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Lookout Landing 11 hours ago

Day of changes continues with an M's win

A new era begins with a win. The result of today's game will likely not go down in history as the most memorable event to occur on August 28th, 2015.  No, on a day that involved a front office shake up, and many new questions spawned, the Seattle Mariners still played a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox.  There will be weeks and months full of rumors both great and worrisome but it is important to consider that for a few of those coming weeks, baseball will still be played.  Today's game was indicative of the mood of the franchise.  The game never felt like the focus even...
U.S.S. Mariner 14 hours ago

Game 129, Mariners at White Sox; Game 1 of the Post-GMZ Mariners

Taijuan Walker vs. John Danks, 5:10pm Zduriencik’s last action as GM was the long-overdue demotion of C Mike Zunino to AAA. Given rosters expand imminently, it seems he’ll be with Tacoma for about 72 hours or so. Replacing him on the roster is John Hicks, the M’s 4th round pick in 2011 out of Virginia. 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 129, Mariners at White Sox; Game 1 of the Post-GMZ Mariners
Lookout Landing 20 hours ago

Jack and the Giant Dream Machine

We are now entering uncharted seas. But we are Mariners, after all. It was the months preceding the 2008 season when I first started reading the Seattle Mariners' blogs.  Back then, it was by recommendation of a teacher that I jump on over and check out what was happening at USSM.  So I did, and the talk then was all about the removal of Bill Bavasi.  In all honesty, I had no knowledge of who he really was or why he mattered.  I just remember talking the Adam Jones trade with one of my coaches during some early morning batting cage work.  That was the first moment I remember really...
U.S.S. Mariner 21 hours ago

The Jack Zduriencik Era is Over

December 18, 2009 at roughly 10:40am Pacific. The rumor that the M’s had swapped Carlos Silva for Milton Bradley of the Cubs had just been confirmed, and there were unconfirmed stories and quotes from unnamed sources floating around on the still-new platform of Twitter. One of those rumors, one that no one could actually source, 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 Jack Zduriencik Era is Over
Lookout Landing Aug 28, 2015

Mariners consumed in slow burning disco inferno

A Tale of Woe and Terrible Uniforms I was driving home when Trumbo left them loaded in the first inning (Because of course he did. Did his sad Trombone travel to Chicago? Could you see it in the stands?). The fact that I was driving is only relevant because I had yet to see the horror that awaited me. Our good friend Matt Ellis would ask, "What did we have here?" Well, what we had here was a bad baseball game and even worse uniforms. Sure, this game was a stinker. But that is a secondary concern to the real travesty of baseball that occurred in the Windy City tonight. Just. What...
Lookout Landing Aug 27, 2015

59-69: Chart

Kyle Seager, most other Mariners take the night off as M's drop opener Mariners Seattle Steelheads Throwbacks: Seth Smith (.130 WPA) White Sox Retro Night Pajamarama: Ketel Marte (-.158)
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 27, 2015

Game 128, Mariners at White Sox

Roenis Elias vs. Carlos Rodon, 5:10pm Welcome back, Roenis. The Cuban lefty evidently wasn’t terribly happy about being in Tacoma and stunk up the PCL for a while before his recent recall. He’s obviously been much better in the big leagues, although exactly why is an interesting question for someone to research. Unlike many (most?) 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 128, Mariners at White Sox
Lookout Landing Aug 27, 2015

Fernando Rodney - The B Sides

Fernando Rodney is gone. We put very little effort into our goodbye, because bad meta-commentary is what 2015 Fernando Rodney deserves. (Ed's note) This post was written August 5th during the Mariners 7-5 extra inning loss to the Colorado Rockies. The Mariners were on their way to winning their 4th straight, and five out of six. It was going to be their strongest stretch of the season and finally, maybe, lead the team towards a run. It didn't happen. It didn't happen because Fernando Rodney, perhaps more than any other single player, completely collapsed. Because of his blown save that 3...
Lookout Landing Aug 27, 2015

Lookout Landing Bandwagons MLB

With the M's postseason hopes likely dashed, which playoff bound team's bandwagon should you join? Well sports fans, here we are. This season has been marked by some great moments and some bitter disappointments. And perhaps no brew is as bitter as the fact that barring a dark magic run (more on that from David later), the Mariners will once again be watching the post-season from the couch, bar, or employment agency of their choosing. But lest we, the afflicted fans of a bad baseball team, miss out on the October and November fun, some members of the Lookout Landing staff decided to make a...
Lookout Landing Aug 27, 2015

Series Preview: Mariners (59-68) at White Sox (59-66)

The Mariners begin a ten-game road trip with four on the South Side of Chicago. At a Glance: Date First Pitch Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher Thursday, August 27 5:10 pm Mariners LHP Roenis Elias White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon Friday, August 28 5:10 pm Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker White Sox LHP John Danks Saturday, August 29 4:10 pm Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma White Sox RHP Jeff Samardzija Sunday, August 30 11:10 am Mariners LHP Mike Montgomery White Sox LHP Jose Quintana Mariners White...
Lookout Landing Aug 27, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 8/27/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning everyone! Let's get your morning started with the latest news and stories from the internets of baseball: Tyler Carmont of Prospect Insider thinks Franklin Gutierrez should get another shot with the Mariners next year. Luke Arkins of Prospect Insider thinks James Jones and Stefen Romero will have trouble finding success in Seattle. Austin Jackson seems to be the subject of some trade talks now that the outfielder has cleared trade waivers. Carlos Gomez stirred up a little drama during...
Lookout Landing Aug 26, 2015

Mariners unleash crippling onslaught of offense in first inning, slaughter Athletics

Felix Hernandez did what we are used to him doing -- win games. It is fair to say that not much has gone right this season, and Felix Hernandez has epitomized that mantra to varying degrees over the past month -- especially on August 15. On August 15, King Felix completely lost his nobility when he gave up 10 runs in just 2.1 innings. And in a season where not much has gone right, such as this one, that alone is enough to raise a warranted panic. Is Felix Hernandez injured? What the hell are we going to do without Felix Hernandez? Just the thought was enough to crawl inside of a...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 26, 2015

Game 127, Athletics at Mariners

King Felix vs. Chris Bassitt, 12:40pm Happy Felix Day. The M’s and A’s played a game in which both bullpens logged a lot of innings without giving up a run. That’s kind of incredible, given their track records. The M’s face right-hander Chris Bassitt today, a part of the big Jeff Samardzija trade that also 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 127, Athletics at Mariners
Lookout Landing Aug 26, 2015

Mike Zunino and not winning at baseball

Mike Zunino has had a terrible offensive season, but how much has he actually hurt the Mariners chances of winning? 2015 has been one of the most disappointing seasons in Seattle Mariners history. The pitching has been bad and the hitting has been streaky and our expectations have been dashed time and time again. There are so many reasons for their inability to win games this year. To see which offensive player has cost the M's the most success this season, I've put together the plot below, which shows the WPA vs. the number of plate appearances for M's hitters with 100+ PA in 2015. (Note:...
Lookout Landing Aug 26, 2015

Mariners rage against the dying of the light, win 6-5

A companion piece to Monday's game, the Mariners overcame an early 5-0 deficit and slugged their way to a comeback win. I am very tired so we are sticking with bullet points again. You, and I, will survive it. The Mariners won today, 6-5. They were behind 5-0, a day after leading 5-0. They did not win yesterday, but today they did. They were behind because Mike Montgomery's account is so very over-drafted. The left-hander could not get out of the 2nd inning and more than that, here's what happened to him:line drive, ground ball, ground ball, walk, line drive, fly ball to the warning...
Lookout Landing Aug 26, 2015

58-68: Chart

A's win the Mariner-off, Mariners win the game, 6-5. Clarity of purpose: Austin Jackson (.273 WPA)A cluttered mind: Mike Montgomery (-.365 WPA)
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 25, 2015

Game 126, Athletics at Mariners

Mike Montgomery vs. Jesse Chavez, 7:10pm Last night’s game was a painful one, as Safeco welcomed Hisashi Iwakuma back to Seattle and then watched as his defense failed him. Let’s be clear: Iwakuma was as responsible as anyone for a rough 7 run inning that turned a 5-0 lead into a 7-5 deficit they’d never 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 126, Athletics at Mariners
Lookout Landing Aug 25, 2015

An appreciation for Ketel Marte, the rare fun 2015 Mariner

If I'm being honest, I wasn't all that excited about Ketel Marte. Going back, we knew if he were to make an appearance in 2015, it'd be a sure sign that things had gone wrong. And things have gone wrong. Beyond that, there was never much of a pedigree with him, having never cracked a top 100 list until midseason this year. Above all, it seemed only like he'd survived a war of attrition—first against a skill-set that didn't have one standout tool, and then against a season, for the organization, that wiped away every other top prospect who might warrant a call requesting his presence up...
Lookout Landing Aug 25, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 8/25/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! James Paxton couldn't get out of the first inning in his first rehab outing with Tacoma. Mariners prospect Tyler O'Neill has had quite the season at the plate. The Rangers have signed outfielder Drew Stubbs. Adrian Beltre attempted to kick a ball foul. Jose Reyes does not want to be on the Rockies. Dave Cameron of Fangraphs wonders if a pitcher's batting line should factor into the Cy Young voting. Matthew Kory at Fangraphs tries to figure out if Mike Fiers was cheating during his...
Lookout Landing Aug 25, 2015

Mariners' pitching plays Russian Roulette with full chamber, loses

We smiled for five innings, and just sorta laughed a little and thought of childhood dreams for the rest. Oh, hello there.  Didn't see you when you walked in.  Did you have the Mariners' game on tonight?  Oh, well, I did.  It was fun for a time.  Actually, don't let me spoil it for you, yet.  Let me paint you the picture.  Let me find you the feeling of the moments we shared for three-plus hours with those in communion of the broadcast tonight.  Did you ever trip on the pavement while wearing a new pair of shoes that you were proud to strut around town in?  You felt us in that...

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  • 1 Franklin Gutierrez

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  • Hisashi Iwakuma

    Hisashi Iwakuma

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    Felix Hernandez

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