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Lookout Landing Oct 21, 2014
Let's not convert Tom WIlhelmsen into a starter

Let's not convert Tom WIlhelmsen into a starter

Not many people think about it, but some have thought turning Tom Wilhelmsen into a starter might be a good idea. It really isn't. As it stands right now, the Mariners have four of the five spots in the pitching rotation locked up. It goes like this: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker and a player to be named later. Unfortunately, the Mariners probably won't switch to a four man rotation to give us King Felix even more often, so the question of who will be the fifth starter remains. Most likely, that fifth starter will be someone the Mariners pick up in a trade....
Lookout Landing Oct 21, 2014
The Seattle Mariners and their utter offensive ineptitude in losses

The Seattle Mariners and their utter offensive ineptitude in losses

It's not surprising that the M's were a much better offensive team during victories than they were in losses. It is, however, a little surprsing how big the difference was. After a lot of extensive research this morning, I have determined that, on average, teams in Major League Baseball play much better offensively when they win compared to when they lose. This is shocking stuff. In fact, it might just be the hottest take on the internet since Trent Dilfer privileged us with his wisdom a few weeks ago. You're welcome. Anyway, of course this is true. Teams that win score runs! And you...
Lookout Landing Oct 21, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 10/21/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Happy World Series day! Here's the latest from around baseball: Michael Saunders has been honored with a top community service award. Beyond the Box Score tells the unlikely story of Lorenzo Cain and his rise to greatness. Rumor has it the Red Sox might listen to offers on recently-acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Additionally, Cespedes has switched agents. Some Giants fans are taking the World Series a little too seriously. Fangraphs takes a look at some players who have had more success...
Lookout Landing Oct 20, 2014

World Series Preview: Giants (88-74) and Royals (89-73)

The Royals and the Giants face off in the 2014 World Series. This is going to be fun. At a Glance: Date First Pitch Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher Tuesday, October 21 5:00pm Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner Royals RHP James Shields Wednesday, October 22 5:00pm Giants RHP Jake Peavy Royals RHP Yordano Ventura Friday, October 24 5:00pm Royals RHP Jeremy Guthrie Giants RHP Tim Hudson Saturday, October 25 5:00pm Royals LHP Jason Vargas Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong Sunday, October...
Lookout Landing Oct 20, 2014

Sporting News names Chris Young AL Comeback Player of the Year

Chris Young gets the unofficial honor along with Casey McGeehe of the Miami Marlins in the NL. It's not the real deal, but Chris Young is one step closer to the official MLB Comeback Player of the Year award after being named for the same honor by Sporting News this morning. Young shares the award with the Miami Marlins' Casey McGeehe, and the two remain the most likely candidates for the actual, MLB-recognized Comeback Player of the Year award voted on by beat reporters at the end of the season. The Sporting News award has been given each season since 1965, and it was essentially the...
Lookout Landing Oct 20, 2014
Taijuan Walker heads home from Arizona Fall League

Taijuan Walker heads home from Arizona Fall League

Until last night, the fact that Taijuan Walker was scratched from his Arizona Fall League on Friday start went almost completely unnoticed by Mariners fans. You'd think there would have been a bit more of a freakout after Walker's injury history, but as the news came down late Friday afternoon, and we all headed off into the weekend, most of us completely missed it. Well, the news came late last night on why Walker missed that start. He decided to go home. Here's a statement on it from General Manager Jack Zduriencik: "Taijuan is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two...

A closer look at Danny Hultzen's return to MLB

Is it reasonable to expect the southpaw's major league debut by 2015? On September 30, 2014, Danny Hultzen pitched his third and final outing of the year in front of select members of the Mariners' staff. It was the culmination of 12 months of recovery following surgery for a torn labrum, rotator cuff, and anterior capsule -- all injuries that pose significant setbacks to those who require them. Both Jack Zduriencik and Lloyd McClendon were pleased by reports of the southpaw's progress and, in equal measure, both were a little hesitant about the timetable for his return. "He showed an...
Lookout Landing Oct 19, 2014

Offseason round table: Yasmani Tomas edition

It's the second Lookout Landing offseason round table! This time around, Logan, Colin, and Scott discuss Cuban free agent and oft-dreamt-of Mariners target Yasmani Tomas. LD: Here we go! Welcome back, Colin, welcome, Scott - let's get down to business in our second round table. This time up the subject is Yasmani Tomas, a young Cuban defector with big power and even bigger contract expectations. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez pegs the Mariners as one of six or so teams with "strong interest" in Tomas, and not unreasonably so, as he's said to have a pretty impressive package of skills. What are...
Lookout Landing Oct 19, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 10/19/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! Mariners' prospect Patrick Kivlehan has seen some early success in the Arizona Fall League. MiLB.com has named the Mariners' organizational all-stars. Bless You Boys wonders what it would take for the Tigers to be able to retain Victor Martinez. The Rangers have decided on a new manager. Mike Petriello of Fangraphs tries to figure out how to beat the Royals' bullpen. Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch has plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute testosterone. David Ortiz has been added to...
Lookout Landing Oct 18, 2014

In defense of mediocrity

Or: an elegy for the era of 90 wins. On Thursday night, Travis Ishikawa hit a walk off homer to send the Giants to the World Series off last year's postseason darling, Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha. Before the Giants had time to put on their brand new World Series hats and t-shirts, Fox Sports analyst Tom Verducci was already recounting Ishikawa's unbelievable story on air over replays of his trip around the bases: toiling in the minors since 2011, DFA'd by the Pirates in April, tearfully debating retirement over the phone with a friend. And it was really something, matching the...
A brief history of the Salt Lake City Gulls

A brief history of the Salt Lake City Gulls

One of the best-known Mariners only lasted seven innings here. After three years and three losing seasons, the Mariners parted amicably with the Spokane Indians. "Both sides agreed it would be best to end the relationship this year," spokesman Randy Adamack told the Eugene Register-Guard at the culmination of the Indians’ season in 1981. In the same week, the Mariners found a new Triple-A club to hitch their affiliation to: the Salt Lake City Gulls, who were just wriggling out of an 11-year contract with the California Angels. The Gulls played out of John C. Derks Field, a stadium named...
Lookout Landing Oct 17, 2014

The 2014 Seattle Mariners and their baseball-reference sponsorship costs

A super-serious investigation into something that really matters. Howdy, gang. I'm going to start trying something a little different for my Friday posts... something I'll refer to as "Just-For-Fun Fridays", where I'll write about the Mariners but it won't be a particularly serious or SABR-related article. Maybe you can think of this as a way to gear up for a fun-filled weekend? Or a way obtain a bit of levity as you grind through the last few hours of the work week? Or maybe it can be a way to recover from a particularly difficult Mariners-related Sporcle quiz (assuming we start having...
Lookout Landing Oct 17, 2014

Sporcle Friday: Mariners with 25+ homers

There's been a lot of 25+ homer seasons in Mariner history. Can you name them all? This looks like a lot of blank spaces, but stick in a few obvious names and you're already at 50%. Today's Sporcle quiz asks you to name all of the players who have hit 25 or more home runs in a season, and it's in reverse chronological order, starting with this year's newest addition to the club. The real difference maker in this quiz is once again naming  sluggers from the 70s. Good luck! As always, discuss your results and suggest future topics in the comments.
Lookout Landing Oct 17, 2014

Offseason round table: Yasmani Tomas edition

LD: Here we go! Welcome back, Colin, welcome, Scott - let's get down to business in our second round table. This time up the subject is Yasmani Tomas, a young Cuban defector with big power and even bigger contract expectations. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez pegs the Mariners as one of six or so teams with "strong interest" in Tomas, and not unreasonably so, as he's said to have a pretty impressive package of skills. What are your thoughts on Tomas? Do his impressive raw power and youth entice you, or are you concerned about his reportedly questionable speed and hit tools? Is this guy a fit for...
Lookout Landing Oct 16, 2014

40-Man Review: Infielders

Two superstars lead this strong position group for the Mariners. Earlier this week, I started a series of posts that will examine the Mariners' 40-man roster, both a recap of 2014 and a look forward to 2015. I'll do my best to try and figure out who might be dropped from the roster before the season starts and who might be added to the roster. I won't speculate on any specific free agents or trade targets -- there will be plenty of time for that later -- I'll only comment about where the Mariners could stand to upgrade for 2015. I'm also using the recently released Steamer projections via...
U.S.S. Mariner Oct 16, 2014

Podcast: Stupid Lucky Ugly Royals

Jeff and I muse a bit on our nature of fan-hood and what we want our of sports. Then lament the Royals for a bit, insult the National League (as always), and finally address the one bit of Mariner news since the last pod. Podcast with Jeff (@based_ball) and Matthew (@msea1): Direct link! || iTunes 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: Stupid Lucky Ugly Royals
Lookout Landing Oct 16, 2014
Lookout Linkage, 10/16/14

Lookout Linkage, 10/16/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Hello everyone! Just a mini-linkage for today, but let's take a look at some of the happenings around baseball: In case you missed it, Andrew Friedman is now the GM of a not-Rays baseball team. Grant Brisbee does an excellent analysis of the impact of the move (from a Dodgers standpoint). Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs praises Dan Duquette's roster construction. The Braves' GM situation is now up in the air again. Mike Napoli is receiving an unusual type of surgery. Jeremy Guthrie found himself in...
Northwest Sports Beat Oct 16, 2014

Who is Jack eyeing?  Seattle Mariners Top Free Agent Targets

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at who the Seattle Mariners top free agent targets should be for the 2015 season. Would the M's dare to chase down another big money free agent? One of the biggest names out there has to be the Tiger's Victor Martinez. Martinez led the majors with a .974 OPS this year while batting .335 and crushing 32 dingers. He'd be a huge upgrade hitting behind Cano in the M's lineup.
Lookout Landing Oct 15, 2014

Where Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak are clearly different

As Mariner fans, we're wary of patterns. We're willing to be sucked in when the situation calls for it—just as we have countless times before—but as we dance across the street with barely-tempered joy, we still have our eyes out for the bus careening right at us. One of the latest storylines in this area was the strong second-half surge from Logan Morrison. It's always been clear there's been some talent in there, as he did put up that 129 wRC+ in 62 games as a rookie in 2010, that after being one of Baseball America's top 20 prospects that year and the year before. But again, those...
Lookout Landing Oct 14, 2014

So apparently the Mariners have two awesome shortstops

Or at least they do according to the 2015 Steamer600 projections. The Steamer600 projections were released last week. Projections are fun to look at as long as you take their worth for what they are - projections. Us Mariner fans are more than used to getting grand projections for young players as of late, only to watch the young players not do very much through the "breakout" year. On a quick glance through each position, something stands out at shortstop. Namely, the Mariners are projected to be very good at the position - not once, but twice. The top-five shortstops arranged by WAR goes...

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