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Lookout Landing 55 mins ago

73-63: Chart

Chris Young implodes in the first inning as the A's start penning Moneyball III. '95: Taijuan Walker (.019 WPA) '02,'03,'04,'05,'06,'07,'08,'09,'10,'11,'12,'13: Chris Young (-.335 WPA) A very poorly timed loss against a division rival to ruin your labor day weekend. QUESTIONS 1. Should Walker replace Young in the rotation? 2. Carson Smith made his MLB debut today in this, only his third season of professional baseball. He throws sideways and it's kind of weird. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, how do you feel about pitchers with unusual deliveries? 3. How did you/will you spend the...
U.S.S. Mariner 4 hours ago

Game 136, Mariners at Athletics

Chris Young vs. Jason Hammel, 1:05pm Wildcard Odds – Fangraphs.com: 45.6% Baseballprospectus.com: 40.2% What a comeback yesterday – it looked like the M’s were on their way to a crippling series sweep when Dustin Ackley’s three-run shot off Tanner Roark turned the game around. Yesterday’s odds were in the mid-high 30% range, so you can 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 136, Mariners at Athletics
This week in Mariners history: Labor Day weekend edition

This week in Mariners history: Labor Day weekend edition

Would you walk naked over hot coals to watch Dustin Ackley hit? Happy Labor Day! I'm not sure if the graphic history of this holiday merits the word "happy," but I hope you are all enjoying your barbecues, baseball, and the extra day off from school and work today. It's been a fairly positive week for the Mariners of seasons past, including a baby-faced Dustin Ackley and two famous relatives. Before you read through the history tidbits below, see if you can answer this question: Who was the last Mariner to hit for the cycle? August 25, 2009: Dustin Ackley signs with Seattle. The buzz around...
Lookout Landing 6 hours ago
Series Preview: Mariners (73-62) at Athletics (78-58)

Series Preview: Mariners (73-62) at Athletics (78-58)

The Mariners head to Oakland to face the division rival Athletics to start the last month of the season. At a Glance: Date First Pitch Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher Monday, September 1 1:05pm Mariners RHP Chris Young Athletics RHP Jason Hammel Tuesday, September 2 7:05pm Mariners LHP James Paxton Athletics RHP Sonny Gray Wednesday, September 3 12:35pm Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez Athletics LHP Jon Lester Mariners Athletics Edge Batting (wRC+) 92 (13th in AL) 105 (4th in...
Lookout Landing 23 hours ago

Mariners remember the whole playoff-push thing, beat Nationals 5-3

The Mariners put an end to their three-game skid thanks to a crazy day by Dustin Ackley and a solid outing by Hisashi Iwakuma Well the Mariners woke up this morning and took one look in the mirror and bit their lip until it started bleeding. Staring back at them was the visage of a three game losing streak, beginning with an embarrasing 12-4 blowout by the worst team in baseball, and concluding with a dinger-laden burial under the shovel of one of the best teams in baseball. Playoff hopes were not necessarily on the line, but were beginning to singe at the corners like a piece of kindling...

73-62: Chart

The Mariners... win? Brian Wilson's beard: Dustin Ackley (.438 WPA) Dustin Ackley's beard: Robinson Cano (-.164 WPA) Questions: Who will reach 25 home runs first: Mike Zunino or Kyle Seager? (Or, if 25 is too great a goal, who will lead the team in homers by season's end?) What are your plans for Labor Day? Do you collect any baseball paraphernalia?
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 31, 2014

Game 135, Nationals at Mariners

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Tanner Roark, 1:10pm Wildcard Odds – Fangraphs.com: 37.6% Baseballprospectus.com: 31.4% The M’s look to avoid a sweep behind Hisashi Iwakuma, but they’re facing yet another tough righty, sinkerballer Tanner Roark. Roark was cut by his college team, played a bit of independent league ball, where he posted an ERA over *20* 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.Game 135, Nationals at Mariners
Lookout Landing Aug 31, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 8/31/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Here's the latest from all around Major League Baseball: The Mariners have agreed to a deal with 16-year-old shortstop Christopher Torres. The M's have announced the names of players they will send to the Arizona Fall League. Here's the latest on the Brady Aiken saga. The Oakland A's are working towards drawing up some designs for a possible new ballpark. The Rangers have activated Derek Holland from the DL. Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports thinks Yu Davish is wise to be so cautious about his sore...
Lookout Landing Aug 31, 2014
Mariners can't solve Strasburg, Riemann Hypothesis, mind/body split, more in loss to Nats

Mariners can't solve Strasburg, Riemann Hypothesis, mind/body split, more in loss to Nats

Despite a late rally, the Mariners looked helpless against a superior Washington Nationals baseball team that still has never made it to the World Series, hahaha. Window A/C unit: Austin Jackson (.050 WPA) UPS guy who won't ring my doorbell: James Jones (-.141 WPA) Well, the Mariners lost today, and they lost because they didn't end up scoring more runs than the team they were competing against. When that happens there is usually a loser in the game, but it's not really the sole reason the M's lost today. No, the M's lost today because of this: And this: This...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 30, 2014

Game 134, Nationals at Mariners

Roenis Elias vs. Stephen Strasburg, 7:10pm After several years, the top two picks in the lauded 2009 draft finally meet. Stephen Strasburg’s been healthy this year, and while he’s no longer the superhuman freak he appeared to be when he broke into the league in 2010, he’s still an elite power pitcher, with a K% 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 134, Nationals at Mariners
Lookout Landing Aug 30, 2014

Thoughts on a #6org

It's been a rough couple of days for the Mariners organization as a whole. But what does it all mean? I'm not going to tell you. When the news about Jesus Montero broke on Thursday night, it upset me. Part of the reason was because I had a giant article queued up for nine the next morning, and I knew I’d have to push it back beyond Labor Day Weekend. We were all going to spend the day talking about ice cream. But the real reason it upset me is because I knew what the reaction would be: #6org. (For the three repatriated or perhaps newborn readers unaware of the hashtag: #6org was born out...
Lookout Landing Aug 30, 2014

Nationals tee off on Felix Hernandez, M's fall 8-2

Felix gives up four home runs for the first time in his career, as the M's fall to a game back in the wild card standings. The Mariners are a good, winning baseball team. As a city, Seattle doesn't really know how to handle that, not because they aren't equipped to, but because they're fans of the Mariners. I don't really know either, and I've seen the good years. I remember what it was like when the Mariners struck fear in opponents. I remember what it was like to wake up every day expecting a win. But those memories have turned to nostalgia, not feelings that I can draw from the deepest...
Lookout Landing Aug 30, 2014

72-61: Chart

The King is dead, maybe, probably not. Bar Cotto Salumi: Kendrys Morales (.128 WPA) Oscar Mayer Bologna: Felix  Hernandez (-.313 WPA) Questions: 1. When was the last time you felt this disheartened by a Mariners game? 2. If you were thrown 50 straight sliders on the black by Jordan Zimmerman, do you think you could get a single base hit? Would Mike Zunino? 3. Can you imagine how valuable second half Dustin Ackley would be as a second baseman?
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 29, 2014

Game 133, Nationals at Mariners

King Felix vs. Jordan Zimmermann, 7:10pm (Fireworks following the game) Wild Card Odds – Fangraphs.com: 46.4% Baseballprospectus.com: 42.4% Happy Felix Day. The M’s kick off a series against the NL East leading Nationals tonight, a contest between the teams that lead their respective leagues in ERA. The Nats actually lead baseball in FIP; the M’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.Game 133, Nationals at Mariners
Lookout Landing Aug 29, 2014
Series Preview: Mariners (72-60) vs Nationals (75-57)

Series Preview: Mariners (72-60) vs Nationals (75-57)

The Mariners take on the best team in the NL, the Washington Nationals, over the weekend. At a Glance: Date First Pitch Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher Friday, August 29 7:10pm Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez Saturday, August 30 6:10pm Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg Mariners RHP Chris Young Sunday, August 31 1:10pm Nationals RHP Tanner Roark Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners Nationals Edge Batting (wRC+) 92 (13th in AL) 105 (4th in NL) NATIONALS Fielding...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 29, 2014

The Montero Incident

Last evening, Keith Law tweeted a rumor that launched a thousand fat jokes. Jesus Montero, one time can’t miss prospect and current whipping boy had apparently tried to enter the stands during some sort of vague altercation. Soon after, conflicting information started filtering in – no one had been ejected. Montero wasn’t in the line-up. 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 Montero Incident
Lookout Landing Aug 29, 2014
Jesus Montero gets heckled by Mariners employee, throws ice cream sandwich

Jesus Montero gets heckled by Mariners employee, throws ice cream sandwich

Montero was heckled by a member of the Mariners organization last night while on a rehab appearance, and approached the stands with a bat while cursing and spitting. This isn't good in a lot of ways. This is one of the weirdest stories I've ever heard coming out of the Mariners organization, but after the offseason "dysfunction" debacle, hardly anything comes as a surprise anymore. From Tyler Maun at MiLB.com comes the full story of what we heard rumblings about last night. Jesus Montero was in Everett, about to start a rehab assignment in his return from an oblique injury. Though he...
Northwest Sports Beat Aug 28, 2014

Who Gets Called Up In September For The Seattle Mariners?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the 2014 Mariners, specifically the 2014 September call ups. Brian points out Justin Smoak who is on a tear, Corey Hart, Humberto Quintero, Stefen Romero, James Jones, Erasmo Ramirez, Taijuan Walker, Lucas Luetge, Blake Beavan could all see action soon on the M's.
Northwest Sports Beat Aug 28, 2014

Will the REAL Dustin Ackley Please Stand Up?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the 2014 Mariners, specifically Dustin Ackley. The first Brian notices when he looks at this is that Ackley seems to start out ok but it's like he hits a wall in May. It's very similar to what we see from starting pitchers who sometimes get a dead arm about that same time of year.
Lookout Landing Aug 28, 2014
Mariners hitters and 3-0 strikeouts

Mariners hitters and 3-0 strikeouts

If a batter gets ahead 3-0 in an at bat, they /really/ shouldn't strikeout. Nonetheless, this does still happen... but exactly how often does this occur? As a baseball fan, few things are more frustrating than watching a batter on your favorite team get into an ultra-favorable 3-0 count only to see the at bat ultimately end in a strikeout. This certainly doesn't happen often, but the disappointment associated with squandering such an opportunity helps us to remember these events more clearly, which makes it seem like they occur more often than they do. I think we can all picture it: A...

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