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Lookout Landing 1 hour ago
7-9: Marlins do awful Marlins, Mariners do worse Mariners

7-9: Marlins do awful Marlins, Mariners do worse Mariners

The Mariners drop the series opener in Miami after a Giancarlo Stanton walk-off grand slam. Maybe he'll be a Mariner in two years! Fiver in my pocket: Corey Hart (.193 WPA) Dog poop on my shoe: Chris Young (-.331 WPA) Whhhhhhhhhhuuuughghhhhhhhhhhhhhh I just I ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Full disclosure--I missed the entire bottom of the ninth. I watched this whole game down the street at my local Blitz sports bar, and had a good time. And it was a great game, honestly. Chris Young had a bit of trouble here and there, especially early on. He only lasted three innings, throwing seventy-three...
U.S.S. Mariner 7 hours ago

Game 16, Mariners at Marlins

Chris Young vs. Nate Eovaldi, 4:10pm The M’s face the Miami Marlins, this time in *actual* Miami. Chris Young and Nathan Eovaldi have very similar repertoires, as both rely heavily on 4-seam fastballs, and pair it mostly with sliders. They both mix in occasional curves, though Young’s heart clearly isn’t in it, and they both 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 16, Mariners at Marlins
U.S.S. Mariner 9 hours ago

1B Ji-Man Choi Suspended for 50 Games

For a while now, I had thought about what kind of post I would write about Ji-man Choi when the time came. There seemed to be no lack of interesting material to cover. I could talk about how he was a third baseman in high school and how there was this big fuss when he 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.1B Ji-Man Choi Suspended for 50 Games
Lookout Landing 10 hours ago
A few thoughts on Brad Miller

A few thoughts on Brad Miller

The Mariners next start player has had an up and down first 10% of the season. Let's take a look. One of the dooms of the analytical baseball fan is April. April's storylines are so fresh, so pure. A rough 2 weeks in late July is a blaring klaxon of panic when it's the first tenth of the season. Right now Brad Miller has a wOBA of .296. He made a tragic, unforgivable, Felix-win-costing error. Not great. It was merely 25 days ago that the vast majority of this community said they expected Brad Miller to be worth 2.5-4.5 WAR.  I come to defend Brad Miller, at least from the panicky fringe of...
Lookout Landing 11 hours ago
Ji-Man Choi gets hit with 50-game suspension

Ji-Man Choi gets hit with 50-game suspension

Choi tests positive for anabolic steroids and not the subtle kind, either. There's always been one knock on Ji-Man Choi, and it's whether or not he can hit for power at first base. He's hit each level he's been at, but scouts have been skeptical of his ability to make it without some more power developing. He's a pure hitter, but the upside has always been more of a James Loney-type. So what does Choi do to try to remedy his one fault, with first base continually in flux in Seattle? Juice. He's a first time offender, so he'll get 50 games for his violation, which was methandienone -- slow...
Lookout Landing 13 hours ago
Sporcle Fridays: Most pitching appearances

Sporcle Fridays: Most pitching appearances

Get ready to fill in some of those names that the quiz just wouldn't accept two weeks ago. While a previous quiz asked about the all-time save leaders, this boils it down to appearances, specially those those appeared in over 200 games. Don't forget about starters! Post/discuss your scores in the comments, but don't go down there until you're ready to give up, because there will be spoilers aplenty. Here's the direct link if you'd prefer to take it on their site. All you've got is six minutes.
Lookout Landing Apr 17, 2014
Erasmo Ramirez knocked around, offense teases but eventually disappoints

Erasmo Ramirez knocked around, offense teases but eventually disappoints

The Mariners fall below .500 as Robinson Cano and Corey Hart can't overcome another poor performance from Erasmo Ramirez. It's too early to lose again. Although, this one was supposed to be over well before the Mariners clawed back into it. Erasmo Ramirez couldn't locate pitches, John Buck couldn't frame the good ones, and the bats appeared hollow once again. But that wasn't the case, and last night's looming momentum shift did a 180. The Mariners tagged Tanner Scheppers for 6 runs in the 3rd, the last two slapped to his name thanks to Hector Noesi, finally helping the Mariners out. But it...
U.S.S. Mariner Apr 17, 2014

Game 15, Mariners at Rangers

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Tanner Scheppers, 11:05am The first day game of the year comes uncomfortably close to the first really painful blown save of the year. The less said about last night’s ending, the better. Today, the M’s face another converted reliever; hopefully this game goes a bit better than Tuesday’s shutout. Scheppers was a 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 15, Mariners at Rangers
Lookout Landing Apr 17, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 4/17/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! Taijuan Walker has been shut down for two weeks with what is being called "shoulder impingement." Stephen Pryor is now rehabbing with Tacoma and made his first appearance on Tuesday. LLoyd McClendon doesn't expect to be making a whole lot of lineup changes in response to early returns from players. Rumor has it the Mariners made Kendrys Morales a 3-year, $30MM extension offer in the middle of last season which he declined. Remember how the second game in Oakland this year rained out? The game...
U.S.S. Mariner Apr 17, 2014

Baseball’s Back

It really does feel fresh at the beginning. No matter what happened the season before, no matter what the expectations might’ve been in spring training, every season feels like a new season until it feels like a familiar season. And in the beginning this season, the Mariners didn’t just sweep the Angels — the Mariners 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.Baseball’s Back
Lookout Landing Apr 17, 2014
Mariners waste seven Felix innings with pile of rotting mold

Mariners waste seven Felix innings with pile of rotting mold

The Mariners fell to third place on Wednesday, after Fernando Rodney notches his first blown save in a 3-2 Rangers victory. I've been thinking about "What the fuck?" lately. See, the thing about "What the fuck" is that it's probably just a little too intense. If you respond to dropping your bagel face-down on the floor with a "What the fuck?," you're really going to be screwed when you run outside to find that someone has siphoned all the gas out of your car and slashed your tires with a butcher knife. You've gone from 0-100 in a heartbeat, and while exaggeration is all the rage on the...
Lookout Landing Apr 16, 2014

7-7: Chart

.500 never felt so stupid. John Belushi: Felix Hernandez (.281 WPA) Jim Belushi: Fernando Rodney (-.810 WPA) Well that was fucking stupid. Questions: 1. Franklin: Zobrist 2.0, outfielder, new shortstop, something else? 2. What non-M's pitcher do you covet the most? 3. What do you watch immediately after the Mariners game?
Northwest Sports Beat Apr 16, 2014

Seattle Mariners offense off to streaky start

Mariner Runs Come Feast or Famine The Seattle Mariners are off to a reasonably good start at 7-6.  I use the term “reasonably good” because while I’m sure you’d like to see them at 13-0 I think you have to consider this a team that has been above the .500 level since 2009 when they […]
Northwest Sports Beat Apr 16, 2014

The Seattle Mariners recall Nick Franklin

Switch-Hitting Franklin back with M’s This morning Nick Franklin tweeted that he was flying to Texas, presumably to join the Mariners as they face off with the Rangers again. And it couldn’t come at a better time for the Mariners who have been streaky on offense. Where will Franklin fit in? Brad Miller, the man […]
U.S.S. Mariner Apr 16, 2014

Game 14, Felix vs. Darvish

King Felix vs. Yu Darvish, 5:05pm Today’s slate of games features three former Cy Young winners, a couple of players most see as near-locks to win one in the future, and a smattering of all-stars, ROY-candidates and solidly above-average guys. It’s an astonishing array of talent, but I think we can safely say without any 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 14, Felix vs. Darvish
Lookout Landing Apr 16, 2014
Mariners call up outfielder James Jones as Blake Beavan hits the disabled list

Mariners call up outfielder James Jones as Blake Beavan hits the disabled list

With the Mariners calling up Nick Franklin, there'd been some speculation over whose roster spot he'd be taking—Logan Morrison's or Blake Beavan's. Both seemed liable to hit the disabled list, and hey, now they both are, with James Jones getting the call up to the big league club as Beavan also heads to the DL. Now, it's worth noting that this isn't your normal call-up. James Jones will likely only be around until Sunday, when the Mariners will need to add another starting pitcher to fill Blake Beavan's spot. Still, big-league debuts are fun and—regardless of what role it's in—it'll...
Lookout Landing Apr 16, 2014
Yasiel Puig's harrowing defection gives a sense for what Roenis Elias may have gone through

Yasiel Puig's harrowing defection gives a sense for what Roenis Elias may have gone through

When Roenis Elias took the mound on a cool Thursday night in Oakland, one thing was clear early: he was nervous. He took each of the first four batters he saw to a full count, and threw 26 pitches in a first inning that seemed to last an eternity. Still, through it all, he never yielded. It would be perfectly normal for any starter to be nervous for the first start of the year, and especially for a guy who'd never seen major league hitters in a regular season game—hell, even triple-A hitters for that matter. But still, as Elias battled his way through that first inning, bending but not...
Lookout Landing Apr 16, 2014
Seattle Mariners call up Nick Franklin

Seattle Mariners call up Nick Franklin

He's back and he has everything to prove. But where's he going to play? That was quick. The Mariners inability to score runs over the past week has caused them to make their first offensive shift, and while it isn't going to make the lineup mess any clearer, the Mariners just added the bat many have been clamoring for. It's Nick Franklin, fresh off a .395/.469/.744 line in Tacoma, chip on shoulder, ready to prove the doubters wrong. It's unclear where he'll see playing time, though Jon Heyman has speculated he'll see time in the outfield, which is LL-endorsed. Franklin didn't spend a...
Lookout Landing Apr 16, 2014
Mariners turn Arlington into Safeco, no not that way

Mariners turn Arlington into Safeco, no not that way

Here was a baseball game worthy of a recap of the following quality. We are late on this recap and we apologize. We have children, which is a foolish thing to have and we recommend none of you ever do the same. This game was terrible and annoying and somehow the 2nd worst thing to happen to the Mariners today. We are going straight to the bullet points. We will not make a habit of the royal we. Going back to last Friday, the beginning of the 2nd Oakland series and through tonight's game the Mariners have drawn 3 walks. That's three walks in 45 innings. They have struck out 43 times during...
Lookout Landing Apr 15, 2014
7-6: Chart

7-6: Chart

Mariners take solemn vow of bat silence to honor Taijuan Walker Source: FanGraphs Least bad: Dominic Leone (.057 WPA) Least good: Kyle Seager (-.092 WPA) That was a terrible baseball game in which the Mariner played poorly immediately following news that their top pitching prospect might be irrevocably broken.  Good times. QUESTIONS 1) What is the single most frustrating experience you've ever had with the Mariners? 2) You have a day of complete freedom from responsibility. Do you prefer a sunny day outside or a rainy day inside? 3) What is your favorite new music of 2014?

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