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Speculation on Paxton’s replacement

For the second year in a row James Paxton has found himself on the disabled list. The move was made official on Friday after Paxton left his start against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night with discomfort in his left middle finger. The official injury is a strained tendon in said finger. No doubt the injury is untimely, not only for the Mariners but for the Canadian-born left-hander. Paxton has had a solid month of May and entered Thursday’s start riding a 20-inning scoreless streak. He was coming off a stretch…

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Debunking RISP

After a sluggish start to the 2015 season, the Seattle Mariners’ record has started to improve, which is encouraging for the team’s fan base since the team has been a popular pick to reach the postseason for the first time since 2001. Yet, fans continue to voice their concern that the Mariners’ offense continues to struggle with scoring runs. Entering today, the Mariners were averaging 3.8 runs-per-game (R/G), which ranks twelfth in the American League (AL). Understandably, fans are going to be frustrated when they see stranded runners and too…

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M’s take risk with short bullpen

Austin Jackson is set to rejoin the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in Tampa Bay after completing his rehab assignment. The player who’s roster spot he will be taking, at least temporarily, isn’t who many hoped or thought it should be. Former closer Danny Farquhar was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday night following the M’s following a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The demotion of Farquhar isn’t all that surprising. Simply put, the right-hander has struggled. He owns a 6.46 ERA and a 4.24 FIP in 23 and…

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Is Schwarber ready for showtime?

It seems like every other week this season the Chicago Cubs have been able to call up a blue chip hitting prospect that has been shredding minor league pitching. First, it was talented third baseman Kris Bryant who started the year at Triple-A to make a marginal improvement to his defence. Next was middle infielder Addison Russell, acquired in last summer’s Jeff Samardzija blockbuster. Could last year’s first round selection, Kyle Schwarber, be next? Schwarber, selected No. 4 overall in last June’s amateur draft, wasted no time making his impact…

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Churchill: Fixing the Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are big business. Yes, they’re a Major League Baseball team, but it’s a $9 billion industry and the M’s are a business. That business has invested heavily in the product in the form of Robinson Cano‘s $240 million contract, the $175 million value of King Felix’s deal and the $58 million guaranteed handed out to Nelson Cruz this past winter. Those all are aggressive investments, but to make money, usually you have to spend some, and baseball is no different. So, the Mariners went out and spent…

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Scouting Ian Oxnevad

Four years ago I trailed a lanky southpaw from Shorewood High School (Wash.) most of that spring. He was filthy, including a fastball up to 96 mph and a put-away curveball. Today, Blake Snell is property of the Tampa Bay Rays, and he owns a 49-inning scoreless streak as he dominates the Double-A Southern League. He was the No. 52 pick in the 2011 Draft. One full high school class later and Shorewood head coach Wyatt Tonkin has another left-handed ace in Ian Oxnevad. Oxnevad threw 119 pitches Saturday in…

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What’s next for Stefen Romero?

At this time last season Stefen Romero found himself as a regular in the Seattle Mariners lineup. In a similarly timed late-May weekend series against the Houston Astros in 2014, he started all four games at designated hitter, picking up two singles and three walks in 16 plate appearances. Not a terrible performance, but perhaps indicative of how the season would end up going for him: not enough performance with the bat. Prior to cracking the M’s Opening Day roster out of Spring Training last year, Romero’s bat was described as major…

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