12:42 PM EDT, Wed May 23, 2018
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MLB Draft-Eligible Prospects: Atlantic Sun Conference

MLB Draft-Eligible Prospects: Atlantic Sun Conference

Getting you ready for the MLB draft conference-by-conference Keeping up with college baseball can be overwhelming, but pays major dividends during the draft when you get to become Extremely Outraged when a guy you have decided is your favorite player in the entire draft gets picked after some other chump. A while ago, John, Kate and I did a mock draft of our first-round favorites, which you can read here. That draft wound up being heavy on high school talent, which reflects how deep the talent pool is at the prep level this year, especially for arms. It’s good to know what’s available...
2 hours ago
Mariners Moose Tracks, 5/23/18: Nelson Cruz, José Bautista, and Serena Williams

Mariners Moose Tracks, 5/23/18: Nelson Cruz, José Bautista, and Serena Williams

Some links to get your Wednesday morning started. Good morning everyone! Here’s your daily dose of links prepped for your reading pleasure. In Mariners news... Corey Brock at The Athletic sat down with potential breakout starter Marco Gonzales to ask a few questions about his season. ($) Here’s an update on Nelson Cruz. Nelson Cruz’s elbow is swollen and purple. But he expects to be in the lineup tomorrow. He was dealing with some numbness in his fingers after getting hit. Ball caught him between the pads on his elbow guard.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 22, 2018 Around...
9 hours ago
Mariners get bitten by injury bug, swat it, win 3-2

Mariners get bitten by injury bug, swat it, win 3-2

y’all that game was truly awful The Mariners-A’s matchups in 2010 and 2011 were some of the dullest, frustrating baseball games I’ve seen. In those thirty-eight games, the two teams combined for just 265 total runs. Matching up a historically bad offense with a merely bad offense isn’t a good recipe for fun baseball in the first place, but aside from watching Félix Hernández carve up Oakland seemingly every time out, those games were pure soul death. Both teams have improved since then, but even still, the matchup’s reputation precedes it. This was a classic 2011 Mariners-A’s...
11 hours ago
28-19: Chart

28-19: Chart

that was a yikes win you guys Having your stolen car recovered: Guillermo Heredia, +.410 WPA Getting your car stolen in the first place: Kyle Seager, -.173 WPA
15 hours ago
5/22/18: Open Game Thread

5/22/18: Open Game Thread

a brief middle-of-the-week jaunt begins After an exhausting and emotionally draining homestand, the M’s are on a quick road trip to Oakland. The A’s have proven to be no slouch this year, boasting a lineup packed with power and whiffs. Mike Leake is up against a freshly healthy Trevor Cahill, and Scott Servais is again trotting out a different lineup with Dee Gordon’s absence. #Mariners vs. #Athletics lineups ... No Gordon, no Cano, no Cruz. pic.twitter.com/N7G0Q9Dalv— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 22, 2018 Guillermo Heredia gets bumped all the way up to the two-spot, and...
19 hours ago
Keith Law mocks prep OF Jarred Kelenic to Mariners

Keith Law mocks prep OF Jarred Kelenic to Mariners

If he actually falls this far, yes PLEASE Ah, early spring. Graduation season, prom season, and most importantly, mock draft season. As we get closer to the MLB draft (June 4-6), we will keep you up on which players major media outlets are projecting to the Mariners. One giant caveat: this front office, while presenting an air of transparency, has shown a tendency to keep things very close to the vest. I still remember having to abandon my Thanksgiving pie-making halfway through in order to cover the Hanigura (TM Ben Thoen) trade. People will say things like “the Mariners have been linked...
21 hours ago
MLB Draft 2018: Reviewing the Mariners’ past drafts - 2014

MLB Draft 2018: Reviewing the Mariners’ past drafts - 2014

What could have been the Mariners’ new guard instead fell flat on their collective face The 2014 MLB Draft was supposed to be a watershed moment for the M’s. As compensation for signing Robinson Canó, Jack Zduriencik sacrificed the team’s second-round pick, but he kept the No. 6 pick in his arsenal. If things had broken right, the stars from this draft would be forming the young core of the current squad. Instead...well, just keep reading. The Strategy: I actually remember this draft vividly, as I was serving as a front office intern for the Mariners during the summer of 2014. From...
22 hours ago
Dee Gordon placed on 10-day DL, Vogelbach Recalled

Dee Gordon placed on 10-day DL, Vogelbach Recalled

He’s baaaach With the Mariners announcing last week that they’d be transitioning Dee Gordon back to second base for the foreseeable future, forcing two platoon outfielders into full time roles, it felt like it was only a matter of time before the Mariners made a move to rid themselves of a backup infielder in favor of another outfielder. Not so fast. #Mariners recall INF Daniel Vogelbach from AAA Tacoma. Seattle has placed INF Dee Gordon on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to May 21) with a fractured right great toe.Read: https://t.co/dYFMB59JZg pic.twitter.com/VAr3fPyjK7—...
23 hours ago
A Quick Vacay—Mariners at Athletics Series Preview

A Quick Vacay—Mariners at Athletics Series Preview

The Mariners make a quick trip down the coast for a three-game series in Oakland. The Mariners head into this series in possession of the second Wild Card spot, a game and a half ahead of the Angels. They’ve lost just three series all season and only one of those was on the road. Winning or splitting a series may seem like an arbitrary benchmark, but it’s a good indicator of resilience. It might feel better to string together a long winning streak but I think a steady stream of series wins is less volatile. The longest winning streak this team has put together this season was just four...
23 hours ago
The Mariners have all the ingredients (and the need) for an “Opener”

The Mariners have all the ingredients (and the need) for an “Opener”

Seattle has been decimated in the first inning. Let’s find the right fit for some creativity. A wonderful thing about baseball is that you can see something new every day. Another wonderful thing about baseball is that the patterns that emerge from all those unique moments deliver us data samples large enough to predict future events more effectively than most other sports. Sometimes, however, events like this past weekend occur, and show us something we haven’t seen in over a century. #Rays on Sunday will start .... Romo. Again.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 20, 2018 The...
May 22, 2018
Mariners Moose Tracks, 5/22/18: Robinson Canó, Rich Hill, and Juan Soto

Mariners Moose Tracks, 5/22/18: Robinson Canó, Rich Hill, and Juan Soto

Happy Tuesday! Good morning everyone! I’m back from my minor slumber. I’m still tired, but at least I’m here doing this writing thing. You might also be tired, depending on when you’re reading this. Or maybe you’re always tired, which is relatable. Either way, hopefully these links can help wake you up. In Mariners news... Alex Rodriguez seems confident that Robinson Canó will be back to his dominant ways eventually. Ohhhh yes. The future is back.Turn Ahead the Clock Night makes its triumphant return on June 30th. Don't miss this one. ️ https://t.co/snjXXsgREL...
May 21, 2018
Now where do we go, Canó?

Now where do we go, Canó?

Because man cannot live by Gordon Beckham alone Losing Robinson Canó is a disaster. There’s no way to sugarcoat that, or spin it positively. He’s the heart of the order, and of the team; a leader and a feared presence in the lineup. He’s so consistent you can set your watch by him; after an uncharacteristically poor 2015 it was revealed he was dealing with a double hernia, in addition to grieving the loss of his grandfather. He hadn’t spent considerable time on the DL until this year, when the crack of Blaine Hardy’s pitch hitting him on the hand opened a crack in the team that...
May 21, 2018
MLB Draft 2018: Reviewing the Mariners’ past drafts - 2013

MLB Draft 2018: Reviewing the Mariners’ past drafts - 2013

A down year for the draft with surprising upside for the M’s The 2018 MLB Draft is June 4-6, and we are getting very close to a fever pitch of excitement here at the site (note: does not have anything to do with noted baseball movie Fever Pitch, of which opinions are varied). While we will continue to profile potential draft choices with our conference preview series and mock draft recaps, we are also attempting to provide an overview of how we got to where we are. Last week we examined the positional depth in the system; this week we’ll be looking at the drafts from 2013- on to look...
May 21, 2018
An Appreciation of Kyle Seager’s Facial Hair

An Appreciation of Kyle Seager’s Facial Hair

Our little man is all grown up Facial hair is a strange thing. Even the most minuscule changes in length, placement, and scraggly-ness can change a person’s entire outward appearance. We all have our own ingrained ideas of what kind of person is attached to a neck beard, handlebar mustache, or soul patch. While changing the style can elicit drastic, visceral reactions, there’s nothing quite like a person’s face going from bare to furry, or vice versa. On April 14, Stephen Brashear of snapped this photo that shows an inkling of facial hair on Mr. Kyle Seager, but certainly not enough...
May 21, 2018
About Last Night: Love and Baseball

About Last Night: Love and Baseball

And there are others who were born with the wisdom to know that nothing lasts. Promotional giveaways are fickle things. If I wanted to cut straight to your heart, I’d name Night Court as the quintessential example. Will the player they honor be on the roster? Hurt? Cut? Bad? Entertainingly, this weekend the Mariners honored James Paxton on Felix Hernandez night, and then gave away a Félix bobblehead on James Paxton night. I’m sure James and the King played nice about it. Sometimes, though, you give away Jean Segura wristbands at juuuuuuust the right moment. Everything about yesterday...