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Lookout Landing 6 hours ago

3/26: Open Game Thread

Felix Hernandez Vs. Jeremy Guthrie After lamenting the loss of Spring enthusiasm in yesterday's game thread the Mariners spent last night showing me why my feelings are wrong and stupid and I should feel bad about them. 6 lights out innings from a 22 year old prospect, an opposite field home run from a 24 year old catcher and a scorched double in the gap from the team's financial cornerstone is a hard thing to ignore. Particularly when accompanied by a nice glass of Laphroig Triple Wood. Now with the quick turnaround the team plays two games, one in Peoria and one in Maryvale. Want a good...
Lookout Landing 7 hours ago

AL West Preview: Texas Rangers

The Rangers find themselves at a crossroads after suffering through a disaster of a season last year. AL West Previews: Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros At a Glance: Rangers (2014) Batting (wRC+) 89 (15th in AL) Fielding (FanGraphs Defense) -26.7 (10th) Starting Pitching (FIP-) 115 (15th) Bullpen (FIP-) 99 (10th) Key Additions: OF Ryan Ludwick, RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Ross Detwiler Key Losses: OF Alex Rios Back in 2012, after their third postseason appearance in a row—including two World Series appearances—the...
Lookout Landing 11 hours ago

Lookout Linkage, 3/26/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Hello everyone! Lookout Linkage is back and better than ever with the most relevant and recent news around baseball: Bob Dutton at The News Tribune thinks that Mike Zunino could improve at the plate this season. Lloyd McClendon is considering giving Rickie Weeks a look in the leadoff spot. Marlins' starter Jarred Cosart has been busted for gambling on sports. A collegiate baseball player was kicked off a team for a tweet he sent about Mo'ne Davis. Davis then responded with a statement. The Rangers...
Lookout Landing 19 hours ago

Taijuan Walker Shines, Solidifies Hold on Rotation Spot

Taijuan Walker continued his dominant spring with six strikeouts in six shutout innings. Mike Zunino homered, Robinson Cano doubled home another run, and Taijuan Walker threw six shutout innings in Seattle's 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. After Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless seventh, Tyler Olson and Carson Smith combined to shut down the Cubbies in the eighth. Chicago finally got on the board in the ninth, and had the go-ahead run on first with one out before Dominic Leone stopped the bleeding, inducing a flyout and a strikeout to end the game. Tonight was all about Walker though. The...
U.S.S. Mariner Mar 25, 2015

Cactus League Game 22, Cubs at Mariners

Taijuan Walker vs. Travis Wood, 7:05pm Root TV Travis Wood is a lefty with a rising fastball and an assortment of breaking pitches behind it – the cutter gets the most use, but he makes several stops along the cutter-to-curve route: a slider about 6mph slower than the cutter, and then a curve another 8mph 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 22, Cubs at Mariners
Lookout Landing Mar 25, 2015

AL West Preview: Houston Astros

The Astros didn't acquire Will Ferrell this offseason but they did make a number of moves to bolster their roster. AL West Previews: Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics At a Glance: Astros (2014) Batting (wRC+) 97 (9th in AL) Fielding (FanGraphs Defense) -84.7 (15th) Starting Pitching (FIP-) 101 (6th) Bullpen (FIP-) 108 (13th) Key Additions: C Hank Conger, C/OF Evan Gattis, IF Jed Lowrie, IF Luis Valbuena, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Pat Neshek Key Losses: OF Dexter Fowler, RHP Nick Tropeano The Astros are headed into...
Lookout Landing Mar 24, 2015

[Insert your favorite disparaging J.A. Happ pun here]: M's lose 6-4 to Padres

J.A. Happ wasn't sharp today, giving up six runs in a loss to San Diego. It took just three pitches for the Mariners to grab the lead in today's game. Austin Jackson swung aggressively at the first offering, shooting a double into center field. He then scooted home after Seth Smith went the other way, driving a single to left field on a 96 mph fastball on the outside corner. Everything was wonderful and it seemed like the Mariners might be on their way to another Spring Training blow-out victory. Unfortunately, that was not the case; J.A. Happ surrendered the lead in the bottom of the...
U.S.S. Mariner Mar 24, 2015

Cactus League Game 21, Mariners at Padres

JA Happ vs. Andrew Cashner, 1:05pm We’ve now settled into that period of the Cactus League where the novelty that people are actually playing baseball has worn off, and the routine has set in. JA Happ has made the rotation, and has been fairly solid thus far. We’ve already seen Andrew Cashner as well; if 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 21, Mariners at Padres
Lookout Landing Mar 24, 2015

The battle for the last spot in the Mariners bullpen

After Erasmo Ramirez's stinker yesterday, the final bullpen spot is up for grabs. One can be stashed, the other cannot. So who wins? There are just eleven days left in spring training, and the opening day roster appears to be mostly set -- as far as position players go. The rotation is all but confirmed, as even though Lloyd McClendon won't quite admit Taijuan Walker has won the #5 starter job, it seems fairly evident Roenis Elias is heading back to AAA to stay stretched out as insurance, and what a luxury that will be. It's the bullpen that remains the biggest storyline remaining in spring...
Lookout Landing Mar 23, 2015

Erasmo Ramirez takes one look at pending employment, says No Thank You.

The Mariners lost after Erasmo's four-run second inning, notching only two hits in their 5-0 loss to the Angels. It's not like the job was Erasmo's to lose. No. Any sensible person would realize the pending rotation for the Seattle Mariners currently sits at Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, and one of Taijuan Walker or Roenis Elias. That Erasmo is still mentioned in these sentences is simply as insurance for the possible alien abduction of Walker, or Happ's arm falling off after trying out too many of these new changeups. His start today wasn't to get a better look...
Lookout Landing Mar 23, 2015

2/23: Open game thread

Back to the grind. Well yesterday it was an all-October first-team superstar friendly-face plus-WAR lineup down in Peoria, and today we get a game with Endy Chavez and a person whose number is listed only as "Xx." Gotta love spring. Today’s lineups. pic.twitter.com/w3dVhZaiZD — Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) March 23, 2015 We don't only have reasons to pout, however, despite the fact that the game isn't going to be on television and your only way to follow along will be online. Rickie Weeks is going to see some action today, and joining him in only their ninth game of the spring will...

A brief history of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

As Alex Rodriguez once put it, “Here is where it’s at, the jokes, the fun.” The saga of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers is an epic one. In 1993, after three seasons of filing their prospects with the High-A San Bernardino Spirit and Peninsula Pilots, the Mariners made a return to Single-A baseball with the Midwest League Appleton Foxes. What they couldn’t have foreseen, however, was the long-term relationship that would develop, one that would span nearly two decades. The Mariners were two years away from closing the door on an 18-year partnership with the short-season Single-A...
Lookout Landing Mar 22, 2015

Group of professional baseball players defeat Texas Rangers, 8-0

Get it, because the Rangers are ha okay I'm sorry Well what we had here today was a classic rout of the Texas Rangers by the Seattle Mariners, an event that may still carry with it some form of novelty but may quickly fall into overabundance by the middle of June. I mean, this is a team seriously considering putting Carlos Peguero not just in Major League baseball games, but in centerfield. This is a team that considers Yovani Gallardo their best pitcher. This is a team couldn't stay healthy and still can't, and against that team, the Peguero-less Mariners scored eight runs against the...
Lookout Landing Mar 22, 2015

3/22: Open game thread

James Paxton vs CARLOS PEGUERO Good morning, fellow baseball fan! We've got another fun-filled day of Seattle Mariners baseball ahead of us, and if you happen to be spending your Sunday in that aforementioned city, then get off your computer right now and head down to 3201 1st Avenue South, where you can have a very real and tangible Open Game Thread with real live human beings! Of course, if you are not in Seattle, then I guess you have an excuse to stay right here and talk about this here baseball game like it was any other day. So what do we have? Well, we'll be seeing 4 innings of...
U.S.S. Mariner Mar 22, 2015

Cactus League Game 19, Rangers at Mariners

James Paxton vs. Yovani Gallardo, 1:05 I felt bad about missing yesterday’s Felix day until I saw the box score. Hopefully Paxton has an easier time of things today against the Rangers. He’ll face righty Yovani Gallardo who came over from Milwaukee in a trade for prospects. In one sense, the move was a curious 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 19, Rangers at Mariners
Lookout Landing Mar 22, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 3/22/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! The Mariners have cut their Spring Training roster down to just 39 players. Months after the move, Tony Blengino at Fangraphs sees the reasoning behind the Billy Butler signing for the A's. A.J. Pierzynski is clearly not on Joe West's good side. Dave Cameron at Fangraphs thinks Christian Yelich and Mookie Betts are pretty similar players. The Atlantic League, an independent baseball league, will test out some pretty weird rules this season. MLB plans to have an exhibition game in Cuba in...
Lookout Landing Mar 21, 2015

Cubs score a lot of runs, Mariners score less

And the motto for the day is......ehhhhhhhhhh We could do a couple of things. We could be worried that Felix gave up six hits in two innings and some change. We could be asking ourselves what it means that the most dangerous pitcher in the American league left today's scrimmage with six earned runs coming, in part, from two mammoth dingers off the bats of Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. We could be worried that The King was testing his slider out and not having much luck locating his bread and butter changeup, or that this poor performance came pretty much within two weeks of Opening Day....
Lookout Landing Mar 21, 2015

Getting to know your M's coaches: Rick Waits

Today we'll be talking about the Mariners mustachioed pitching coach. Rick Waits has been a member of the Mariners organization since 2010, when he was hired on as their Minor League pitching coordinator. Prior to the 2014 season, he was called up to the majors and became Seattle's pitching coach. Colin actually wrote a really solid piece on Waits about a year ago, detailing a few of the more interesting/memorable parts of his career. I won't repeat very many of the things that Colin talked about in his article, so you should go read that one, too, if you neglected to do so...
Northwest Sports Beat Mar 21, 2015

Southpaw Battles For South Downtown Seattle Mariner Bullpen Spot

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at the battle between lefty relievers in the M's bullpen this spring. Charlie Furbush is going to be the first lefty out of the bullpen for the Mariners so that leaves just one spot and it's David Rollins, Lucas Luetge, Tyler Olson, Rafael Perez, and Joe Saunders left to fight over the coveted spot on the M's 25 man roster.
Lookout Landing Mar 20, 2015

Mariners don't beat Rangers, also don't lose

There were dingers and pitches and baseballs, oh my. Well today the Mariners and the Rangers went out onto Main St and drew their silver guns and pointed them at each other and there was dust blowing in the wind and a rattlesnake and their eyes and then they decided to just put their guns away and go home. Kind of makes you wonder why they even bothered to do anything in the first place! Yes, the M's ended the day with a 4-4 tie, and although the score really doesn't matter, it should have provided us with some very titillating baseball fun to remind us that opening day is right around the...

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