Dean outshines Hernandez as Twins down Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Pat Dean was making his second big league start, pitching for a Twins team that had four road victories and was facing Seattle ace Felix Hernandez before a revved-up Mariners crowd of more than 40,000. The rookie left-hander was up to the challenge. Robbie Grossman's bases-loaded double keyed a five-run third and Dean pitched effectively for seven innings for his first...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano Takes 150 Kids to the Movies

The Seattle Mariners weren’t scheduled to play Thursday and Robinson Cano did what any of us would do with a day off from work. He took in a movie. However, what separates me and you going to the local multiplex from what the All-Star second baseman did is easy…dude partnered up with Seattle Seahawks rookie running back C.J. Prosise to treat 150 kids to an advance screening of...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

28-19: Chart

Well, that went poorly. Mariners: Franklin Gutierrez (.075 WPA)Twins: Felix Hernandez (-.394 WPA) Jerry's Equation: (Mariners pitcher K 11 + Mariner hitter BB 0) - (Mariner hitter K 11 + Mariners pitcher BB 3) = -3! Bad! SHAME!
Via Lookout Landing
15 hours ago

Mariners place Leonys Martin on DL, recall Stefen Romero

Because hamstrings can be real jerks For the second time in a week, the Seattle Mariners have lost a starter to the DL: Leonys Martin placed on the DL. Romero recalled. — Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 28, 2016 Martin suffered a strained hamstring while stealing second during the Mariners' 13-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. He initially attempted to play...
Via Lookout Landing
20 hours ago

Marte hits off tee, maps rehab plans

Mariners shortstop Ketel Marte tested his sprained left thumb by taking 40 swings off a tee in the batting cage on Friday.
20 hours ago

New-Look Mariners Producing Up And Down Roster

The Seattle Mariners were in disarray when Jerry DiPoto took over as the team's General Manager late last September. At that point, the Mariners were just days away from finishing the 2015 season 10 games under .500 and in fourth place in the American League West.There were more questions than answers, and while DiPoto offered some direction for a misguided Mariners franchise, many...
Via The Sports Quotient
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A Quick Look at Mike Montgomery, Relief Pitcher

In a textbook example of the trenchant analysis you’ve come to expect from USSMariner dot com, I noted before the year that Mike Montgomery’s arsenal and history made him an odd fit as a relief pitcher. His one plus pitch was a change-up, and that led to some struggles against *left* handed bats, as the cutter that once looked so promising had fizzled out by the end of 2015...
Via USS Mariner
1 day ago

Martin homers in 9th, Mariners rally to beat A's 6-5

SEATTLE (AP) Leonys Martin hit a game-ending, two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 comeback victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Seattle trailed 5-2 after seven innings but got a two-run homer from Robinson Cano in the eighth inning. Oakland closer Ryan Madson (2-1) came on in the ninth and got two quick outs before Norichika Aoki...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Leonys Martin Stopped Being a Slap Hitter

I keep a little notebook next to my computer, so I can keep track of potential things to write about. Generally, topics break down into two categories: there are the topics that practically need to be written about, and there are the possible topics to monitor. Maybe those need bigger sample sizes; maybe those just need to become more interesting. Some of those topics turn into posts...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Three reasons for the Seattle Mariners’ hot start

The Major League Baseball season is a quarter over already, and the Seattle Mariners find themselves not only on the right side of .500 but in first place in the A.L. West.  At 26-17, the Seattle Mariners are ½ game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the best record in the entire American League.  They’ve done it unusually by being monsters on the road.  The Mariners are the...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners place Marte on 15-day DL, recall Taylor

CINCINNATI (AP) The Seattle Mariners placed shortstop Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb and recalled infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma before Sunday's game in Cincinnati. Taylor, 25, hit .294 with two home runs and 14 RBIs over 39 games, 33 at shortstop, with Tacoma. Taylor played for Seattle in both 2014 and 2015, hitting a combined...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Walker, Tillman; a Limited Selection

We got a bit of a late start today, but it’s also an awfully thin group to select from on this baseball Wednesday. Check ’em out! Aces in Isolation Taijuan Walker (SEA) versus Baltimore’s Chris Tillman Of course we profile Walker after he’s coming off allowing the most earned runs he has in a start this season, but he’s been the quintessential post-hype sleeper through...
Via The Sports Post
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: tough weekend is nothing to worry about

I was at all three games this weekend, so I experienced the first-hand pain of a sweep that featured two blown saves at home. It’s really easy to get caught up in every loss the Seattle Mariners endure over the upcoming months, but I’m here to calm your nerves. First of all, how great is it that this fanbase is actually disappointed by losing? For literally over a decade, losing...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Are things crumbling in Seattle?

The weekend was something else in Seattle. Coming into a 3-game series against the hapless Los Angeles Angels, things were looking great. Seattle was 4 games off of its 2001 record-setting wins pace. They had just swept Tampa and were looking to continue rolling. The first game was just rough across the board for Seattle. They carried a lead into the ninth and lights-out Steve Cishek...
Via Hot Stove MLB
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: A 1st-place team not without flaws

We’re entering mid-May, and the Seattle Mariners are still in first place. The strong start has been fun for sure, but the more I watch this team, the more readily visible their biggest flaws become. This article will highlight their two current biggest flaws. Corner outfield defense The Mariners’ corner outfielders consist of Nori Aoki, Seth Smith, Franklin Gutierrez, and...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Mariners Became AL West Favorites

This isn’t my own subjective interpretation. When you throw around a word like “favorites,” that opens the door to opinion-based writing, but I have numbers on my side. Sweet, sweet, precious numbers. Look at the following table. You have our preseason projected win totals, and our current projected win totals, which take into account everything that’s happened. Projected...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Taijuan Walker Has a New Weapon

When you’ve got a problem with command, your options seem obvious. You can clean up your mechanics, which is easier said then done. You can focus on throwing strike one. You can move on the rubber in order to move your heat map to a better spot. You can tinker with your fastball selection in case you have better command or outcomes with one of them. You can limit throwing a secondary...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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