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Lookout Landing 2 hours ago

There's beauty in winning ugly

On the downs that make the ups worthwhile. Roenis Elias is the 2014 Mariners. When confirmation came down yesterday that the Cuban lefty's season was over—something all but assumed after he left his previous start with an ailing elbow—a unique brand of sadness set in. It wasn't that I was upset that he wouldn't help this team these last few games, or even my concern for his 2015, of which I couldn't be more excited, but more-so that we closed the book on one of this season's best stories, a narrative that appropriately encapsulates the entirety of this Mariners season. Roenis Elias was...
Lookout Landing 4 hours ago

Series Preview: Mariners (82-70) at Astros (67-86)

The Mariners continue their epic, end of the year road trip with a three-game series in Houston. At a Glance: Date First Pitch Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher Friday, September 19 5:10pm Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker Astros RHP Brad Peacock Saturday, September 20 4:10pm Mariners RHP Chris Young Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel Sunday, September 21 11:10am Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma Astros RHP Collin McHugh Mariners Astros Edge Batting (wRC+) 91 (12th in AL) | 92 96 (10th in AL) |...
This week in M's history: The one where the West was won

This week in M's history: The one where the West was won

With ten games to go and a wild card within reach, let's look back at the last time the Mariners won their division. The last time the Mariners took a run at the postseason, I was eleven years old and far more invested in my extensive Beanie Babies collection than in the exploits of men in baseball uniforms. Each of the Mariners' 116 wins came and went without so much as a flicker on my radar, as did their rise and fall in the playoffs. Looking back now, I regret missing out on an unprecedented moment (well, 116 moments) in Seattle's history. I regret not being able to experience Mariners...
SpikesnStars 9 hours ago

Mariners @ Astros Series Preview

The Days Dwindle Down to a Precious Few… Seattle Mariners (81-70) @ Houston Astros (67-85) through Wednesday As the season draws to a close, it seems only fitting that our final homestand should be closed out with another chapter in the long and storied history with our natural rivals. Traditions like this are a big [...]
Lookout Landing 17 hours ago

Mariners Face Triple-A Team, Eek Out Win

LoMo comes through in the clutch and Felix dominates the Angel's Bee-team. The expectations heading into this game were through the roof. FanGraphs had the Mariners odds to win this game around 60% but it seemed like it should have been 80% or 90%. The Mariners had King Felix on the mound and were playing for their playoff futures. The Angels had just clinched the AL West and manager Mike Scioscia ran out all of his reserves. It was a team of replacement-level players against the best pitcher in the AL. There was no way the Mariners were going to lose this game, right? Right guys? For the...
Lookout Landing 18 hours ago
82-70: Chart

82-70: Chart

LoMo comes through in the clutch against the Angel's Bee team. Tacoma Rainers: Logan Morrison (0.46 WPA) Salt Lake City Bees: Robinson Cano (-0.16 WPA) Questions: 1. How much do you love Logan Morrison right now? Will he be a key contributor down the stretch? Next Year? 2. Did Felix look bored tonight or just tired? 3. Frustrating game or most frustrating game?
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 18, 2014

Game 152, Mariners at Angels

King Felix vs. Wade LeBlanc, 7:05pm Wildcard odds- Fangraphs.com: 24.4% Baseballprospectus.com: 22.9% Happy Felix Day. The playoff odds look bleak, as does the gap in the schedule between the M’s and Royals, but if you want to hang on to hope, forget the Mariners – just watch the A’s for a while. Tony Blengino 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 152, Mariners at Angels
Lookout Landing Sep 18, 2014
James Paxton and the glory of Dadgut

James Paxton and the glory of Dadgut

The Mariners Canadian left-hander is finishing the season strong and his career is off to a historic start. We highlight a potential source of his power. As an American male in his 30's with the classic two kids, job, mortgage, wife, etc. life I feel like there is little about the life of a professional athlete I can identify with. Last year Felix Hernandez made more for every pitch he threw than most Americans make in 2 months. Mike Trout weighs 240 pounds and accelerates like Percy Harvin. Every second of every day in the life of a professional athlete is subject to constant supervision...
Lookout Landing Sep 17, 2014
Beautiful luck

Beautiful luck

The Mariners stopped not hitting with runners in scoring position last night. It was dumb, beautiful and inevitable. Note: I am in no way a statistician, nor particularly good at math. To many this is well trod ground. Consider it information for any of LL's newer readers, or perhaps fans first discovering the joys and pains of high leverage baseball, relayed by a layman. The Mariners do not have a good offense. How's that for a strong lede? Their AL rank in a few offensive stats: wOBA: 15th (.300) wRC+: 11th (92) BB%: 14th (6.6%) K% 10th (20.5%) HR: 10th (122) SLG: 11th (.376) Those...
Lookout Landing Sep 17, 2014
81-69: Chart

81-69: Chart

The Mariners avenged the drubbing they suffered yesterday by overwhelming the Angels 13-2 tonight. The feeling you had when Mike Trout overran Zunino's double in the fifth: Mike Zunino (.157 WPA) The feeling you had when Elias was removed from the game due to injury: Roenis Elias (-.110 WPA) Runs? Runs! 1. I just moved from Seattle to Boulder, CO (at the beginning of the month). Does anybody have any hot tips for underrated/secret/awesome things to see/do/eat/drink in Boulder/Denver and their environs? If not, what is one activity you would recommend to someone visiting your home town? 2....
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 16, 2014

Game 150, Mariners at Angels

Roenis Elias vs. Cory Rasmus, 7:05pm Wildcard Odds – Fangraphs.com: 21.8% Baseballprospectus.com: 19.3% (ouch) Well, that was no fun at all. Matt Shoemaker is now 2-0 against the M”s, and in 20 1/3 IP, he’s got an 18:2 K:BB ratio and an RA/9 of 1.77. Hisashi Iwakuma’s late season slide was a popular topic on 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, Mariners at Angels
Lookout Landing Sep 16, 2014

The Mariners greatest hits of 2014 (so far)

Wherein the author attempts to remind his fellow M's fans that although these last few games have sucked a lot, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the 2014 Seattle Mariners. Man. These last few Mariners games sure have been rough. As a fan, it's hard to not feel a bit downtrodden after watching your team fall flat on their face for three consecutive games... in September... against division rivals... while fighting for a playoff berth... all the while being outscored 15-3. These are not good things. Blech. However, despite these recent lousy outcomes, I've been heartened by the amount...
Lookout Landing Sep 16, 2014

Mariners waste everyone's Monday night

The Mariners lost ground in the wild card race and the Angels clinched a spot in the playoffs. I'm done reacting after every loss like it is the one that finally broke the camel's back. The Mariners dropped a game and they did so in a fantastic fashion. For a couple of innings this seemed like a game they could compete in. Iwakuma looked good-ish for a while, but then the Angels turned into the Angels and less-than-humbly reminded the Mariners why LA sits at the top of the AL West and not Seattle. And then, just like that, in a flurry of shit hitting the fan, everything seemed to go wrong....
Lookout Landing Sep 16, 2014

80-69: Chart

Iwakuma joins Mariners offense in exercise on how to fall flat on the face. That is a terrible chart. Overall attitude towards the Mariners on morning of Sept. 7: Logan Morrison (.010 WPA) Overall attitude towards the Mariners on morning of Sept. 16: Hisashi Iwakuma (-.269 WPA) Questions: If you could own one jersey from a player on a different team, who would it be? Out of all Mariners in history, who do you think was the most hated by opponents? Now that fall is approaching, what was your favorite song of the summer?
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 15, 2014

Game 149, Mariners at Angels

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Matt Shoemaker, 7:05pm Wildcard odds – Fangraphs.com: 33.6% Baseballprospectus.com: 31.0% Fangraphs’ odds feature gives the M’s a nearly 70% chance of winning today’s game, based almost entirely on the identity of the starting pitchers. The Angels have the better line-up, and are playing at home, so the fact that the M’s are 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, Mariners at Angels
Lookout Landing Sep 15, 2014

Back to where it all started

With the Mariners' season pushed again towards the brink, they go back to where it all started—in more ways than one. The Mariners are bad at home and good on the road. They play well against good teams and falter against inferior opponents. For nearly the entirety of the year, these truisms have been repeated at every opportunity—and oh, there have been plenty of opportunities. At first, it seemed like random variation—and it probably is still just that—and the initial reaction was to dismiss it completely because of its subtle implication, that when given favorable conditions,...
Lookout Landing Sep 15, 2014

Series Preview: Mariners (80-68) at Angels (93-56)

The Mariners season hangs in the balance as they travel to Anaheim for a four-game series against the Angels. At a Glance: Date First Pitch Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher Monday, September 15 7:05pm Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma Angels RHP Matt Shoemaker Tuesday, September 16 7:05pm Mariners LHP Roenis Elias Angels RHP Cory Rasmus Wednesday, September 17 7:05pm Mariners LHP James Paxton Angels LHP C.J. Wilson Thursday, September 18 7:05pm Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez Angels RHP Jered...
Lookout Landing Sep 15, 2014

A Mariners time capsule

We don't know what's to come. But this has already been a lot of fun. This morning for work I met a nice lady who lived on some old farm land. She walked the property, told me its history, explained where the old farm house had stood, showed me a wood shed she had built out of reclaimed wood from an old barn.  As she was telling me about that wood shed her eyes took on a humorous glint and with a sense of pride that she hadn't expressed for anything else on that land she told me "That's where I put the time capsule". She explained how years ago she had put newspapers, coins with the year...
AL Power Rankings: Mariners, Royals, A's and Tigers in a down-to-the-wire fight for the final AL playoff spots

AL Power Rankings: Mariners, Royals, A's and Tigers in a down-to-the-wire fight for the final AL playoff spots

With two weeks of regular season baseball remaining, four teams are fighting for three playoff spots.
U.S.S. Mariner Sep 15, 2014

Podcast: Thank you, 2014

The regular season podcast finale. Hopefully the Mariners will still be playing when I return. Podcast with Jeff (@based_ball) and Matthew (@msea1): Direct link! || iTunes link! || RSS/XML link! Thanks again to those that helped support the show and/or StatCorner in general last week, and in the past, and hopefully in the future. It’s truly 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.Podcast: Thank you, 2014

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