Lego Felix, meet real Felix.
Lego Felix, meet real Felix.
to your second place Mariners!
Raul hits two home runs, including a grand salami, Kyle launches a three-run bomb, and Iwakuma is fantastic yet again as the Mariners crush the Yankees, 12-2!
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Kuma shines once again going 7 strong innings with 9 K’s and Ibañez hits a 3-run bomb as the Mariners beat the A’s, 6-3! (Side note: The M’s are now only 2 games under .500 at 17-19!)
As of 5/10/2013, Felix Hernandez owns the lowest ERA in the American League, and the second lowest in all of baseball at 1.53.
The Physics of Baseball Pitches
Five ounces of cork, yarn and leather is all it takes to produce high-velocity, mind-blowing physics. The movement of a baseball through the air is due to three things: The pitcher’s arm (moving it forward), gravity (moving it down), and air resistance from the spinning seams (which causes side-to-side, sinking and “rising” motion).
Gravity will always pull a pitch down as it travels to the plate, but back and side spin create areas of high pressure on one side of the ball (“The Magnus Effect”, named for its discoverer). This creates a force that pushes the ball in the opposite direction, whether it be sideways (likea slider), down (a sinker), or causing it to sink more slowly than normal (the “rising” pitch illusion).
- The physics behind 7 famous baseball pitches
- All about The Magnus Effect
- A 1959 paper studying the aerodynamics of a pitched baseball (where they wind tunnel shot above came from).
- A Science Channel video all about the physics of pitching
- For the truly curious, a REALLY in-depth and technical look into the physics of moving baseballs
Some believe that current pitchers have reached the biomechanical limits for pitch velocity and movement. When you consider the sheer neuromuscular perfection seen in this jaw-dropping overlaid GIF of the Rangers’ Yu Darvish, I can see how that might appear to be the case (via Reddit):
Perhaps more than in any other sport, baseball pitchers embody the astonishing combination of precision and power in the heart of our motor neurons: Producing unbelievable force and grace, with nearly identical repetition, a couple hundred times a week.
The AL West whitewashed the AL East tonight, not giving up a single run to the entire division. (Excluding the Astros)
He could … go … all … the … way!
Jesus Montero hitting his first (and possibly last) triple of his career.
Mariners win the series against the Orioles with an 8-3 win, led by a three hit night by Morales and Saunders, as well as a 2 run blast by Morse and a triple by Montero!
Also a quality start by Harang!
Seattle Mariners Logo Cake - Oh Joy! Baked Goods (by WordOfMouth)
Almost too pretty to eat.
Now THAT is how you play defense.
Mariners beat the Angels 2-1, winning their first series of the year, as Morse and Bay both go yard, and Iwakuma strikes out 8!