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U.S.S. Mariner 3 hours ago

Game 97, Mariners at Blue Jays

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. RA Dickey, 10:07am James Paxton had one of those games that show off his incredible potential and the M’s bullpen made it hold up. Dan Vogelbach homered in his first AB in the M’s system, and doubled in his second. The M’s are in a tough spot in this wildcard race 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 97, Mariners at Blue Jays
Lookout Landing 17 hours ago

The Mariners don't lose, and in fact beat the Blue Jays, 2-1

Steve Cishek hangs on while Michael Saunders' homer isn't enough to ensure that Nori Aoki's leadoff triple combined with Seth Smith's RBI double kept the Mariners in position to win the first game of the series against the Jays despite hav The joke, of course, is that the Mariners both won today's ball game and successfully stole a base. This alone would be a thing worthy of praise but what you should really be excited about are the following bullet points: Nori Aoki notched two hits this afternoon, including a triple which led off the game on the second pitch of the day. The pitch missed...
Lookout Landing 19 hours ago

49-47: Chart

The Mariners win a one-run game and successfully steal a base. THE END IS NIGH. Mike Zunino’s Framing: James Paxton, .374 WPA Whatever Is Happening on Josh Donaldson’s Head: Canó, -.153 WPA JerryUnits: Mariners Pitching struck out 14 and Mariners batters walked once. This other part of the equation doesn’t even matter but it’s 2 walks issued by Mariners pitchers and just 4 Ks, which is so, so many fewer than 14. That’s some good biz!
U.S.S. Mariner 23 hours ago

Game 96, Mariners at Blue Jays

James Paxton vs. Marco Estrada, 4:07pm After winning a series against the suddenly-open-to-selling White Sox, the M’s head to Toronto to face a team whose wild card chances are a bit better, the 54-42 Jays. If the M’s have a move in them, now’s perhaps their last decent shot. They’re not quite the offensive juggernaut 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 96, Mariners at Blue Jays
Lookout Landing Jul 22, 2016

The continued bad baserunning of the Seattle Mariners

We've got the TOOTs. We've got the BLANs. In 2015, according to FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus, and the eyeballs of baseball fans everywhere, the Mariners were far and away one of the worst baserunning teams in MLB. They were slow, bad at stealing bases, and seemed to commit bone-headed outs on the basepaths every damned game. It was frustrating to watch. Enter new hires Scott Servais and Jerry Dipoto. Although these gentlemen inherited a roster from the Jack Z regime that was not particularly fleet of feet, Scott and Jerry promised to make significant changes to the M’s run game. They...
Lookout Landing Jul 22, 2016

Luis Sardinas called up

No MiMo, yes LuiSa. With Mike Montgomery now wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform, and with Ketel Marte feeling kinda sick and staying at home instead of traveling to Toronto, the Mariners called up Luis Sardinas, the team announced earlier today. #Mariners recall INF Luis Sardiñas from AAA Tacoma. — MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) July 22, 2016 Sardinas has appeared sparingly in the big leagues thus far, with 66 plate appearances spread out over 25 games. His appearance on the big-league roster means that the M's are going with a short staff for the weekend, with 14 hitters and 11 pitchers...
Lookout Landing Jul 21, 2016

Keep the Band Together

We're competent. We have some aging stars. We've had some bad luck. Regroup, refocus, return. With the August 1 trading deadline looming, the Mariners are scuffling along right now. Even after yesterday’s exciting walkoff win – which caused me to almost wake up the people trying to sleep in nearby hostel beds in Barcelona at 1 a.m. – the M’s remain 6.5 games back in the AL West race and 5.5 games back of the second wild card spot. Their playoff odds, well above 50 percent not too long ago, have dwindled to 17.5%, per Fangraphs. And yet. This is not a column about selling, though...
Lookout Landing Jul 21, 2016

It's Time to Think Ahead

The season isn't over, but is this team really in a position to focus on this year, or even next? Other than being an objectively excellent transaction, yesterday's Mike Montgomery for Dan Vogelbach trade could symbolize something larger. From MLB.com: "The attraction here was getting younger and deeper and really starting to fill some positions of critical needs for us moving forward," Dipoto said This is an important statement, because while the team isn't admitting to selling, they are admitting to thinking about the future while sacrificing the present. How much of a sacrifice Mike...
Lookout Landing Jul 21, 2016

The Mariners are not good (enough to be buyers)

The Mariners are just close enough to playoff contention for a success-starved franchise to do something they'll regret for years to come. Please don't do this. Despite an April and May of excellence that painted them as one of baseball's best teams, the 2016 Mariners were never built with dominance as the expectation. The utter totality of the systemic failure over twelve years, and two separate front offices, is not the kind of rot repaired in a single offseason. Jerry Dipoto stepped into an organization with a top heavy, aging, expensive major league roster, and a farm system considered...
Lookout Landing Jul 20, 2016

Scenes from a Wednesday Mariners victory over the White Sox

Felix hung on while Leonys Martin saved the day for the good guys. M's win in extras, 6-5. Today, the Mariners defeated the Chicago White Sox in eleven innings of play. Felix Hernandez threw some baseballs, there were some questionable calls, the Mariners bobbled here and there and finally Leonys Martin walked it off with a home run into right-center to bring the team a game back above .500 once again. As I watched the game, I thought about the form of the baseball broadcast we have been watching throughout our entire lives: seven cameras set across the field, focusing primarily behind the...
Lookout Landing Jul 20, 2016

Kyle Lewis suffers significant knee injury, done for the season

Get well soon, Kyle First-round pick Kyle Lewis suffered an apparent knee injury on a collision at home plate during an Everett AquaSox game on Tuesday afternoon. The injury was confirmed this evening, and a whole bunch of parts of the knee were involved: Mariners first-round pick Kyle Lewis will miss rest of season with torn ACL as well as medial and lateral meniscus in right knee — Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) July 20, 2016 #Mariners CF prospect Kyle Lewis (Short-A Everett) out for season and maybe longer. Exam showed bad knee injury. — Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) July 20,...
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 20, 2016

Mariners Send Mike Montgomery to Cubs for 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach

With the trade deadline approaching, the M’s made an intriguing trade today, sending left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery to the Cubs in exchange for 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach. The clubs also exchanged high-minors starting pitching depth, with Jordan Pries moving to the Cubs and Paul Blackburn joining the M’s org. SP depth is nice and all, but 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.Mariners Send Mike Montgomery to Cubs for 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach
Lookout Landing Jul 20, 2016

48-47: Chart

Leonys Martin hits a walk-off blast, Felix avoids the loss, and the Mariners eh shhhhh whatever they win. mimo: leonys (.487 WPA) hector n.: robbie (-.395 WPA) Jerrys: shhhhhh felix back
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 20, 2016

Game 95, White Sox at Mariners

King Felix vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 12:40pm Happy Felix Day! It’s been a while, and it’s been a brutal interregnum for the M’s. On the day Felix last pitched, the M’s were in first place in the division by 1.5 games, and their playoff odds stood at about 74%. Since then, the M’s have gone 19-28 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 95, White Sox at Mariners
Lookout Landing Jul 20, 2016

Dipoto and Servais shuffle the deck as the King returns

I don't get cards either Hello and good morning. In case you do not have internet connection (wait) or are continually late to the game (no wonder you never get invited anymore) there has been some fresh, sweet, hot news this morning regarding the 2016 Seattle Mariners 25 Man Roster: Servais tells us Felix, Zunino and Aoki in, Rollins, Robertson and Sucre out. — Mike Salk, 710 ESPN (@TheMikeSalk) July 20, 2016 Well, how-dee-do-dee folks and welcome to being .500 on July 20th. The major news of the day, as we've all known for some time now, is that Felix Hernandez is back for the...
Lookout Landing Jul 20, 2016

The Mariners are back

A sleepy loss, filled with below average baseball players playing below average baseball. You know this song, second verse same as the first, etc. All you really need to know about this game is that it came down to Jose Quintana against Daniel Robertson. Every baseball game has thousands upon thousands of variables, many branching out and snarling through each other, like an impossible tangled blackberry bush. So many things moving in so many directions, and so close together. It can be difficult to tell what's what. So when I say that the game came down to Jose Quintana against Daniel...
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 19, 2016

Game 94, White Sox at Mariners

Wade Miley vs. Jose Quintana, 7:10pm Last night’s game may or may not have implications for the playoff race, but after one of the most unlikely comebacks the M’s have had in years, the explosion of joy and bewilderment showed that not everything needs some larger context. We’re M’s fans, so we know this well: 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 94, White Sox at Mariners
Lookout Landing Jul 19, 2016

Scott Servais, Daniel Robertson, and bad hunches

The Mariners are an injured, flawed, talented team. Their rookie manager needs to get serious about maximizing their strengths. One of my least favorite things in the community surrounding online baseball writing is the seeming refusal consider the possibility of factors beyond our vision or scope. While the questioning of authority is a good, healthy impulse in almost all pursuits, it's not something to be casually dismissed or mocked reflexively. Too many times here, and so many other places, we've seen lines of thinking expressed roughly as: "It's just so obvious, and if (X) doesn't see...
Lookout Landing Jul 19, 2016

Death, Baseball, and Adam Lind

Or, the Mariners win 4-3 Alongside a two-lane highway by the quarry just outside of the small town of Cool, California, Ronnie is dying in a ditch. An hour earlier, I had been driving with Katherine, taking a lazy Saturday away from studying or making wine to go see the foothills of the Sierra Nevada's. It was a simple enough thing to do on an April day. Yet, on the way home, as I turned a corner around a slight left on a two-lane highway in the middle of nowhere, the 1960's Chevy truck barreling down the road towards me turns my direction, over the center line. The next things all happen...
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 18, 2016

Game 93, White Sox at Mariners

Wade Le Blanc vs. Chris Sale, 7:10pm If you looked at nothing but each starting pitcher’s preseason projections, this would look like a complete mismatch, as Chris Sale’s projections reflected the fact that Sale’s a legitimate ace, while Wade Le Blanc’s were probably something like “Korean league, maybe?” Thankfully, that’s NOT all we have 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.Game 93, White Sox at Mariners

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