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Lookout Landing 4 hours ago

Joaquin on Thin Ice

Joaquin Benoit was acquired to bring a stable presence to the back of the bullpen, but it's time to re-evaluate roles. When Joaquin Benoit was acquired in a trade with the Padres, we were expecting a quality veteran setup man to bridge the gap between the unknown and Steve Cishek. Since returning from injury in 2010, Benoit had quietly been one of the best relievers in baseball, and even at age 38 all seemed well...until the demons came a knocking for a soul. Benoit has dealt with injuries this year, but he's also dealt with general ineffectiveness. Benoit has his lowest strikeout rate...
Lookout Landing 7 hours ago

Dome and Bedlam XIV: Kill June to death

Happy July everyone 0:00 - It's time to discuss all that's amiss in a miserable month of baseball. The bullpen, the rotation, and the panoply of injuries receive fair commiseration before we turn out eyes to July, the traditional and proper beginning of the Northwest Summer. 33:18 - Scott dazzles us with trivia, and your twitter questions amuse us as we bid you farewell so we can watch Wade Miley pitch. Goodness that was a bad choice. (Music credits: Jim Guthrie, Kanye West, Darren Korb) Like and rate us on iTunes here. Soundcloud: Stitcher: Dome_and_Bedlam_XIV.0.mp3 ...
Lookout Landing 8 hours ago

Sporcle Friday: Mariners hitters with 8+ HBP in a single season

This week's Sporcle quiz brought to you by the M's "new" backup catcher. Howdy, friends. Did you hear that Mike Zunino is back with the Mariners? (I bet you did!) Some people are pretty excited about this, while others are kinda grumpy. I don’t know that I love this move, but the Mariners do need a backup catcher and Mike doesn’t have any broken metacarpals so I suppose he’ll do just fine. Here’s hoping Zunino mashes some dingers and doesn’t swing at too many balls in the dirt. In honor of Mike’s return, I wanted to pick a Sporcle topic related to something that he’s proven to...
Lookout Landing 15 hours ago

Mariners wanna be startin' something, beat O's 5-3

Back above five-hundred with an inspired performance all-around It didn't come out until after the contest ended in his post-game media session but, earlier this afternoon, Scott Servais had a talk with the "leadership" of the Seattle Mariners. It wasn't do-or-die, but it was time for a switch to flip. Last night, the M's let a mediocre and slumping Pirates team walk all over them. They've turned a corner since the huge slump of mid-June, but they're still not out of the weeds yet. They're not back to form, dominating teams and waltzing through series wins like they were so many pebbles on...
U.S.S. Mariner 22 hours ago

Game 79, Orioles at Mariners

Taijuan Walker vs. Chris Tillman, 7:10pm Well, it can’t be as bad as last night’s lackluster effort, can it? The surging Orioles come to town with a 5.5 game lead over Boston in the AL East. Led by an offense that’s hit the most HRs in baseball (the M’s are actually in 3rd place) and 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, Orioles at Mariners
Lookout Landing Jun 30, 2016

Mike Zunino is back in Seattle

The Mariners have replaced Steve Clevenger with one of the most talented catchers they've ever had. He was also one of the worst players I have ever seen last year. In a perfect world perhaps Mike Zunino would have made his big league debut this year on Opening Day. He would have been given the time to develop his offense, and his prodigious power would have been complimented with hard won lessons in plate coverage and pitch recognition over thousands of minor league at bats. He would be a hyped prospect, a former number three overall draft pick, and the future of the catcher position in...
Lookout Landing Jun 30, 2016

Series Preview: Mariners (39-39) vs. Orioles (47-30)

As the season reaches the halfway mark, the Mariners host the Orioles for four games this weekend. At a Glance: Thursday, June 30 | 7:10 pm Away Team vs. Home Team Orioles Mariners RHP Chris Tillman RHP Taijuan Walker 50% 50% Friday, July 1 | 7:10 pm Away Team vs. Home Team Orioles Mariners RHP Kevin Gausman LHP Wade LeBlanc 54% 46% Saturday | 7:10 pm Away Team vs. Home Team Orioles Mariners RHP Tyler Wilson LHP James Paxton 50% 50% Sunday | 1:10 pm Away Team vs. Home...
Lookout Landing Jun 30, 2016

Lookout Linkage, 6/30/16

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! Tyler O'Neill and Dylan Unsworth were both named to the Futures Game rosters. Eno Sarris talked to Cole Hamels about the improvements he made after getting to the big leagues. The Reds retired Pete Rose's jersey number. Keith Law is not a fan of the Jose Reyes signing for the Mets. The Cubs agreed to a deal with Joel Peralta. Eric Roseberry at Red Reporter tells a personal story about why a bad baseball team is still good enough for him. Phil Hughes is out for the year due to shoulder...
Lookout Landing Jun 30, 2016

Pirates of the Maribbean

the Curse of the Puget Pearl FADE IN: EXT. PUGET SOUND - DAY A gray, impenetrable wall of fog. From somewhere comes the FAINT ECHO of a BATSHIT CRAZY PREACHER, hollering through a megaphone about the end times. Suddenly a massive SHIP emerges from the grey, a campy pirate flag flying from its mast. It's a Pittsburgh dreadnought, the Y.I.N.Z. PIEROGI. It creaks and shudders as it eases its way into the port, as it is made entirely of steel. GREGORY POLANCO: Wait, I thought we were the Pirates. DAVID FREESE: Just hush up and enjoy being the good guys for once. ANDREW MCCUTCHEON: I’m...
U.S.S. Mariner Jun 29, 2016

Game 78, Pirates at Mariners

Wade Miley vs. Jameson Taillon, 7:10pm Wade Miley returns from the DL, swapping out with Nick Vincent, who’ll head to the DL with a back problem. The M’s have certainly been hit hard by injuries in the first half, with Miley, Felix, Vincent, Adrian Sampson, Tony Zych, Joaquin Benoit, Leonys Martin and Ketel Marte all 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 78, Pirates at Mariners
Lookout Landing Jun 29, 2016

Mariners grant promotions for baseball explosions, Nick Vincent to the DL

D.J. Peterson to Tacoma, Chantz Mack to Jackson, Braden Bishop to Bakersfield, and Nick Vincent to an MRI machine. One of the fun things about baseball blogging is writing about something and then almost immediately seeing action on it. Even better than that is not writing about something, having one of your contributors write something, having the team seemingly act on it, and then sitting back as editor and saying to yourself: "Yes. I did this." Thank you to my teammates and fans of @jacksongenerals for the fun first half! Fun team to play with, but excited to join @RainiersLand —...
Lookout Landing Jun 29, 2016

Recommendations for a great All Star Break vacation

Flights are only going up Sometime around 3 o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, July 10th, all the members of the Seattle Mariners not attending the All Star Game in San Diego will have a decision to make. Just where in the hell are they gonna spend the next four days until a home series starting the following Friday night against the Astros. These sorts of decisions aren't easy to make. Even more difficult is that the team will be in Kansas City, an airport with direct access to almost nowhere you'd want to be. Although, Wade LeBlanc might be sorta right where he wants to be. Look,...
Lookout Landing Jun 29, 2016

After Action Report: JDS Mariner Defeats Pirate Vessel

Jerry Dipoto’s Ship Mariner encountered a pirate vessel and soundly defeated the brigands. (recommended soundtrack) Captain’s Log, 28 June in the year of our Lord 2016, Captain Servais commanding JDS Mariner. We had weathered the storm rounding Cape Horn and were looking forward to a few days spent making repairs and recovering some morale. It was a few hours before twilight when the officer on deck spotted sails on the horizon, silhouetted against the bright skies. Because the ship had been lying ahull to weather the choppy seas, the sails had been luffing all day. The unidentified...
Lookout Landing Jun 29, 2016

39-38: Chart

Avast! The Mariners prevail in a rollicking sea battle against Pirates! Right and honourable Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma (.215 WPA) Immoral and villainous Pirates: Ketel Marte (-.083 WPA) Jerry’s Equation: (6 + 2) - (7 + 1) = 0
Lookout Landing Jun 28, 2016

Karns to Bullpen

More Room to Set Up the Karnsival There Anyway Today brought news that embattled starter Nate Karns is being moved to the bullpen. Taijuan Walker will avoid the DL—that gentle breeze you just felt is the relieved exhale of Mariners fans across the city—and make the start on Thursday, while recently acquired Wade LeBlanc will go on Friday. This is a good move because: Real Talk. Nate Karns in June: 7.33/4.39/5.50 (ERA/FIP/xFIP). BB% up to 15%(!). As long as it's not permanent, it could be a good thing.— Jake Mailhot (@jakemailhot) June 28, 2016 Yowza. Karns pitched just 23.1...
U.S.S. Mariner Jun 28, 2016

Game 77, Pirates at Mariners

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Jon Niese, 7:10pm As disappointing a season as it’s been for the M’s, the Pirates may have them beat. After three consecutive playoff appearances, the Pirates find themselves completely out of it in the NL Central, three games below .500 and looking up at a Cubs club that might win 110 games. 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 77, Pirates at Mariners
Lookout Landing Jun 28, 2016

At the Letters: The Best Team Money Can Buy

A Review of Molly Knight’s Book and a Lesson in American Shopping The Best Team Money Can Buy:The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball PowerhouseBy Molly KnightSimon & Schuster, 2015336 pagesAvailable at the Seattle Public Library and King Country Libraries I have neutral feelings on the Dodgers as a team. Personally, I admire Kershaw and am amused by Puig’s antics and adore Joc Pederson’s relationship with his brother (and okay, maybe quietly resent Corey for getting all the Seager-based attention), but I never find myself pulling for them. Part of...
Lookout Landing Jun 28, 2016

State of the Farm: 6/28/16

Zach Lee and Jesus Sucre make their 2016 debut with Tacoma Between the second half of the year getting underway and Tacoma finally putting a little distance between themselves and the Reno Aces, we have plenty to discuss. Let's get to it. Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers (44-33, 1st place in Pacific Northern Division) The Rainiers sit 3.5 games up in first place after taking three of four from the Sacramento River Cats and two of three from the Fresno Grizzlies over the past week. The Reno Aces, who have been neck-and-neck with Tacoma in recent weeks, have lost six of their last eight. UTIL...
Lookout Landing Jun 27, 2016

Weird LL Yankovic

The Mariners go 8-17 in June, and this is what happens It is an off day, and the Mariners have been losing a lot of games. The combination has left us feeling a little silly. Inspired by user Cornhole's prolific ability to parody songs, a few of us decided to try our hand at it. Don't worry, we let Cornhole himself contribute, and you can see that below. Sorry/not sorry for this. ""LeBlanc" from Darryl P. Skeeby's "Guti Is A Beast" Darryl: Gosh it disturbed me to see you, LeBlancLooking straight down at our slumpEv'ry arm here'd love to be you, LeBlancAvoiding bats like they’re the...
Lookout Landing Jun 27, 2016

D.J. Peterson and the Long Road Back

It's time for you to start paying serious attention to Peterson again The farm system has been full of good stories this year. From Tyler O'Neill morphing into a terrifying hitting machine to Edwin Diaz slinging baseball-sized frisbees and X-15s, the organization as a whole has been enjoying a dazzling bounce back year. Amongst all of the stories, though, you'd be hard-pressed to find one better than that of D.J. Peterson. Two years ago, it seemed like a pretty good bet that Peterson would be the Mariners' starting first baseman at some point in 2016. He had tamed the California League...

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