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Seattle Mariners blog and general baseball discussion

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Hisashi Iwakuma’s Outing Today

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:07:36 +0000

It’s easy to be paranoid on a day when we’ve just learned that Drew Smyly may not be ready to pitch when the season starts. I look forward to laughing about this in a month after Hisashi Iwakuma twirls a few gems against Houston, Texas and Miami. It may be premature, given that there are […]

Felix and the Low Fastball

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:30:52 +0000

I should probably be writing about Drew Smyly, who’s suddenly sidelined with what he called a “soggy” arm, and may not be ready for opening day. But I’m going to write about Felix, and I will attempt to make it topical by saying that Felix is suddenly even more important to the M’s 2017. With […]

With Vogelbach Demotion, M’s Roster Nearly Set

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:45:14 +0000

Didn’t see this one coming. For the past several months, the expectation has been that the M’s would give Dan Vogelbach the starting 1B job, either on his own or in a platoon with Danny Valencia. Today, though, the M’s optioned Vogelbach to Tacoma, handing the 1B job to Valencia and opening up a roster […]

Cactus League Grinds On: M’s Host Giants

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:53:27 +0000

Given that a good chunk of their best players are currently in the WBC or flying back from it, it probably shouldn’t come as a big surprise that the M’s have frittered away some of their impressive strike zone stat advantage. They’re still pretty good, mind you, but they’re no longer among the top teams […]

Statcast’s New Defensive Metrics and Seattle’s Glove-First Outfield

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:50:50 +0000

I don’t want to write about yesterday’s Cactus League debacle any more than you want to read about it, and I’m loathe to look at more spring stats to see if the M’s early lead in K:BB ratio’s been frittered away the past few days. So instead, let’s look at one of the biggest stories […]

Control the ‘Zona

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:20:52 +0000

I understand the limited utility of spring training stats. Small samples, lots of plate appearances by A-ball prospects no one’s heard of, different environment, unbalanced schedule, etc. I get it, and you can add to that the fact that I’m using only half of the cactus league “season” for this. This may mean nothing, but […]

Cactus League: Trial Separation

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:45:11 +0000

It is morning here on the west coast, and I bring you the glad tidings that Tyler O’Neill has already homered today. He did so off of Luis Severino (not some A-ball scrub), and he did so for Team Canada. As you know, the WBC is underway, with Seoul and Tokyo hosting several games already,* […]

Cactus League Check-In (and another game, too)

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:05:43 +0000

The Cactus League “season” grinds on, as the M’s send Drew Smyly to the hill today as they host the Rangers. At this point, with the M’s not quite a month into their preparations and after 10 or so practice games, we’ve seen pretty much every pitcher the M’s will begin the regular season with. […]

Still More Cactuses: M’s at Rangers

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 19:30:33 +0000

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Tyler Wagner, 12:10pm Good to see Iwakuma take the mound, as he’s going to be critical to the M’s playoff chances this year. After an injury-plagued 2015 and his worst MLB season last year, Iwakuma’s kind of at a crossroads. If he bounces back to his career averages, he gives the M’s […]

Cactus League Game 6: Brewers at Mariners

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 19:30:31 +0000

Ariel Miranda vs. Matt Garza, 12:10pm Lefty Ariel Miranda was sharp in the M’s first game of the spring, but the list of guys he’s competing with keeps growing. The arrival of Chase de Jong (who may play in a split squad game this weekend) means the M’s now have even more options for rotation […]