Game 52: Orioles at Mariners

Happy Memorial Day to all.  The O’s look to have a happy Memorial Day agains the Mariners after coming off of a 3 game sweep at the hands of the A’s.

Mariners:

Batting Fielding fWAR
Ichiro Suzuki .272/.326/.313 -5 2.1
Brendan Ryan .277/.350/.348 -2 1.2
Justin Smoak .256/.359/.457 1 -1.0
Jack Cust .232/.366/.325 0 -1.3
Adam Kennedy .290/.318/.452 1 0.4
Miguel Olivo .243/.304/.355 -2 0.4
Carlos Peguero .185/.214/.352 -1 -0.2
Chone Figgins .193/.235/.260 1 -1.0
Michael Saunders .168/.225/.252 4 0.3


Rather weak end of the lineup for the Mariners.  The top 5 or 6 hitters are pretty decent (especially that Ichiro guy).  They get a decent amount of hits, the O’s pitching needs to buckle down against that top half of the lineup.

Doug Fister:

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
3.18 3.33 3.91 5.7 2.1 42.1% 1.2

Fister has relatively good numbers yet nothing to show for it.  He comes into today with a 2-5 record due to horrible run support (sound familiar, Zach Britton?).  He has a low BB/9 count and a decent K/9 and gets a lot of weak fly balls.


Fister has good swing and miss off-speed stuff, but not much movement (or velocity, for that matter) on his fastball and two-seamer.  But, he works well in the zone and does a good job of hitting his spots, making him rather effective.


Orioles:

Batting Fielding fWAR
Felix Pie .250/.250/0.333 -4 -0.5
J.J. Hardy .247/.330/.388 1 -2.6
Nick Markakis .249/.319/.327 2 1.0
Vladimir Guerrero .300/.325/.419 0 0.6
Matt Wieters .271/.337/.400 2 -0.1
Luke Scott .232/.316/.413 -1 0.1
Nolan Reimold .368/.455/.895 -1 0.1
Mark Reynolds .196/.312/.369 -9 -0.1
Robert Andino .274/.379/.330 2 -1.8

Interesting mixup in the O’s lineup.  Andino, who had been batting first most of the time since Roberts hit the DL, is dropped to last while Pie is moved to first and J.J. Hardy moves to second.  Reimold finally came back to earth as his average dropped almost .200 in the last two games (not unexpected).

Jake Arrieta:

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
4.57 4.37 3.91 8.3 4.0 41.4% 0.5

Arrieta’s numbers might not be the greatest, but he does have 6 wins.  He averages almost 6 innings per start so far this season and USUALLY limits the damage when he pitches.  Last outing he notched a quality start and K’ed 7.  Really needs to get that walk count down.  If he can do that then he might be able to go 7 or 8 innings per game.

 

Arrieta has good stuff, and his off-speed junk is even better.  He’s all about location and when he hits his spots consistently he is fantastic.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Memorial Day, thanks to all the veterans and service members who have protected this country and our freedom.  Have a great day and go O’s! 


Stats: UZRWARERAFIPxFIPK/9 & BB/9GB%PitchFX