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Kate Preusser

Mariners make hay, Oakland makes way: Mariners win 6-5, sweep Athletics

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Wishing you and yours a merry Sweepsmas

One of the biggest Achilles’ heels for this 2021 Mariners squad has been punishing the other team for making mistakes. We’ve seen them fail to capitalize with the bases loaded, fail to punish other teams for committing errors, and fail to knock pitchers who are struggling out of games with big innings. Today, in a game that was imperfectly pitched by both sides, the Mariners managed to make the Athletics’...

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Kate Preusser

84-69: Chart

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It must be spooky szn because all I see are brooms

Fun fact: that is the first time in Franchise History the Mariners have swept the A’s in a four-game series at the Coliseum! Glad they got that record before the Coliseum becomes loft condos that cost the GDP of a small island nation.

Bad pitch contest: Yusei Kikuchi, -.168 WPA

You in first place: Luis Torrens, .268 WPA

Also, if I could somehow embed tweets or videos in the chart, this would be...

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Kate Preusser

9/23/21: Open Game Thread

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The A’s run their ace out to the mound to try to salvage a game from the fearsome Seattle Mariners

About that header image: in this, the year of J.P. Crawford consistently being delightful, one small thing that I enjoy is how the instant the final out is made in a Mariners victory, J.P. immediately untucks his jersey. It is extremely relatable to those of us who come home and immediately kick off...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/23/21: Mike Zunino, Aaron Judge, and Joey Votto

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Some links for your Thursday morning.

Good morning everybody and happy Thursday! Let’s go get this sweep today! And some links, of course.

In Mariners news... The MLB Pipeline crew discussed Harry Ford’s entry into the top 100 list of prospects on their latest podcast. Daniel Kramer checked back in on a conversation he had preseason with Marco Gonzales and J.P. Crawford, now in the context of a team that made an unlikely run to the...

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Adrianne Leary

Chris Flexen and band of merry pranksters pull a fast one, win 4-1

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when do you stop pretending and start being?

Tonight’s game is a challenge to cover, considering that I wrote up a nearly identical game almost exactly a month ago: a game in which Chris Flexen allowed one run over ~7 innings and Cole Irvin gave up 3 runs on 7 hits. It’s not an altogether surprising coincidence, though the déjà vu is bolstered by the fact that the Mariners have played this game against the A’s a great deal this season....

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Adrianne Leary

83-69: Chart

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season high 14 over .500

Songs about California: Chris Flexen, +.307 WPA

California itself: J.P. Crawford, -.107 WPA

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Adrianne Leary

9/22/21: Open Game Thread

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the final installment in the cole irvin saga

Now that the Mariners have clinched a winning record, they can set their sights on loftier achievements like, say, finishing ahead of the A’s in the standings. In order to do so, the M’s will need to continue to shell their favorite punching bag tonight: none other than Cole “A Team Like That” Irvin himself.

Here are the numbers on just how well his three starts against the Mariners have gone for him so...

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John Trupin

The thrill of >81 victories

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It’s nice to win a little bit.

The Seattle Mariners have always encouraged their fans to appreciate the little things, albeit often in the way someone “encourages” a dog to take their worms medication by sticking it in a ball of deli cheese. When the final out of the regular season has been recorded each of the past 19 seasons, the Mariners have packed their bags and headed home. So too have we, shifting our attention to the playoffs...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/22/21: Kyle Seager, Lew ford, and The St. Louis Cardinals

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The Mariners are, somehow, still in the playoff hunt.

Good morning everybody! Here’s what’s happening around baseball on this Wednesday as the M’s try to secure the series victory against the A’s.

In Mariners news... They’ve got to bring him back to give him a shot at the postseason.

Kyle Seager on staying in the postseason hunt:

“We all want to play for something bigger than ourselves, and me especially. These are uncharted waters that I...

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Connor Donovan

Mariners thumb nose at projections, clinch winning record

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ZiPS, PECOTA, Steamer, all have crumbled before Chaos Ball

If you’re coming here from a jubilant headline and the news that the Mariners have secured a winning season expecting some ground in the Wild Card race, I’m sorry to say that you’ll be disappointed after this next sentence. With the Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Yankees all pulling out wins, everything that was out of Seattle’s control broke the wrong way. Not that this came as a huge shock, though....

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Connor Donovan

82-69: Chart

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winning season let’s goooooooooo

Clinching a winning record and catching a division rival: Dylan Moore, +.188 WPA

Not gaining ground in the Wild Card race, even though it’s our of your hands: Ty France and Mitch Haniger, -.077 WPA each

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Connor Donovan

9/21/21: Open Game Thread

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a winning season is within our grasp!

Playoff hopes may be fading fast (any time you have to root for the Rangers and Mets is an uphill battle), but a win tonight would give the Mariners a winning season for the first time since 2018. It borders on trite at this point, but I think everyone here would have been pleasantly surprised if they had been told in March that Seattle would be on the cusp of clinching a winning record in...

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/21/20: Salvador Perez, Jon Lester, and Shane Baz

A light batch of links to start off your Tuesday.

In Mariners news... Tyler Anderson with yet another dominant outing last night as the Mariners cruise to a 4-2 win against the Oakland Athletics.

TA was DEALING.

7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K pic.twitter.com/2DFkbLsugh

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 21, 2021 Unstoppable.

17 pitches, 16 strikes, five outs, three strikeouts, one save.

Impressive night at the office for #Mariners relief ace Paul Sewald.

— Brent Stecker...

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Zach Gottschalk

Mariners record ten hits, coincidentally win baseball game

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That’s all it takes, huh?

The 2021 Mariners have been surprising for a couple of reasons. The first, and most obvious, has been their success in the standings. Run differential is imperfect, and its value has been talked to death, but the team’s -60 run differential is a bit more representative of the Mariners team most of us projected going into this season than their 81-69 record.

Still more surprising, I would argue, has been the degree to which the 2021...

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Zach Gottschalk

81-69: Chart

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The Seattle Mariners do good baseball things, win baseball game

Please keep him: Tyler Anderson (0.275 WPA)

Please get better: Diego Castillo (-0.165 WPA)

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Zach Gottschalk

9/20/21: Open Game Thread

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In which the Mariners commence a final, desperate two-week push for the playoffs

The Mariners have had themselves a hell of a season. Their playoffs odds look slim, with Fangraphs giving them just a 0.7% chance and Fivethirtyeight giving them an equivalent 1% chance. That they were in the conversation as late as September, however, speaks volumes to the overperformance of the club in relation to their preseason expectations.

Assuming they’re unable to claw...

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Jake Mailhot John Trupin

The Battle for Second: Mariners at Athletics Series Preview

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The Mariners head to Oakland for a four-game set against their division rival.

The last time the Seattle Mariners faced the Oakland Athletics, it capped off a two-game sweep in late August to draw Seattle within three games of the second Wild Card spot, putting themselves in position to overtake and subsequently slip back behind their southern competitors in the coming weeks. Fast forward nearly a month and things look mostly the same, just with less...

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/20/21: Hyun Jin Ryu, Alex Avila, and Taylor Trammell

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Happy Monday!

In Mariners news... Yes, you read that right: a 460-foot BLAST from Jake Bauers added some insurance runs in the Mariners’ 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals yesterday afternoon.

4??6??0??-foot SPLASH! pic.twitter.com/JIzK0ABs6h

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 19, 2021 ICYMI: Taylor Trammell’s three-run triple powered the Rainiers to a Triple-A West championship!

Bases loaded. Tie game. 9th inning.@Mariners' Taylor...

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Kate Preusser

Rookie Monsters: Logan Gilbert and Jarred Kelenic lead Mariners to series win over Kansas City

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Northwest Green jerseys work their magic once again, Mariners win 7-1

Logan Gilbert and Jackson Kowar were both taken in the first 35 picks of the 2018 MLB Draft. Gilbert was taken 14th overall by the Mariners, although it could be argued Kowar, taken 33rd (a compensation pick for Lorenzo Cain) actually had more name recognition, having been teammates at Florida with Brady Singer, the Royals’ first-round pick (18th overall). Singer had the most name...

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Kate Preusser

80-68: Chart

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80 wins! In this economy?

The Mariners win the game, and the series, defeating Kansas City 7-1. Would have been nice to see some of this offense yesterday, but at least it showed up today. And what a day for Seattle’s rookies, Logan Gilbert and Jarred Kelenic [hurriedly shoves Cal Raleigh behind a door].

Cooling off in a fountain: Jarred Kelenic, .234 WPA

Enjoying some KC BBQ: Logan Gilbert, .211 WPA

Stuck in a wool sock with two amorous mice: Jake...

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