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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:31 pm
  • Zunino seems to be adjusting to breaking balls at the MLB level from the eye test, and he actually plays good defense at catcher. I was wrong about it being a mistake to bring him up this early.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:54 am
  • What's weird is they aren't playing necessarily 'good' baseball. They are just finding ways to win, which is something they haven't done in YEARS.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:11 am
  • I would say that the M's are indeed playing 'good' baseball of late.

    Few stats for the month of July (and what a month!)

    18 games played
    Record 13-5 (0.722%)
    Outscored opponents 108-83 (or 6 runs/game vs. 4.6 runs/game averaged)
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:16 am
  • Our streak will inevitably end soon enough, that's just baseball. But if we keep winning series, and if Baltimore, Texas & New York struggle - just a bit - we might actually be in a position of contention for the 2nd wild card slot.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:30 am
  • SonicHawk wrote:What's weird is they aren't playing necessarily 'good' baseball. They are just finding ways to win, which is something they haven't done in YEARS.


    There is quite a bit of good baseball being played right now, certainly far more than the sloppy ball we saw last night and the weirdness of Saturday's game.

    So yeah, disagree.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:05 am
  • Very interesting turn of events with the trade deadline fast approaching. The kids have certainly been playing well and in the absence of veteran help outside Morales and Ibanez.

    So now what? Can't trade the youngsters as outside Seager, Iwakuma and the King no one has real value in return. But the hope of potential is raised again.

    The vets have frittered away. Bay, Morse, Guti et all really wouldn't bring anything back. Saunders and Ramirez the same.

    Ibanez and Morales are it and I just wouldn't do it.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:08 am
  • Morales, but only if you can get a TOP prospect in return.

    Then we turn around and re-sign him in the off-season.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:15 am
  • This Mariners team is turning out to be a rather pleasant surprise. They are making a run of it and will probably fall short this season, but there is actually hope for the future. It would not surprise me if they managed to turn a winning record out of the shit show they put on at the start of the season, much as our Seahawks did.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:05 am
  • m0ng0 wrote:Jack Z is on Brock and Danny right now, pretty interesting stuff.



    Like what? Wedge is going to be out for most of the season (a la Chuck Pagano) and this team is going to rally behind him and make the playoffs?
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:26 am
  • yes and they are making a deal breaking run at Alphonso Soriano, going to trade for Adam Jones so they can right the wrongs of the mariners past, all tickets are free until the end of the year and the big unit is coming out of retirement.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:43 pm
  • Man, Saunders is gawdawful today.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:19 pm
  • Welp....It was a good streak. Start the next one tomorrow with Kuma on the bump.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:48 pm
  • Sweeping Cleveland would have been cool (I'm still holding out hope)... but MIN in town should easily be a 3-1 or sweep series.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:31 pm
  • No sweep but I'll always take a 2 out of 3 series win, especially against a team the Ms have struggled to beat in the past few years.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:52 pm
  • They had to lose sometime. I was impressed with Z at catcher. He saved a run yesterday and has looked very good.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:20 pm
  • I'll take 2/3 the rest of the year. Go 40-23. 88 wins might not get us in the playoffs, but that's amazing.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:53 am
  • It's a tough task to essentially play .666 ball the rest of the way, especially against teams in the hunt for the pennant, and considering if we hover around 7-10 games back in the AL West / Wildcard standings we are more likely to have some late-season rookie call-ups (which usually do not equate to more wins). But who knows. This season could have easily gone the way of the past few, where the word "playoffs" was only a fabled story we'd tell our kids of 2001, 1997, 1995. But seemingly now, we are taking on the shape of a ballclub with playoff berth potential, if not this season, then next. Assuming an infield of 2-Zunino, 3-Smoak, 4-Franklin, 5-Seager, 6-Miller, at the start of next season, that is one hell of a talent pool to build from.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:31 am
  • What late season call ups? Maybe Walker, but most of them are already up in Seattle now.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:20 am
  • Paxton might come up. I thought that Walker was close to being shut down because they are trying to nurture his arm.

    It's too bad that Hultzen is hurt again. I would have loved to see him up here.
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Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:55 pm
  • dayummmm give me some green eggs and hammm
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:28 pm
  • We are second inning killers
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:31 am
  • Nice to see the M's bounce back from a big loss (albeit a series win) with a big win, instead of starting a losing streak. Against the Twins for three more games, the M's have a chance to make a run at .500. Which almost always ends in catastrophe (seriously, I don't think I've seen the M's make .500 late in the season since 2009, and then they lost 14 in a row to avoid the playoffs). Great to see Ackley get 3 hits in a game, as well, nevermind Smoak's actually super respectable line.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:16 am
  • CPHawk wrote:What late season call ups? Maybe Walker, but most of them are already up in Seattle now.


    I was listening to Z on Brock & Danny and he had lots of positive things to say about Abraham Almonte whom we aquired from the Yankees for Shawn Kelley. Depending on what happens with our outfield I could see him coming up towards the end of the year.

    **edit** I was just reading up a little more on this guy and noticed this little tidbit :(
    Acquired by the Seattle Mariners from the New York Yankees for pitcher Shawn Kelley on Feb. 13, 2013. ... Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2005 ... Compiled a 34-game hitting streak in 2011 ... also reached base safely in 36 consecutive games to finish the campaign ... Played 17 games in 2010 before undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:38 pm
  • And on cue, Zunino is put on the 15 day IR. :(
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:28 pm
  • Zunino is out 6+ week with broken bone in his hand/wrist, needs surgery. I say shut him down for the year unless an act of God puts us in the race by Labor Day.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:40 pm
  • That's really too bad. He was good defensively and was learning on the job.

    Is Sucre healthy again yet? Can we trade Morse to Oakland for Jaso? No, wait he's hurt too.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:18 pm
  • They were not going to make the playoffs and we got a taste of his ability at least. He looks promising for '14


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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:02 pm
  • anyone with realistic expectations did not think they would make the playoffs, Zunino called a good game behind the plate also, that is an aspect of catching most people forget. Hopefully the replacements can keep the pitching staff on point
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:49 pm
  • same old sorry mariners
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:15 pm
  • Are we on the cuff of another heart-breaking losing streak right when they were building up momentum? Please tell me no.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:22 pm
  • falcongoggles wrote:Are we on the cuff of another heart-breaking losing streak right when they were building up momentum? Please tell me no.



    Sorry. Same old sorry M's.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:36 am
  • Losing Zunino was huge. Fuuuuuck!
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:24 pm
  • Losing Zunino really hurt.

    Nick Franklin is putting in work today, though.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:41 pm
  • Put one on DL, put another on the team to prove himself.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:42 am
  • Morse called up, Bay is DFA.

    I expected a little more from Jason Bay, but those expectations were a little lofty.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:53 am
  • CALIHAWK1 wrote:
    falcongoggles wrote:Are we on the cuff of another heart-breaking losing streak right when they were building up momentum? Please tell me no.



    Sorry. Same old sorry M's.


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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:40 am
  • At least they got the split witn the Twinkies. Need to play .500 on this east coaster to have a chance at finishing the season at the same mark. A shame about Zunino but damn is Franklin looking like the real deal or what? I am am starting to feel a little bit of optimism on the future of this franchise. A little bit is all I'll allow myself at this point, but still....
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:09 am
  • Franklin is legit. Sorry Ackley - but there's a very good reason he is now a (gulp) center fielder. I had high hopes for Ackley coming out of college. Those hopes have since perished but oh so happy to have a legit MLB-caliber 2nd baseman on the club now (although Seager was just fine... had we found a decent 3B).
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:10 pm
  • No trades announced before deadline. If there are any waiting for league approval, should hear within the hour.

    Hoping we can dump Morse, and if we can get anything for Ackley, Saunders, Perez, I'd be ok with that too.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:57 pm
  • Whelp....steady as she goes. No trades. This is unfamiliar territory for the M's.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:16 pm
  • CrimsonWazzu wrote:Whelp....steady as she goes.


    Very good...

    CrimsonWazzu wrote:This is unfamiliar territory for the M's.


    No! The proper phrase is "uncharted waters for the Mariners". Can't have one great nautical statement for a team called the Mariners and then follow it up with a non-nautical one! :141847_bnono:

    ;)

    On topic: I am very happy they STAYED THE COURSE and decided to BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES against any criticism about keeping this team intact. I like watching this team for the first time in a long time, even if the record is middling.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:30 pm
  • 16 innings :|
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:25 pm
  • Oh.

    My.

    God.

    Felix deserves better than this.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:34 pm
  • I would just like to congratulate the M's bullpen on an absolutely special performance.

    I mean God damn, it takes a really special kind of suck to blow that.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:05 pm
  • I actually felt sorry for Felix when they announced he re-upped with the M's. Gonna be the same ol BS til Lincoln and Nintendo guy is gone. I refuse to even watch til they're gone.
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Re: Let's Talk Mariners
Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:14 pm
  • Tom Wilhelmsen will get the call.....

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