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Lookout Landing 37 mins ago

Lookout Linkage, 7/24/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning everyone! Here are your batch of links for today: James Paxton performed rather un-inspiringly in his most recent rehab outing with Tacoma. Rumor came out recently that the M's were looking at Casey McGehee as a possible acquisition candidate. Emerald City Swagger wonders if McGehee could provide much help for the Mariners. Conversely, Fish Stripes wonders if it'd be wise for the Marlins to deal McGehee. Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs looks at the top 10 prospects projected by WAR, a...
Lookout Landing 13 hours ago

Mariners dance on high wire, fall, break leg

The Mariners played another excruciating coin flip game and came out on the short end against should be Mariner Bartolo Colon. via cdn0.vox-cdn.com There exists within the niche market of internet savvy baseball enthusiasts an unavoidable level of group think. A respected voice shares an opinion through column, interview of even small Tweet and it bounds out through the ether, grabbing likes, favs, shares, comments, etc. as it rolls its way along. It ever expands, and the increased mass of the idea makes grabbing ever more mass ever easier. It grows until it reaches the edge of the...
53-48: Chart

53-48: Chart

Taijuan Walker has another shaky outing, Bartolo Colon flirts with a perfect game, Mariners lose 3-2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014): Brad Miller (.151 WPA) Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (2001): Endy Chavez (-.188 WPA) It's a sad day when the best thing to happen to the Mariners is that they don't get no-hit by Bartolo Colon. Questions Do you think the Mariners should adopt protective headgear for their pitching staff? Describe one (fairly plausible) move you'd like to see the M's make before the trade deadline. What has been the highlight of your summer so far?
Northwest Sports Beat 17 hours ago

M’s Skipper Lloyd McClendon mid-season report card

How Has The Skip Performed? Sometimes I think the media forgets that it’s not 100% about the players.  Coaches and managers definitely play a role in how their teams perform. There is no exception for the Seattle Mariners newly anointed Skipper, Lloyd McClendon either. I think it’s time we pay some attention to the skipper, […]
U.S.S. Mariner 21 hours ago

Game 101, Mets at Mariners

Taijuan Walker vs. Bartolo Colon, 12:40pm Taijuan Walker moves up to make this start after Erasmo Ramirez was rewarded for his sterling performance last night with a bus ticket back to Tacoma. It sounds crueler than it is, but here’s to Erasmo for stepping up when he (and the bullpen) needed him. Bartolo Colon’s late-career, 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 101, Mets at Mariners
U.S.S. Mariner 21 hours ago

Podcast: 60 Games Remain

Wednesday Morning Podcast! Jeff and I postponed the usual Monday morning recording due to scheduling and the fact that the Mariners had most of the previous week off. Podcast with Jeff and Matthew: Direct link! || iTunes link! || RSS/XML link! Thanks again to those that helped support the show and/or StatCorner work in general 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.Podcast: 60 Games Remain
Lookout Landing Jul 23, 2014
53-47: Unfamiliar Mariners lose, familiarly

53-47: Unfamiliar Mariners lose, familiarly

A season of surprise and drama grants a reprieve to staid tradition/Jacob deGrom. It was less than three weeks ago, in these very digital pages where the 2004-2006, 2008, 2010-2013 Mariners were eulogized and put to rest. This team, for 100 games, has been different.  In the long Winter since 2003 every bit of success has been built on quicksand. The 2 teams (2007, 2009) that have given us hope sold it to us on an adjustable rate mortgage, with interest rates set to skyrocket. How do you get hope out of 2 above .500 teams in a decade with a combined run differential of -71? Those teams...
Lookout Landing Jul 23, 2014

53-47: Chart

Mariners bats SUDDENLY go silent, lose game. Source: FanGraphs Sword of the Morning: Dustin Ackley (.204 WPA)Goat Vargo Hoat: Logan Morrison (-.192 WPA) Questions: 1) If you could experience any mode of transportation real or fictional; car, plane, spaceship, beaming, high atmosphere skydiving, etc. what would it be? 2) Where do you find rest? 3) You cannot have prime Griffey, Edgar, Ichiro, Randy or A-Rod. Which one Mariner do you take from which year to put on this team to make them better?
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 22, 2014

Game 100, Mets at Mariners

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Jacob deGrom, 7:10pm Ooookay, I know there was a game thread for last night’s game, and now I don’t see it. Hopefully, this one doesn’t get eaten. I’m tapping Jacob deGrom’s FIP in Morse Code here in case nothing else works…. OK, after taking care of Jon Niese last night, the M’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.Game 100, Mets at Mariners
Northwest Sports Beat Jul 22, 2014

Should The Seattle Mariners trade Ackley And Walker?

NWSB Blogger and Seattle Mariners insider Brian Scott weighs in on the M's trade deadline situation. In 2014 the Mariners have an 11-15 record in games decided by just one run. They have also been shut out 11 times on the season and we aren't even through July. Brian says Tampa is shopping David Price and Ben Zobrist, and asks should the M's trade Taijuan Walker & Dustin Ackley?
Lookout Landing Jul 22, 2014
Lookout Linkage, 7/22/14

Lookout Linkage, 7/22/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. We've got some lunchtime linkage for you as you wait for tonight's game: Shannon Drayer thinks we could see Tom Wilhelmsen start more often. Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs wrote a very interesting piece on the adjustments Chris Young has been making to improve this year. Fresh off a recent DL stint, Rangers' catcher Geovany Soto is back to being injured. Grant Brisbee wonders if the Rangers should consider trading Adrian Beltre. Fake Teams goes over the trade chips the Rangers have for the next couple of...
Lookout Landing Jul 22, 2014
MLB Trade Rumors: Mariners interested in Starling Marte

MLB Trade Rumors: Mariners interested in Starling Marte

The Mariners covet a right-handed bat on a team-friendly deal and almost certainly won't get him. The Mariners seem to be casting a wide net in their search for a right-handed bat, but targeting Starling Marte is about as ambitious as it gets. The Pirates are in the thick of the Wild Card race in the National League at just two games back, and while they do have an excess of outfielders, only Andrew McCutchen has been good at the plate this year. Gregory Polanco, their 22 year-old crown jewel, is off to a slow start in his rookie season, and previously rumored M's target Jose Tabata is now...
Lookout Landing Jul 22, 2014
Mariners take vacation from stressful baseball, comfortably beat Mets

Mariners take vacation from stressful baseball, comfortably beat Mets

Roenis Elias and the Seattle Mariners defeat the Mets 5-2 Man. That was a fun, stress-free baseball game. After the high levels of gut-wrenching meted out by that last series against the Angels, I could really use a few games like this one. Seattle took the lead early, and although the Mets came back and tied it in the third, the Mariners bats responded quickly and decisively. There were quite a few flashy plays in today's game, but this victory was mostly due to the pitching. First and foremost, I sincerely hope that Roenis Elias is okay. So far, I've seen his injury described as either...
Lookout Landing Jul 22, 2014

53-46: Chart

Roenis Elias and the Mariners bullpen limited the Mets to two runs as Dustin Ackley and Willie Bloomquist led the Mariners offense with three hits apiece. Eating spicy/delicious Thai food: Kyle Seager (.151 WPA) Digesting spicy/delicious Thai food: Stephen Romero (-.098 WPA) After a series against the Angels filled with excessive amounts of anxiety, it was nice to watch a baseball game without feeling like I wanted to die several times. Good job, Mariners. QUESTIONS: 1. As Mariners fans, it's been so long since we've really had a reason to care about baseball this late in the season. The...
Lookout Landing Jul 21, 2014

MLB trade rumors: A's interested in Nick Franklin

The A's want Nick Franklin, and the thought of trading him to Oakland, specifically, is terrifying. Nick Franklin continues to wallow around in Tacoma, cooled after his blazing start but still performing admirably. He still has plenty of trade value around the league despite his success, as we suspect the Rays want Franklin for Zobrist. Outside of Taijuan Walker, the Mariners probably aren't going to be able to add a big piece without using Franklin as bait, and we've talked about his expendability to this organization for a while, especially if they plan to replace him with another...
Lookout Landing Jul 21, 2014

Brad Miller continues to struggle with two strikes

Brad Miller struck out looking on a meatball on Friday, and he's fallen back into his season-long slump after an encouraging June. What's he looking at with two strikes? One of the things that made this weekend exceptionally frustrating, especially in the first two games, was missed opportunities. Even though the Mariners hit decently with RISP, they missed some critical chances, especially from Brad Miller. This, from Friday, was another one of Miller's brutal moments. Completely fooled on 3-2 curve, a blown chance to put the Mariners ahead on a pitch he should have crushed. While Miller...
Lookout Landing Jul 20, 2014
Mariners lose series to Angels after a tough 6-5 loss

Mariners lose series to Angels after a tough 6-5 loss

The Mariners may have lost, but that doesn't make them any worse of a baseball team than before. Sports are strange. Time and again, we put our emotions in the hands of someone or something that's out of our control. We take pride and sorrow in something we had nothing to do with. Sure, we don't personally have any influence on the performance of the Seattle Mariners (unless you do, somehow), but it feels like we do anyway. There's nothing wrong with that. This isn't at all to discourage you from being a fan of the teams you've loved for your whole life. In some ways, sports are relaxing in...
Lookout Landing Jul 20, 2014
52-46: Chart

52-46: Chart

M's lose series in a hard-fought battle against the Angels. First series of the first half: Mike Zunino (.153 WPA) First series of the second half: Fernando Rodney (-.655 WPA) Ok, maybe this series wasn't the worst. But it sure feels that way right now. Questions: 1. Besides Taijuan Walker and D.J. Peterson, what Mariner prospect do you most hope the M's are able to avoid dealing away in trades this summer? 2. Who will be the next minor leaguer to make his Mariner debut and when will it be? 3. What's the most amount of money you'd be OK with the Mariners giving Corey Hart to come back...
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 20, 2014

Game 98, Mariners at Angels

Chris Young vs. Tyler Skaggs, 12:35pm It certainly feels nice to steal a win in a pitcher’s duel once in a while. After Friday’s game, yesterday’s looked so predictable, and while they couldn’t score two runs for Felix, at least they got two in extras to defeat the Angels who squandered Garrett Richards’ gem. Today 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 98, Mariners at Angels
Lookout Landing Jul 20, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 7/20/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. We've got some lunchtime baseball today. We've also got some stories here while you're getting ready to watch the series finale: Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times has the story on James Paxton's latest efforts to make it back to the Mariner rotation. Jeff Sullivan of U.S.S. Mariner gave out some first-half grades, first for the team's hitters and then for the pitchers. Jeff also (this time for Fangraphs) discusses the King's magnificent changeup. Ken Rosenthal (video) talks about the Mariners...

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