Still room for Walker to improve

If you’ve watched Taijuan Walker this season, particularly his most recent two outings — in Cleveland last week and earlier this week versus Houston — you’ve seen what the former No. 43 overall pick can do. On the year, the 23-year-old owns a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 9-1,...
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Run Mariners! Run!

Marte running 2
The upcoming three-game series between the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners gave me reason to pause for a moment and consider the trajectory of both ball clubs since the end of the 2014 season. Seattle finished with just two fewer wins than the Royals, who went...
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Is Kyle Seager overpaid?

The Seattle Mariners have been on a nice run ever since slugger Dae-ho Lee hit a walk-off home run against the Texas Rangers on April 13. From that point forward, the Mariners have won nine and lost just three, while their hitters have averaged just over five runs-per-game....
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UW’s Chris Baker the perfect example

Chris Baker
There are a lot of good players on the 2016 Washington Huskies baseball team. They’re in first place in the Pac-12 after a 3-1 series win over a very strong St. Mary’s team, and with more than a half-season sample available, the roster has to have a lot...
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The New-Old Mike Zunino?

Mike Zunino was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma last summer after struggling somewhat historically in the big leagues for four months. He hit the ball well in the Pacific Coast League for a month, showed positive results in spring training last month and now is off to a roaring...
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Dipoto and the draft

Jerry Dipoto
One of the biggest complaints that Seattle Mariners fans had with the Jack Zduriencik era — other than the multiple losing seasons — was the inability of the organization to produce top-notch prospects despite owning a top-three selection in three of the first four Major League Baseball (MLB)...
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Washington Huskies threaten Pac-12

Chris Baker celebrates with  teammates after his grand slam Sunday versus UCLA. (Stephen Brashear)
No, the Dawgs at Montlake did not walk up to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and caution the entire conference. But the university’s baseball team is a legitimate threat in the conference after winning two of three over UCLA this past weekend. The 5-4 victory Sunday at Husky Ballpark...
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Potential early-season anomalies

Kyle Seager
Through game two in The Bronx the Seattle Mariners appear to have rebounded somewhat from the five-game skid at Safeco Field. The final game of the homestand ended in a walk-off home run by Dae-Ho Lee, then the club beat the New York Yankees 7-1 Friday before beating...
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