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Cruz, Mariners want to 'change the attitude'

In a quiet clubhouse where players dressed and exited quickly, Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz took time to express a thought that spoke loudly in the wake of Seattle's second straight shutout loss at Fenway Park. Embarrassing was the word Cruz used to describe the Mariners' recent performance, topped by Saturday's 6-0 loss that left the club with just nine runs scored over its past eight games.

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Kate Preusser

Mariners fail to score in 20 straight innings, somehow lose baseball game

A florilegium for a bad game

Today the Mariners lost another baseball game. The score isn’t important, except that you should know only two position players (Jarrod Dyson and Guillermo Heredia) posted positive WPAs, and one pitcher. Unfortunately, that pitcher was not Rob Whalen, who started this game and looked eminently hittable. He struggled to throw strikes in the first inning, walking Mookie Betts on four straight pitches. Whalen was faced with a strike zone that was both small and...

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Mariners' scoreless streak continues in Boston

As far as spot starts go, Brian Johnson was spot on for the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon. The lefty was marvelous in his Fenway Park debut, firing a five-hit shutout in Boston's 6-0 victory over the Mariners.

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Kate Preusser

21-29: Chart

the beatdowns will continue until morale improves

Watching the OSU game today: Jarrod Dyson, .055 WPA

Watching the Mariners game today: Rob Whalen, -.173 WPA

I also want to co-award the best player today to Guillermo Heredia, who was the only other Mariner position player to post a positive WPA today, at .022.

The OSU game is about to end in the seventh inning on a mercy rule, as they’re up 10 - 0. Today’s game could have used that rule. I feel like we’re saying this a lot. We are.

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Mixed results for Mariners starters Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in their first bullpen sessions

BOSTON–A pair of welcome sights Saturday afternoon as Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma took the mound in the visitors bullpen at Fenway Park. It was the first bullpen session for both since going on the DL with shoulder bursitis. The results? Mixed. “The shoulder feels good,” said an energetic Hernandez following his throwing session. “I think it was okay,” said a more subdued Iwakuma through interpreter Antony Suzuki. “It’s not perfect, it is what it is. I felt...

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Felix happy, Iwakuma reserved after sessions

Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma both threw 25-pitch bullpen sessions on Saturday at Fenway Park prior to the afternoon's Mariners game, as the club begins looking toward the return to health of its injury-plagued starting staff.

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Lineups: Mariners hitting Danny Valencia 2nd in Game 2 vs Red Sox

Mariners first baseman Danny Valencia will get a crack at hitting in front of Robinson Cano, as he is slotted to be second in the batting order for manager Scott Servais in Saturday’s 1:05 game against the Boston Red Sox on 710 ESPN Seattle. Also in Seattle’s lineup, Taylor Motter will start in left field for the second straight day with a southpaw again on the mound for Boston – this time Brian Johnson. Jarrod Dyson, who didn’t start Friday, is back in center field for the M’s, so...

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Kate Preusser

2017 MLB Draft: The Mariners and Division II Players, Midwest/West Regions

In which I misspell Garett King’s name every single time I type it

With Ethan tackling some of the more well-known prospects for the 2017 draft, I’m going to cover some deeper possible picks, especially in the realm of Division II pitching. Each year, between 30-50 D-II players are drafted, and the Mariners usually select one or two players. The success of Dan Altavilla (5th round in 2014, Mercyhurst) and solid performance so far in the minors by Brandon Miller (6th round in 2016,...

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Luke Mounger

Mariners Moose Tracks, 5/27/17: James Paxton, Joey Votto, and High School Baseball

The first links of a three-day weekend.

Time to kick off the three day weekend! The weather forecast for Seattle looks fantastic, which is nice because these next few days present the only opportunity for me to have fun before the finals preparation grind begins. I’m not sure what all of your plans are for the weekend, some maybe different than others; however, one thing remains certain: you all will begin your weekend with a prime collection of links.

In Mariners News... James Paxton...

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Gallardo's gutsy effort for naught in shutout

With their offense in a nasty slump, the margin for error these days for the Mariners' injury-plagued rotation is razor thin. And while Yovani Gallardo battled valiently through a seemingly endless stream of runners in scoring position Friday, that wasn't nearly enough to overcome another lackluster night from the bats as Seattle lost, 3-0, in the series opener at Fenway Park.

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John Trupin

Friday night and all the M’s are out, let’s head on over to the twist and shout

Find a two-strike partner and Ryan Blakley, he’ll call you out on a crap strike three.

Yovani Gallardo tried.

The 31-going-on-68 year-old righty put together a line that is unremarkable in the box score and was only slightly more credible to watch live, but he tried. It may seem silly to herald a guy who walked six and struck out five, but dammit he tried. For 5.1 innings he kept a terrifying offense guessing and out of the air by working determinedly low and lower. Then he dug even...

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Whalen making Mariners debut at Fenway

Saturday's game between the Red Sox and Mariners at Fenway Park will feature a matchup of pitchers with seven career starts between them. Left-hander Brian Johnson will take the mound for Boston after being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket this week, and he'll oppose Seattle righty Rob Whalen, who will be making his season debut.

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Mariners notebook: Cano slowed in the field and Zunino still making adjustments

BOSTON–Robinson Cano is clearly favoring -both in the field and on the base paths- the quad muscle that landed him on the DL and forced him to miss 11 games. “Range-wise, how he’s moving, maybe he’s at 70 percent,” Scott Servais answered when asked to estimate just where Cano was now in comparison to being fully healthy. “It’s just where we are at. We need him in the lineup. He’s a veteran player, he knows what he can get to and what he can’t we are going to trust the...

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John Trupin

21-28: Chart

Hit a thing not at people wearing red you dolts

Fangraphs

Fangraphs decided the game was over in the 6th inning just like the Mariners so we only got numbers up until then. They will tell the story just fine.

Full House: Kyle Seager (.089 WPA)

Fuller House: Robinson Canó (-.099 WPA)

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Paxton (forearm) set to return Wednesday

A Mariners rotation minus four of its original five members is "starting to see light at the end of the tunnel," manager Scott Servais said on Friday, as left-hander James Paxton moved a step closer to rejoining the club next week.

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Servais: Diaz is best fit for closing duties

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Edwin Diaz being the everyday closer again is "not set in stone," but acknowledged the 23-year-old is the best fit for the club in that role and will likely handle most of the ninth-inning duties after getting the save in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Nationals.

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Lineups: Taylor Motter in LF for Mariners vs Red Sox lefty

Taylor Motter will get the start in the outfield for the Mariners while Jarrod Dyson will be on the bench against Red Sox lefty starter Eduardo Rodriguez in Friday’s 4:10 series opener on 710 ESPN Seattle. With Motter in left field, Guillermo Heredia will shift over to center field to take Dyson’s usual place. Starting on the mound for the Marienrs will be right-hander Yovani Gallardo. He’ll be throwing to catcher Mike Zunino, who will hit ninth in Seattle’s order. Stecker’s Three...

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Dodgers claim IF Mike Freeman, RHP Chris Heston from Mariners

The Mariners lost a pair of players on waiver claims to the Dodgers in one fell swoop on Friday. Los Angeles has claimed both utility man Mike Freeman and right-handed pitcher Chris Heston. Each player had been designated for assignment in recent days by Seattle. The Dodgers have optioned the duo to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Stecker’s Three Things: Will it be too late when M’s get fully healthy? Freeman, acquired late last season by Seattle from Arizona, appeared in 13 games in 2016 and 16...

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Ethan Novak

2017 MLB Draft: Reviewing the Mariners’ Past Drafts - 2016

Dipoto’s first class

As we continue to ramp up for the MLB draft in June, we here at LL are endeavoring to bring you a greater understanding of the deep underpinnings of the draft. Last week, we did a fullpositional overview to look at what’s currently in the system. This week, we look at how we got here, with a review of past drafts 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

There was a lot to feel good about heading into the 2016 MLB draft. The Mariners were playing good baseball. Every single...

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Jake Mailhot

Series Preview: Mariners (21-27) at Red Sox (25-21)

The Mariners hope to stay afloat in Boston this weekend.

This Tim Kurkjian tweet from yesterday morning perfectly encapsulates the horrors we’ve witnessed the past week:

Mariners joined 1887 Washington, 1969 Padres as teams to score no more than 1 run 5 games row, and opponents scored at least 40 total runs

— Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) May 25, 2017

The Mariners managed to salvage a single game from their series in Washington yesterday morning. Despite that five-game losing...

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