it, but you can’t argue against him so far.
And Dustin “just-relax-and-go-play” Ackley (batting near the bottom of the order and no longer in a “glove” position): .313/.389/.500.
Rapada has 152 games of MLB experience, but he has an amazing split:
- vs. RH hitters: .345/.464/.611! and only 13 strikeouts in 138 batters faced.
- vs. LH hitters: .164/.255/.231 with 69 strikeouts in 257 batters faced.
He’s the LOOGY to end all LOOGYs — get that lefty out and give him a police escort direct to the showers before the righty bats set the outfield grass on fire.
- Jabari Blash! It took him all of five innings to deposit the first Blash Splash of the year over the right field wall in Chattanooga. And it was a Grand Salami Splash. [Can you splash in salami? I guess you’d splash in the mustard.] It gave Jackson a 5-0 lead.
- But that lead could not be held by rehabbing Stephen Pryor (0.2 IP, 3 ER) and non-rehabbing Stephen Kohlscheen (1.1 IP, 1 ER). Still the Generals got the win for the next guy out of the pen — Stephen Shackleford — with five runs in the 11th.
- Yes, everyone in the organization is named Stephen or Tyler. Every. Single. One.
- Edwin Diaz got 5 K in 4.2 IP for Clinton (2 ER) but the LumberKings went on to lose in the 10th.