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Taijuan Walker dazzles as the M's trounce the Twins 6-1

Walker struck out 11 Twins batters on his way to a one-hit complete game. Coming into this season, most of us had very high expectations for our beloved M's. We believed that they were a good team full of good men that would play good baseball. When the month of April came to an end, with the Mariners sitting at a mediocre 10-12, most of us still believed. It's early! There are so many games left! May came and went, with the Mariners continuing to tread water. They went 14-14 that month, but were still just 6.5 games back of Houston. Most of us soldiered on; it'd be silly to lose faith when...
Lookout Landing Jul 31, 2015

47-57: Chart

Taijuan Walker is dominant as the Mariners rough up the Twins 6-1 Nine amazing innings from your starter: Taijuan Walker (0.391 WPA) A tired, overused, mismanaged bullpen: Ketel Marte (-0.074 WPA)
Lookout Landing Jul 31, 2015

Mariners trade J.A. Happ to the Pirates for LHP Adrian Sampson

One last deal squeaks out before the deadline. SORRY this is late, ok? It was 1:20 PM and I was told the Mariners were done so I went to lunch. That is my fault. Anyways: #Mariners trade JA Happ to Pittsburgh. — Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) July 31, 2015 #Mariners get RHP Adrian Sampson from Pirates. — Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) July 31, 2015 So there's that. Adrian Sampson is a 23 year old left right handed pitcher who previously was pitching in AAA Indianapolis. His profile is a low 90's fastball from a 3/4 arm slot, a curve and a change. The scouting reports I've seen...
Lookout Landing Jul 31, 2015

Mariners trade Mark Lowe to Blue Jays

The rejuvenated reliever earns himself a ticket north to the deadline's most active organization. The Mariners don't have a lot to trade today but what's around is getting picked at by the scavengers: #Mariners just confirmed: Getting 3 LHPS from Jays: Rob Rasmussen, Nick Wells and Jake Brentz. — Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) July 31, 2015 That Mark Lowe, a 32 year old reliever riding a shocking increase in velocity and effectiveness returned 3 players should probably tell you a bit about how the industry views Rob Rasmussen, Nick Wells and Jake Brentz. They shall have their names be...
Lookout Landing Jul 31, 2015

Softball

Join your fellow Lookout Landing readers and authors and play some highly low-stakes softball in North Seattle. The place: Meadowbrook Playing Field, NE 105th St & 35th Ave NE The time: 1:00 PM, right around the end of the Mariners game The date: Saturday, August 15 Come join your comrades for a rousing game of bat-and-ball in North Seattle on 8/15/15. We did this last year and it was a huge success, particularly for team 2, who the current author may or may not have been on. (He was.) I'll supply the bases, if we need them, as well as balls, a really terrible bat, water, not...
Lookout Landing Jul 31, 2015

Enjoy the journey

Reclaiming a good slogan gone bad. I fear at this late hour I find myself completely out of whatever cleverness my faculties possess. But I did want to take a moment and talk about the last two days on the site. The Mariners are shitty. Again. They are shitty in a way that somehow we haven't quite experienced before. Repeated injury develops scar tissue but for many, myself included and I've been a fan of this team since 1985 or so, this hurt found fresh, virgin purchase in our hearts. The only time I can remember feeling quite this hopeless about the state of the organization was 2008,...
Lookout Landing Jul 31, 2015

Twins Sink Mariners 9-5

Thursday July 30, 2015
Twinkie Town Jul 31, 2015

Twins hammer Happ, Rosario almost hits for the cycle in 9-5 win

Eddie Rosario only needed a single to hit for the cycle tonight as the Twins hammered away at the Seattle Mariners. After giving up a two-run home run in the top of the first tonight, it looked like it would be a hard battle tonight for Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins. Luckily, the Mariners pitchers apparently suck and the Twins hitters rule. Brian Dozier quickly answered back to the Mariners with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first inning, passing Danny Gladden for third on the Twins all-time lead-off home run list. Brian Dozier specifically pointed at Gladden up in the...
Lookout Landing Jul 30, 2015

Corrections and omissions

For articles dated July 30th, 2015 In linking the post "Today in Mariners History" to "Facebook", a social media website of some renown, the editor used the headline:"Today, June 30th, in Seattle Mariners history"Today is, in fact, July 30th. Lookout Landing regrets the error. In the body of "Today in Mariners History" the author writes the following:"1990: Ken Griffey, Jr. records the 50th home run of his career, a grand slam off Roy Smith in the bottom of the second inning. The Seattle Mariners go on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2."Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 50th career home run...
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 30, 2015

Game 103, Mariners at Twins

JA Happ vs. Phil Hughes, 5:10pm The M’s faced Hughes early on this year, and I talked about how Hughes – the consummate tinkerer – might want to stop adjusting things if he wanted a repeat of his excellent 2014 season. This being Hughes, that simply hasn’t worked. He’s dropped his arm angle. He’s changed 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 103, Mariners at Twins
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 30, 2015

The End of the Ackley Era

The Mariners announced their line-up today in their series-opener against the Twins. Dustin Ackley was slated to bat 6th and start in LF. Some time after that went public, Jack Curry of the YES Network in New York broke the news that Ackley had been traded to the Yankees instead. In exchange, the M’s get 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 End of the Ackley Era
Lookout Landing Jul 30, 2015

Mariners and Twins: Hot and Cold

A look at who's hot and cold in Seattle and Minnesota Seattle Mariners Who's hot: Robinson Cano is batting .381 with five home runs and 12 runs batted in in his last eleven games... Nelson Cruz has four homers and RBI's in his last eight games. He's hitting .400 over that time period... Mike Zunino is on an eight game hitting streak. During that stretch he's batted .393 with one run, four doubles, and six RBIs... Brad Miller is batting .400 over the last four games... Mark Trumbo had three doubles and a .417 average in Seattle's last series against Arizona... Jesus Sucre has a double and...
Lookout Landing Jul 30, 2015

D.J. Peterson: Full Speed Ahead

D.J. Peterson had to make a pit stop on his race for the majors. Now, it looks like he's ready to get back onto the track. AP (TACOMA) - It hasn’t always been easy, but D.J. Peterson may finally be on the track to stardom. Blessed with truck-loads of natural hitting ability, the former first-rounder looked like he might be in Seattle already. He hit 32 homers while climbing two levels in the M’s system in 2014. Some thought he might start at AAA Tacoma in 2015, but the organization felt like he needed a little more time at AA to begin the year. That was when the trouble...
Lookout Landing Jul 30, 2015

Series Preview: Mariners (46-56) at Twins (52-48)

The Seattle Mariners face the Minnesota Twins in a contest of baseball teams. At a Glance: Date First Pitch Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher Thursday, July 30 5:10 pm Mariners LHP J.A. Happ Twins RHP Phil Hughes Friday, July 31 5:10 pm Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker Twins LHP Tommy Milone Saturday, August 1 4:10 pm Mariners LHP Mike Montgomery Twins RHP Kyle Gibson Sunday, August 2 11:10 am Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey Mariners Twins Edge Batting (AVG) .239...
Lookout Landing Jul 30, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 7/30/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. With the trade deadline swiftly approaching, there are many stories around baseball. To begin... The top overall draft pick from 2015, Dansby Swanson, suffered a concussion during practice with other Diamondbacks' prospects. It is unclear at this point for how long Swanson will be inactive. Jon Lester had a 14-strikeout performance to help the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. Jeff Sullivan from Fangraphs opines on the latest blockbuster between the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado...
Lookout Landing Jul 30, 2015

August and Everything After: The 2015 Seattle Mariners

The carpet in my uncle's basement was blue. The walls were added on a few years later, and running water came even after that. His name was Eugene, and he was almost a priest before he wasn't, and then there were gray hairs and a deep, deep laugh that only your mother's brother could ever produce, which meant that you felt it, you felt it in your bones. Eugene had a Mickey Mantle rookie card, two Hank Aarons, a frayed cigarette insert with the face of Christy Mathewson and a worthless 1986 Mets pennant won from a UPC mail-in on the back of a Wheaties Box struck through with metal tacks into...
Lookout Landing Jul 29, 2015

This loss is not the way the world ends

The sour taste of the lemon from the field would have been less-so were it not for the sugar he had tasted before and his great thirst. "Unaware of the restless circle in which she moved, of the unbearable state of intimate calamity that she provoked as she passed by, Remedios the Beauty treated the men without the least bit of malice and in the end upset them with her innocent complaisance." "You must love the rain." They were the first words he would always hear when he told someone he was moving back home.  It wasn't "Congratulations on the job!" or "Are you excited to go home?"  No,...
Lookout Landing Jul 29, 2015

46-56: Chart

It was a beautiful afternoon to realize darkness may only be a fleeting thing. First Love: Brad Miller (.037 WPA) Loves 2-7: Felix Hernandez (-.366 WPA)
U.S.S. Mariner Jul 29, 2015

Game 102, Diamondbacks at Mariners

King Felix vs. Patrick Corbin, 12:40pm Happy Felix day in the actual day time, everyone. While the King’s fielding-independent stats are down, he’s still having a remarkable season, and one that FIP may tend to underestimate. His K:BB ratio is a bit worse than it’s been in recent years, but at the same time, his 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 102, Diamondbacks at Mariners
Lookout Landing Jul 29, 2015

Mystery Science Baseball

A guide to laughing at the not-too-distant future. The world is small. There was a time when the thirty miles between Tacoma and Seattle was a trek one might make once in their lifetime, a pilgrimage for the dying. News spread from place to place through the tales of traveling salesmen, and legends grew like unchecked weeds. Now it’s an hour on light rail, a lifeless chapter of a Franzen novel, a couple of duels of Hearthstone. Everything is accessible, and equally, depressingly real. People used to know their ballplayers back then in a way they don’t, now; they shopped at the same...

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