2 Roster Moves I Actually Made, Week 3

High fives all around for Colabello, who’s an early-season candidate for fantasy MVP (Photo: www.knuckleballsblog.com) Week three was a pretty slow week for the general manager of my fantasy teams (i.e., me). I did make a couple of moves, and although they may not seem super exciting by the headlines alone, they actually do lend themselves to some interesting strategic discussions...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Three-game sweep swings Marlins' early season back in right direction

MIAMI -- Baseball is cyclical over the course of a 162-game season. One week, everything goes right. During the following stretch, everything goes wrong. Just as quickly as a losing skid develops, a winning streak begins. Down by one heading into the eighth inning, the Marlins produced two runs on one hit en route to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Mariners on Sunday afternoon. Miami...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners offense off to streaky start

Mariner Runs Come Feast or Famine The Seattle Mariners are off to a reasonably good start at 7-6.  I use the term “reasonably good” because while I’m sure you’d like to see them at 13-0 I think you have to consider this a team that has been above the .500 level since 2009 when they won 85 games. Major League Baseball is not like the NFL.  MLB teams can’t turn around a...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Chances: Justin Smoak and Melky Cabrera

In 2012, the Boston Red Sox finished at the bottom of the AL East standings. Entering the 2013 season the Toronto Blue Jays were the team to beat.  After a busy offseason and a flurry of trades bringing in new players to bolster their existing core of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, things were looking good.  Of course, the Red Sox won the World Series and the Jays never...
Via The Sports Post
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Brad Miller Of The Seattle Mariners The Real Deal? ☆

In my last piece, I expressed some skepticism that either Justin Smoak or Dustin Ackley had “figured it out” despite their hot start to the season.  I cited an established track record over the past several years and the nothing in the extremely small sample size to suggest anything had changed.  We tend to not notice hot streaks when they happen in July, but when they happen...
Via Oregon Sports News
8 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Replay overturns an Angels play, brings controversy

During Tuesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners, instant replay was used for the first time in an Angels’ game, but it was against them.In the fifth inning, Corey Hart hit a fly-ball to left field towards Josh Hamilton. Hamilton originally appeared to catch the ball and then he dropped it as he was taking it out of his glove and transferring the ball to his throwing...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Are Justin Smoak And Dustin Ackley For Real? ☆

Hope continues to spring eternal.  After the opening week of the 2014 MLB Season, the Seattle Mariners’ record is 4-2, as they stand atop the American League West.  Their 34 runs scored are fourth in the American League, eighth overall.  The +16 run differential is the second best in the majors, trailing only the surprising Miami Marlins.  And, the team’s slugging percentage...
Via Oregon Sports News
16 days ago  |  Discuss

FF Locker Room Show Tonight at 8 ET

The guys are back for yet another week of the FFLR Show! Brandon Berg and Jonathan Stulberg will delve into Michael Pineda’s first start, the Justin Smoak and mirrors and some guys you should be flagging on your waiver wire. Check it out at 8 ET! Make sure to check back at 8 ET as the show will be embedded and you can watch live right here. The post FF Locker Room Show Tonight...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Roster Moves I Actually Made

Fantasy leagues are a lot like dreams. Let me explain… Your own fantasy team is probably one the most interesting things (to you), very much the same way your dreams are. However, just like dreams, as soon as you try and tell someone else all about it they never seem to care! and it usually isn’t long before your dream stops making any sense at all. Meanwhile, the person you...
Via Baseball Professor
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy or Sell: Opening Week Surprises

We’re only a week into the season and, as usual, a bunch of guys have come out of fantasy obscurity to make notable impressions over the first 5 or 6 games.  Many of these guys may be just smoke and mirrors and will disappear back into the ether over the next couple weeks, but some of them could be the breakout stars that help proactive managers win fantasy leagues.Keep in mind...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Bats starting to shine in regular season

Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak answering the call If you follow me at all, you know that I’ve been on the case of Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak for some time now.  I called for Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zdriencik to trade Ackley last year, and while I haven’t been ready to embrace letting Smoak go, I did say this spring that this season is both of their last chances...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Smoak Monster – MLB Updates

Justin Smoak – The former top prospect has lead the Mariners to a 2-0 start batting .462 with 2 HR’s and 7 RBI’s. Pick ‘Em up! Desmond Jennings – Speaking of Smoaking the ball, Desmond Jennings is off to a hot start with multiple hits in 2 of 3 games. Keep him in your lineups […]
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing the Matchups By Not Playing the Matchups

In a close game Tuesday night, the Angels faced Robinson Cano with two on, two outs, and a base open. Standing on deck, instead of actual protection, was Justin Smoak, and in the clearest demonstration of protection theory, or lack thereof, the Angels put Cano on to take their chances with the next guy. If […]
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown Game #2: Groundhog Angels – Mariners 8, Angels 3

Here we go again. Another Angels team hoping to be a contender getting out to a distressingly slow start to the season. It all just feels so familiar. 2014 is shaping up to be the season of the Groundhog Angels. Run Expectancy Rundown Hamilton and Ibanez and… oh, that’s it, huh? Well, no wonder they couldn’t score much. A special shoutout to Howie Kendrick for his GIDP and...
Via Monkey with a Halo
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Post-hype Sleepers

Source: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America The season is still really young, so I’ll start by issuing the standard warning to not overreact to the first week’s happenings, or even the first month’s for that matter. That said, everyone (whether they want to admit it or not), has some spare parts rounding out their roster that are very interchangeable. Furthermore, most...
Via The Fantasy Fix
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Smoak and Mariners Smoke Angels To Win 10-3

Via Valley Bay News
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #17

Thursday was an off day, and this weekend one Cubs split squad will travel to Vegas for a couple of exhibitions against the Mets as the other half sticks around in Arizona. There were plenty of highlights from Wednesday’s game, but the one that was most intriguing to me was this: WOW that was close! And I don’t blame the umpires for not reversing the call, it was so close that...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Time to Perform is Now for Ackley and Smoak

It’s do-or-die time for Justin & Dustin With a new Skipper in the dugout, Lloyd McClendon, there seems to be a new swagger lurking its way through the Seattle Mariners‘ spring training complex in Arizona.  Despite my initial hesitation in the Jack Zduriencik selection of McClendon as the new M’s manager, I must admit I really like the tone he has set so far in his brief...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners, Mets Rumors: Seattle Mariners scouting the New York Mets

The Seattle Mariners seem to be popping up in a lot of trade speculation lately.  The latest speculation is the Mariners are scouting the New York Mets for unknown reasons.  This came from a tweet by Adam Rubin of ESPN: Mariners again double-teaming scouting #Mets Grapefruit League game Monday. Been religiously attending Mets games.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) March 10, 2014Via...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Smoak, Mariners reach deal guaranteeing $2,787,500

Justin Smoak and the Seattle Mariners have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a contract that guarantees the first baseman $2,787,500 and could be worth up to $8,287,500 over two years. Smoak will earn $2,637,500 this season under Saturday's agreement, and Seattle has a $3.65 million option for 2015 with a $150,000 buyout. The deal contains several bonuses and escalators. He...
Via AP on Fox
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Smoak agrees to one-year deal

First baseman Justin Smoak avoided an arbitration hearing Saturday by reaching agreement with the Mariners on a one-year deal that includes a club option for 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Smoak sought $3.25 million, while the Mariners had countered at $2.025 million. The agreement extended the club’s streak of not engaging in an arbitration hearing since 2003...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Smoak, Morrison swap arbitration figures with Ms

First baseman Justin Smoak asked Seattle for $3.25 million in salary arbitration, and the Mariners countered at $2,025,000 on Friday. Logan Morrison, acquired from Miami during the offseason, requested $2.5 million and was offered $1.1 million. Both were eligible for arbitration for the first time, and if they don't settle they will be scheduled for hearings next month in St...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 40 First Basemen for 2014 Fantasy Baseball

From January 1 until March 1, we’ll be counting down our top 200 players, which includes 35 first base-eligible sluggers. Below, you’ll find first basemen ranked 36-40, rounding out our top 40, and as we unveil our top 200 you’ll see more names emerge in our first base rankings for 2014 fantasy baseball. You can also check out our top 60 first basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball...
Via Baseball Professor
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners winter meetings and roster review

This team is still not complete With the blockbuster Mariners signing of Robinson Cano official, Corey Hart on board, and the acquisition of twitter extraordinaire Logan Morrison (I heard he can play baseball too) from the Marlins it certainly has been a busy couple of weeks for Seattle. New name @CupOfLoMo sip on that! Can't wait to get started with the @Mariners — Logan...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 14, 2013  |  1 Comment

Mariners Challenge Justin Smoak with Justin Smoak 2.0

A couple of years ago, Logan Morrison was one of the best prospects in baseball. Before the 2009 season, Baseball America rated him the #18 prospect in baseball, and before the 2010 season, he was rated 20th overall. Then as a 22 year old rookie in 2010, he hit .283/.390/.447 in his debut, good for a 129 wRC+. He took walks, he made contact, he hit for some doubles power, and...
Via Fangraphs
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

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