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U.S.S. Mariner 11 hours ago

Game 159, Athletics at Mariners

Ariel Miranda vs. Kendall Graveman, 7:10pm Baltimore’s late comeback spoiled a perfectly good opportunity to gain some ground. The Tigers earned a rain-shortened win last night, but their game against Cleveland today was rained out, which introduces an odd possibility: if the Tigers are within a half game of the wildcard at season’s end, they’ll […]
Lookout Landing 11 hours ago

Playoff Watch Thread: 9/29

Cool roof, Detroit. After an excruciating couple games yesterday, the Orioles and Blue Jays will conclude their series today in Toronto at 4:07 PM PT. Meanwhile, this morning in Detroit... Today's Indians-Tigers game has been postponed. Will be made up on Monday, if necessary. — Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 29, 2016 Dandy. The potential wild-card scheduling implications of this are an absolute boondoggle, and while I am essentially always for #TeamChaos in sports, as it often seems affiliated with #TeamFun, this particular situation does offer a semi-off day for Detroit...
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 27, 2016

Game 157, Mariners at Astros

King Felix vs. Mike Fiers, 5:10pm Happy Felix Day. Yes, Felix wasn’t at his best the last time he had a must-win game against these Astros, but hey, he bounced back in his next start. The M’s finally won a game started by Collin McHugh last night – now they need their ace to show […]
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 26, 2016

Game 156, Mariners at Astros

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Collin McHugh, 5:10pm The M’s enter the final week of 2016 with a shot at the playoffs. That’s an unalloyed good thing, but to win they need to be nearly flawless AND get a lot of help. They’re long shots, and to give themselves any chance at all, they’re going to need […]
Lookout Landing Sep 26, 2016

What needs to go right, for it all to go right

If it all goes right...and then some Hello, this is your captain speaking. We have precisely seven games left until landings, and there's probably going to be some turbulence along the way. Please prepare your preferred beverage accordingly, release all your hot takes into the internet-sphere, and buckle you seatbelts; we've got one more week of baseball coming at you.Exactly six months and one day ago, Lookout Landing's King of Raw-Raw [sic] published what could happen if it all went right. Now, half a year later, there's still a chance that he was not completely delusional in his hopes,...
Lookout Landing Sep 25, 2016

The Mariners beat the Twins, but here are some other things

The M’s beat the Twins on Sunday behind home runs from Nelson Cruz and Jesus Sucre. Taijuan throws 5.1 and strikes out 7. Today, the Mariners won a baseball game. They had to do this—it was required of them—but despite it all they still remain 2.5 games back from the second Wild Card spot, and their first playoff appearance in fifteen years. I’m not really in the mood to wax poetic about it, though. We’re all, it seems, cogently aware of the reality of the situation this team has put themselves in over the past couple of months. Last night they showed up to Target Field and looked...
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 25, 2016

Game 155, Mariners at Twins

Taijuan Walker vs. Hector Santiago, 11:05am Baseball lost one of its brightest stars today. Jose Fernandez was 24 years old. If anyone would encourage baseball to keep playing and find joy in every aspect of the game – from playoff chases to random moments of brilliance from Mike Freeman to Nelson Cruz – it’d be 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 155, Mariners at Twins
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 24, 2016

Yet Another Update on Safeco Field, Home Run Haven

I mentioned it in the last game thread, but like most of you, I’ve been really confused by the fact that Safeco Field’s seen the most HRs hit in baseball. Seriously – more than Coors Field, more than Boston, more than Arlington. Safeco Field, once a park that absolutely destroyed fly ball contact, particularly 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.Yet Another Update on Safeco Field, Home Run Haven
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 23, 2016

Game 153, Mariners at Twins

James Paxton vs. Kyle Gibson, 5:10pm That walk-off win against the Jays kept the M’s playoff hopes on life support, and they’ll get a further boost from the fact that the teams chasing the wild card all finish off the year playing intradivisional games. That means the M’s finish up against the out-of-it-A’s, while the 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 153, Mariners at Twins
Lookout Landing Sep 22, 2016

Steve Clevenger tweeted like an idiot (UPDATED)

Probably because he is an idiot. Covering the Mariners for a few years now, I’ve often thought how fortunate we are to so rarely find ourselves in the middle of true controversy. Outside of Milton Bradley and Julio Mateo, the team’s employees have, by and large, done an excellent job staying out of the Wrong Kind of News. Today, that changed. It changed because injured backup catcher Steve Clevenger, who is by most accounts a bad baseball player, who was already arguably Jerry Dipoto’s worst trade prior to using Twitter to say breathtakingly insensitive things about complex, difficult...
Lookout Landing Sep 21, 2016

The 2010 Seattle Mariners Defeat the Toronto Blue Jays

Pitching & defense, baby. It was all there, the good and the bad. There were clutch strikeouts by the pitching staff and headscratching at bats by professional hitters. There was a crucial throw by Mike Zunino to nail Dalton Pompey stealing and the offense went 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Félix Hernández went seven shutout innings in a game the Mariners needed him more than any other this season. The Mariners hitters subsequently struck out 14 times. What a miserable game it was. What a necessary win. This game is unlikely to spur an emotional shift from a fan base that spent...
Lookout Landing Sep 21, 2016

To tomorrow

It's a gift, and it's ours. I spent this morning reading two things. The first, was Jonah Keri’s excellent piece on the state of the Mariners franchise. Everyone knows Jonah, at this point. He is the rare talent who has never stopped investing in others, stayed humble, and let his work speak for itself. He is phenomenal, and the piece is well worth your time. One of the major sections of Keri’s column is devoted to the discussion of the fall of Felix Hernandez, something we’ve feared, observed, acknowledged, and sort of denied, over the past season and a half. "It’s a waste"....
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 21, 2016

Game 152, Blue Jays at Mariners

King Felix vs. Aaron Sanchez, 12:40pm Ha…happy, uh, Felix Day everyone. Woo! Not sure anyone’s feeling it. If it makes you feel better, thanks to the past week, the importance of today’s game has dropped dramatically. No, doesn’t make me feel better either. Maybe this article from Jonah Keri will help. Nope, that didn’t work 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 152, Blue Jays at Mariners
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 20, 2016

Game 151, Blue Jays at Mariners

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. JA Happ, 7:10pm Last night’s loss was a tough one. Between Marco Estrada’s brilliance and a stadium full of Canadians cheering him on, it didn’t feel like a critical M’s game. The M’s continue to struggle against pitchers like Estrada and Mike Fiers, which sucks, as JA Happ’s rising four-seamer could presage 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 151, Blue Jays at Mariners
Lookout Landing Sep 20, 2016

79-71: Chart

Didn’t we almost have it all English government, French culture, and American know-how: Drew Storen, .035 WPA English know-how, French government, and American culture: Taijuan Walker, -.155 WPA JerryUnits: 12 (!) Mariner pitcher Ks plus 5 Mariner batter walks vs. 10 Mariner batter Ks plus 5 Mariner pitcher walks = I don’t want to play anymore
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 19, 2016

Game 150, Blue Jays at Mariners

Taijuan Walker vs. Marco Estrada, 7:10pm Yesterday’s win gave the M’s about a 5 percentage point boost in playoff odds, as it not only knocked the Astros back a game, but it was paired with a Blue Jays loss. That M’s game essentially came at the expense of Toronto, who saw their own odds drop 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 150, Blue Jays at Mariners
Lookout Landing Sep 19, 2016

A Viewer’s Guide to Hating the Toronto Blue Jays

10 tips to get your creative rage flowing. The Mariners kick off the most important series of the season tonight, and they will face a team that they have a complicated relationship with. In many ways, the Blue Jays are like the Mariners’ foreign cousins, who entered the world at the same time, with a similar penchant for long stretches of postseason absences and seeing their high-profile stars leave for greener pastures. Don’t let the familiarity lower your guard. With the first game just hours away, here are is a brief guide for what to look for, root against, and chant or not...
Lookout Landing Sep 18, 2016

The Mariners scored more runs than the Astros, ergo, they won

Ariel Miranda throws seven quality innings as the Mariners defeat the Astros on Sunday, 7-3. Welp, they did it. The Mariners finally figured out how to beat the Astros. Whether from the satanic death cult ritual that saw them bathing in goat blood before the game, or the fact that they collectively realized that they are, in fact, millionaire baseball players trained to hit offspeed pitches--however it happened, here they are, two games out from the Wild Card with three on the way against one of the teams currently holding it. In February, nobody would have guessed that a three-game series...
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 18, 2016

Game 149, Astros at Mariners

Ariel Miranda vs. Doug Fister, 1:10pm The last two games have nearly cut the M’s playoff odds in half; it would’ve been worse if the Blue Jays, Orioles AND Tigers hadn’t all lost yesterday. But that’s cold comfort to a fanbase that’s seen the M’s offense look terrible in consecutive games – games that had 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 149, Astros at Mariners
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 16, 2016

Game 147, Astros at Mariners

King Felix vs. Collin McHugh, 7:10pm In September of 2014, the M’s returned home following an inordinately successful road trip. Their record was 78-64 as they prepared to host the Houston Astros, and they had King Felix on the hill. Their wildcard odds at that point were right about 50%. While Felix won that one, 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 147, Astros at Mariners

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