Making baseball’s postseason great (again)

Baseball is America’s pastime. If you think football is, think again. The NFL has been head and shoulders above all others for a while now, but why? You have passionate fans in football but a large amount are pulling more for their fantasy football teams than their favorite team. Let’s just say the NFL is America’s pastime. Our pastime would be played by more people online...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Farewells: Seattle Mariners

It is that part of the year when pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is a chance to book better winter destination vacations for some, emptier seats for most and a chance for reflection for all. Back in April, there was no clear way to lean in the American League regarding which team will...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

An Introduction to the 1948 Cleveland Indians

Another season has passed with the Indians ultimately falling short of the goal of bringing a World Series victory to the city of Cleveland. No parades, at least for a victorious squad (ahem, Cleveland circa 1995…). No new pennants to grace the walls of Progressive Field. No rings. No trophies. No sprinkles. Because sprinkles are for winners. This offseason, we will again provide...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dipoto's first big move as M's GM is deciding on McClendon

SEATTLE (AP) Now the wait begins to see what the first big move of Jerry Dipoto's tenure as general manager of the Seattle Mariners will be. Does Lloyd McClendon return as manager in 2016? Or does Dipoto change field managers and bring in his own choice? ''I look in the mirror every night and I know I gave it everything I had every day,'' McClendon said. ''My players gave me everything...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Best of FanGraphs: September 28-October 2, 2015

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research. MONDAYAdrian Beltre on Hitting, by Eno Sarris “Trust thyself: every...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics-Mariners Preview

In what have been dismal ends to rough seasons for the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics, some relief will come for one of them in the final series. The Mariners try to snap out of their funk by continuing their 2015 dominance over the A's at Safeco Field on Friday night. Seattle (75-84) has lost seven of eight but is 12-4 against last-place Oakland (66-93), including wins in...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners shut down Hernandez for rest of season

SEATTLE -- The only way Felix Hernandez is seeing the field for the final weekend of the regular season is if Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon suddenly decides to let his ace right-hander be a hitter. Hernandez won't be on the mound pitching. McClendon announced Wednesday that Hernandez won't pitch in Seattle's final series this weekend against Oakland, saying it wasn't worth the...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle shuts down ace Felix Hernandez for final weekend

SEATTLE (AP) Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is done for the season after manager Lloyd McClendon decided not to have the right-hander pitch on the final weekend. McClendon announced his decision Wednesday before Seattle closed out a series against Houston. McClendon said it wasn't worth the stress on Hernandez's arm to have him make one more start against Oakland. Hisashi Iwakuma...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What Zack Greinke Learned from Felix Hernandez Exactly

Zack Greinke‘s changeup may only seem different this year. By the stats, it drops a bit more and it’s harder, sure. But if you ask the pitcher, the pitch itself hasn’t changed much. “I throw it more this year,” he said when I asked him what was different about it. If the systems have the change dropping more this year — estimates run from about a half inch to an inch...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners swept by Angels before the home stretch

The Seattle Mariners (74-82) came into Anaheim to take on the LA Angels (81-74) but were unable to take any of the 3 games assuring them of a losing season for the 2015 season.         Game 1 Friday Sept 25th The Angels jumped all over the M’s and Vidal Nuno in the first inning, touching him for 4 runs. The power behind Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron on back to back home runs...
Via Seattle Side Up!
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Time

The Angels ended their road trip about as well as possible, winning five of seven games against the teams directly in front of them in the Wild Card race. Time is running out for the Halos, though, and each loss puts them closer October tee times. With ten games left and one loss to make up on Houston, 8-2 sounds like a reasonable and essential goal. Much worse and the Angels are...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: GM finalist hired by Boston, Angels face tough SP match-ups

The September 25, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a GM candidate getting hired elsewhere, the team facing tougher opposition than the Astros down the stretch, and more… Story: Red Sox hire Mike Hazen as new GM MWAH Says: Another GM candidate off the board. Unlike new Brewers GM David Stearns, Hazen was reportedly a finalist for the Angels gig. I suppose that could...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers-Athletics Preview

The AL West-leading Texas Rangers thankfully don't have to face Felix Hernandez anymore. The last-place club in the division, however, might not make things any easier on them. The Rangers have dropped 10 of 16 matchups with the Oakland Athletics, though left-hander Martin Perez could give them an edge in Tuesday night's opener of a three-game series. Texas (80-69) is trying to hold...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Felix Hernandez Exited His Start With A Stiff Elbow

It was another ‘Happy Felix Day’ on Sunday for the Mariners as Seattle won the rubber match of their three game series in Texas, but for Felix Hernandez, not everything went exactly according to plan. He pitched fine going 5.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking five, but what ended his outing may have been a little concerning. Felix left...
Via Baseball Essential
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Felix Hernandez snare a Adrian Beltre line drive...toss it to him

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez snares a line drive off the bat of Texas Rangers slugger Andrian Beltre...and then he more than shows it to him.Bam.Please follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Like us on Facebook, Or return home for award winning writing.
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

King Felix wins 18th, 9-2 for M's over AL West leader Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Felix Hernandez became the American League's first 18-game winner, Robinson Cano drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 9-2 on Sunday. Texas' division lead was trimmed to 1 1-2 games over second-place Houston. The Rangers finished a 7-3 homestand that included a four-game sweep of the Astros. Hernandez (18-9) gave...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores for Sunday, September 20, 2015

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Out of uniform: Mariners' King Felix rules in fashion

HOUSTON (AP) Felix Hernandez has more than 1,000 pairs of shoes, three different tailors to construct his made-to-order suits and fancies designer T-shirts that cost up to $500 apiece. His haute collection is so large that it cannot be held in the multiple closets of his homes in Seattle and his native Venezuela. And he loves every single item. ''I will tell you this, the one in...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Takeaways: Mariners Dampen Angels’ Playoff Hopes

It was a must-win series, until it wasn’t. The Angels fell on their faces against allegedly inferior competition again, dropping two games in Seattle while scoring a narrow one-run victory over Felix Hernandez in the middle game. And yet, the Angels didn’t lose much ground in the wild card race thanks to the Rangers sweeping Houston in Arlington. Catching the Astros seems like...
Via Monkey with a Halo
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Murphy would 'love' to stay with Angels, but that might not happen

The Los Angeles Angels' acquisition of David Murphy from the Cleveland Indians in a pre-July 31 deal has paid off relatively well. After hitting a three-run home run against Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Tuesday night, a hit that directly led to the Halos picking up a big win, Murphy is slashing .263/.282/.412 since heading to So*Cal. His contract has a club option for...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Felix Hernandez messes with Adrian Beltre after flyout (Video)

Felix Hernandez had a funny exchange with ex-teammate Adrian Beltre after the current Texas Ranger flied out during an at-bat against him on Thursday. Hernandez threw eight scoreless innings in Seattle’s 5-0 win, and he held Beltre hitless. In the fourth, Beltre sent a ball to deep right-center, but in spacious Safeco Field, it was just a long out. Hernandez appeared to joke with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Felix Hernandez, Adrian Beltre have some words after flyout (video)

Felix Hernandez and Adrian Beltre are MLB veterans and they don’t shy away from on-field banter. But they have fun when doing so. When the Mariners and Rangers squared off on Thursday afternoon, Beltre had some words for Hernandez after a flyout. King Felix played right back, and basically told him to go back to the dugout. It’s hard to figure out exactly what Beltre said, but...
Via The Sports Daily
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cruz hits 40th HR, Hernandez wins, Mariners top Texas

SEATTLE (AP) Nelson Cruz reached 40 home runs for the second straight season, Felix Hernandez pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and the Seattle Mariners downed the Texas Rangers 5-0 Thursday. Texas was shut out for the second straight day. The Rangers' lead for the second AL wild-card spot was cut to one game over idle Minnesota. Cruz missed the previous six games because...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cano, Hernandez lead Mariners to 8-3 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings, Robinson Cano drove in two runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 Saturday night for their fourth straight win. Logan Morrison and Shawn O'Malley each homered as the Mariners matched their season-best win streak from May 8-12, which included a three-game sweep of the A's. Mark Trumbo, Kyle...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets’ Three-Headed Monster Will Put Red Sox’s Ace-Beating Trend To Test

For a last-place team, the Boston Red Sox have performed surprisingly well of late against some of the best pitching Major League Baseball has to offer. They smacked around reigning American League Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, torched Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, beat up on Kansas City Royals ringer Johnny Cueto and finished off a miserable series against the White Sox last month...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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