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11th Inning Podcast Episode 12: AL East/Central Preview Draft

Joseph and Tyler are at it again. Each gentleman previews the American League Central and East divisions by selecting a starting lineup and one starting pitcher.

There are two rules:

  1. Each AL Central and AL East team must have one representative on the final squads, just like in the All Star Game.
  2. Each position must have a player that will ostensibly play the majority of their games at that position. For example, you cannot select Miguel Cabrera and Jose Abreu and stick one of them in Left Field.

The final squads with Steamer WAR projections in parentheses:

Swag United ~eyeroll~ (Joseph)

C Gary Sanchez (4.0), Yankees

1B Jose Abreu (1.9), White Sox

2B Brian Dozier (3.1), Twins

3B Josh Donaldson (6.1), Blue Jays

SS Jose Iglesias (2.1), Tigers

LF Alex Gordon (1.9), Royals

CF Kevin Kiermaier (4.4), Rays

RF Mookie Betts (5.6), Red Sox

DH Edwin Encarnacion, (2.0), Cleveland

SP Kevin Gausman (3.4), Orioles

Total Projected Steamer WAR: 34.4

Vista Hills Bombers (Tyler)

C Russell Martin (2.5), Blue Jays

1B Greg Bird (1.8), Yankees

2B Brad Miller (2.1), Rays

3B Manny Machado (6.5), Orioles

SS Francisco Lindor (5.4), Cleveland

LF Justin Upton (2.1), Tigers

CF Lorenzo Cain (3.0), Royals

RF Max Kepler (1.6), Twins

DH Hanley Ramirez (1.6), Red Sox

SP Jose Quintana (4.0), White Sox

Total Projected Steamer WAR: 30.6

I like Joseph’s team much better, and so do the cumulative Steamer projections. But the best part about baseball is that predicting exactly what will happen is always a fools errand.

We also answer reader questions and discuss two of these ten teams that we believe will underachieve or overachieve relative to their Over/Under totals.

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11th Inning Podcast Episode 10: Mariners Game Show

Thank you all for listening to our ridiculous and informative game show.

This is the brainchild of my offseason restlessness and my love for a franchise that has been dreadful for far too many seasons. But that makes the show more fun, both as a reminder that the 2017 season has the potential to exorcise demons and as a reminder that Jeremy freakin’ Reed was at the center of two of the biggest trades in Mariners history. With Jeremy Reed in mind, here are the Game Show questions and potential point totals for each answers. REED it and weep.

KING FELIX CATEGORY

  1. Which pitcher did Felix hit a grand slam off of on June 23, 2008? (24 seconds) (5 points)

Answer: Johan Santana (5 points)

  1. This will be the 11th straight Opening Day start for Felix Hernandez. Who was the last Mariners Opening Day Starter before Felix took the reins? (24 seconds)

Answer: Jamie Moyer, 2006 (10 points)

  1. Who was catching for Felix Hernandez during his perfect game on August 15, 2012? (24 seconds)

Answer: John Jaso (10 points)

  1. What is Felix’s middle name? (24 seconds)

Answer: Abraham (10 points)

  1. Felix won the Cy Young Award in 2010. He has finished second in the Cy Young voting twice, in 2009 and 2014. Who are the two guys he lost to in those years? (24 seconds)

Answers: Zack Greinke (2009) and Corey Kluber (2014) (5 points each)

  1. Felix Hernandez threw a 1-hit shutout at Fenway Park on April 11, 2007 against a very hyped starting pitcher. Who was this hyped Red Sox counterpart that day? (24 seconds)

Answer: Daisuke Matsuzaka (10 points)

LEADERS CATEGORY

HR leaders 2007-2016 (24 seconds each)

2016: Nelson Cruz (43) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2015: Nelson Cruz (44) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2014: Kyle Seager (25) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2013: Raul Ibañez (29) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2012: Kyle Seager (20) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2011: Miguel Olivo (19) 10 points by year, -5 points by name

2010: Russell Branyan (15) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2009: Russell Branyan (31) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2008: Adrian Beltre (25) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2007: Adrian Beltre (26) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2007-16 Saves leaders 2007-2016 (24 seconds each)

2016: Steve Cishek (25) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2015: Fernando Rodney (16) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2014: Fernando Rodney (48) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2013: Tom Wilhelmsen (24) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2012: Tom Wilhelmsen (29) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2011: Brandon League (37) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2010: David Aardsma (31) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2009: David Aardsma (38) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2008: JJ Putz (15) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2007: JJ Putz (40) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2007-16 steals leaders (24 seconds each) *This category has less points for the older seasons, unlike the rest of these category questions.

2016: Leonys Martín (24) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2015: Austin Jackson (15) — 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2014: James Jones (27) — 10 points by year, 1 points by name

2013: Michael Saunders (13) — 10 points by year, 5 points by name

2012: Michael Saunders (21) — 10 points by year, 5 points by name

2011: Ichiro (40) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2010: Ichiro (42) 5 points and Chone Figgins (42) -7 points by name

2009: Ichiro (26) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2008: Ichiro (43) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2007: Ichiro (37) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2007-2016 fWAR leaders (second place to Felix for six of these seasons) (24 seconds each)

2016: Robinson Cano (6.0) – 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2015: Nelson Cruz (4.8) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2014: Felix Hernandez (6.1), Kyle Seager (5.4) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2013: Felix Hernandez (5.7), Kyle Seager (4.0) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2012: Felix Hernandez (6.1), Kyle Seager (3.6) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2011: Felix Hernandez (4.8), Michael Pineda (3.2) — 10 points by year, 5 points by name

2010: Felix Hernandez (5.9), Ichiro (4.7) — 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2009: Felix Hernandez (6.2), Franklin Gutierrez (6.0) — 10 points by year, 5 points by name

2008: Ichiro (4.2) — 9 points by year, 1 point by name

2007: Ichiro (6.1) — 10 points by year, 1 point by name

VIDEO GAME CATEGORY

  1. Who was the leadoff hitter for the Mariners on Ken Griffey, JR. baseball for N64? (24 seconds)

Answer: Joey Cora (5 points)

  1. Name 3 of the first 5 pitchers listed in the Mariners bullpen on Ken Griffey, JR. baseball (24 seconds)

Answers:

Bobby Ayala (7.29 ERA, 63 ERA+, in 62 games)

Tony Fossas (8.74 ERA, 55 ERA+, in 23 games)

Paul Spoljaric (6.48 ERA, 71 ERA+, in 53 games)

Mike Timlin (2.95 ERA, 155 ERA+, in 70 games)

Heathcliff Slocumb (5.32 ERA, 86 ERA+, 57 games)

(15 points for 3 guys, 20 points for 4 guys, 25 points for 5 guys)

  1. Which esteemed Mariners Minor League manager was on the bench for the Mariners in Ken Griffey Baseball for N64? (24 seconds)

Answer: Pat Listach (10 points)

  1. Who was the Mariners starting shortstop on MVP Baseball 2005? (20 seconds)

Answer: Pokey Reese (10 points)

  1. Randy Winn is the starting left fielder for the Mariners in MVP Baseball 2005. Who did the Mariners trade IRL to acquire Randy Winn?

Answer: Lou Piniella. Winn was compensation for Lou managing the Rays. (15 points)

  1. There was a made-up AAA player in the Mariners system in MVP Baseball 2005 who wasn’t rated too highly but had a ton of hot spots in his hitting zone. What was his name? (24 seconds)

Answer: Ryan Riley (20 points)

RAP LINES CATEGORY

1.”One for the money, yes sir, two for the show. A couple of years ago on Headland and Delow” Elevators (Me & You) — Outkast

Name the two pitchers acquired from Atlanta in the Alex Jackson trade this offseason. (24 seconds)

Answer: Max Povse, Rob Whalen. (5 points each)

2.”Like the Energizer Bunny

With a battery pack

Boy that chopper keep drumming

Like brrrat-at-at-tat

Or Brrrump-bum-bum-bum

And I’m so young

But I’m a Giant like Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum” Back on my Grizzy — Lil Wayne

Who is the youngest player on the Mariners current depth chart? (24 seconds)

Answer: Edwin Diaz, 10 points

3.”Got a pocket full of money. Kinda hard to keep my pants up” Watch Out — 2 Chainz

In 2005, this player signed the richest free agent contract in Mariners history (24 seconds)

Answer: Adrian Beltre, 10 points

4.”No one man should have all that power. The clock’s ticking I just count the hours. Stop trippin I’m trippin off the power.”  Power — Kanye west

Rank these players by career home runs in a Mariner uniform:

Bucky Jacobsen: 9 (all in 2004)

Scott Spiezio: 11 (10 in 2004, 1 in 2005)

Jose Vidro: 13 (6 in 2007, 7 in 2008)

Dae-Ho Lee: 14 (all in 2016)

Scoring: 20 points for all four in order, 10 points for two guys in the correct spots, 1 point for one guy in the correct spot

  1. “You runnin your mouth, but don’t really know what you’re talking about. You should retire, get that complimentary watch, be out!” Talib Kweli on Hater Players (Black Star album)

Jeremy Reed was involved in two important trades in Mariners history.

Who are the two players traded away to acquire Jeremy Reed in 2005?

Answer: Freddy Garcia, 5 points and Ben Davis, 10 points

Name two players that were traded in tandem with Jeremy Reed in 2005 and the three in tandem with Reed in 2008

Answers: Two in 2005 are Miguel Olivo and Mike Morse. The three in 2008 are JJ Putz, Sean Green and Luis Valbuena. (10 points each)

Name at least one of the six players the Mariners acquired in the 2008 trade

Answers include: Franklin Gutierrez, Jason Vargas, Mike Carp, Endy Chavez, Ezequiel Carrera, Maikel Cleto. 5 points for Guti, 10 points for Vargas, Carp, Endy, or Carrera, 20 points for Cleto

6.”All of this is the obvious, I was just linin up. Huh! And now they wanna bring the 90’s back. That’s ok cause that’s where they design me at” Speakers on Blast – Skyzoo

Safeco Field was designed in the 90s and its first game was July 15, 1999. Who hit the first home run in the new stadium during that game?

Answer: Russ Davis. (10 points)

Bonus Questions:

1.Who had the third best season by fWAR in 2011? (24 seconds)

Answer: Dustin Ackley (3.0) (5 points)

2.Who had the most steals in a single season from 2007-16?

Answer: Ichiro with 43. 10 points by year, 5 points by name

3.Who had the most saves in a single season from 2007-16? 2014 Rodney, 48 saves (Mariners record). (10 points by year, 5 points by name)

4.Did Kenji Johjima hit more or less home runs in his Mariners career than Nelson Cruz hit in either 2015 or 2016?

Bonus questions will be done at the end. Answers will be texted to Tyler.

11th Inning Podcast Episode 9: Be Bold

Joseph and Tyler explain the podcast name change before diving into some bold predictions for the upcoming 2017 season. Professor Joseph makes an appearance, and he also introduces a new challenge segment: Alternative Facts. As always, good beer is being enjoyed throughout the entire recording.

Podcast Rundown:

4:40 — We explain the new name for the podcast

6:40 — How is a prediction bold?

7:38 — Tyler’s Bold Prediction #1

14:50 — Joseph’s Bold Prediction #1 and Professor Joseph

30:32 — Tyler’s Bold Prediction #2

39:00 — Joseph’s Bold Prediction #2

45:00-55:55 — ALTERNATIVE FACTS

49:30 — Jamie Moyer did end his career on the Rockies. Point for Tyler.

50:00 — Who led the 2010 Mariners in home runs? This answer hurt my soul.

52:00 — The last alternative fact includes the famous names of Jered Weaver, Jesus Sucre, Norichika Aoki, and Wily Mo Pena. How are they all connected?

55:55 — Joseph’s Bold Prediction #3

58:38 — Tyler’s Bold Prediction #3

1:01 — Joseph’s ridiculous final bold prediction

Thanks for listening everyone. Follow the podcast Twitter Account @The11thInning and follow us on twitter @tylerbradley9 and @joeyvictor24

The Felix Hernandez Debate

Is Felix Hernandez going to be FELIX HERNANDEZ in 2017? Joseph and Tyler have differing opinions on the matter in Episode 8 of the newly named The Eleventh Inning Podcast. After diving into the Felix Hernandez dilemma, two head-to-head comparisons take place: Drew Smyly vs. James Paxton and Robinson Cano vs. Jean Segura.

Also, Professor Joseph has his knowledge put to the test with some Mariners trivia. The game in question for Professor Joseph is from August 4, 2005.

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JDFC Episode 7: For the Culture

You all have been introduced to Professor Joseph, but this episode introduces you to journalist Joseph. What did he see when he was at FanFest? Did he get to ask the namesake of our podcast a question?

How important is a culture change to a winning ball club? From the linked Seattle Times article by Ryan Divish:

“It didn’t matter if it was general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais or director of player development Andy McKay, or even holdovers such as assistant general manager Jeff Kingston and director of scouting Tom Allison. They share a belief that better and more consistent communication will lead to a culture change within the organization and success on the field.”

Joseph Victor and I discuss this topic after last week’s Mariners media day and FanFest. There is also a tribute to departed Mariner Dae-Ho Lee, which fans of Joseph’s musical talent will certainly not want to miss.

 

Also, here is the Jean Segura article that I was thinking of around the 9-minute-mark of the podcast: http://www.fanragsports.com/mlb/why-jean-segura-wont-regress-in-seattle/

Fall in Love Friday: Mariners Bullpen Bachelor

Joseph introduces Tyler to the guys in the 2017 Mariners bullpen. Who has dark secrets? Who has bad tweets? Tyler only has three roses to give. Who will he choose? The answer may surprise you.

JDFC Episode 6 Part 1: Celebrating Edgar Martinez

Joseph and Tyler pay their respects to Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura, two young MLB players who died tragically last Sunday in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic. Then Joseph and Tyler discuss why the tremendous career of Edgar Martinez deserves an eventual Hall of Fame induction and why he is such a beloved figure in Mariners history.

 

Here is the link to the video of Christian Colon and Danny Duffy at Kaufmann Stadium hugging Royals fans on Sunday:

http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article128093009.html

Here are just a few (of many) links to some excellent writing about Yordano Ventura:

From Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star

From Michael Baumann of The Ringer

From Jeff Passan of Yahoo

From Vahe Gregorian of The Kansas City Star

And here is the link from the Mariners PR department to accompany the announcement on Tuesday that Edgar Martinez would have his Number 11 retired:

https://marinersblog.mlblogs.com/mariners-to-retire-edgar-martinezs-number-11-4522ab24efc9#.i70kactlm