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Rough Starts Should These Teams Be Worried?

I am going to focus on three teams who have got off to rough starts between the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and the Seattle Mariners. I am going to break it down and let the fans of these teams know if they should be worried or not.
Arizona Diamondbacks;
The D-Backs record entering into Tuesday’s action is 5-17. You can’t win your division in April but you certainly can lose it. The D-Backs have a whole host of problems. First major blow to this team happened towards the end of Spring Training when Patrick Corbin elbow barked. That barking elbow has lead Corbin to Tommy John surgery and out for the entire 2014 season. The D-Backs so far have the second to last team ERA in the NL with a 5.69. Other than Wade Miley their starting pitching has been awful and I don’t mean awful good. Cahill has been banished to the bullpen and even if super prospect Archie Bradley gets called up soon (in AAA so far 1-3 with a 3.98 ERA) it’s going to take a lot more than just one guy. Goldschmidt is off to a good start and Mark Trumbo is hitting Home runs (has 7 albeit with a .210 Average) but offensively this team needs to pick it up as well.

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Cano Welcome to the Emerald City

SeattleWow each day is a hot stove bonanza and the Winter Meetings don’t start until this Monday the 9th. Let’s get to the latest.

Cano is Seattle’s Best:

The Robinson Cano saga has finally ended with the Seattle Mariners stepping up with a mega offer of 10 years and 240 Million dollars to lure away Cano to the Pacific North West.

The Mariners are buying years 31 – 40 for Cano. As a die hard Yankee fan who has watched Cano his whole career I can tell Mariners fans the following. You are getting a huge bat in Cano with average and power. He is a lifetime .309 hitter who has hit .300 or better the last 5 years. Cano is a 25 to 30 HR guy who will drive in 100 every year. On defense Cano is unbelievable, great range and one of the strongest arms I have ever seen from a second baseman, as well as being amazing on those shallow fly balls in the outfield making the over the shoulder catch. Continue reading Cano Welcome to the Emerald City

How Far Have the Mariners Come?

MarinersThe Mariners have put together yet another relatively disappointing season…but is there more to it? Is there any way the M’s have taken a step forward? The optimist in me says: Yes! Absolutely. But as with any other realistic fan, it’s easier to look at the back tracking of the club.

But there are bright spots. No matter how small they are. For example, the Mariners are currently on pace to finish with a 72-89 (h/t Baseball Prospectus) –

which would be a step back but, the Mariners’ offense has improved, despite that not showing in the standings.

Their total oWAR from last year was 16.8..this year? 18.1. The club’s oRAR (Offensive Runs Above Replacement Level) this year has improved by about 20 points since last year. If you’re not a fan of sabermetrics, then you can look at the fact they’ve hit the fourth most HR among AL teams. Continue reading How Far Have the Mariners Come?