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Grant Bronsdon

Mariners balk off the Dodgers 5–4 thanks to that rule that nobody really understands

This would have been a demoralizing loss. But, balk!

There were two good innings today. Let’s only talk about the two good innings.

In the first inning, Erasmo Ramírez got into a little bit of trouble, walking Joc Pederson to lead things off. A fielder’s choice moved him over to second and a grounder hit in the right spot brought him home. Not the best start for our young hero, but he ultimately emerged relatively unscathed.

It was the bottom of the inning, however, that really got...

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Grant Bronsdon

71–53: Chart

2018: THE BALK-OFF

BALK-OFF BALK-OFF BALK-OFF

That one person you watch with who knows the balk rules: Nelson Cruz?!?!?!?!? (.205 WPA)

Literally everybody else that you’ve ever watched baseball with who has no clue what does or doesn’t constitute a balk: Edwin Díaz (-.207 WPA)

The person who has to go to work on Monday and fix how Fangraphs assigns WPA in the case of a walk-off balk: Kyle Seager (0.133++ WPA)

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Grant Bronsdon

8/18/18: Open Game Thread

Let’s hope the M’s can win this one...

Yesterday was not fun baseball. Given that tomorrow’s matchup is Clayton Kershaw against Roenis Elías, it sure seems like tomorrow will not be fun baseball. (Though I suppose baseball can be quite a finicky game...)

I wish I had more optimism to deliver right now, but Erasmo Ramirez, as competent as he was in his last start with the M’s, doesn’t inspire much confidence. Meanwhile, the Dodgers lineup is stacked with All-Stars at virtually...

Yardbarker: Seattle Mariners

Mariners recall Festa, send Bergman to Triple-A

The usual September callup came a couple of weeks early for Matt Festa, the Mariners' No. 8 prospect, on Saturday. Festa will join the team for his second big league stint of 2018, after continuing to pitch well in relief for Double-A Arkansas. In a corresponding move, reliever Christian Bergman was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

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Grant Bronsdon

Mariners recall Matt Festa, demote Christian Bergman, millions of fans rejoice

One small move for the Mariners...one small move for mankind.

Given Christian Bergman’s outing last night, where he was left out to dry when Wade LeBlanc left fairly early in the game, it seemed fairly clear that the Mariners might make a move and bring up a new reliever. A few minutes ago, they did just that.

Happy #Festavus!
Mariners recall RHP Matt Festa, option RHP Christian Bergman to Triple-A.

— Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) August 18, 2018

(Thank you for making the joke so I...

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Luke Mounger

Mariners Moose Tracks: Mariners Prospects, Dan Vogelbach’s Walk-Up Music, and Shape Shifting

Links Szn.

Unfortunately, the Mariners couldn’t dodge losing to Los Angeles. Did you like what I did there? Anyways, Oakland has extended their lead over the Mariners to 3.5 games now. Let’s read some links and hope that the Mariners turn this thing around.

In Mariners News... Dan Vogelbach is my hero.

Daniel Vogelbach changed his walkup music to the baby shark song because it’s David Freitas’s kid’s favorite song and he loves Uncle Vogey and I just need a minute...

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Zach Gottschalk

Mariners lose horribly, A’s win thrillingly, everyone really surprised

Wow!

Some people choose to go back to their toxic ex. Some choose to slog away at a job they hate. Some drink the night away, knowing that they’ll wake up at six in the morning feeling half-dead and wishing they were full-dead. And some people are Mariners fans.

It almost would have been easier if the Mariners had lost their game on Wednesday, and been swept by the A’s. It would have felt bad, but it also might have been a way for the Mariners to give their fans permission to let go.

No....

Yardbarker: Seattle Mariners

Ramirez aims to build on strong return

Erasmo Ramirez (0-2, 6.75 ERA) makes his second start since coming off a three-month stint on the disabled list when the Mariners host the Dodgers at 7:10 p.m. PT on Saturday. Ramirez threw five scoreless innings with four hits in a 4-3 win at Houston on Sunday and now makes his first career start against the Dodgers, who'll counter with lefty Rich Hill (5-4, 3.57).

Yardbarker: Seattle Mariners

LeBlanc, Mariners can't contain LA in opener

The Mariners returned home from a 10-game road trip on Friday, but the visiting Dodgers made themselves far more comfy at Safeco Field in rolling to an 11-1 win in the opener of a three-game Interleague series.

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Zach Gottschalk

70-53: Chart

Yikes

Having a great Friday night not watching this game: Nelson Cruz (0.084 WPA)

Doing the opposite of that: Wade LeBlanc (-0.280 WPA)

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Tim Cantu

Open Game Thread: 8/17/18

No Jean, No Puig, No Happy

There is baseball today. That baseball will not have Jean Segura or Yasiel Puig, but it will have the Mariners and Dodgers. So that’s nice for them. Here are the lineups for the baseball teams, which again, are the Mariners and the Dodgers.

Today's Lineups Brian Dozier - 2B Mitch Haniger - RF Justin Turner - 3B Robinson Cano - 2B Manny Machado - SS Nelson Cruz - DH Cody Bellinger - CF Denard Span - LF Matt Kemp - DH Kyle Seager - 3B Enrique Hernandez -...

Yardbarker: Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez returning to Mariners’ rotation

Felix Hernandez’s absence from the Seattle Mariners’ rotation was short-lived.An injury to ace James Paxton means Hernandez will be back in the rotation and is set to start Monday against the Houston Astros. Paxton was hit by a line drive in Tuesday’s start and landed on the DL with a forearm contusion. The injury isn’t severe, but it will be enough to cost him one turn through the rotation — a turn that will be taken by Hernandez.Once a Cy Young winner, Hernandez has posted a 5.62...

Yardbarker: Seattle Mariners

Dee playing SS with Segura on paternity leave

The Mariners will open a three-game Interleague set against the Dodgers on Friday night without Jean Segura, as the All-Star shortstop was placed on paternity leave prior to the series opener. Veteran infielder Gordon Beckham was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to fill his roster spot.

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Dee may play SS with Segura on paternity leave

The Mariners will open a three-game Interleague set against the Dodgers on Friday night without Jean Segura, as the All-Star shortstop was placed on paternity leave prior to the series opener. Veteran infielder Gordon Beckham was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to fill his roster spot.

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Kate Preusser

Jean Segura’s virility revives Gordon Beckham’s MLB career, John Andreoli DFA’d

Jean Jean the baby-making machine

It wouldn’t be an otherwise beautiful Friday where I could go outside without a roster move to be blurbed, so here’s today’s:

#Mariners select INF Gordon Beckham from AAA Tacoma. INF Jean Segura has been placed on the paternity list. Minor league OF John Andreoli has been designated for assignment.

Read: https://t.co/2l152Mog3F pic.twitter.com/puLNadvZvv

— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) August 17, 2018

Immediate gut reaction? I sort of hate this. Is the...

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sanford_and_son

FanPost Friday: Who is your favorite Mariners closer of all time?

Kaz! The Sheriff! Sugar! Putz in, game over!

Well, since we had #Edwin4CyYoung Day here on Lookout Landing yesterday, I figured I’d keep the theme going.

This week’s prompt:

Who is your favorite Mariners closer of all time?

This is your chance to wax nostalgic about the closers of yore. Or you can take this opportunity to write about your favorite obscure closer who only got like 3 saves. Or just write about Fernando Rodney, that’s fine, too.

Submit a fanpost about your favorite...

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sanford_and_son

About Last Night: We care if you’re having a bad day, Dee

“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, a long way from home.”

My mom died right after I turned 28. She was hit by a car while walking down the street from the house I grew up in. It was a Tuesday night when I got the call from my dad. Cassie and I had just gotten home from the gym. We were hungry and getting ready to make to make dinner. Then my phone rang and I don’t remember many details after the phone call.

Dee Gordon’s mom was murdered by an ex-boyfriend when he was six...

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Jake Mailhot

Dip, Duck, Dive—Mariners vs. Dodgers Series Preview

The Mariners return home to face the team that’s actually from Los Angeles.

The Mariners return home from their 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record. After the sweep in Houston and then the series loss in Oakland, the Mariners are basically in the same place in the standings. It’s a little disappointing they weren’t able to get a series win against the Athletics but there are still seven games left on the schedule against them. There are six games against the Astros left on the schedule...

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Luke Mounger

Sporcle Friday: Most Strikeouts by M’s Relievers

Strikeout and Sugar start with the same letter.

Edwin Diaz has already tallied more than 100 strikeouts this season, making him just one of four Mariners to record triple-digit strikeouts coming out of the bullpen. A four-answer quiz would be boring, so I made it a 20 answer quiz. Name the 20 M’s relievers with the most strikeouts in a season.

LINK!

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Isabelle Minasian

Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/17/18: Aretha Franklin, Free Yasiel Puig, and DSL Mariners doing good

Channeling King County Metro Transit with the links this morning

Good morning! As you may have noticed this week, our dear Ders has been unavailable (something about real job responsibilities? Pft!), so we as a staff have been cobbling together the Moose Tracks in his absence. There was a minor miscommunication, which lead to the lateness of this edition, and I apologize profusely if you were forced to eat your morning muesli sans Moose.

Anywho, despite a grim series in Oakland, a Thursday...

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