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HBT Daily: How are the Mariners doing it? And can they keep it up?

Aug 13, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

  1. clydeserra - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    How come they keep changing your straight person?

    • moogro - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Why even use the ruse of a straight person? CC does it solo just fine.

  2. sportsfan18 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Disclaimer. I didn’t watch the video.

    But, most baseball fans know that pitching, pitching and pitching is the key… Kind of like location, location, location in real estate.

    Seattle has the LOWEST staff ERA in the A.L. at only 2.97 right now.

    Oakland is 2nd at 3.17

    So, even though Seattle is LAST in the A.L. in team slugging and 3rd from last in runs scored, it’s pitching that’s leading the way.

    All that money for Cano and they are slugging only .677% as a team right now. They slugged .695% last year. They are scoring 3.96 runs a game so far this season to last years 3.85 runs a game.

    And Cano is having a great year to lead this offensive explosion the M’s are having…

    So, Cano has played well, it’s just that $240 million for him isn’t going to help them win. With him, their offensive stats and rankings are essentially the same, up a tad in some and down a tad in some.

    Here’s an interesting stat for the money Cano is getting… (I don’t blame Cano by the way, it’s the team).

    Last season the M’s team batting average was .246

    So far, through 119 games played this season, the M’s are batting .246

    So, even though he’s like 2nd in the league with a lot of hitting, he hasn’t lifted the team to a better batting average than when he wasn’t on the team.

    Cano is a very good player, but the team has more wins due to pitching. They’re slugging less, scoring a tiny amount more .11 runs a game and they’re hitting for the same team average.

    That’s too much money to pay for too little gain.

    Not enough ROI there.

    I hope the M’s do make the playoffs. But it won’t be because of Cano.

    In 2013, the M’s averaged 13.36 total bases per game.

    This season with Cano, it’s down to 12.73 total bases per game as a team.

    I’m sure the team had to think they’d be better than they are offensively with him and better than they have been.

    • thisdamnbox - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Not necessarily…The team has needed a clear veteran presence to step in and show the kids how to go about being a big league player (guys like Ibanez & Figgens & Olivo were not the leaders the organization needed). Cano has stepped in a verifiable winner and filled that role while also being that steady bat in the lineup. The effect Cano has had on most of the youngsters has been immense, even if it hasn’t translated into hugely increased numbers this year. Those intangibles – along with McClendon, the Seahawks’ championship, the end of fan indifference – will play a big part over the next few years toward a resurgence in Seattle Mariners baseball.

    • seattlej - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      That would be pretty awesome if the we’re slugging .677 — that would be something akin to sending The Kid to the plate for every AB!

    • seattlej - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      That would be pretty awesome if they were slugging .677 — that would be something akin to sending The Kid to the plate for every AB!

  3. beastmode5150 - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:55 AM


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