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Lookout Landing 11 hours ago

Seattle Mariners defeat A's on a bonk, a bloop, and a bloop

The Mariners beat the A's on Sunday, 2-1. Well just like they wrote it up, the Mariners walked away from O.co this afternoon with a win over the Athletics, raising their record to 38-44 and thankfully, staving off a downward spiral that would have seen them right down there in the gutter of the AL West, kicking with the sewage and everything. I mean seriously, after that loss last night, did you expect anything different? This afternoon took a hot minute to see any action, but it all started off slow with Mike Montgomery once again doing his thing against an A's lineup simultaneously...
U.S.S. Mariner 16 hours ago

Game 82, Mariners at Athletics

JA Happ vs. Chris Bassitt, 1:05pm Yesterday marked the half-way point of the season. Yesterday marked the M’s largest deficit in the West, as they fell 10 games behind Houston. Yesterday marked the M’s 9th shutout loss. The M’s are shut down by Chris Archer, sure, but the M’s democratize the shut-out. They’ve been shut This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Game 82, Mariners at Athletics
Lookout Landing 16 hours ago

Lloyd McClendon to miss Detroit series

The Mariner manager suffered a family tragedy with the death of his sister. Sad news today on the holiday weekend: McClendon won't manage the team for the three games vs the Tigers. His sister, Angela, passed away. And he will leave for her funeral. — Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 5, 2015 Bench manager Trent Jewett will manage the team in McClendon's absence. We don't know the details of how and how suddenly Angela passed away and, frankly, I don't intend to go prying for them. If those come out later we'll amend this post at that time. This is obviously something much bigger than...
Lookout Landing 21 hours ago

Lookout Linkage, 7/5/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Hello everyone! Hope you had a safe and fun Fourth of July! Here are some links to get you started today: The Mariners have signed catcher Erik Kratz to a minor league deal. George Springer is headed for a DL stint after being hit by a pitch in a recent game. Miles Wray says this isn't the first time a player like Omar Infante might be starting in the All-Star Game. Eno Sarris goes in-depth on the submarine riseball, a new pitch that has actually been used recently in the majors. Jose Fernandez had...
Lookout Landing Jul 4, 2015

37-44: Chart

The Mariners fall to the Athletics, 2-0. Bill Pullman in Independence Day: Felix Hernandez (.071 WPA) Randy Quaid in Independence Day: Mark Trumbo (-.154 WPA)
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 4, 2015

Game 81, Mariners at Athletics

King Felix vs. Kendall Graveman, 1:05pm Happy Felix Day, and Happy 4th to you all. This season has been so painful, but it’s nice that we cans still celebrate every now and again. The M’s dinger-fueled romp yesterday was the perfect appetizer to today’s game, a chance to win a road series against the formerly-hot This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Game 81, Mariners at Athletics
Northwest Sports Beat Jul 4, 2015

Young Guns — Taijuan Walker and Mike Montgomery

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott discusses the rise of Taijuan Walker and MIke Montogomery in the M's rotation-- Montgomery is not old but he is 26 and that's fairly old for a rookie. One wonders why it took so long for someone who everyone regarded as talented to get the light turned on. Whatever the reason for that, I'm thankful he somehow did it after he came to the Mariners and for practically nothing.
Northwest Sports Beat Jul 4, 2015

Seattle’s Next Alex Rodriguez — Russell Wilson?

NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider Brian Scott draws comparisons of Russell Wilson to the Alex Rodriguez of 2000-- Wilson is now faced with the same dilemma that A-Rod once was– Should he sign a deal for love of a town or for the most money? As a fan, it’s very easy to sit back and say, “oh, he should stay. I would. What can you buy with $25 million that you can’t buy with $18?”
Lookout Landing Jul 4, 2015

37-43: Chart

The Mariners overwhelmed the A's with four 2-run home runs and the Mariners actually overcame an early 3-0 deficit to win 9-5. Just the absolute best: Seth Smith (.295 WPA)Just the absolute worst: Kyle Seager (-.147 WPA) Like I said in the game thread we'll be in and out this weekend so recap will be late/tomorrow/if ever. That, that was a fun game. Go M's.
Athletics Nation Jul 3, 2015

Game Thread #83: Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners (2)

Well, the A's scored three runs in the bottom of the second, thanks to a big hit by Canha and a double by Burns, but the Mariners came right back, dinging Chavez with a 2-run home run. Since then, Chavez has set down 7 in a row. We go to the bottom of the fifth inning; still 3-2 A's. LET'S GO OAK-LAND!
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 3, 2015

Game 80, Mariners at Athletics

JA Happ vs. Jesse Chavez, 6:05pm For the umpteenth time, we have to start off by acknowledging a dreadful offensive performance last night. This time, it was Scott Kazmir who sliced through the M’s line-up, limiting the M’s to 2 hits and no walks in 8 innings. Kazmir is tough on righties, but that’s not This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Game 80, Mariners at Athletics
Lookout Landing Jul 3, 2015

Let Me Take You On A Night Ride: Appreciating Kyle Seager

In a season of strife, the Mariners' third baseman keeps on keeping on Sometimes it's easy to look past the good things right in front of you. 2014 Robinson Cano and 2015 Nelson Cruz have been incredibly valuable, launching home runs and bringing name recognition to our little baseball outpost in the Pacific Northwest. They've been important pieces and have helped to elevate the play around them (well, maybe not lately). But it would be a shame to overlook the man in the Hot Corner. Somehow, despite a 2014 All-Star selection and a Gold Glove, Kyle Seager still seems under-appreciated. And...
Lookout Landing Jul 3, 2015

What has gotten in to Taijuan Walker?

Taking a glance at the young pitcher's recent improvement You might have noticed that Taijuan Walker was not very impressive over the first two months of the season. In his first nine outings, Walker allowed four runs or more five times. He walked four batters in nearly half of his starts, allowed eight homers in 43 frames, and only made it past the sixth inning once. His ERA was well over seven and hitters torched him for a .313/.393/.503 line. For sakes of comparison, Joey Votto is batting .282/.396/.495 in a hitters park. Walker looked overmatched and if the Mariners had had any...
Lookout Landing Jul 3, 2015

Nasty, brutish, and short: Mariners fall 0-4 in Oakland

The Mariners meet the other end of a shut out and are pretty sad about it We all endeavor to understand the world around us. I endeavor to understand why the Mariners are not a very good baseball team a lot some of the time. After back to back shutouts against the Padres, I suppose we were due to be shut out ourselves? Because really, are there baseball teams that win three games in a row? Is that even a thing, really? (Yes) Some turn to alcohol, some to musings, some to experience. Political theorists say: Get ye all three. Let us look to greatness to understand the depth of this...
Lookout Landing Jul 3, 2015

36-43: Chart

We DFA'ed Willie Bloomquist and a lot more as Kazmir and Crew blank the Mariners Papa Bishop's beautiful retrospective on Willie Bloomquist and Port Orchard: Franklin Gutierrez (.057) Actual Willie "WFB" Bloomquist: Roenis Elias (-.111)
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 2, 2015

Game 79, Mariners at Athletics

Roenis Elias vs. Scott Kazmir, 7:05pm The M’s head north to Oakland, the final stop on their road trip. Man, it feels better today after back to back shutouts than it did a few days earlier. I will never get over the fact that Scott Kazmir is pitching effectively in the majors after bombing out This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Game 79, Mariners at Athletics
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 2, 2015

July 2nd International Signing Day / Fare Thee Well, Willie Bloomquist

I was going to do a post about the opening of the 2015-16 signing period for international free agents, and then word come over the transom that the M’s had DFA’d Willie Bloomquist to make room for Chris Taylor. These things have nothing – at all – to do with each other, but 1) there’s This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.July 2nd International Signing Day / Fare Thee Well, Willie Bloomquist
Athletics Nation Jul 2, 2015

Oakland A's-Mariners series preview: Get out of last place

A series win lifts the Athletics out of last place once again. A series loss would be an inauspicious start to the second half of Oakland's season. The Oakland Athletics (36-45) must overcome three left-handers and Felix Hernandez as they face the Seattle Mariners (36-42) in a series that may finally separate dark horse contenders from last place also rans. The A's own a 4-14 record in games started by an opposing left-handed pitcher, and an 0-2 record in games started by Felix Hernandez. Aiding the A's in their quest will be a Seattle Mariners offense that continues to sputter in the...
Lookout Landing Jul 2, 2015

Willie Bloomquist: Show up and shut up

Searching for the hero in the goat. "Those are some big ass ships." When you bring someone to Port Orchard for the first time you take them to the water. The water is the whole reason the small town of 12,000 people exists. The water is where you find the beaches and quaint downtown with local shops and restaurants. That water, Sinclair Inlet, is a stunning foreground to the Olympic Mountain Range. If you find a quiet spot and look just so you can hear Bob Ross happily whispering as he paints what your eyes see. Almost. But the ships. There's those big ass ships. Everything else tends...
Lookout Landing Jul 2, 2015

Willie Bloomquist designated - Chris Taylor recalled

So it ends. Last night was the rumble: #Mariners expected to promote Chris Taylor, meaning a roster move is coming: http://t.co/zgSde8RvPf pic.twitter.com/0ZJ8EQ4Rue — MLB Daily Dish (@mlbdailydish) July 2, 2015 Today the explosion: willie bloomquist DFAed by mariners — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 2, 2015 Willie Bloomquist was batting .159/.194/.174 in 72 PA. There are many for whom this news is cause for celebration. There is almost no doubt it makes the team better. Chris Taylor right now may be a better baseball player than Willie Bloomquist ever was and...

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