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U.S.S. Mariner 12 hours ago
Maurer vs. Shields, 1:05pm; Paxton vs. Corbin, 7:10pm Split squad, plus a prime-time TV game on the docket today. One of the best things about these split squad games is the chance to see some players we haven’t had a chance to see in the high minors. In the recent game against the Dodgers (Montero’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.Cactus League Games 14-15, Royals at Mariners; Mariners at D-Backs
Lookout Landing 13 hours ago
Brandon Maurer vs. James Shields Live from Peoria, it's a game thread! I'm about to head out to my final game of an extended weekend trip, and it's been fantastic so far. Colin's down here as well, and today is a split squad bonanza, but we get to see James Shields. I'm currently making this thread on an iPad, so copy pasting the lineups isn't exactly working great. I'm traveling back immediately following the afternoon game. The Mariners have a great facility out here, and the rumors are true - the gyros are bomb. One last time, Peoria.
The Mariners rallied to beat the Rangers 9-8 with the help of Mike Dowd, Cole Gillespie, Chris Taylor, and Xavier Avery. It was the sweet redemption Felix Hernandez needed in his second start of the year. This is the kind of game that I'd like to see replicated in the regular season -- one with strong competition, decent pitching (though that may be a stretch given Fernando Rodney's performance), and an offense powerful enough to overturn a significant lead. Watching Willie Bloomquist go 3-for-3 wouldn't hurt, either. Here's what you don't need to know about today's game: The Mariners...
U.S.S. Mariner Mar 9, 2014
King Felix vs. Colby Lewis, *1:05*pm Note the time change, as everyone but Arizona sprang forward this morning. Sorry for the service interruption yesterday, but I decided to hang out with family in lieu of previewing the M’s day/night split-squad doubleheader. Correlation isn’t causation or anything, but perhaps the M’s felt liberated by not being 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.Cactus League Game 13, Rangers at Mariners
Felix Hernandez vs. Colby Lewis. Baseball is just better when Felix Hernandez is on the mound. The King will be making his second spring appearance this afternoon after taking down the Dodgers with two scoreless innings last Tuesday (a game I mostly remember for Brian Wilson's knuckleball). One thing to keep an eye on: Hernandez's change-up, which the ace had a little trouble harnessing last time around. Our own Scott Weber is lurking around Peoria today, so you if you see him, ask him why Abraham Almonte is not batting leadoff for the third day in a row. Game info Mariners vs. Rangers,...
Lookout Landing Mar 9, 2014
Ever wished you could get batted ball data in a format better suited for en-masse analysis than Jeff Zimmerman's leaderboards or Fangraphs' spray charts? Well... Those of you who read the Off-Topic threads know that I'm a freshman at the Olin College of Engineering. Olin is a tiny school just west of Boston with a very unusual curriculum. There aren't really conventional lectures here; instead, classes focus on project-based learning. In other school's intro CS courses, you might attend a two-hour lecture about text scraping from the internet. In Olin's intro CS course, the professor says...
Lookout Landing Mar 9, 2014
Saturday afternoon's first game saw Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley hit a bunch of baseballs, with Erasmo Ramirez making sure others didn't get hit. They beat the Dodgers 8-5 in game two where Jesus Montero did a bunch of things. There was a lot of baseball today. A lot of baseball from the Mariners, specifically, who played two split-squad games, first against the Giants where they won handily, 18-3. The second was against the Dodgers, which was great because it was on TV and at night, so if felt like a real baseball game. What wasn't great, however, was Blake Beavan surprisingly...
Northwest Sports Beat Mar 8, 2014
NWSB Insider and Washington sports blogger Brian Scott breaks down what the Seattle Mariners' situation looks like at catcher following the 2014 MLB offseason. Entering the new season, Mike Zunino and John Buck are featured, as their presence has gotten lost in the shuffle behind Robinson Cano, Logan Morrison, Corey Hart, and Fernando Rodney.
Lookout Landing Mar 8, 2014
A Saturday split squad extravaganza! We've got two Cactus League games today, first with Erasmo Ramirez facing the Giants at noon, and then our favorite Blake Beavan against the Dodgers in the Mariners first evening game of the Spring. We'll add the evening updates as they roll in, but for now, here's the afternoon lineups: Game 1: Mariners vs Giants Mariners 1. Endy Chavez (L) CF 2. Brad Miller (L) SS 3. Ty Kelly (S) 2B 4. Corey Hart (R) DH 5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B 6. Michael Saunders (L) RF 7. Dustin Ackley (L) LF 8. Willie Bloomquist (R) 3B 9. John Buck (R) C P. Erasmo...
Lookout Landing Mar 8, 2014
There's been no announcement, but it's hard to see it playing out any other way: Abe Almonte will break camp as the Mariners' starting center fielder. This is going to happen, and we should all focus on being excited about it. Though there's been no official confirmation from Lloyd McClendon nor Jack Zduriencik , and there's an outside chance the Mariners could yet trade for an outfielder, it's hard to envision anyone other than Abraham Almonte trotting out to center field when the Mariners go on defense against the Angels just 23 days from today. A little more than a year ago, Almonte was...
Lookout Landing Mar 7, 2014
Where DJ Peterson hits his first big-league (sortof) home run, Randy Wolf gets hit a bunch, and the Mariners rally late in the game to oh wait why are all the starters in the locker room, there is baseball to be played! The Mariners lost to the Reds this afternoon, with a final score of 9-10. Though you wouldn't think that would be the case midway through this game. No, not at all. See, Randy Wolf fell into a rough patch in his second stint of the year, giving up four runs on three hits in three innings pitched. He also had two two-out walks, which is exactly the kind of thing you don't...
Lookout Landing Mar 7, 2014
Randy Wolf vs. Brett Marshall It's game two of the Tommy John boys! Randy Wolf will take the mound today, looking to lob curves into lefties all day. If you ever forgot what kind of pitcher Randy Wolf is, remember that he once threw a 49 mph curve to Brandon Philips. No, really. via cdn.fansided.com Look, it's Abraham Almonte back at the top of the order, playing center field. I'm not big on reading into things too much in spring training, but he's getting a ton of run in that spot. I think Lloyd likes him almost as much as Colin does. Corey Hart is in right field, don't break...
U.S.S. Mariner Mar 7, 2014
Randy Wolf vs. Ulnar, God of Elbows (er, Sean Marshall, actually). So this is another spring training game. The M’s host half of the not-really Cincinnati Reds today. DJ Peterson may get to play, as he did yesterday, but c’mon – it’s another practice game. Mayckol Guaipe has been called up to add depth to 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.Cactus League Game 10, Randy Wolf vs. Aging+Attrition
U.S.S. Mariner Mar 7, 2014
Think back to the heady days of 2010. The M’s were wallowing through a soul-crushing season after the false-dawn that was 2009. The M’s had two youngsters manning the catcher position that year, Rob Johnson and Adam Moore. They’d moved former #1 prospect Jeff Clement to Pittsburgh the year before, getting Jack Wilson and Ian 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.The Mariners and Catcher Defense
Scott Baker survives through three innings, and the Mariners rally to defeat the White Sox, 7-4. Quick recap today as I head out the door on my way to evening class. The Mariners beat the White Sox this afternoon with a score of 7-4, thanks to a late-game rally behind the bats of Jesus Montero and D.J. Peterson. That is a real sentence I typed in 2014 on a Seattle Mariners website. I'm getting just as tired of highlighting the relative meaninglessness of spring training games as I'm sure you are hearing us beleaguer that point, so I'll just jump right into the bulletpoints, since that's...
The Mariners are rumored to be scouting David Phelps - hey, wait a minute. While we're coming up with Nick Franklin trade proposals, why not talk about that other team from New York? Ted Simmons, hair a little disheveled, top button undone, walked into the boardroom five minutes late. "Sorry," he told no one in particular. Jack nodded. Ted sat. No one talked for a while. Finally, Jeff Kingston broke the ice: a strategically timed throat-clearing. "Now that everyone's here..." Jack snapped into focus mode. "Yes. Now that everyone's here -" brief dirty look at Ted" - let's get started."...
Scott Baker vs. John Danks Scott Baker velocity-watch resumes today, as Baker takes the mound for another appearance. He was hovering around 90 his last start out, so it'll be interesting to see if he ramps it up again or if that's as good as it gets. Either way, it's encouraging after he averaged just 88.4 mph last year in his rehab appearance where he was mostly ineffective. Baker needs to get back to ~91 to be where he was in 2011 and before. Taijuan Walker's game of catch went off without a hitch today, which is obviously good news. He'll keep tossing for a while longer, and then he'll...
U.S.S. Mariner Mar 6, 2014
Scott Baker vs. John Danks, 12:05 Ninth game. The novelty of just hearing baseball again has worn off…well, not completely, but it’s not exactly “thrilling” or anything. Taijuan Walker is throwing today, but not in this or any other game. James Paxton pitched (in a pitch fx park!) yesterday, so we won’t have that. We 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.Cactus League Game 9, Mariners at Apathy
I love narratives. I do. I know it's wrong in forward-thinking baseball circles as the word "narrative" is often associated with nonsensical tropes like "lineup protection," but there are good ones, fun stories—and though they may be just as nonsensical—I enjoy following them. A big one I've ascribed to as of late is that, in spring training, there's bound to be at least one minor leaguer who comes into camp and impresses. It may, and probably won't be, enough to earn him a spot on the major league roster because he started too far back but when they do eventually make the trip up I-5...
Today's set of links about the Mariners and stories from around the league. We're trying out a few semi-regular feature. Several times a week, we'll take a look at things that are happening with the team, news from around the league, and other interesting articles around the blogosphere. Let us know what you think in the comments. To say today is a big day for Taijuan Walker is an understatement. He'll try to play catch today, and if there are no setbacks, he can resume his regular throwing program, trying to get ready for an April return. Lloyd McClendon previously admitted that he'll...
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