9:07 PM EDT, Thu August 16, 2018
4 hours ago
#Edwin4CyYoung: Building’s Baseball’s Best

#Edwin4CyYoung: Building’s Baseball’s Best

Some gambles by this front office have not worked. This was not one of those gambles. There are many ways to build a contending roster, and the Mariners stumbled on this one. Every fan of this team, no matter their overall feelings on the front office, will readily admit this has been a weird year. Hot and cold spells from the team and from individual players, a PED Suspension to one of their stars that somehow didn’t affect the team’s winning percentage in the slightest, a fan vote all-star campaign: this season truly does it all. The one complete constant to this team has been Edwin...
6 hours ago
#Edwin4CyYoung: Can Edwin set the saves record?

#Edwin4CyYoung: Can Edwin set the saves record?

With 47 saves so far, Edwin Díaz is on pace to tie a legendary record One hundred and twenty two games into the season, Edwin Díaz stands on the precipice of history. Only four players in history have ever recorded 55 saves in a single season: John Smoltz, Éric Gagné, Bobby Thigpen, and Francisco Rodriguez. Neither Mariano Rivera nor Trevor Hoffman, the two all-time leaders in saves, ever hit 55. Dennis Eckersley topped out at 51. Díaz, meanwhile, has 47 saves as of right now, in mid-August. If he continues at his current pace, he will finish with 62 saves, which would tie...
7 hours ago
#Edwin4CyYoung: Celebrating Edwin Díaz’s 10 Best Strikeouts

#Edwin4CyYoung: Celebrating Edwin Díaz’s 10 Best Strikeouts

Some of the biggest moments from a guy who specializes in big moments When Edwin Díaz struck out Yuli Gurriel and Max Stassi en route to his league-leading 46th save, he didn’t just help the Mariners make history in their first-ever four-game sweep of the Astros; he made a little history for himself, too. Stassi was Díaz’s 100th strikeout of the season, making him the third Mariners reliever to cross the 100-strikeout threshold. With the three more he added in yesterday’s extra-innings effort against Oakland, he came one away from JJ Putz’s record. He needs just nine more to...
8 hours ago
#Edwin4CyYoung: Is Edwin’s historic season good enough to win the Cy Young?

#Edwin4CyYoung: Is Edwin’s historic season good enough to win the Cy Young?

A look at the other nine relievers who have won the Cy Young award and the field Edwin Díaz has to overcome this year. Since its creation in 1956, nine relief pitchers have won the Cy Young award. In 1974, Mike Marshall, a reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers, became the first relief pitcher to win the award. The last reliever to win it was Éric Gagné in 2003. Dennis Eckersley (1992) is the only other modern closer to win the award—and he won the MVP award in the same year he won the Cy Young. Not only does Edwin Díaz have some lofty competition for the award this year, he’s also...
9 hours ago
About Last Night: Death, Taxes, and Edwin Díaz

About Last Night: Death, Taxes, and Edwin Díaz

A bastion of hope in a tumultuous season The Mariner game yesterday was prolonged and brutal. The Mariners played chicken with losing throughout the game, spending several precarious innings seemingly on the brink of disaster. The ninth, tenth, and eleventh innings were all agonizing. But once the game reached extra innings, there was one player in the back of everyone’s mind: Edwin Díaz. I don’t blame you if you wanted to scream at Scott Servais in the eleventh inning when James Pazos came in and promptly walked Jed Lowrie on four pitches, putting the winning run on second base and...
10 hours ago
Edwin Díaz: Cy Young Award Winner

Edwin Díaz: Cy Young Award Winner

A day of appreciation for the young closer who’s already one of the greatest in franchise history “Edwin just lives in the moment. He works hard, but when he’s out there it’s time for him to shine.” In April of last year I conducted my first “professional” interview with Andrew Lorraine, a current Pirates scout and former coach in the Mariners organization. He was Edwin Díaz’s pitching coach during his 2015 season in Bakersfield and his 2016 stint in AA Jackson, and I have pages of notes of him praising Díaz’s unique mix of “free-spiritedness and ability,” but I...
11 hours ago
Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/16/18: In-n-Out Burger, Terrance Gore, and All Fantasy Everything

Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/16/18: In-n-Out Burger, Terrance Gore, and All Fantasy Everything

It’s a real Link-in Park, if you will Some of you super-vigilant LL readers may have noticed that we briefly had two Moose Tracks posted on Monday morning, one from me and one from Kate Preusser. Despite what my college degree says, sometimes I am terrible at communication. As Kate’s version gathered all the clicks and comments, mine disappeared into the land of deleted Internet posts. Where do they really go, man? Today, I can assure you that these are the only links you’ll need to have the best day you are humanly capable of. In Mariners News: While Dee Gordon’s capital-C Clutch...
20 hours ago
#Edwin4CyYoung

#Edwin4CyYoung

Like a 100 MPH Díaz fastball at the top of the zone, we’re coming for ya, BBWAA There’s good, there’s great, and there’s 2018 Edwin Orlando Díaz Laboy. The Mariners closer has been en fuego all season long, and is in large part responsible for the team’s success thus far. This offseason the #EdgarHOF campaign will ratchet up full force but in the meantime, on this August off day, we think Sugar deserves some wide-scale recognition of his own. #Edwin4CyYoung Stranger things have happened.
Aug 15, 2018
Mariners fail to complete speedrun, win 2-0 in extras anyway

Mariners fail to complete speedrun, win 2-0 in extras anyway

DEE AND Z /steps up to podium /taps mic /scans crowd /takes deepest possible breath DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE /catches breath Thank you. /bows, exits stage left /thunderous applause . After the brutal disappointments of the first two games of this series - one where a ninth-inning rally wasn’t quite enough, another where the bats didn’t wake up - today had all the ingredients for another disappointment. Brett Anderson, who is somehow,...
Aug 15, 2018
70-52: Chart

70-52: Chart

NOT SWEPT Somehow not Dee Gordon: Mike Leake, +.558 WPA DEE GORDON: Dee Gordon, +.298 WPA The top of innings 1 through 11: Nelson Cruz, -.261
Aug 15, 2018
Open Game Thread: 8/15/2018

Open Game Thread: 8/15/2018

More like Ett Branderson Sup guys. This morning had that delightful feeling where you wake up and try to remember why you’re vaguely upset as you turn on the shower and oh no it’s all coming back James Paxton got hurt and they lost to the Athletics again and how am I even going to make it to the kitchen for coffee when all of existence is a meaningless wander through a brackish swamp? But here we are, here you are, and here the Mariners are. First, the news: #Mariners recall RHP Christian Bergman from AAA Tacoma. Seattle places LHP James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list with a left...
Aug 15, 2018
The count that’s been killing the Mariners

The count that’s been killing the Mariners

It’s not Chocula. SUPPOSEDLY. The Mariners are a team centered around contact. The hitters Seattle acquired this offseason - Ryon Healy and Dee Gordon - are two of the most contact-dependent hitters in baseball, and two of the most walk-averse. That tendency to be aggressive has been the Mariners’ MO across the board, and Seattle is correspondingly last in MLB in BB% at 6.8% - well below the league-average rate of 8.5%. And yet, the Mariners aren’t a bad offense. Despite how it’s felt to watch them over much of the past month, Seattle came into last night’s showdown with the...
Aug 15, 2018
Mariners Moose Tracks 8/15/18: Shane Baz, Yasiel Puig, and MLB to Portland

Mariners Moose Tracks 8/15/18: Shane Baz, Yasiel Puig, and MLB to Portland

A late-night brawl headlines today’s news. There’s a whole lot to take in from yesterday and today in the world of baseball, but we’ve got you covered here. We start, as always, at home, with the Mariners: In Mariners news... Over at The Ringer, Jonathan Tjarks wonders about Robinson Canó’s return and the legacy of the age >30 mega-contract. How Baseball Created Robinson Canó’s Impossible Contract https://t.co/qedKALNk55 via @ringer— Jonathan Tjarks (@JonathanTjarks) August 14, 2018 Felix Hernandez ticked a few milestones in his first MLB relief appearance. The King...
Aug 15, 2018
Examining one of the weirdest stats of the Mariners’ season

Examining one of the weirdest stats of the Mariners’ season

Day and night, Ryon Healy seems to lose his mind at night In advance of Wednesday’s day game in Oakland, I have taken it upon myself to launch an important investigation into one of the wilder phenomena surrounding the 2018 Seattle Mariners. No, it has nothing to do with the team’s record in tight games, or suboptimal run differential, or the way they forgot how to play baseball for most of July. While rooted on the field, this transcends anything that happens on a baseball diamond. It truly has the ability to derail a player’s life away from the game, and is probably something we...
Aug 15, 2018
Mariners remain one-hit wonder band, continue to play that same song over and over, you know, the one where they suck

Mariners remain one-hit wonder band, continue to play that same song over and over, you know, the one where they suck

Don’t stop... believing... Two months ago feels so long ago. It still wasn’t very warm out. School was still in session in some districts. The world was two more months away from inevitably ending than it is now. And it seemed like the Mariners couldn’t lose. On June 15th, the Mariners hosted the Boston Red Sox. They quickly went up 3-0, and then a few errors sent them tumbling to a 6-3 deficit. But these were the Mariners that, even if they didn’t win every game, made it seem like they had a chance to win every game. The offense ignited, again. Denard Span hit a double that got a...