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Lookout Landing 7 hours ago

M's Go Hitless With Runners in Scoring Position, Lose in 11

The Mariners waste a solid start from Roenis Elias, and come up empty in scoring situations. This was the perfect time to get fat. After battling three tough teams out of the chute, the schedule makers gave the Mariners a fluffy nine game home stand against the belly of the American League. The Mariners couldn't have asked for a friendlier stretch, and after a rough start to the season, we were all guilty of licking our chops with Texas, Houston, and Minnesota on the docket. I can't be the only one who mentally pegged the Mariners for a 6-3 home stand. This is a good club, a potential...
Lookout Landing 10 hours ago

7-11: Chart

The Mariners lost a baseball game Source: FanGraphs Milanos: Seth Smith (.274 WPA) Grandma's -- no, not YOUR grandmother's, calm down: Tyler Olson (-.326 WPA)
U.S.S. Mariner 15 hours ago

Game 18, Twins at Mariners

Roenis Elias vs. Kyle Gibson, 1:10pm James Paxton couldn’t overcome some errors, and while I agree with Lloyd McClendon that his start showed some improvement, the M’s are still 7-10, and Paxton’s numbers are still ugly. Of interest is his strand rate, which is currently below 50%. As you might imagine, this is in turn 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 18, Twins at Mariners
Lookout Landing 17 hours ago

Mariners don't win baseball game, chapter 37

The Mariners lost to the Twins last night by a score of 8-5 and that means that they didn't win. You don't really hear the complaints about baseball abandoning its roots anymore. I'm not exactly sure why, perhaps I'm just not listening to the right people, or maybe they all died because they were old, and complain is what the olds do best. Except for Buck O'Neil, that guy was the shit. But hell, when George Will comes to town, you know that something is going to be afoot, despite no cries to the contrary. So when the Mariners took the field last night, they decided it was time for an...
Lookout Landing 19 hours ago

Lookout Linkage, 4/26/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Hey everyone! Here's the latest from around the league to get your day started: Marc W of U.S.S. Mariner makes a couple of Mariners-related observations based on the first few weeks of the season. Hisashi Iwakuma has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 lat strain and should miss 2-4 weeks. The M's are reportedly taking a look at reliever Rafael Soriano. Bob Dutton of The News Tribune appears on a new edition of the MLB Trade Rumors podcast. Eno Sarris at Fangraphs takes a look at whether or not Brad...
Lookout Landing Apr 26, 2015

7-10: Chart

James Paxton has a messy outing and the Twins are oh stop it have another beer. Fallingwater: Nelson Cruz (.161 WPA) Pruitt-Igoe Housing Complex: James Paxton (-.376 WPA) There was that time you watched Mike Carp strike out against the White Sox in September so tell me again that you just wasted a night. Recap coming in the morning because East Coast and also because that was dumb.
U.S.S. Mariner Apr 25, 2015

Game 17, Twins at Mariners

James Paxton vs. Trevor May, 6:10pm Felix, man. There’s nothing like watching Felix when he’s got his best stuff, except maybe watching Felix with his best stuff in a playoff game. Get on that, M’s. Today the M’s face local kid Trevor May. The righthander grew up in Kelso, and the Phillies signed him out 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 17, Twins at Mariners
U.S.S. Mariner Apr 24, 2015

Two Early M’s Observations

The Mariners have played 15 games – not terribly well, as it happens, but they remain an intriguing and promising team. Less than 10% of the way through the regular season, we’re not yet able to say a whole lot about true talent. We can identify some patterns in their results, but we can’t say 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.Two Early M’s Observations
Lookout Landing Apr 23, 2015

What to expect when you're expecting regression

This was supposed to be a post about Logan Morrison. I wrote a few paragraphs analyzing his current line, looking at how his strikeouts are down and his walk rate is normal, how his BABIP is .200, and just generally how he has been tremendously unlucky. As I was searching for spray charts to show the balls that have *almost* gone out of the park (robbed at the wall by Trout and Choo) and examining his would-be .606 OPS, it hit me that it's just too damn soon. Still. It's 15 games deep into the 2015 season, which means the Mariners have played a whopping 9% of their games this year. A hot...
Lookout Landing Apr 23, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 4/23/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! Eno Sarris scouts how James Paxton has been looking early this season. Ike Davis threw a scoreless inning for the A's. The Cubs have promoted top prospect Addison Russell to the majors. Grant Brisbee wonders if the Russell promotion makes the Cubs the most fun team to watch this season. For all you science nerds out there, David Kagen at The Hardball Times takes an in-depth look at the physics of baseball. Jeff Sullivan analyzes a very strange-yet-amazing home run by Kris Bryant. Mike...
Lookout Landing Apr 23, 2015

The Mariners won. Kiss my baby.

The Mariners won and any other fact from this game is really insignificant beyond that fact. The fact that the Mariners won is the big fact. Man oh man and gollygeewillickers the Mariners sure have been an early season bummer for those expecting them to never lose a game.  I was that guy.  I never lose.  But lately there's been a lot of talk around the proverbial water cooler that Ol' Davey Skiba is a curse.  Oh sure, "He's lame this, and he's not cool that."  Shut it, Jabrony.  Welcome to my party.  Come on in, the jello wrestling pit is fine. That's how it feels.  How I...
Lookout Landing Apr 22, 2015

Mariners sign Carlos Quentin to a minor league deal

The Mariners finally get Carlos Quentin at the very best possible price. If there's any life left in his bat, it's a nice addition. The Mariners have been linked to Carlos Quentin for a long, long time. Quentin to Seattle rumors go as far back as 2009, when the Mariners, like every year, coveted a right-handed power bat to mash in Safeco. Jack Zduriencik has seen Quentin as an ideal fit for a number of years, but never pulled the trigger. Quentin eventually ended up in San Diego, where he was a very good hitter and very bad defender, combining for 3.9 WAR over two seasons (2012-2013) in...
U.S.S. Mariner Apr 22, 2015

Game 15, Astros at Mariners

JA Happ vs. Roberto Hernandez, 7:10pm Last night’s loss was probably the toughest to take of the M’s young season – a young season that’s already produced more than its share of painful defeats. For the first time this year, Taijuan Walker managed to pitch out of trouble, and generate actual whiffs/strikeouts. His fastball velocity 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 15, Astros at Mariners
Lookout Landing Apr 22, 2015

The Mariners cough up another late lead, lose 6-3

The journey has been so different, but at least we're hanging our hat on that same familiar coat rack. You all deserve a quality, thoughtful recap tonight. Every baseball game is amazing, even the truly crappy ones. They have happened and they require that someone comment on them. Tonight that is I. And here we are. Hello. Thank you for reading this. How are you? It feels like a long time since our Opening Day Bacchanalia does it not? The Mariners lost in the same way it feels like they've lost all year so far. They scraped out an early lead against a good starting pitcher, saw their...
U.S.S. Mariner Apr 21, 2015

Game 14, Astros at Mariners

Taijuan Walker vs. Collin McHugh, 7:10pm The M’s had an improbable comeback to beat the Rangers on Sunday, and then missed a great opportunity to gain some ground last night. Asher Wojchiechowski was predictably mediocre, and the M’s lefties (and Cruz) made him pay, but some shaky bullpen work and a lack of timely hits 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 14, Astros at Mariners

A brief history of the Wausau Timbers

Who's the guy who thought it was a good idea to sneak into the park and pull back the tarp? Financing a minor league baseball team can be a perennial struggle, but for former scouts Bill Lutz and Norb Wishowski, adopting the ailing Wausau Timbers was the natural result of a lifelong passion for baseball. The pair, along with six other co-owners, took on Wausau’s first affiliated franchise when the Mets left town in 1978 after an unsuccessful four seasons in the Midwest League. The 1979 club was a co-op effort populated by prospects from the Rangers’ and Indians’ farm systems, and in...
Lookout Landing Apr 21, 2015

A very early look at the Mariners' batted ball data

Though it will be unveiled tonight, Statcast data isn't fully available yet—but we're getting snippets of something we never have before: batted ball velocity. Nelson Cruz is a powerful man. That much is clear, and has been over the past week, when the marquee free agent made watching the Mariners' cleanup slot look less like watching a pitcher and more like watching Balco-era Barry Bonds. A dinger was a possibility at any moment, and it happened absurdly frequently. But that power plays beyond the homers—beyond extra base hits at all. In fact, the hardest measured ball Cruz has hit all...
Lookout Landing Apr 21, 2015

Roenis Elias Struggles in Tacoma

Roenis Elias allowed four runs in five innings against a decent El Paso lineup Last night, I went down to Tacoma to take a look at Roenis Elias. The Cuban southpaw was the odd man out in the spring scramble for the final rotation spot, and he's started slowly with the Rainiers. He didn't get out of the sixth in either of his first two starts, struggling to hit spots and make pitches with runners on base. It was more of the same for Elias on Monday night. He worked five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four.  He started out strong, with two...
Lookout Landing Apr 21, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 4/21/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning everyone! Here's some quick reading to help get you through your Tuesday: Nelson Cruz won AL Player Of The Week for his terrific performance. Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs tries to figure out why Cruz has had so much success lately. The A's will be without utilityman Ben Zobrist for at least a few days. Pete Rose has landed a job as an analyst at Fox Sports. The White Sox have called up top pitching prospect Carlos Rodon. Despite a rash of injuries, the Mets are off to one of their best...
Lookout Landing Apr 21, 2015

A Few Bangs and Then I Whimpered Or the M's Lose Again

The pitching wasn't great, the runners were left on, and our hearts were sent fluttering back down to Earth. In a way, we've all felt this way before.  However, in a very new way, it's been a long time since any of us felt this way.  We're used to unbalanced squads, to teams that excelled in one aspect but not the other.  This team, so far, has flipped that script in a way that I'm frankly still uncomfortable with.  It used to be that if the Seattle Mariners lucked their way in to a lead, on the random two nights of the week that happened, we held it.  Unless, I don't know, Brandon...

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