MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

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
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Mariners (28-18) vs. Twins (12-34)

The Mariners continue their homestand with a three-game series against the Twins. At a Glance: Friday, May 27 | 7:10 pm Away Team vs. Home Team Twins Mariners LHP Pat Dean RHP Felix Hernandez 34% 66% Saturday, May 28 | 7:10 pm Away Team vs. Home Team Twins Mariners RHP Phil Hughes LHP Wade...
Via Lookout Landing
6 hours ago

Sporcle Friday: M's pitchers who have given up 4+ unearned runs in a game

Every once in awhile a pitcher's defense lets him down in a big way. The Mariners are coming off of two of their most entertaining wins of the season. Leonys's walk-off on Tuesday was magical and the M's drubbing of Oakland on Wednesday (injury aside) was so much fun. However, I know that these feelings of JOY and ELATION are somewhat foreign to many Mariners fans; to bring you back...
Via Lookout Landing
9 hours ago

Leonys Martin’s Surprising Contributions To The Seattle Mariners

Among the many early surprises for the first place Seattle Mariners has been the contribution of centerfielder Leonys Martin. Acquired in the offseason via free agency, the former Texas Ranger was expected to secure the spacious Safeco Field outfield with plus defense. And he has indeed done just that, and more. The Expected According to UZR/150 (ultimate zone rating over 150 games...
Via Oregon Sports News
10 hours ago

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
22 hours ago

5 reasons Mariners are at top of AL West

Two months into the season, the Mariners have emerged as one of baseball's biggest surprises. At 28-18, they sit atop the American League West and own the second-best record in the league, one game back of the Red Sox heading into Thursday's off-day.
Via Mariners.com
1 day ago

Mariners vs Twins Preview: True to the Blue Look to Beat the Stuffing out of the Twinkies

Your True to the Blue Seattle Mariners (28-18) took a series from the depleted A’s and are headed to the second leg of their home stand with a three game series versus the Minnesota Twins (12-34).  The cellar dwelling Twinkies expected a much better season than what has developed.  Sitting 20 games below .500, Minnesota was expected to be a Wild Card contending team. Similar...
Via Seattle Side Up!
1 day ago

Is Adam Lind Back? (Was He Ever Gone?)

Lindsanity was in full force last night. Is it here to stay? Baseball is a fickle sport. It cares not for your predictions, your carefully-thought-through words that made so much sense, your adherence to common wisdom. Remember last year's Mariners and the numerous World Series titles they were awarded in the preseason? Yeah, that didn't work out great. And just as that team fell...
Via Lookout Landing
1 day ago

Why All Oregonians Should Get Behind The Seattle Mariners – Part Two – The Mariners Offer Something For Everyone

Part One – Join the Bandwagon Before it Fills Up In Part One of this series, I talked about how fun this Mariners team is and what they can offer on the field. They are off to a hot start and lead the American League West Division. Any baseball fan in the region, including Oregon, can enjoy and appreciate what this team is doing. What this team has to offer doesn’t stop with...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago

'It's time': Lind busts out in big way for Seattle

The Mariners have had a host of different players step up in starring roles this season as they've zoomed into the lead in the American League West. Adam Lind figured it was finally his turn on Wednesday.
Via Mariners.com
1 day ago

Reaction: True to the Blue Mariners find ways to Win vs Oakland

The Seattle Mariners (28-18) did it again; they took another series and found different ways to win. The M’s took two of three from the depleted Oakland Athletics(20-27). Although the M’s dropped the first game to the always tough Rich Hill, they took the next two games—one from behind and the other in an epic beat down. Monday, May 23             Oakland              ...
Via Seattle Side Up!
1 day ago

Mariners call Luis Sardinas back up from minor leagues

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Seattle Mariners have called up infielder Luis Sardinas back up from the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Seattle traded for Sardinas in the offseason, and so far he has gotten off to a slow start at the big league level, hitting for a slash line of just .154/.185/.269 in 12 appearances. However, as Johns notes, Sardinas forced the Mariners front office...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days 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
2 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Taylor commits 2 errors, A's pull away from Mariners 5-0

SEATTLE (AP) Taijuan Walker made one bad pitch. Chris Taylor's two bad throws were even more costly for the Seattle Mariners. Walker was excellent until giving up a leadoff homer in the seventh inning, Taylor's two errors led to four unearned runs in the eighth and the Mariners lost 5-0 to the Oakland Athletics on Monday night, ending Seattle's four-game winning streak. ''Taijuan...
Via Associated Press
3 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...
Via isportsweb.com
4 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
5 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
9 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...
Via isportsweb.com
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
11 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...
Via isportsweb.com
12 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
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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