Jacob deGrom Just Keeps Getting Better

Despite being omitted from MLB Network’s Top 100 Right Now list (How is that even possible?), RHP Jacob deGrom‘s stock continues to rise, and for great reason. The 27 year-old has been improving since his debut in 2014, and has the chance to prove that he belongs in the top 5 best pitchers in baseball in 2016. Start with the fact that nearly all his major stats improved from...
Via Mets Merized Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Bold Predictions for the 2016 Seattle Mariners

After 14 Years Are The Playoffs Realistic For M’s? With the arrival of February comes the start of spring training in the MLB.  We also now have a pretty good idea of what the Mariners bullpen, rotation, and starting lineups will look like in 2016.  The only remaining question—just how successful will this new team with all these new faces be? With that I give you my three...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Searching for the Modern Screwball

Before I wrote for FanGraphs – in what might be considered the dark ages – I was in a small grocery store in my Oakland neighborhood. I was in line to pay, A’s hat perched forlornly on my head, when I struck up a conversation with a guy in line who looked to be in his 60s. We talked about baseball for five to ten minutes, and, toward the end of the conversation, he introduced...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Evaluating the Offseason Moves

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America 2001 was an incredible year for Seattle Mariners fans, as the team tied the MLB record for single-season wins with an astonishing 116 victories in 162 games. That year’s team ended up losing in the American League Championship Series to the eventual World Series Runner-Up New York Yankees, and the Mariners haven’t been back to the postseason...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Starting Rotation Possibilities

Who Goes When In the M’s Rotation? A new year has dawned and the Seattle Mariners of 2016 look just as new as the year does, under the watchful eyes of new Mariners’ General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Much the way we discussed the Mariners lineup possibilities, there are just as many interesting nuances and numbers to sort through when you try to come up with the M’s starting...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Rockies' Jon Gray working on new pitch this offseason

Jon Gray's first set of major-league starts has inspired the Colorado Rockies' top pitching prospect to add a new pitch to his arsenal in hopes of maximizing his potential.After making his major-league debut last season with a mid-90s fastball, high-80s slider, and mid-80s changeup, Gray revealed to MLB.com that he is adding a curveball into his repertoire this offseason."I'd never...
Via Fox Sports
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Felix Hernandez get to 300 wins?

The list is not long, but it includes names like Randy Johnson, Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Warren Spahn and Roger Clemens along with 19 others to form the 300-win club. One current pitcher thought to have a chance to write his name on the list someday is Felix Hernandez. Hernandez currently sits at 143 wins […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Holiday wish list: Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are hoping 2016 will bring with it the success some expected from them in 2015. This past season, the M's saw their postseason aspirations fade away throughout the course of the summer months, as an inconsistent offense with notable holes failed to provide enough firepower to back Felix Hernandez and the (at times makeshift) starting rotation well enough to...
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December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

A Different Way to Look at Sliders

Talking to Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen last year, he mentioned something about the strategy of his brand of slider that has stuck with me. We normally think of sliders as hard curveballs, maybe. Loopy but hard pitches. Try figuring out if Craig Kimbrel throws a hard curve or a slider, and you’re down that normal path. But Warthen said something a little different about the...
Via Fangraphs
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: The new starting rotation

Jerry Dipoto has wasted little time reshaping the Seattle Mariners’ roster.  The Mariners, now with the longest playoff drought in MLB having not made the postseason since 2001, will look radically different in 2016.  First, I will take a look at the new starting rotation.  As of today, 2/5 of the rotation will be new with the addition of Nathan Karns and Wade Miley through...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Dodgers close to deal with Iwakuma

The Los Angeles Dodgers are coming one step closer to filling the Zack Greinke-shaped hole in their rotation. According to several reports, the Dodgers are close to signing former Mariners’ pitcher Hiashi Iwakuma to a multi-year deal. The 34-year-old starter has been a reliable second option for Seattle behind Felix Hernandez the past few years, […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Burning River 2015 League Predictions Revisited

Prior to the 2015 season, the Burning River Baseball staff, in particular myself, Joseph Coblitz, Mike Melaragno, Jen Coblitz, Kevin Gall, John Hutchison and our outside view, Cody Slaybaugh from ESPN 970, made predictions for both the Indians season and some outcomes around the league. Those for the Indians can be seen here, but we had to wait a little longer until we saw who actually...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2015 Topps Chrome

Per box items: 24 packs per box 4 cards per pack 2 chrome autographs per box 2015 Topps Chrome is a direct parallel to the base set, only with a chrome finish. The card fronts feature a color action shot of the player. The picture is ‘framed’ with a complementary team color pin stripe. The border is a stylized gradient of the team primary color to white from bottom to top. The...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every AL Cy Young winner since 1991

How many of the last 25 AL Cy Young Award winners can you name?
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: November 12, 2014

Corey Kluber edges out Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and is named the American League Cy Young Award winner for the 2014 season. In his first full season in the Majors and his fourth overall, Kluber won a league-high 18 games versus nine losses in 34 starts. He posted a 2.44 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with three complete games and one shutout. He struck out 269 batters in 235 2/3 innings and...
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November 12, 2015  |  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
October 06, 2015  |  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?
October 06, 2015  |  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
September 30, 2015  |  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
September 30, 2015  |  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...
Via Fangraphs
September 30, 2015  |  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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September 25, 2015  |  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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September 25, 2015  |  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
September 21, 2015  |  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
September 21, 2015  |  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
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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