Batting ninth…not a second leadoff batter

We often hear teams explaining that they like to place a batter in the nine slot “because in essence, it gives us two leadoff batters.” Well, the truth is that you don’t really want a guy who hits .235 with an OBP of .291 as your leadoff batter, which is what the 30 batters hit […]

Zunino Whiffing His Way into Oblivion

Earlier this week, we broke down why the Seattle Mariners landed a bargain by signing free agent backstop Chris Iannetta. While Iannetta looks like a prime bounce-back candidate, the reason why new Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto brought in a new catcher in the first place is much less cheery. Incumbent starter Mike Zunino, selected third […]

How Chris Iannetta improved during his nightmarish 2015 season

How profound were the offensive struggles of Seattle Mariners catchers last year? The club just picked up a new starter who batted .188 in 2015 — and that’s an upgrade over the incumbent option. Easy punch line aside, newly-minted M’s GM Jerry Dipoto might have landed a bargain when he signed Chris Iannetta to a […]

Players who have struck out at least three times in a game 10+ times this season

Lotsa games, lotsa whiffs Rk Player # PA AB SO Tm 1 Joc Pederson 14 63 58 42 LAD 2 Kris Bryant 14 65 59 43 CHC 3 Mike Zunino 11 44 42 35 SEA 4 Chris Davis 11 47 46 37 BAL 5 Chris Carter 11 47 43 34 HOU 6 Michael Taylor 10 […]

The Curious Case of Mike Zunino

Frank Cesare is an MLB and NBA Editorialist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @frank_world. The 24 year old catcher was drafted third overall in 2012, but Mike Zunino hasn’t been able to replicate his collegiate success at the professional level. In 106 plate appearances, Zunino has only 18 hits—five of which were […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) CUBS 6, METS 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 […]

MLB Video Highlights: Star Wars Day, Vogt’s Grand Slam

Stephen Vogt puts the A’s ahead in the 1st with a grand slam Your browser does not support iframes. George Spring makes a great catch in foul territory in the 6th Your browser does not support iframes. Nelson Cruz breaks the scoreless tie against the Angels with a solo shot in the 7th Your browser […]

Nelson Cruz Signs: Mariners tool up for 2015

After re-signing Kyle Seager, the Mariners made it clear that they are committed to going on serious runs for the next half decade. This will be the 3rd consecutive year that the Mariners committed 100 million dollars or more to a single player. Over the weekend they were able to add another piece that could shift their line-up […]

Missing Molina

Yadier Molina has a pulled oblique. If you’ve ever pulled an oblique, you know the good news is that it only hurts when you breathe. You truly can’t quantify what the absence of Yadier would mean to the Cardinals, so of course, I will try. The Cardinals were 62-48 (.563) when Molina played Overall, the […]

Seattle’s Zunino Making Power-Hitting, Out-Making History

As a quality defensive backstop who possesses epic power, Mike Zunino could be a franchise cornerstone. But as a guy whose feats of strength are surpassed only by his ability to rack up outs at the plate, the former third overall pick in the draft could also swing his way out of the Seattle Mariners’ […]