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Robinson Cano

The Seattle Mariners And Winning In April – Can You Believe It?

Sound the bells! Pop the corks! If you’ve got fireworks, set those bad boys off! The Seattle Mariners have a winning record in April for the first time in seven years. In 2009, Seattle finished April with a 13-9 record, but that was a while ago. While that record is a couple of games better […]

Felix Hernandez

What The Heck Is Going On With Felix Hernandez?

Generally speaking, it’s not the best idea to write back to back columns on the same very narrow subject. The readers don’t want the same thing over and over and repetition makes the writer seem to be lacking in creativity. But this early in the baseball season, the most compelling thing going on with the […]

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Seattle Mariners – It’s Only Early Until It’s Late

Over the weekend, the Seattle Mariners won a series in New York against the Yankees and actually showed some tangible signs of life! And after a truly nasty home stand, where the Mariners went a hope-crushing 1-5, hitting the road was has been a welcome vacation. The Yankees did manage to get a win in […]

Felix Hernandez

King Felix – Small Sample Size But Slight Concern

If you get a lot of your news through Facebook’s news feed, you’ve seen the panicked doomsayers writing off the season after the Seattle Mariners’ 1-5 home stand. While losing all three games at home to an Oakland A’s team that was projected to be the worst team in the AL is not comforting, it’s […]

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Coping With Anxiety For Seattle Mariners Fans

Last Friday, I was fortunate enough to have some great seats for the Seattle Mariners home opener. And it was truly a beautiful night for baseball. Ken Griffey, Jr. threw out the first pitch. One of my all-time favorite recordings of Dave Niehaus, talking about the joys of Opening Day, rung out across the stadium. […]

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The 2016-17 Seattle Mariners – The Rapid Return Of Disappointment

We’ve all tasted it. When dad said no to ice cream after school. When work called you in and you had to miss your weird friend’s bachelor party booze cruise. When she declined your offer to “come upstairs for a nightcap” on the second date. The bitter taste of disappointment. As Seattle Mariners fans, we […]

Mar 27, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three run home run during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners – One Series Down, 159 Games To Go

After one series, the Seattle Mariners are 2-1. I can pretty much guarantee you that if the M’s win every single series this season, they are going to win the division and go to the playoffs, breaking a fifteen year drought. Of course that pace would ensure at least a 108 win season even without […]

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Ruminations On A New Season Of Baseball

“Hope springs eternal…,” a quote from an essay by the eighteenth century English poet Alexander Pope, has long since been co-opted by baseball fans as a mantra for that wonderful period in early spring when every team in Major League Baseball has a 0-0 record and, seemingly, an equal opportunity to still be playing meaningful […]

Mock Draft

Mock, Mock, Mock For Fantasy Baseball Dominance

So, hopefully you’ve studied the stats, including projections for 2016, made your own rankings, and maybe even watched a few early spring games. With about two weeks until most fantasy baseball drafts are held, it’s usually a good idea to practice drafting in one of any number of mock draft sites. I’ve played in leagues […]

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The Seattle Mariners And Good Problems To Have

On Sunday, the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 in a spring training game. Firstly, spring training scores and stats are not an indicator for a successful baseball season. Players are generally working on specific aspects of their game and trying to get their minds and bodies ready for another marathon 162-game season. Pitchers […]

Steve Cishek

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Bullpen

In the early 1960s, the save statistic was introduced to baseball. In that era, teams would occasionally bring in a pitcher in the later half of a game to relieve a pitcher who was too tired to keep going, or just didn’t have their stuff that day. The save statistic began much the same way […]

Fantasy Baseball

What Do Spring Numbers Mean For Fantasy Baseball?

Next Friday, March 4th, will mark the beginning of spring training games between MLB teams. There are a handful of exhibition games before then where MLB split squads will play college squads, but the “real” spring games get underway on the fourth. As a fan of baseball, the anticipation and excitement for the commencement of […]

Seattle Mariners pitcher Steve Cishek talks to catcher Mike Zunino during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Catchers

Today, I ate garlic fries and drank a beer. I sat with my Seattle Mariners-themed snacks and watched the MLB Network and reveled in the dawn of another baseball season. Sure, the news coming out of all of the different training camps is banal, and nothing of real substance is going on. Yet still, here […]

Robinson Cano

Make Your Own Rankings For Fantasy Baseball Success

Pitchers and catchers have reported. It’s a little over two weeks until the first Spring Training game and a little over a month and a half until the regular season begins. That can only mean two things – BASEBALL IS BACK and it’s time to get serious about prepping for your fantasy baseball season. With […]

Felix Hernandez

Fantasy Baseball – Know The Format, Know The Rules

Much of the time the term “Fantasy Baseball” is thrown around as though it is a single, monolithic passion for nerds. Or to paraphrase Charles Barkley from his famous rant against analytics, “Fantasy Baseball is just some crap really smart people made up to get in the game because they have no talent.” This past […]

Seth Smith

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Outfield

There are less than two weeks before what has become the symbolic start of the baseball calendar. On Friday, February 19th, the Seattle Mariners’ pitchers and catchers report to spring training and we’ll ever so slowly begin to see the team come together. It might not be until the first week of March, when the […]

June 26, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports  ORG XMIT: USATSI-215558 ORIG FILE ID:  20150626_gav_sv5_022.jpg

Data Makes The Difference In Fantasy Baseball

For Fantasy Baseball players in 2016, there is a wealth of data to mine in preparation for the upcoming season. Besides the proliferation of websites dedicated specifically to the fantasy player, there are numerous sites whose sole purpose is aggregating every imaginable statistic related to the national pastime. FanGraphs, Baseball Reference, ESPN, and MLB are […]

Kyle Seager

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Infield

We’re just over two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting, live footage from the complex down in sunny Arizona beginning to pepper ESPN and fill the MLB Network, and our first looks at the Seattle Mariners’ mostly turned-over roster. Last week I discussed the Mariners’ starting pitchers, looking at some of the strengths, weaknesses […]

Hisashi Iwakuma

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Rotation

This time of the year some of us have grown accustomed to watching the Seattle Seahawks play for a couple of weeks longer, but as it turns out getting to the Super Bowl three years in a row is actually pretty difficult. The Seahawks made it seem like a very reasonable task, though, dominating several […]

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