Jones-ing For Steals

It's not even June and the Mariners are on their second leadoff hitter in James Jones. The 25-year-old center fielder has hit at the top of the Mariners lineup and looks to remain there for the foreseeable future. Yes, I copied and pasted that last sentence from the Abraham Almonte post. Jones has looked good though, hitting .306 with a .377 OBP in the twenty games since his...
Via Razzball
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

One-Two Punch!  Jones and Saunders Hitting It Hard

Top of the Lineup Life At Last It wasn’t but two weeks ago I was writing about how the Seattle Mariners bats were struggling at the top of the order. What a difference a couple of weeks can make. With the continual strikeouts of Abraham Almonte now a seemingly distant memory, you have James Jones and Michael Saunders suddenly lighting up the box score at the top of the order. Michael...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Could James Jones Be The Answer At Center Field For The Seattle Mariners?

Lloyd McClendon’s patience with the lack of offense from center fielder Abraham Almonte came to an end a little over a week ago.  The .198 batting average, .248 on base percentage, and .292 slugging was at least temporarily sent to Tacoma in favor of James Jones. As this is Jones’ first year in the majors, Seattle Mariner fans should both be encouraged and excited while also...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners’ Bats Struggle At The Top Of The Lineup

Almonte Sent out, Lineup Shuffled Again Despite a relatively potent punch in Robinson Cano and Corey Hart batting in the 3 and 4 holes respectively, the Seattle Mariners have continued to struggle getting guys on base in front of those two guys consistently. Centerfielder Abraham Almonte, had been batting in the leadoff spot the vast majority of the time.  Late last week M’s skipper...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners option Almonte to Tacoma, plan to recall Jones

Center fielder Abraham Almonte’s ongoing struggles finally persuaded the Mariners that he requires a remedial tour at Triple-A Tacoma to get turned around. Almonte, 24, was optioned to the Rainiers after Sunday’s 8-7 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The move came with him mired in a 4-for-37 slump that dropped his average to .198. “I told him, `I still...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Should The Seattle Mariners Adjust Their Batting Lineup?

The past week or so has seen Lloyd McClendon shuffle the Seattle Mariners’ batting order around, most notably moving Michael Saunders into the lead off position, while dropping Abraham Almonte to ninth and switching Brad Miller back and forth between batting second and eighth.  The most consistent position in the order is third, where Robinson Cano has batted the entire season...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners option outfielder Abraham Almonte

The Seattle Mariners have optioned outfielder Abraham Almonte to Triple-A Tacoma today. The 24 year old center fielder entered Spring Training with winning the start job on his mind and did exactly that. He began the season as Seattle’s leadoff hitter but it hasn’t necessarily worked out. Almonte has struggled at the plate so far this season as he’s only batting just .198...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners – What Kind Of Team Do They Have?

Jonah Keri, sports writer at ESPN and Grantland, as well as the author of The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First, in collaboration with FiveThirtyEight’s senior sports’ writer, Neil Paine, have written an interesting article on What’s the Best Way to Build a Major League Baseball Team? They examine two approaches that...
Via Oregon Sports News
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte: leadoff-hitting strikeout machine

Before fanning yet again to open Saturday’s game against the Cardinals, Starling Marte had amassed a major league-high 35 strikeouts in 24 games this season. He led the majors by two strikeouts over American League rookies Abraham Almonte and Marcus Semien and the NL by three over Justin Upton. That put him on pace for 236 strikeouts for the season, which would easily outdistance...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

With 143 Games Left This Season, Is It Time For The Seattle Mariners To Panic?

Optimism from the Seattle Mariners’ 6-3 start has been stifled some by a subsequent 1-9 stretch, including 8 straight (losing 7-2 last night to the Houston Astros extended this streak), with three scoreless games.  Before everyone forgets it’s baseball season and starts fawning over Mel Kiper’s “big board” and who the Seattle Seahawks will pick in the upcoming NFL draft...
Via Oregon Sports News
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

**** I Do: Solarte Eclipse

He is a little miracle isn’t he?Photo Credit: Johnny Spasm Most fantasy writers have no problem recommending players you should go after, but do they really pick up all the players they hype up? I’ll answer for them: no. Here on ******* I Do,” I will discuss players yours truly has personally invested in throughout the five leagues I’m in. If a player is good enough to sit...
Via Sons of Roto
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Reintroducting The Rookie Report

During the season I’ll be writing two new columns. This one is the first installment of one of them. They will run on consecutive weeks, and then I’ll repeat the columns, update the numbers, and perhaps add some new names if I’m feeling frisky. Or if one you astute readers requests someone to be added. One report will be a rookie report. Said report will track rookies and their...
Via The Fantasy Fix
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A's rally to beat Seattle 6-3

Graduate students looking to do a case study of the relationship between fans and major-league players should have spent the past week at the Coliseum. As Jim Johnson took the mound for the ninth inning of the A's 6-3 win over Seattle on Sunday, most of the 32,852 fans in attendance on Little League Day gave him plenty of encouragement. They stayed behind him even after a walk...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Coco Gives A’s 1st Walk Off Win of Season

Following a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Indians in the evening version of the split doubleheader Wednesday night, the A’s found themselves in another tough situation Thursday heading into extra innings in another game they should have already had won, were it not for a pair of first inning errors and an unearned run. This time the outcome would be different though. Coco...
Via BaySportsNet
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners roar past Angels 10-3 on opening day

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Abraham Almonte hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning and Felix Hernandez struck out 11 in the new-look Seattle Mariners' 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Via FOXSports.com
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

And Lloyd Said to Abraham…Thou Shalt Lead Off

It's back to business as usual with the SAGNOF column after an offseason on Team Preview Island. It was awesome. T. Moore [Ed. Note-- Cheater!] and I sipped little umbrella drinks on the beach while we chatted MLB teams. Before we get to this week's SAGNOF players, I'm afraid I will have to link bomb you, so heads up. First, if you're new here, check out this blast...
Via Razzball
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

In The Battle For Short, Franklin & Miller Making A Case

In Center, The Issue May Be Already Decided It’s a bit early still in the 2014 Seattle Mariners Spring Training season, but you wouldn’t know it by the way Nick Franklin and Brad Miller are duking it out over the starting shortstop position. Just a couple of weeks ago, manager Lloyd McClendon announced that it was an open competition between these two guys for the right to be...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Abraham Almonte’s magical rise with Mariners

Abraham Almonte just shakes his head when he tries to describe the last year of his baseball career. In that time, he’s gone from an unknown to an unexpected surprise, from a player acquired to salvage something out of nothing to a player who could make the Mariners’ opening-day roster. It’s been a magical ride for the 24-year-old outfielder. Asked to sum it all up, he used...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians score the last six runs, improve to 3-1 on the spring

Indians 6, Mariners 3 Summary: The Indians scored the last six runs to improve to 3-1 in Cactus League play after Seattle took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. The Arms: Aaron Harang pitched two innings, allowing a run in the first inning. After allowing a leadoff double to Abraham Almonte, Harang did not allow a hit. ... Trevor Bauer pitched the next two innings but allowed a two-run shot...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners names you’d least expect to make an impact in 2014

You don’t always see impact players coming If you take a look at a lot of championship baseball teams, you almost always find the blue collar, over-achiever guy on the 25-man roster someplace. These guys were not first-round picks.  They did not arrive on your favorite team’s roster in a blockbuster trade or for someone you had even heard of but there is almost always one of...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

30 Days of Baseball: Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners 2013 Record: 71-91, 4th place AL West 2014 Projection: 4th place AL West A 2013 season that was expected to be another step forward in the Mariners’ building process hit more bumps than what were anticipated as Seattle suffered its eighth losing season in the past decade. There were some positives for the Mariners. Starting with outstanding pitching from Felix...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Five Notable Steamer MLEs from 2013 (Batters)

In his capacity as a VIP baseball writer, the present author has access to the glorious major-league equivalent (MLE) data produced by Jared Cross’s Steamer projection system. In his capacity as a very irresponsible citizen, the present author has decided to present here five notable batter MLEs from the 2013 season, where notable appears to be defined as belonging to a player...
Via Fangraphs
October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Seattle is quite happy with Cashman's "steals"

It's not always fun to look at Brian Cashman's trades from the other side of the equation. The Yankee version goes that we acquire solid veterans and give up nothing, either because the other team wanted to dump salary or they simply aren't as smart as us.Take Seattle, of course. Of course, the ultimate deal - Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda - now looks, at best, to...
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

My top 5 2013 Seattle Mariners pet peeves

Can it get any worse? I’ve taken quite a few pot shots at the Seattle Mariners‘ brass this past week as the team wrapped up another abysmal season.  It occurs to me however, that there is plenty of blame to go around. While I’m sure Howard Lincoln is part of the problem, not the solution, let’s call all of Lincoln’s blunders #1 on my list of my Top 5 pet peeves from 2013...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Magic number falling as Tigers defeat Mariners

The Tigers continued their push towards the postseason Monday night with a 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a three game series from Comerica Park. Rick Porcello was stellar in the outing going six innings allowing one run one and five hits while striking out an uncharacteristic 10 batters. Joaquin Benoit came in during the 9th to record his 21st save of the season...
Via The Majors Detroit
September 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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