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Lookout Landing Jul 13, 2015

Good Ackley cometh

SOON There is a fair amount of consternation relative to the on field baseball performance of Dustin Ackley. The gnashing of teeth is understandable; after all, Dustin Ackley was something of a high draft pick, and his college teammates used to call him "Roy Hobbs", yet what it feels like he's given us is more akin to Calvin and Hobbes. Or maybe Jekyll and Hyde. Ackley is a frustrating player to be on the team you root for. Not because he looks like Ragnar Lothbok while commanding none of the same respect, but because he gives you glimpses of his latent talent betwixt long gazing stares of...

Mariners notebook: Ackley is surging…right on schedule

SEATTLE — Check the calendar. July? Then Seattle Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley must be heating up. Yep, on cue, Ackley is showing signs of repeating his career-long pattern of surging in the season’s second half. He entered Saturday with 12 hits in 30 at-bats since June 21. His average jumped from .184 to .222 in that span. “It’s just one of those things,” Ackley said. “It’s weird. I can’t really explain it. I wish I could explain it. It seems like every year’s been different, though, as far as how things have happened.” This issue this year, Ackley said, was...
Mariners notebook: McClendon says Jackson won’t play this weekend unless he’s feeling `great’

Mariners notebook: McClendon says Jackson won’t play this weekend unless he’s feeling `great’

SEATTLE — Center fielder Austin Jackson could return to the Seattle Mariners before the All-Star break. All he has to do is meet manager Lloyd McClendon’s standard. “If he tells me (Saturday) that he’s feeling great,” McClendon said, “I’ll play him. But he’s got to be playing great.” Great? Nothing less? “Yes,” McClendon said. “It just makes sense.” The Mariners turned to Dustin Ackley on Friday to replace Jackson in center field for the second straight game. It wasn’t an ideal matchup; Ackley had just one hit in 10 prior at-bats against Angels starter Hector...
Lookout Landing Jul 8, 2015

Mariners lose 5-4, just the facts with David R. Skiba

Just The Facts. The Seattle Mariners lost 5-4 to the Detroit Tigers in a Major League Baseball game.  They had zero hits in fourteen attempts with runners in scoring positions.  A runner in scoring position is any player occupying second or third base as defined by baseball.  Here are just the facts, fourteen of them, accompanied by some helpful tips in the yard. This would have been a compressed image of Dustin Ackley hitting a two-run home run to tie the game in the bottom of the 4th inning.  Due to things, instead you get this. 1.  Today the Mariners went 0-14 with...
Lookout Landing Jun 29, 2015

Should the Mariners trade for Ichiro?

An in depth look. No. No they should not. Ichiro is 41 years old. Ichiro is not a very good baseball player anymore. The Mariners have a lot of not very good baseball players. The Mariners' team wRC+ in June is 74. Ichiro's wRC+ in 2015 is 75. Mariner outfielders are bad. Mariner outfielders with a higher wRC+ than Ichiro: Seth Smith, Nelson Cruz, Austin Jackson, Justin Ruggiano, and Mark Trumbo. Ichiro is no longer the plus defender in the outfield he was for so many years. Dustin Ackley, who many fans never want to see take another at-bat in a Mariners uniform, has been worth -0.6 fWAR in...

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