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JDDubG - I'm not as optimistic about the Marlins and Astros series. Both teams are filled with young, erratic arms or mediocre veterans that all seem to pitch lights out against Mariner bats season after season. Would love to see a change in 2014, but guys like Eovaldi, Alvarez, Oberholtzer, Cosart, Feldman - all those types seem to shut us down more often than not. Things are set up to go on a run, grab hold of it and go M's!5 min 27 sec ago
Gordon GrossSeager concerns me. Dude has got to start hitting again though. It's very hard to hit as well as he has for 2 years (mid-2011 to mid-2013) and then just forget how and never get it back at age 26. Franklin's # of games at third are basically nil, though. He has no experience there. Romero or Bloomie could do it against some lefties though while Seager goes looking for his mojo.6 min ago
muddyfrogwaterWladimir Balentien .293/.417/.759 9 HR's 16 games Japan or turned a massive corner? We may never know.6 min 6 sec ago
phxterryHart starting tonight at 1B instead of Smoak, against a RHP. If Smoak isn't good enuf to start against RHP, then he truly is becoming worthless. However, the night off should give Smoak time to practice his bunting, if he were so inclined.10 min 59 sec ago
phxterrySeager needs fixing -- it appears to me that more of the same is not going to get it done. There is no obvious replacement but the last time he had a monthly batting average over .200, including 2014 ST, was July 2013. If he has mechanical flaws in his swing, then the M's Field Leadership should be able to find them and fix them. IF not, what to do??? - I can't imagine LLoyd is going to stand for this lack of production from 3B indefinitely.14 min 37 sec ago
Gordon GrossThe Rangers have won what, 4 or 5 walk-offs? Imagine if they'd lost those. The ball will bounce our way eventually... right?1 hour 5 min ago
Gordon GrossWe're 7-8 with Felix and the Ms AA farm team as starting pitching. We've blown a couple games we should have had. If we were 9-6 we'd feel great about it so far. This next week against the Marlins and 'Stros is gonna be big for us. If we only lose a game or two, we'll be back in the saddle even with our scotch-taped pitching staff. If we lose those series it's gonna get bleak... quickly.1 hour 11 min ago
DaddyO@Matt: Your post captures how I feel about the Mariners organization, that it's just...futile. Sure, sometime or other they will have enough things break their way to kindle hope, perhaps even for an entire season. But let's face it, their history suggests that if this happens, it will just be setting us up for even bigger disappointment. Sometimes I wonder if you put Billy Beane in charge of the M's the organization would still find a way to fritter away his talent.1 hour 30 min ago
muddyfrogwaterI sense a disturbance in the force after that 2-5 run against the Rangers and A's. Not to mention our pitchers are kicking us in the nads with injuries. What a buzz kill. Ya all should cheer up as Iwakuma and Paxton are due back soon. Meanwhile the team is heading into an easier patch against the Marlins and Astros.2 hours 59 min ago
SpectatorAs I said on my site, Landazuri is a long-time "sleeper" favorite of mine. Always pitched above expectations and age level. But after just three starts at AA all the way to the majors? That would be a desperation move, but these are desperate times. He IS next in line on my original "rickroll" depth chart -- at No. 13!14 hours 19 min ago
SABR MattIt doesn't matter how talented the Mariners become...they'll never win more than 87 games again. Ever.17 hours 18 min ago
JDDubThe next couple days have the potential to be tough. #1 fastball velocity Richards shut us down. Eovaldi is #3 and Alvarez #25.18 hours 44 min ago
Bat571And both Miami and Safeco ARE pitcher's parks...19 hours 30 min ago
Bat571Apparently Freddie is in Miami working out with Drew and Morales at Boras' place (although Boras is NOT his agent), so he'd be close to pick up with the bus from the airport.19 hours 33 min ago
Bat571Freddie and Felix back-to-back for a few turns would be fun.19 hours 35 min ago
Bat571On the other hand, if the Chief was ready to go by the Sunday in Miami, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing him make a few starts for the Ms again with a 45-day waiver signed.19 hours 41 min ago
Bat571I knew more about Elias because he was my AAP at MC, but Landazuri's stint at HD (like Fernandez's) gives me some hope he's tough/resilient as well. But his start today really looks like maybe he smells roses...19 hours 48 min ago
Bat571I expect Maurer will pitch the last night in Miami, Felix the first night in Seattle v. Houston, then either Fernandez or Landazuri will start in place of Erasmo on Tues. the 22nd. I can't see them giving Erasmo another start until they figure out what's going on -- either on the DL or in Tacoma. Interestingly, Kevin Slowey, who will pitch for Miami on Sunday, also isn't fully stretched out. Might be a lot of BP action in that one.19 hours 53 min ago
Gordon GrossI love Landazuri. Lots of pitchability, fastball that's "good enough" for a righty but a pitcher, not a hurler. He's more Erasmo than Walker. I don't think he's ready yet, but I wasn't sure Elias was either. I just don't want another Maurer situation. Maurer has loads of potential, and Landazuri doesn't have Brandon's ceiling, but he does have a quality approach. Elias is better at avoiding hits, though, so Landazuri is gonna need a good catcher and gameplan to get as soft a landing as he can. Stephen managed to survive High Desert with his approach and confidence intact - I'm fond of his potential. This would be way soon for his promotion, so just try not to ruin him for a couple starts, OK Mariners?20 hours 1 sec ago
Tacoma RainChoi goes off the 40 man, while he is suspended... so we now have options on who can pitch in Miami... be it Landazuri, or Maurer, or Freddie Garcia, or Wolf or trade...20 hours 15 min ago