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Game 129, Mariners at White Sox

Ariel Miranda vs. Jose Quintana, 4:10pm Having vanquished Chris Sale, the M’s now have to deal with an equally formidable (though completely dissimilar) pitcher in Jose Quintana. Another lefty, Quintana’s done a great job of dominating left handed bats over his career – they’ve got an OBP of .293 in Quintana’s career. But while Sale 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
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 26, 2016

Game 128, Mariners at White Sox

King Felix vs. Chris Sale, 5:10pm Happy Felix Day! The King would want you to enjoy today’s game exuberantly, but also with an eye towards safety in this heat. Last night’s loss hurts, particularly with this brutal stretch of opposing starters coming up. Chris Sale’s K rate is down noticeably since last year, but an 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 26, 2016

It’s time for the Mariners to DFA Adam Lind

The Mariners' goofy, lovable first baseman is also the Mariners' very bad first baseman, and it's time for him to be the Mariners' former first baseman. Writing this kind of post is among my least favorite things about this job, so I am going to try and be succinct. The decision to trade Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki, and Freddy Peralta to Milwaukee for Adam Lind was a perfectly fine trade. Lind’s track record against right-handed pitching (126 career wRC+ vs. RHP) filled a need for the roster, and anything other than utter collapse would have resulted in at least league average...
Lookout Landing Aug 26, 2016

Sporcle Friday: The best active pitchers in MLB without a playoff appearance

You'll never guess who's at the top of this list! Among the 100 active pitchers with the best career numbers (based on baseball-reference's rWAR), just 11 have yet to make a playoff appearance. Your job in today's Sporcle is to try and name each of these gentlemen. I wish this quiz wasn't so damned Mariners-centric, but... maybe it won't be come October? (*crosses all of the fingers* *knocks on all of the wood* *burns several Dustin Ackley rookie cards in sacrifice to the baseball gods*). Good luck, my friends. And #gobiz.
Lookout Landing Aug 26, 2016

You Can Now Start Typing Here

Dialogues with Clippy IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE TYPING A RECAP. WOULD YOU LIKE HELP? No, Clippy, get the heck out of here. How’d you even get here? I use a Mac. YOU LOOK SAD. Of course I’m sad, Clippy, I’m a Mariners fan and—look, why am I talking to you? You’re a creepy anthropomorphized paper clip. Your name is so unimaginative you make that “I’m the map” song from Dora look like a Rachmaninoff Concerto. YOU SEEM TO BE LASHING OUT. WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT? I—okay fine. So, the White Sox starter, telenovela character Anthony Ranoudo, had super-shaky command in...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 25, 2016

Game 127, Mariners at White Sox

James Paxton! vs. Anthony Ranaudo, 5:10pm James Paxton returns to the rotation, with Tony Zych heading to Tacoma. Meanwhile, Mike Freeman’s been recalled, and Wade LeBlanc’s been DFA’d. That last one probably comes as a shock to many, but with Paxton back and the rotation pretty well sewn up, LeBlanc had been working as an 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, Mariners at White Sox
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 24, 2016

Game 126, Yankees at Mariners

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Masahiro Tanaka, 12:40pm Whoa, early one today, and a great match-up of former teammates. If Kuma pitches 5 innings today, he’ll earn his 2017 guarantee. Tanaka’s having a good year, with a reduction in HRs allowed driving improvements in FIP and ERA alike. I’m not sure how he’s viewed in New York 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, Yankees at Mariners
Lookout Landing Aug 24, 2016

Regret and Forget

It could'v been better, yeah, and it could've been a whole lot worse. Nathan wouldn't let me fill this recap with a series of shrug emojis, so here are some words instead. Regret is an emotion all humans are well acquainted with. Maybe you met a woman at a coffee shop, struck up a conversation near the cream and sugar when she asked you to pass her a top for her latte; but she left you with no way to contact her, and the next day it seemed she chose to get her coffee elsewhere. Maybe you were driving through downtown and took a moment, just a quick moment, to look down at your phone as the...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 23, 2016

Game 125, Yankees at Mariners

Taijuan Walker vs. CC Sabathia, 7:10pm Welcome back, Taijuan. Walker’s banishment to AAA lasted all of 2 starts, though he’s made 3 this month, if you include his rehab start against Albuquerque on the 1st. While Walker shut out the Nashville Sounds over 6 1/3 IP in his last start, there are still some warning 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 125, Yankees at Mariners
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 23, 2016

Mike Zunino’s Subtle Changes and Not-So-Subtle Results

Mike Zunino won the M’s another ball game last night with a late 3-run dinger. He crushed a pitch over the right field wall after laying off a two-strike slider the pitch before. It was, as many pointed out on twitter afterwards, a perfect encapsulation of how 2016 Mike Zunino differs from the 2015 version, 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.Mike Zunino’s Subtle Changes and Not-So-Subtle Results
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 22, 2016

Game 124, Yankees at Mariners

Cody Martin vs. Michael Pineda, 7:10pm The trade was so long ago now, but it still feels weird. You want to move on, but the Jesus Montero career arc won’t let you. So, the Yankees are in town, with a 63-60 record that leaves them with almost no chance of a playoff spot, and a 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 124, Yankees at Mariners
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 22, 2016

MiLB to Shuffle Affiliates; M’s Counting Cards

Perhaps you’re looking for something to wash the foul taste out of your mouth after last night’s game. Well, there’s only so much I can do other than to point out that, hey, at least we have playoff contention to consider here. In truth, I’m only by on account of something I noticed coming through 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.MiLB to Shuffle Affiliates; M’s Counting Cards
Lookout Landing Aug 21, 2016

Mariners Commit Reverse-Burglary

The M’s Celebrate Sweepmas With a Santa Claus Impersonation Feel free to listen to the song (which I believe is part of No Man’s Sky, if you are a video game inclined individual) that began playing through my head in the 9th inning as you enjoy this brief recap. If this game were to be divided into time enjoyed and time not enjoyed, it could be counted a great success. Ketel Marte looked like an excellent baseball player for 9 innings. Ariel Miranda went 5.2 innings and looked mostly like a reasonable back end starter. The starting outfield of Nori Aoki, Leonys Martin, and Seth Smith...
Lookout Landing Aug 21, 2016

68-59: Chart

Not an ideal Sunday. Source: FanGraphs Jango Fett: Ketel Marte: .224 WPA Janky Feta: Tom Wilhelmsen: -.474 WPA JerryUnits: I’m not mad, just disappointed. And maybe a bit mad.
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 21, 2016

Game 123, Brewers at Mariners

Ariel Miranda vs. Matt Garza, 1:10pm The M’s closed to within a game of the 2nd wild card by beating the hapless Brewers yesterday, and they go for a sweep today behind Ariel Miranda. I mentioned before that Miranda reminds me of ex-Mariner lefty Roenis Elias, but the parallels are adding up. Elias may have 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 123, Brewers at Mariners
Lookout Landing Aug 21, 2016

Lookout Linkage, 8/21/16

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning everyone! Hope you're all managing to stay cool in the extreme heat. Here are some stories from around baseball to get your day started: The New York Times came out with a piece about how Jerry Dipoto has turned around the Mariners. Mike Scioscia's job at the helm of the Angels is reportedly safe for 2017. Former Mariners farmhand Patrick Kivlehan made his MLB debut for the Padres yesterday. Neil Weinberg investigates Brad Miller's sharp rise in ISO. The Astros will promote Cuban...
Lookout Landing Aug 21, 2016

Daily Double 66-56 Chart and Recap

The Force is not with the LL staff tonight. Sorry bout this, folks! Grape popsicles fit for a king: Felix Hernandez (0.373 WPA) Cherry popsicles because no one else in the house will eat them: Seth Smith (-0.148 WPA) Jerry the Jedi: (3+10) - (1+2) = +10 At the game last night I (somewhat obnoxiously?) asked everyone I came in contact with if they could name a single player on the Milwaukee Brewers. No, Ryan Braun could not count, and it had to be someone on the current roster, so Jonathan Lucroy was out too. Of the many people I terrorized only two were able to provide a...
Lookout Landing Aug 20, 2016

The Homer Giveth, The Homer Taketh Away - But This Time Mostly Giveth

It's mid-August and the M's are jostling for a playoff spot. Let that sink in. There's a saying about baseball that goes like this: "You're always going to win 54 games and lose 54 games each year. It's what you do with the remaining 54 games that counts." Other than the 2001 Mariners, a super-team sent by the Baseball Gods to laugh at the notion of star players being essential, this is generally true. You can sometimes just chalk up a loss as one of those 54 games and move on - after all, when you're playing 162 games in 181 days, there's probably a game tomorrow. This contest, however,...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 19, 2016

Game 121, Brewers at Mariners

Wade LeBlanc vs. Brent Suter, 7:10pm The M’s welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to town tonight, as Harvard product Brent Suter will make his big league debut at Safeco Field. Suter’s a lefty the Brewers drafted in the 31st round. He moved somewhat slowly up the ladder for a few seasons, showing decent command, but not 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 121, Brewers at Mariners
Lookout Landing Aug 19, 2016

Tom Wilhelmsen, Double Agent: An LL ExcLLusive

How a couple relievers played two MLB organizations like marionettes. On November 17th, 2015, Tom Wilhelmsen was traded to the Texas Rangers as a part of a package for Leonys Martín and Anthony Bass. During his time with the Rangers, Wilhelmsen was one of the worst relief pitchers in recent memory with a 7.93 FIP and an ERA so dramatically high it didn’t matter if you trusted that stat or not. He was released on June 17th, 2016, and was re-signed by the Mariners on June 22nd. Since that time, his performance has been one of the keys to the Mariners’ continuing bid for the playoffs....

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