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Mariners' Taijuan Walker runs spring scoreless streak to 18 innings

  Taijuan Walker extended his flawless spring to 18 scoreless innings, and Mike Zunino homered for the Seattle Mariners in a 3-2 victory Wednesday night over the Chicago Cubs. The 22-year-old Walker, looking to lock up a rotation spot, struck out six and walked one in six more shutout innings. He gave up two hits. Zunino launched his team-leading fourth home run and Robinson Cano...
Via AP on Fox
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Three bold predictions for 2015

With opening day just over ten days away, it’s time to make some bold predictions before it’s too late. In this article, I’m going to make three bold claims related to the Seattle Mariners in the upcoming 2015 season. Dustin Ackley 1. Dustin Ackley ends up with a higher batting average than his rookie year, while playing more games Some people forget that Dustin...
Via isportsweb.com
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Who should win the 5th Spot in the Rotation?

The battle for the last spot in the Seattle Mariners pitching rotation has been escalating during spring training. Highly-rated prospect Taijuan Walker has been pitching absolutely lights out this spring, while 2014 breakout Roenis Elias has also had a solid spring. Both starters are slated to get another start before manager Lloyd McClendon makes a final decision on the rotation...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Seager, Cruz homer against Gallardo in Mariners' win

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Yovani Gallardo allowed three-run homers to Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-0 Sunday. Seager took off Saturday because of tightness in his side. he connected in the first. Cruz, a former Ranger who entered the game with two regular-season home runs off Gallardo in his career, hit a drive off the center field batter...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Taijuan Walker vs. Roenis Elias: Battle for Seattle’s Rotation

When the Mariners traded Michael Saunders to the Blue Jays for starter J.A. Happ, there was going to be one unhappy Mariners starting pitcher. When manager Lloyd McClendon came out and said, “We didn’t acquire J.A. Happ to pitch in the bullpen,” someone was going to have to take the fall for this move. It’s always good to have depth, so it looks as if the Mariners will have...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Southpaw Battles For South Downtown Seattle Mariner Bullpen Spot

Rollins, Luetge, Olson, Perez and Saunders Battle Over 1 Spot With the battle at shortstop settled by a TKO thanks to the wrist injury sustained by Chris Taylor, my attention now moves to the battle that rages on in Seattle Mariners spring training camp for a spot in the bullpen.  The spot in question is the 2nd left handed reliever position in the Mariners’ bullpen a spot made...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rickie Weeks hit leadoff so he could make dentist appointment

For veteran players with a roster spot secured, spring training is less about proving themselves and more about getting the necessary reps needed to make sure they are sharp and ready for opening day. That’s the case for Rickie Weeks. Weeks signed a one-year contract with the Mariners last month, but has been slowed this...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: Seattle Mariners

King Felix Hernandez leads a great Seattle Mariners pitching staff 2015 Seattle Mariners Preview 2014 saw the Seattle Mariners make a charge for the post-season last year and finished 1 game behind the Oakland Athletics who nearly missed the playoffs on the heels of their epic collapse. Unfortunately for the Mariners, a series loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in the last week...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

One of the more surprising teams last season in all of Major League Baseball was the Seattle Mariners.  From 71-91 in 2013, the Mariners in their first season under new manager Lloyd McClendon finished 87-75, a sixteen game turnaround.  The Mariners weren’t eliminated from postseason competition until the final day, finishing one game short of forcing a one game playoff with...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Adjust Lineup to Ensure Rickie Weeks Gets to Dentist Appointment On Time

The Seattle Mariners are all about having those pearly whites looking good for Opening Day. As a result, manager Lloyd McClendon adjusted his spring training lineup for Wednesday’s game against Oakland in order to ensure Rickie Weeks can make his dentist appointment on time. Why is Rickie Weeks batting leadoff today? McClendon says Weeks has Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Mariners Have the Best Rotation in the MLB?

  View image | gettyimages.com With the start of the MLB regular season right around the corner, TopSportsReport thought it was time to ramp up our baseball coverage.  In order to jump start our coverage, we decided it would be smart for us to have an article where we could share some opinions about each team.  In order to do so, we decided to put out a power rankings article...
Via TopSportsReport
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Griffeys, Fielders Among Top Father-Son Combos In MLB History (Photos)

As young kids, many children dream of following in their fathers’ footsteps. Especially if their fathers are really, really good at baseball. The game of baseball always has been a family affair, as fathers pass their passion to their sons by playing catch in the yard or watching games on TV together. In a few special cases, though, the two generations have taken that love to...
Via NESN.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Injury Ends Shortstop Battle for Seattle Mariners

Chris Taylor. Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images. An intense battle for shortstop was ensuing in the Seattle Mariners’ spring training camp between 25-year-old Brad Miller and 24-year-old Chris Taylor. A (sort-of) freak injury to Taylor ended that battle on Friday, a battle he was on the verge of winning. Taylor was hit by a pitch on what was called a foul ball during...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners had a big cable TV windfall last year

One of the bigger free agent signings after the 2013 season was Robinson Cano. And when the Seattle Mariners signed him, some wondered why he would elect to leave the bright lights of New York. Of course, a lot of it had to do with the money in the 10-year, $240 million contract. Observers asked how could Seattle afford it and if you look at the Mariners’ deal with DirecTV that...
Via Awful Announcing
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Hisashi Iwakuma and the Other Road to Elite

Hisashi Iwakuma is perhaps the most underrated pitcher in baseball. Since his debut in 2012, he has posted an xFIP of 3.24: good for 12th-best among qualified starters, and bracketed on either side by Max Scherzer and Madison Bumgarner. The former of that duo just signed a well-publicized seven-year, $210 million dollar contract; Iwakuma is on […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

In New Digs, Rickie Weeks Looks To Make Most Of Chance With Seattle Mariners

Not many baseball players in this day and age stick around with one team for very long. Ever since free-agency leaped into the forefront, baseball has been largely built around high turnover with very few players donning one cap for the duration of their careers, let alone three or four years. The Philadelphia Phillies have multiple players who have spent their careers in red and...
Via Oregon Sports News
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Spring Training Preview – Outfielders And Pitchers

Left Field: Projected Starter: Dustin Ackley/Rickie Weeks Projected Backup: Justin Ruggiano Dark Horse: Alex Jackson The plan in left field is a platoon of two former top prospects.  Ackley struggled defensively at second base, and his average dropped off a cliff at the start of the year, ending at .245.  It is encouraging that he set career highs in home runs (14), RBIs (65) and...
Via Oregon Sports News
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Rickie Weeks homers over the batter’s eye in Peoria

For as bad of a year as Rickie Weeks had in 2014 with the Milwaukee Brewers, he still averaged 412 feet on his eight home runs. This winter, Weeks signed with the Seattle Mariners, and on Saturday, he gave his new club some encouragement by obliterating this homer over the batter’s eye in dead center field at Seattle’s Spring Training complex in Peoria. 410 to dead center...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners 2015 Preview and Prediction

This shapes up as a season of hope — and expectation — in Seattle after last year’s 16-game turnaround and the addition of the...
Via Athlon Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jesus Montero Be A Sleeper Contributor For The Seattle Mariners In 2015?

Much has been made of the Seattle Mariners offensive additions this offseason, ranging from the big free agent signing of Nelson Cruz to the trades for Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano to the under the radar signing of Rickie Weeks. But every once in a while the potential surprise “addition” to a team comes in the form of a player an organization has all but written off. Is it...
Via Oregon Sports News
20 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Seattle Mariners

For two consecutive seasons, the Seattle Mariners have made splashy free agent signings to show that they are serious about making a run in the American League West. With the signing of Robinson Cano, they paid a huge price for the prime years of a player that could fall off at any point. With the signing of Nelson Cruz, they’re hoping that whatever Cruz has left in him can finally...
Via The Outside Corner
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano was 20 pounds heavier due to Seattle weather

When Robinson Cano signed his signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in December 2013, he presumably realized there would be some adjustments to be made after spending the first nine years of his career with the New York Yankees. But who knew his move from the bright lights in the big...Read More The post Robinson Cano carried extra 20 pounds last season...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners will travel 43,281 miles during 2015 season, doubling some teams

The “Curse of the West Coast” that comes with usually having to navigate much more travel and a lot more mileage affects all teams based in that particular geographical region, and the Seattle Mariners are going to feel the brunt of a brutal travel schedule pretty severely during the 2015 MLB season. According to calculations...Read More The post Mariners will travel 43,281...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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