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Kate Preusser

8/19/19: Open Game Thread

somehow not the Kingdome | Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

at the Tropi, Tropi-cabana

After a surprisingly successful trip across the border, the Mariners have gone from America’s Hat to America’s...misshapen big toe. This is why we don’t wear sandals.

The Rays are a better team than the Blue Jays, by a lot, although they had struggled hard to find offense lately, with a 29-inning scoreless streak they were just able to snap on Saturday by scoring one (1) run against the...

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Rays the Jolly Roger: Mariners (52-73) at Rays (73-52)

Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images there’s 162 games, not all the titles are gonna be winners Look, we do a lot of season previews through the year, and sometimes you go through the numbers and find yourself salivating at the weak team on hand in the other dugout. This, dear reader, is not one of those times. The numbers on these Rays, well, they are very good. Some will say this is not a surprise, because the Rays’ record is also very good. Okay, fine. Technical note: the game 2...

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Good ol’ Kyle Seager is fighting back

Throw your hands up if you’re goin deeeeeeeeeeeeeeecent | Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Slim Seager has hit his hot streak at last and he’s back in 2017 form, with a few tweaks to boot. Yesterday was a cathartic day for two Mariners veterans. Yusei Kikuchi, as Nick catalogued poignantly in his recap, had the best start of his MLB career after struggling immensely for the past few months. To give Kikuchi the first and only run he’d need on the day (though several other M’s got in on the...

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Mariners' Mitch Haniger deemed close to untouchable in trade talk

While Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger was deemed close to untouchable in trade talks last offseason, some around the game expect him to be available in the coming offseason, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. That’s hardly a firm indication that Seattle will push to move Haniger when his value has diminished, but the 28-year-old (29 in December) would make an interesting addition to the winter trade market should the Mariners entertain offers on him. Haniger has been out for more than...

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Midshipman’s Log, August 18th: DSL Mariners are streaking, Logan Gilbert is strong, Jaycob Brugman is unstoppable

Jeff Halstead for the Tacoma Rainiers and JULIOOOOOOO is okay! Before we get into the scores, some news! First and foremost, if you’re reading this, we assume that you too are concerned about the fate of Julio Rodriguez after being HBP in his second game in Modesto. Well fear not, fellow prospect-likers: Apparently the issue was he was hit on the pad, but it was an old and worn pad so it still hurt a fair amount. Phew! And also, to the crowdfund machine so we can put Julio in as much...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/19/19: Félix Hernández, Ronald Acuña, and Pete Alonso

Peter G. Aiken

Oh boy, it’s Monday again.

Hello everyone and happy Monday! It was a pretty light Sunday for baseball news, but let’s get to it.

In Mariners news... Check out this bio on Alon Leichman, a pitching coach in the M’s org who will be playing for Team Israel. Félix Hernández could be back in Seattle as soon as next weekend.

Around the league... Someone help me understand this.

I don’t know fully what this means but this is good pic.twitter.com/JHCl66NjUG

— but...

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Felix Hernandez nears return, to make rehab start Monday

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez could be activated as early as next weekend, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. He is scheduled to make a rehab start with the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate on Monday, which would put the 33-year-old on track to rejoin the Seattle rotation on Saturday or Sunday, assuming no setbacks. With the Mariners squarely outside of the playoff picture, the veteran Hernandez won’t be returning to contribute to a playoff contender, something he has missed for...

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Yusei Kikuchi Lets Go and Throws the Best Game of His Career

Couldn’t have said it better myself Yusei Kikuchi. Good afternoon! It’s a Sunday and the weather here is beautiful and I did not want to watch this baseball game played by a bad team with a bunch of utility players led by a starting pitcher who is by far the most disappointing story line of this season. It’s late August—the stores are emptying of school supplies and filling with fake ghosts and decorative pumpkins. The team is bad, though not historically or hilariously so, and the...

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Nicholas Stillman

52-73: Chart

Kikuchi sets his size to W for Wumbo | Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images

Yusei Kikuchi proves too much for Canada

WHAT?

Fangraphs Excuse me? How?

This Game in Particular: Yusei Kikuchi (.317 WPA)

Most of the Other Games: Domingo Santana (-.040)

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Watch: Mariners' Kyle Seager homers again, teammates share silly celebration

Seattle Mariners infielder Kyle Seager has been on a roll of late. The veteran third baseman entered Sunday’s action hitting a robust .361 with five homers and 12 RBI over his past 10 games. That included a three homer game against the Detroit Tigers last week. Seager was back at it early during Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, smacking a homer off Wilmer Font in the second inning. The shot itself was nothing to write home about. #TrueToTheBluepic.twitter.com/nv841fDvcL—...

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8/18/19: Open Game Thread

in your FACE, canada | Photo credit should read CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty Images

Sunday Brunch-ball

Lineups!

Mariners-Blue Jays lineups, 10:07 a.m. PT series finale in Rogers Centre. Dee Gordon getting a rare start at shortstop with JP Crawford off today. pic.twitter.com/kRozeYWqtO

— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) August 18, 2019

Game time: 10:07 AM

TV: ROOT Sports NW

Radio: 710 AM

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/18/19: Noelvi Marte, Aristides Aquino, and Lime Bikes

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Some fresh links for your Sunday!

In Mariners News... Taylor Guilbeau becomes the 62nd player the Mariners have used this season, following his debut yesterday.

New Mariners lefty Taylor Guilbeau coming in with two out in fourth for his MLB debut. He becomes 40th pitcher used by Seattle this year, tying MLB record, and 62nd overall player (2 shy of record set by Texas in 2014).

— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) August 17, 2019 Too easy.

ALL. DAY. LONG. ...

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Connor Donovan

Mariners bullpen successfully completes group project, wins 4-3

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

everyone contributing equally to a shared goal what a concept

If you had already punted today upon finding out that the Mariners’ starter today was the Mariners’ bullpen, I can’t say I blame you. Yeah, 26-year-old rookie and former UberEats driver Reggie McClain was slated as the opener, that’s interesting, but Seattle’s bullpen still is in the bottom five league-wide. Trusting them to keep the Blue Jays’ potent young offense under control...

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Connor Donovan

51-73: Chart

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Bullpenning! It worked!

Mushrooms: Kyle Seager, +.221 WPA

Olives: J.P. Crawford, -.154 WPA

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Mariners bench outfielder Mallex Smith for repeated mental mistakes

The Seattle Mariners may be one of the worst teams in baseball this season, but they are still holding their players accountable. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported Saturday that Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith has been benched by manager Scott Servais for repeated mental mistakes on the bases and in the field. “We’ve got to be smarter. It’s part of the game,” Servais was quoted as saying. “You can be very, very talented and skilled and produce numbers, but part of any game...

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Connor Donovan

8/17/19: Open Game Thread

Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Bullpenning!

Well, the hole created by Mike Leake’s departure has finally come up in the rotation, and Scott Servais has opted for a bullpen day. Fun!

Lineups are out. Mallex Smith is out of the lineup which isn’t a surprise. They may keep him out a few more days. Servais wasn’t pleased with Smith’s mental mistakes this road trip pic.twitter.com/gwsYwijsJe

— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 17, 2019

With Mallex’s absence, Tim Lopes...

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Game 124, Mariners at Blue Jays

Reggie McClain/Erik Swanson vs. Trent Thornton, 12:00pm A rebuild is a process, and not a quick one. This was never going to be a contention year, and thus the best use of it isn’t necessarily to trot out the line-up that gives you the best chance of winning any one particular game. Rome wasn’t built in a day. All of that is true, and losing is a piece of the overall process. But something about today’s game is just galling. Both Domingo Santana and Mallex Smith are out after repeated...

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Nicholas Stillman

About Last Night: Matt Wisler opens up a can of success on the AL

Underrated: Matt Wisler’s pitch face | Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Wisler dominates in an inning against three players most notable for being children

I never thought I could be interested in Matt Wisler. Yet here I sit, having thought about Matt Wisler all day yesterday and enjoying it. Which proves I am yet another person who has doubted the immense power of Matt Wisler and his One Pitch. He is, quite simply, a fascinating pitcher.

How can a pitcher who throws a breaking ball 70%...

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Kate Preusser

Midshipman’s Log, August 16th: JULIOOOOO and JARRED and NOELVI, oh my

any excuse to use this photo, honestly

And a likely promotion to Double-A raises some eyebrows! Big day in the system.

Wheeeee, yesterday was a (mostly) fun day on the farm. It was a nice distraction from the Mariners game, also known as The Trial of Wade LeBlanc. Some big names did some very big things. To the tape!

DSL Mariners (30-35) dethrone DSL Royals2 (28-37), 9-3

Link to full box score

Watch out, the DSL Mariners are comin’ in hotter than summer in Boca Chica. They’ve raised...

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/17/19: Felix Hernandez, Jarred Kelenic, and Fernando Tatis Jr.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday links!

In Mariners News... Felix could be back with the Mariners next weekend, following his last rehab start in Tacoma.

It's looking like Felix Hernandez will make what would be his final rehab start on Monday in Tacoma. That would set him up to start on Saturday in Seattle when the fifth spot in the rotation comes around.

— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 16, 2019 Kelenic hit his first homer for the Travs last night, putting him at 18 this...

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