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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Felix being tested for further injury after setback

32? 33 going on 50.

Manager Scott Servais said the 32-year-old was getting an MRI exam on Tuesday after being evaluated on Monday by the Mariners’ doctors. He threw 31 pitches in 2 1/3 innings in his first rehab outing for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday in San Antonio, but he had hoped to build up to 50-60 pitches in that start.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 10:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Yanks acquire Encarnacion from M’s

While the Yankees hope to get sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back from injury soon, it hasn’t stopped the team from adding another slugger to the mix. New York bolstered its lineup Saturday, as the Yanks announced they have acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners.

The Yanks are sending 19-year-old right-hander Juan Then—their No. 27 prospect, per MLB Pipeline—and cash considerations to Seattle. A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Mariners will pick up about half the money still owed to Encarnacion (he’s owed more than $15 million in salary and buyout).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners, trade, yankees

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Edwin Encarnacion hits AL-leading 21st HR | Seattle Mariners

Where the best fit? What can the Mariners get in exchange?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:17 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Nobody’s home for Moore’s throw | 06/03/2019 | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Mariners Reportedly Looking to Sell

The Mariners, who’ve gone a staggering 12-33 after a 13-2 start in which the club made its fans forget the cavernous dimensions of T-Mobile Park, are “deep in sell mode,” tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, who lists Edwin Encarnacion, Ryon Healy, Dee Gordon, Mike Leake and Tim Beckham among the players the club is “talking” about.

None in the group seem likely to net a significant return – the 36-year-old Encarnacion may be the most attractive piece, despite the some $18MM remaining on his contract – though it’s possible GM Jerry DiPoto would simply like to clear space for younger players. One feather in Encarnacion’s (and the Mariners’) cap is his renewed vigor in the infield: the one-time third-baseman is on pace for the most first-base innings in his fifteen-year career, and has thus far been surprisingly adequate at the position, per both DRS and UZR.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gearrin, Servais mystified by umpire rules check

Mariners reliever Cory Gearrin remains confused as to why his delivery was questioned by the umpire crew before he even threw a pitch in Seattle’s 6-5, 10-inning win over the A’s on Monday, but he’s not alone in that regard.

The game was stopped after Gearrin threw his warmup pitches upon being summoned with no outs in the top of the sixth, after starter Yusei Kikuchi gave up a solo home run to Matt Olson that pushed the A’s to a 2-1 lead.

Home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn went to the mound to tell the eight-year Major League veteran that the “toe tap” in his delivery, part of the timing mechanism he uses in his motion, was illegal.

That brought Mariners manager Scott Servais out of the dugout for an animated conversation with the umpires, with first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth eventually getting on the headset with New York to ask for a rules check.

The specific question regarded Rule 5.07(a), which states, “The pitcher may not take a second step toward home plate with either foot or otherwise reset his pivot foot in his delivery of the pitch. If there is a runner, or runners, on base it is a balk under Rule 6.02(a); if the bases are unoccupied it is an illegal pitch under Rule 6.02(b).”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

MLB roundup: Mariners overtake A’s in 10th

Omar Narvaez drilled the game-winning single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as the host Seattle Mariners scored twice in the frame to rally to a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Seattle was one strike away from losing when Domingo Santana tied it up by lacing a 2-2 fastball from Oakland right-hander Joakim Soria (1-3) down the left field line for a double. The ball landed about one foot fair, and pinch runner Dee Gordon easily scored the tying run from second base.

Narvaez followed with the winning hit, and Santana easily scored as the throw from Athletics left fielder Robbie Grossman was off the mark. The Mariners halted a four-game losing streak and won for just the third time in 15 games.

Ramon Laureano homered with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to give Oakland a 5-4 lead. Seattle had tied the game 4-4 in the eighth on Daniel Vogelbach’s three-run shot.

Going from a 13-2 start to a 7-21 streak- wonder if the Mariners are about to transition into another streak….

QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, extra innings, mariners

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Ichiro is back with the Mariners. Expect to see him in Seattle and Tacoma this season

Former All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was back in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse Tuesday afternoon participating in coaches meetings as he gets ready to begin a new role with the organization.


“I will say he’s the first coach I’ve ever had come into a coach’s meeting with batting gloves on,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said, smiling. “But, it didn’t really surprise me that much.”

The club announced Tuesday that Ichiro will maintain his title from last season as Special Assistant to the Chairman, but will now report to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Ichiro could give helpful advice- if he wanted to….

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 03:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, ichiro suzuki, mariners

Friday, April 26, 2019

Kikuchi to ‘open’ for Mariners against Rangers

One of the reasons left-hander Yusei Kikuchi signed with the Seattle Mariners in the offseason was the unique wellness plan they pitched to him.

Trying to avoid the injuries that have befallen Japanese stars like Yu Darvish, Shohei Ohtani and Daisuke Matsuzaka once they started pitching every five days in the majors as compared to the six-man rotations they use overseas, the Mariners will use Kikuchi as an “opener” about once a month, pitching just the first inning or so before handing the ball to one of Seattle’s pitching prospects.

That plan will be put to use for the first time Friday night against the visiting Texas Rangers.

Question, for those who know Japanese baseball better than I do- is it just the rotations that are at issue, or could there be other causes?

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, opener, yusei kikuchi

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Mariners are fighting to be more than just average

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dee Gordon crooked his finger, raised his eyebrows and said, “Y’all wanna story?”

He started across the visitor’s clubhouse at Angel Stadium and with his baseball bat motioned to follow.

“C’mon,” he said.

When average wasn’t good enough for the Seattle Mariners, who actually were a lot better than average but refused to believe it, they chose to be something other than average, because there is no glory in average. Given their options, then, they opted for less than average, which seemed a bit of a cop-out, right up until they won 13 of their first 15 games this season. And if Mariners management was not going to fall for 89 wins in 162 games, imagine the shrapnel when trying to wrap its head around 13 wins in 15 games. Maybe, had the Mariners simply gotten around to trading Edwin Encarnacion and Mike Leake, too, as were the rumors even into April, they’d have won 15 of 15. Or 16 of 15.

Yes, they claim they don’t want to be average- but will they spend the funds needed to prove it?

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Monday, April 15, 2019

MLB roundup: Astros sweep Mariners, run win streak to 9

Aledmys Diaz led off the seventh inning with a home run to break a tie as the Houston Astros rallied to defeat the host Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, extending their winning streak to nine games.

Jose Altuve’s homer streak ended at five consecutive games, but the Astros swept the three-game series at T-Mobile Park to pull within a game of the first-place Mariners in the American League West.

Right-hander Gerrit Cole (1-2) pitched six strong innings for his first victory of the season. He gave up two runs on four hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Seattle’s Mitch Haniger led off the bottom of the first with a home run off Cole, hitting a 1-2 pitch into the bullpen in left field. That gave the Mariners homers in each of their first 18 games to begin the season, extending their major league record.

Well, this answers the question as for whether or not any of the teams dominant last year are having a good start this year….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, sweep

Friday, April 12, 2019

Dee Gordon blast gives Mariners an MLB record with 15 straight games with home run to open season

KANSAS CITY — It wasn’t Edwin Encarnacion or Jay Bruce, nor was it Daniel Vogelbach or Ryon Healy or any of the expected home run bashers.

So it had to be Mitch Haniger, the team’s best overall hitter, right?

Wrong.

The Mariners went into Major League Baseball’s record books thanks to the home-run power of Dee Gordon.

Some additional data points in the analysis of the rise in home runs in recent years.

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, home runs, mariners

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

MLB roundup: Encarnacion homers twice in same inning

Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of home runs in the sixth inning, and the visiting Seattle Mariners scored eight times in the frame to earn a 13-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

The Mariners have scored five or more runs in 11 of their first 12 games and became the first team in the major leagues to win 10 games.

Encarnacion became the first major-leaguer to hit two home runs in an inning in almost three years. Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels did in on April 15, 2016, at Texas. Seattle also got homers from Daniel Vogelbach, Dylan Moore and Jay Bruce.

Roenis Elias (1-0) picked up the win, pitching three scoreless, hitless innings of relief. Royals starter Homer Bailey (0-1) gave up seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs, in five-plus innings.

DINGERS! Get your red-hot dingers here! DINGERS!

 

QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 03:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, home runs, mariners

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Felix turns back the clock, and the Angels, in 2019 debut | The Seattle Times

The bar is set pretty low.

The Mariners weren’t supposed to be 6-1 at this point, and Felix wasn’t supposed to be able to compete.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2019 at 06:03 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Mariners get Connor Sadzeck from Rangers for minor leaguer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have acquired hard-throwing right-hander Connor Sadzeck from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Grant Anderson.

The trade announced Monday came after Sadzeck didn’t make the Texas roster at the end of spring training and was out of minor league options. He was designated for assignment after allowing seven runs on four hits with eight walks and 11 strikeouts in eight Cactus League games.

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: connor sadzeck, mariners, rangers

Monday, April 01, 2019

Hunter Strickland out “at least a couple months” with lat strain

Mariners closer Hunter Strickland has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Manager Scott Servais said that Strickland will be out “at least a couple months.” The club will go with a closer-by-committee for the time being.

Strickland said, “It sucks, but you have to find the positives. At least I’ll be back at some point this season.”

In case you’ve ever wondered why closers are so fungible….

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, hunter strickland, mariners

Friday, March 29, 2019

Ichiro from start to finish

Transcript from the interview following Ichiro’s last game.

tl;dr - Ichiro is awesome.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mariners back to exhibition games after trip to Japan

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais didn’t need long to come up with one immediate advantage to playing exhibition games after having already opened the regular season.

“Yeah, the fact we’re 2-0 is not a bad thing,” Servais joked.

Servais could joke because the atmosphere around the Seattle clubhouse was relaxed, if not a little jet-lagged still, before beginning an awkward two-day stretch on Monday night with the first of two exhibition games against the San Diego Padres.

After the fanfare and excitement of traveling across the Pacific to Japan, opening the season with a pair of victories over Oakland, and bidding farewell to the professional career of Ichiro Suzuki, the Mariners returned home for a pair of games with little-to-no meaning that don’t count in the standings.

In case you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to return to the pre-season after your regular season has already begun….

 

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: exhibitions, japan, mariners, opening day

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ichiro announces retirement after emotional finale

TOKYO—Ichiro Suzuki bid farewell to baseball and his Japanese fans in fashion on Thursday in a touching tribute that brought goosebumps to an entire nation and tears to the 45-year-old’s eyes.

Mariners manager Scott Servais sent the legendary right fielder out to his position in the bottom of the eighth inning of Seattle’s 5-4, 12-inning victory over the A’s in the Opening Series at the Tokyo Dome, then pulled the rest of his defenders off the field to allow Ichiro to come off on his own as he was replaced by rookie Braden Bishop.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 21, 2019 at 10:44 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro, mariners

Ichiro Forever

It’s hard to picture baseball without Ichiro. Every MLB season since 2001, from the moment he arrived in Seattle having already become a star with seven NPB all-star seasons under his belt, there he was. Already half-out of the batter’s box, as he connected with his inimitable slap swing. Wildly rounding third as he went first-to-home on a double. In right field, making the frozen-rope throw to third that never stopped catching runners by surprise, no matter how many times they’d seen it. That, at least never, deserted him.

It’s telling that in this, his final game, even as it remained tied, the Mariners were never tempted to remove Ichiro for defensive purposes. He was still the best right fielder they have. Again, he is 45.

For that he can thank his insane training methods and commitment—he once claimed he swore off taking vacations after a weeklong trip to Italy in the winter of 2004 threw off his exercise schedule. Again, it’s kind of hard to believe that’s true—but Ichiro apocrypha is one of baseball’s treasures. We expect foreign players to arrive attached to legends too good to check, but Ichiro created his own myths, even here, before our eyes and cameras and notepads. How he was reliably a beast in batting practice and could’ve hit 40 home runs a year if he wanted to be that type of player. (Barry Bonds once said Ichiro could win the Home Run Derby.) How he could instantly discern a good bat from a bad bat by tapping the barrel once with his fingernail. How he had no idea who Tom Brady was. How he would ####-talk opposing players in their own language, English or Spanish. Were these stories true? Does it matter? For Ichiro as for no other player, certain things felt possible.

28 seasons in one of the two top professional leagues in the world.  4367 hits. 2078 runs scored.  A .322 career average, .311 in MLB.  The all time single season hit record of 262.  And that’s just the on the field product.  He was one of the most influential players in the last 40 years of baseball, proving that position players could come to MLB and not only play, but be superstars.  We were so, so lucky to live in a time where we could watch him.

 


Mariners beat A’s 9-7 with help from homers, a bat flip, and endless love for Ichiro

The first pitch of the 2019 MLB season was thrown at 5:36 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, or 6:36 p.m. local time in Tokyo. Ladies and gentlemen, we have baseball.

There were a lot more 2019 firsts on the way to the Seattle Mariners’ 9-7 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday morning. A’s starting pitcher Mike Fiers threw the season’s first strike. Seattle’s Jay Bruce got the season’s first hit. Fiers’ teammate Stephen Piscotty scored the season’s first run and hit 2019’s first home run at the same time.

We’ll have to wait for our first pitcher’s duel, though. The crowd at the Tokyo Dome was treated to a bash fest, with 16 hits and five home runs between both teams. Seattle’s starter Marco Gonzales had a rough start, allowing four runs in his first three innings, but settled down and managed to throw three more scoreless innings.

After all those posts leading up to the game, it would be indecent not to link to an actual account of the game itself.

QLE Posted: March 21, 2019 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, japan, mariners, neutral site games, opening day

Sunday, March 17, 2019

‘Rookie’ Kikuchi in spotlight in major league debut in Japan

TOKYO -Talk about a pressure situation.

Just as he was adjusting to life in the United States, Yusei Kikuchi is back in Japan getting ready to make his major league pitching debut in front of a sellout crowd at Tokyo Dome.

From his new teammates, to his Japanese fans to his family and friends, everyone will be expecting Kikuchi to come up with a dominant performance when he takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in Game 2 of the season-opening series against the Oakland A’s.

So, how well do you suppose that you’d do, under these circumstances?

QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, mariners, yusei kikuchi

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mariners’ Felix Hernandez has reason to be upset, but he also has an opportunity | The Seattle Times

When will they just release him?

These weren’t scorched-earth reactions that will drive an immediate wedge between Hernandez, his teammates and Servais. Regardless of the $27 million Felix will receive in this final year of his contract, everyone understands that regression still hurts.

In the past five years, Hernandez’s ERA has ballooned from 2.14, to 3.53, to 3.82, to 4.36 to 5.55. Throw in the seven earned runs he allowed in three innings Sunday, and a 2019 resurgence seems closer to impossible than it does improbable.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 09:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Monday, March 11, 2019

Mariners, Athletics name starters for Tokyo series

The Mariners and Athletics will kick off the regular season a week before the other 28 teams with a two-game series in Tokyo, Japan March 20 and 21. The clubs have announced their starters for both series.

For the Mariners, Marco Gonzales will start the first game, followed by Yusei Kikuchi. For the A’s, Mike Fiers will start the first game, followed by Brett Anderson.

In other news, it sure doesn’t feel like the regular season should begin by the end of next week….

 

QLE Posted: March 11, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, japan, mariners, opening day

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