Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Those following me on the Twitter have seen me post these charts about a half hour to an hour (that's the hope, anyway) after every Mariners game.
One chart deals with the pitchers and keeps track of their pitch count, number of batters faced, and outs recorded. Mostly my impetus for the pitching chart when I first did it last year was to have a quick graphical representation of how rested the bullpen arms were. Basically I like to use it as a proxy for knowing which bullpen arms are most likely to appear on a given night. Also tabulated are outs per 100 pitches (for the starters), pitches per batter, and pitches per out.
Another chart deals with the hitters and keeps track of the number of pitches they see and their plate appearances. That chart also tabulates pitches per plate appearance.
A third chart shows the runs scored and runs allowed by the Mariners over the schedule to date. Again, I mostly do it for the quick graphical representation of, for example, "hey, there's a bunch of long red bars to signify when the Mariners gave up a bunch of runs in that stretch of games."
A fourth chart (or set of charts) shows the amount of occurrences in which the Mariners scored and allowed a certain number of runs.
A fifth chart shows the amount of occurrences in which the Mariners won or lost by a certain margin.
No, I absolutely do not expect the Mariners to sneak their way into the postseason. I just don't think the offense has as much room to improve as the pitching does to decline. I don't think they'll be able to outhit any slumps by the pitching staff, etc.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Anywhere, I have to link these before I forget where they are in my Imgur account...
[edit 28 Jun 2014, 6:45p - added 2009 chart]
2009 Mariners runs
2010 Mariners runs
2011 Mariners runs
2012 Mariners runs
2013 Mariners runs
Follow me on Twitter @dsportsandbrems where I normally have the current 2014 chart posted about an hourish after every game if I'm really on it.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
(*thanks to old blogmate Jeremy)
(**Jon Shields informed me that Major League Baseball has now banned this move)
(***thanks to longtime reader Paul)
(****thanks to Josh)
--- PLAYER SPECIFIC ---
3) Three or more extra-base hits in a game for Ackley
[unaccomplished, DFA'd on May 24th]
5) Andino multi-hit game
[accomplished April 13th vs. Texas]
8) Bay multi-homer game
12) Beavan scoreless outing of seven innings or longer
13) Beavan gives up a grand slam
[happened April 5th at Chicago]
15) Opposing team bats around on Beavan
[accomplished May 20th at Cleveland, go-ahead home run in top of 9th]
20) Chavez multi-hit game
25) Trainers attend to Gutierrez on the field
[sadly, this occurred on April 22nd at Houston, the 21st game of the season]
26) Felix Hernandez 15-strikeout game
27) Felix strikes out 20 or more in a game
28) Felix takes a no-hitter into the 8th
29) Felix takes a perfect game into the 7th
30) Felix doesn't make it past the 4th
31) Octopus: Felix gives up 8 earned runs or more
39) Montero guns down a runner at third base
41) Mariners player gets into the boxscore while wearing a number higher than Montero's 63
42) Montero steals a base*
43) Montero triples****
[accomplished April 14th vs. Texas, with one out]
45) Montero scores from first base on a play not involving a home run
48) Morales grand slam
49) Michael Morse grand slam
[accomplished April 2nd at Oakland]
51) Morse three-homer game
52) Multiple-error game for Morse
53) Morse fields a position on the left side of the infield at any point
54) Dave Sims gives some stupid nickname to Morse's home runs
57) Brendan Ryan grand slam
58) Ryan multi-homer game
60) Ryan error results in runs scoring (we can tweak this to mean "in the same inning" or "on the same play")
[April 17th vs. Detroit -- Ryan committed an error to put the leadoff hitter aboard in the top of the 5th. Two hitters later, that runner scored from third on a double-play ball]
[on April 13th vs. Texas, Joe Saunders threw seven innings and left the game with a 1-1 score, though the one run was unearned due to a Brendan Ryan error]
62) Joe Saunders records double-digit strikeouts in a game
[accomplished April 2nd at Oakland, stole two bases]
65) Root crew tells us anything specific about Victoria, BC
68) Shoppach multi-homer game
70) Shoppach steals a base
[accomplished April 10th vs. Houston]
72) Shoppach guns down a runner at third base
74) Justin Smoak homers from both sides of the plate
75) Smoak game-winning homer (in the Mariners' final inning at bat)*
76) Smoak strikes out twice righthanded *and* twice lefthanded
[run of four straight 1-2-3 saves -- April 8th vs. Houston, April 12th and 14th vs. Texas, and April 18th vs. Detroit]
78) Wilhelmsen allows a grand slam
88) Former Mariner records a save against the Mariners****
89) Wabash Cannonball: Mariners fall behind by 15 runs in a game
--- MISCELLANEOUS HITTING ---
91) Same player "loses the handle" on his bat multiple times during a game, flinging it into the crowd ...
95) Mariners hit into four or more double plays in a game
99) Mariners extra-base hit overturned into home run after video review
100) Mariners home run off a foul pole (fair pole, whatever)
103) Mariners successfully execute a suicide squeeze bunt
[placeholder - I'll note that in the April 11th game against Texas, Brendan Ryan may have successfully executed the squeeze bunt, but Endy Chavez was tagged out on a very close play. Depending on whether "successfully" has to mean the runner scored, this may have met the requirement for Item 103.]
104) Mariners suicide squeeze bunt pushes across go-ahead run
107) Mariner hitter rings ball off the Hit It Here Cafe
114) Any player homers twice in the same inning****
118) Mariners turn triple play
122) Mariner fielder turns unassisted triple play
124) Mariners win on walk-off walk
125) Either team wins on walk-off balk
129) Mike Blowers makes any reference to Spanaway
130) Jay Buhner says something ill about the teal jerseys
133) Root runs a replay too long and misses a pitch
134) Root runs a replay too long and misses a ball in play
136) Mariners Junior Broadcaster inadvertently says his/her favorite Mariner is Ichiro
139) Fan-made sign containing mild innuendo makes it onto the Root broadcast
143) Root adds someone new to their on-air staff (Aaron Goldsmith would not count)
150) Ball in play hits a baserunner
151) Ball in play hits the pitcher, but the play results in an out or outs
159) Mariners player featured in a Mariners commercial is off the roster before the end of the season
160) Mariners have a double-digit winning streak****
161) Mariners have a double-digit losing streak****
162) Mariners complete a series sweep of three or more games against a team above .500
Friday, April 06, 2012
Anyway, here's the roster for the second opening night, in crappy Rizzs-like nickname format. I made up most of these in the "spirit" of Rizzs nicknames, but the ones Rizzs actually uses are noted.
Blake Beavan - Blakey, Beavey
Steve Delabar - Stevie, Delly, Barry
Felix Hernandez - King (consensus), Kingy, Licksy, Herny, Dezy
Hisashi Iwakuma - Hisashiy, Koomy
Brandon League - Brandy, Leaguey
Lucas Luetge - Lukey (confusing if used due to Lueke), Luetgey
Kevin Millwood - Kevy, Milly, Woody
Hector Noesi - Hecty, Noesiy
Erasmo Ramirez - Erasmy, Rammy, Rezzie
George Sherrill - Georgy, Sherry
Jason Vargas - Jasey, Vargy
Tom Wilhelmsen - Tommy, Willy, Helmy
John Jaso - Johnny, Jasey, Jasoy
Jesus Montero - Jesusy, Zeusy, Monty
Miguel Olivo - Miggy (Rizzs staple), Miguely, Oly, Olivoy
Dustin Ackley - Dusty, Ackleyy
Chone Figgins - Choney, Figgy (Rizzs staple)
Munenori Kawasaki - Mooney (Rizzs is using this), Munenoriy, Kowy, Kawasakiy, Saky/Saki
Alex Liddi - Alexy, Lexy, Liddiy
Brendan Ryan - Brendy, Ryany
Kyle Seager - Kylie, Seagy, Seagery
Justin Smoak - Justiny, Smoaky (Rizzs might occasionally use this one)
Michael Saunders - Mikey, Saundy, Saundersy
Ichiro Suzuki - Ichi (Rizzs staple), Suzy, Suzuki, Zooky
Casper Wells - Caspy, Spury, Wellsy
Ugh. Lazy hockey nicknames are bad, but they're not this bad.
Friday, February 17, 2012
This will be incredibly awesome if they pull this off, especially for folks in Kitsap County who take the Bremerton and Bainbridge ferries. All four major sports (plus futbol) will be within walking distance from the ferry terminal. Maybe that'll get some more Bremerton sailings.
Anyway, yesterday was a day I didn't think would happen for a long time. They've still got a long way to go, but i'm pretty sure this is the best shot we'll get to bring back the NBA and get the NHL. For the record, I'll never turn my back on the Canucks (they've given me too many good memories while the Seattle teams have been awful or left town), but will more than gladly root for a second team for every game except the six or so per year when they face Vancouver.
What a time this is.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Note on a couple of the ballparks: apparently there isn’t any updated imagery in Google Earth for Target Field. What shows up is a parking lot. Google Maps tends to get updated imagery before Google Earth, however. As for the new Marlins ballpark, all the imagery shows a stadium that’s about 50% built.
Anyway, it was fun when I made the original post in 2006, so nearly six years later, here’s another...
Just like last time, I tried to get an oblique perspective and I oriented the perspective to north.
Again, thanks to Google Earth along with the good folks (mouseover for credits) that bring us the imagery and the 3D models of the ballparks.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I've been wanting to post something like this for a while, but hadn't gotten around to it.
Chart of the Canucks' 1998-99 season***
Chart of the Canucks' 1999-2000 season**
Chart of the Canucks' 2000-01 season*
Chart of the Canucks' 2001-02 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2002-03 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2003-04 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2005-06 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2006-07 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2007-08 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2008-09 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2009-10 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2010-11 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2011-12 season
Chart of the Canucks' (2012-)13 season
*due to inconsistencies of URLs at the NHL website, the backup goaltenders for October 6th and October 12th could not be verified, despite the likelihood of Potvin backing up on the 6th and Essensa on the 12th
**a combination of (adjacent) NHL event summaries, HockeyGoalies.org injury listings, and wire reports via Slam Sports were used to verify Manny Legace being the Canucks' backup to start the 1999-2000 season before being claimed off waivers by Detroit
***I was unable to obtain NHL event summaries for 1998-99, and probably any previous season if I assemble more charts. Thus, the only definitive way to know about backup goalies was if the starter was pulled
--Sequence of updates--
[update 10 May 2013 -- posted 2012-13 version of chart]
[update 7 Oct 2013 -- posted double-checked version of 2009-10 to 2013 seasons, now with goalie appearances]
[update 14 Oct 2013 -- double-checked versions of 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons posted, now with goalie appearances]
[update 16 Oct 2013 -- double-checked version of 2006-07 season posted, now with goalie appearances]
[update 18 Oct 2013 -- less hokey abbreviations for the days of the week]
[update 19 Oct 2013 -- posted 2005-06 version of chart]
[update 9 Feb 2014 -- posted score bars on all charts]
[update 10 Feb 2014 -- posted 2003-04 version of chart]
[update 15 Feb 2014 -- posted 2002-03 version of chart]
[update 17 Feb 2014 -- posted 2001-02 version of chart]
[update 21 Feb 2014 -- posted 2000-01 version of chart]
[update 10 Mar 2014 -- posted 1999-2000 version of chart]
[update 16 Mar 2014 -- posted 1998-99 version of chart]
Steve Sandmeyer was let go by KJR in mid-December after over a decade at the station, and I think six years with Mitch Levy and the 6-10am show. Just this past Tuesday and Wednesday, Sandmeyer guest-hosted the Brock & Salk show at 710ESPN. He filled in for Mike Salk, who was away for the birth of a new baby daughter. Sandmeyer was fortunate enough to get the first couple weekdays after the Pineda trade to be back on the air. In my opinion, if Sandmeyer's foot is already in the door, 710 should either bump the Mike and Mike slot and put Steve in it (pair him with someone if needed) or have him run the Mariners' postgame show.
***UPDATE (17 Feb 2014) - since people keep searching this, I'll pass along this page where you can listen to the latest Sandmeyer show once they turn it around on podcast. There's also a listen live link. Secondary update: I think Fox Sports Radio canned the Dibble/Van Dyken show after the new year and installed Jason Smith, formerly of ESPN AllNight fame, into the late-night slot.
***UPDATE (25 Jan 2013) - with the format change of 1090-AM (formerly KPTK progressive talk) to sports talk, Steve Sandmeyer now hosts the 3-6pm show on 1090 The Fan Seattle with radio veteran Bill Swartz. Sandmeyer's show is the lone local show on 1090, with CBS Sports Radio more than likely trying to push their national identity as a full-bore national sports radio network.
Additionally, "Hot Shot" Scott Soden was also let go by KJR just after the new year. He first got to KJR in 1995, then was a main part of the crew for the T-Man, Rob Tepper. After the T-Man had stepped away from radio, Hot Shot was brought back to the air by Mike Gastineau, who had him along for the 3-7pm show. After being let go by KJR, Hot Shot has since done four podcasts, posted at HotShotScott.com.
***UPDATE (25 Jan 2013) - possibly related to Sandmeyer taking the #1 gig at the new 1090 The Fan, Hot Shot is now taking fill-in gigs at 710 ESPN. He still posts podcasts every few days at his website, and his co-host on the podcasts is Stephen Kilbreath.
As for KJR's on-air lineup, they cut Dick Fain's Live at 5 show to 5:30am. Fain (who himself was laid off from KJR for a short time) pretty much stays in the studio with Mitch Levy during his 6-10am show. Dave "Softy" Mahler remains from 10am-1pm. Ian Furness (with Jason Puckett) remains at 1-3pm. Mike Gastineau is now joined by Elise Woodward for the 3-7pm show. The timeslot from 7-10pm is now taken by a syndicated Fox Sports Radio show with the T-Man and Rob Dibble. Dibble does the show from Los Angeles, while Tepper does it from the Northwest. Fox Sports Radio wanted Tepper to move to LA, but T-Man insisted on staying in Seattle or he wouldn't take the job. The T-Man/Dibble show probably will get pre-empted 70-plus times during the baseball season if KJR runs another season of Baseball's Best Postgame Show.
***UPDATE (25 Jan 2013) - T-Man pulled out of the FSR show after a couple weeks because he felt they were making pretty bad radio (this was on an appearance on Softy's show). He regretted bailing on the contract, but ultimately felt it wasn't going to work. Amy Van Dyken ended up being paired with Dibble, and Tepper felt they made for a better show than if it was Dibble and Tepper. However, looking back at this, KJR ended up selling the whole "local representation" thing when they axed the night show and said "oh, T-Man is on the night show, don't worry," but ultimately ended up with nothing. "Live and local" lost three hours of local, five nights a week.
KJR made a big positive move when they were able to acquire the 102.9-FM frequency, but the on-air staff moves are a reminder of the state of the economy and the state of the radio business.