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Lookout Landing 1 hour ago

68-58: Chart

The joy of the playoffs will be nothing without the Mariners reminding you of where we've come from. Source: FanGraphs Done Made Momma Proud: Logan Morrison (.140 WPA)Why Can't You Be More Like Your Brother?: James Paxton (-.303 WPA) Questions 3: 1) Best food item at Safeco Field? 2) What do the Mariners do when Michael Saunders returns? 3) This game sucked. More from Lookout Landing Follow @LookoutLanding Follow @SBNationMLB Hisashi Iwakuma dazzles M's to 5-2 victory over the Phillies 68-57: Chart Mariners rumors: M's one of six serious players for Rusney Castillo An overdue...
U.S.S. Mariner 5 hours ago

Game 125, Mariners at Phillies

James Paxton vs. Cole Hamels, 10:05am Wildcard Odds – Fangraphs.com: 42.0%. Baseballprospectus.com: 47.1% Great pitching match-up on getaway day between two pitchers who were the subject of trade rumors this offseason and, a bit less often, before the deadline. I’ve always found it a bit surprising that Hamels has faced 3-4 times more right handed 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, Mariners at Phillies
Lookout Landing 17 hours ago
Hisashi Iwakuma dazzles M's to 5-2 victory over the Phillies

Hisashi Iwakuma dazzles M's to 5-2 victory over the Phillies

Hisashi Iwakuma had one of the best games of his career as the Mariners knock off the Phillies 5-2 on the road. I was a little worried writing about Hisashi Iwakuma today. I'd been planning to praise Jack Zduriencik for the signing and subsequent extension of Iwakuma for a few weeks, but hadn't found the right time to write about it. Penning it today, hours before his start in an important game, didn't seem like the best idea, but I rolled with it anyway. No curse today. What the Mariners got was one of the best starts of Iwakuma's career. 8 innings, 4 hits, 11 strikeouts, zero runs. It was...

68-57: Chart

Hisashi Iwakuma puts up 11 strikeouts in the Mariners’ 5-2 win. Mike Zunino takes another one for the team (14, but who’s counting?). Hisashi Iwakuma, the pitcher: Hisashi Iwakuma (.403 WPA) Hisashi Iwakuma, the batter: Endy Chavez (-.045 WPA) Questions Mike Zunino now leads the American League in hit by pitch this year, with 14. Can you name the other two Mariners who have amassed more than 14 HBP in a season? (Check your answer here.) In an alternate universe, the Mariners and Phillies decide to replace their starting pitchers with position players to close out this series. Who...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 19, 2014

Game 124, Mariners at Phillies

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. AJ Burnett, 4:05pm Wildcard odds – Fangraphs.com: 42.2% Baseballprospectus.com: 43.2% AJ Burnett was one of the biggest prizes on the free agent market this winter – a solid right-hander coming off a four win season, whose age would preclude the need for a long-term contract. The righty had an elite GB rate, 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, Mariners at Phillies
Northwest Sports Beat Aug 19, 2014

Hail To The New Chief, Rob Manfred Named New MLB Commissioner

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott composes a letter to the newest MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, from the perspective of an Ms fan. As Scott says, "Transparency on how the rules are being applied and decided will give your umpiring crews even more credibility and integrity." Welcome aboard, Mr. Manfred.
Northwest Sports Beat Aug 19, 2014

Seattle Mariners’ stretch drive for playoffs: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at which Ms players are hot and which ones are struggling entering the late-season stretch with the playoffs in sight. Featured are: Brandon Mauer, Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, James Paxton, Chris Young, Dustin Ackley and more.
Lookout Landing Aug 19, 2014
Mariners rumors: M's one of six serious players for Rusney Castillo

Mariners rumors: M's one of six serious players for Rusney Castillo

Jon Heyman names the Mariners as one of six teams that are seriously considering the Cuban outfielder, with a decision expected soon. The courtship of Rusney Castillo has mostly been a mystery. The speedy Cuban outfielder has drawn comparisons to Brett Gardner, though recent muscle addition has those initial comparisons in question, as he might have more power than most thought. He was supposed to work out with the Mariners but it was postponed, but now it seems like he did indeed work out with the Mariners, who are among one of six "serious players" for Castillo, according to Jon...
Lookout Landing Aug 19, 2014
An overdue thank you note to Jack Zduriencik for Hisashi Iwakuma

An overdue thank you note to Jack Zduriencik for Hisashi Iwakuma

Jack Zduriencik's acquisition and subsequent extension for Hisashi Iwakuma is one of the most underrated moves in Mariner history, and a huge reason why the franchise is now in a better place. In 2010, Hisashi Iwakuma wanted to make a move to the majors. He was seeking $12 million a season, and after the A's won the posting fee for him ($19.1 million), they couldn't reach an agreement. In fact, the A's were only really willing to offer $3-5 million a year for Iwakuma, making their investment far more beneficial for Rakuten than Iwakuma himself. Iwakuma opted to go back to Rakuten...
Lookout Landing Aug 19, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 8/19/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Hey all! Here are your links for today: Shannon Drayer thinks Chris Taylor has a bright future ahead of him. Tyler Carmont of Prospect Insider also writes about Taylor's future with the M's. Cuban defector Rusney Castillo is expected to make a decision on a new team pretty soon. Here's the latest on him. Jason Churchill at Prospect Insider looks at some players the M's could call up in September. Pinstripe Alley wonders if maybe the Yankees should have re-signed Robinson Cano. If you think Cano...
Lookout Landing Aug 19, 2014

Mariners phlail and phail in phight against Phillies

Elias forgets how to throw strikes and Leone forgets how to not give up home runs as the Mariners fall 4-1 to the Phillies. Damn. That was kind of the opposite of what I expected from tonight's ballgame. So much disappointment! Jerome Williams probably hasn't been quite as bad this year as his ERA might suggest (6.43 coming into tonight's game vs. an xFIP of 4.01), but he's certainly not a good pitcher by any stretch of the imagination. He's been released/waived twice this year... by the Astros and the Rangers. Those are the teams with the two worst run differentials in all of baseball!...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 18, 2014

Podcast: Great Week Sullied a Little by Today

Monday Evening Podcast! You never know when with us lately. Today’s episode is chock full of some disjointed tangents and points. But almost entirely about the Mariners. It feels a little weird, to be honest. Podcast with Jeff and Matthew: Direct link! || iTunes link! || RSS/XML link! Thanks again to those that helped support 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: Great Week Sullied a Little by Today
Lookout Landing Aug 18, 2014

67-57: Chart

Roenis Elias doesn't throw many strikes, the Mariners hitters don't get many hits, and the M's lose 4-1 to the Phillies. Ice cream sandwiches: Dustin Ackley (.134 WPA) Ice cream soup:  Dominic Leone (-.202 WPA) Crappy baseball, crappy baseball, crappy baseball. QUESTIONS: 1. Does anybody have any spectacular sangria recipes? A good sangria is probably one of my favorite summertime drinks. They're so refreshing. 2. What are you feelings regarding the Philly Phanatic? It seems like he might be a fairly polarizing character. (I like him.) 3. During tonight's broadcast, Sims and Blowers were...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 18, 2014

Game 123, Mariners at Phillies

Roenis Elias vs. Jerome Williams, 4:05 pm Wild Card Odds – Fangraphs.com: 50.1%. Baseballprospectus.com: 52.4% The M’s head to Philadelphia with their wildcard odds now north of 50%. They face righty Jerome Williams, a pitcher they know well from his time with the Angels and Astros. Williams is now on his third team of 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 123, Mariners at Phillies
Lookout Landing Aug 18, 2014
Series Preview: Mariners (67-56) at Phillies (54-70)

Series Preview: Mariners (67-56) at Phillies (54-70)

The Mariners look to continue their hot streak in Philadelphia. At a Glance: Date First Pitch Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher Monday, August 18 4:05pm Mariners LHP Roenis Elias Phillies RHP Jerome Williams Tuesday, August 19 4:05pm Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett Wednesday, August 20 10:05am Mariners LHP James Paxton Phillies LHP Cole Hamels Mariners Phillies Edge Batting (wRC+) 91 (13th in AL) 86 (14th in NL) MARINERS Fielding (FanGraphs Defense) 19.3...
Bless You Boys Aug 17, 2014
Mariners 8, Tigers 1: Detroit offense and defense missing in action

Mariners 8, Tigers 1: Detroit offense and defense missing in action

The Tigers' offense flailed about helplessly against Mariners' starter Chris Young, while the defense allowed four unearned runs to cross the plate. In the words of Brad Ausmus, "It was a recipe for disaster." The Detroit Tigers came out flat against the Seattle Mariners, falling into a 2-0 hole before coming to the plate. The Tigers never recovered, going through the motions in an emotion-free 8-1 loss. The victory gives the Mariners a series win and allows the third place team in the AL West to overtake the Tigers for the second wild card. At 66-56, the Tigers are 1/2 game behind the...
Lookout Landing Aug 17, 2014

Mariners walk all over Tigers in 8-1 win to take the series

Lloyd McClendon was ejected for the second straight night because he raised his hand. Tony Randazzo stares at the sports section of the Detroit News, calmly sipping a cup of coffee. All the talk is about David Price and Felix Hernandez, a pitching matchup to drool over. Tony Randazzo doesn't drool over matchups. Tony Randazzo only drools over himself. Luckily, as the umpire behind home plate, he can do something about it. No one appreciates me, Tony Randazzo thinks to himself. I'll give them a reason to remember. I'll make an entire city shudder at my name, he says under his breath as...
Lookout Landing Aug 17, 2014

67-56: Chart

The Mariners took it to the Tigers to take the series and the second Wild Card spot from Detroit. Getting on the airplane and seeing anyone except for Tony Randazzo sitting next to you: Chris Young (0.260 WPA) Getting on the airplane and seeing Tony Randazzo sitting next to you: Jesus Sucre (-0.041 WPA) Questions: Who has been the best surprise of the Mariners' pitching staff this season, starter or reliever? Who would you rather the Mariners play in a one-game playoff, the Athletics or the Angels? What is the most bizarre ejection you have seen in baseball?
Bless You Boys Aug 17, 2014

Game 122: Mariners at Tigers

The Tigers' Robbie Ray and Chris Young of the Mariners face off in the rubber game of the three game series. Seattle Mariners (66-56) at Detroit Tigers (66-55) Time/Place: 1:08 p.m., Comerica Park SB Nation blog: Lookout Landing Media: Fox Sports Detroit, TBS, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup: RHP Chris Young (11-6, 3.20 ERA) vs. LHP Robbie Ray (1-2, 5.31 ERA) Pitcher GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 WHIP FIP SIERA fWAR Young 23 140.2 5.63 2.94 1.22 1.12 4.68 5.21 0.9 Ray 4 20.1 6.20 3.54 0.44 1.62 3.58 4.66 0.4 The stark contrast in Chris Young's WAR statistics --...
U.S.S. Mariner Aug 17, 2014

Game 122, Mariners at Tigers

Chris Young Vs. Robbie Ray, 10:05am It’s our magical giant versus the prospect that only Dave Dombrowski thought was worth Doug Fister. Guess I’m glad he did, though, as Fister’s arrival in Washington made Young expendable. Ray, a lefty, has been terrible thus far, though not awful by FIP. 1: Jackson, CF 2: Ackley, LF 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 122, Mariners at Tigers

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