Arkins: Verlander Good For Astros, Not M’s

When news broke the Houston Astros were getting Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander late Thursday night, reaction from Seattle baseball fans could be summed up in one word. Frustration. Not only did the pitching-deprived Mariners fail to acquire Verlander, a former Cy Young Award winner and league MVP, he’s going to a division rival. Certainly, adding Verlander would’ve been a huge boost for a Mariners team desperately needing one. In six August starts, the right-hander had a 2.36 ERA and held opponents to a .217 batting average. Despite his recent…

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Arkins: M’s Bold Move Underscores Desire To Win

For the second time in as many months, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto brokered a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals to help his club contend now and in the future. This time, the organization snagged a veteran piece for their decimated rotation — Mike Leake. In late July, the Mariners acquired young starting pitcher Marco Gonzales from the Red Birds. Needed Help Leake has proven both durable and capable of eating innings during his eight-year career. Those attributes have been in short supply on a Mariners team that’s…

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Arkins: M’s Rotation Must Improve For September Surge

September is just days away and the Seattle Mariners are doing something that was unimaginable to many fans in May — contend for the postseason. You see, the Mariners were eight games under the .500-mark on May 27 and had lost 80-percent of their projected Opening Day rotation to injury. Memorial Day was looming with confidence waning in the Pacific Northwest. Somehow, Seattle managed to rebound. Since cratering in late-May, manager Scott Servais and his crew entered today’s action with the fourth best record (45-37) in the American League. Now,…

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Mariners Need to Make Two More Rotation Changes

The Seattle Mariners haven’t lost a lot of games on the road trip due to starting pitching. But one game is enough to ruin a season and there are two alterations the Mariners should make right now. Marco Gonzales just isn’t getting it done right now. He’s not all the way back to where he was pre-surgery, and that’s OK. It’s not OK to run him out there again in five days. That start should go to Sam Gaviglio. At that point Gaviglio will have five full days of rest…

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Arkins: AL Wild Card Race Primer

With just five weeks remaining in the regular season, it’s conceivable the victors of the AL wild card race won’t emerge until the last day of the season — perhaps later. Entering today, five teams are within two games of the second wild card spot. None is a clear-cut favorite; all possess significant flaws. Considering the volatility of the competition, September will be both exhilarating and frustrating for fans across the league. With that in mind, I decided to brush up on the clubs most likely to earn the second…

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Projecting the Mariners’ September Call-Ups

We’ve discussed this on Baseball Things in-depth, but things have changed a bit. Jarrod Dyson is on the 10-day disabled list, there have been numerous roster moves and even a handful of acquisitions. So less than two weeks until Major League Baseball rosters can expand beyond 25, who are the most likely call-ups for the Mariners? I think it starts with pitching and ends with pitching but there are a handful of bats that make some sense, too. Players currently on the disabled list not considered. High Probability Dan Altavilla,…

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Churchill: Why I Can’t Quit Gareth Morgan

The Seattle Mariners selected outfielder Gareth Morgan with overall pick No. 74 in the 2014 MLB Draft.  He signed for $2 million. It was a pure upside play for a raw Canadian player with big power potential. Through the 2016 season, however, Morgan looked lost at the plate: 2014-16 YEAR LEVEL PA AVG OBP XBH% BB% SO% 2014 Rookie 178 .148 .244 7.1 9.0 41.0 2015 Rookie 241 .225 .270 9.5 5.0 36.9 2016 Rookie 134 .216 .261 8.0 6.0 43.3 2016 Advanced-A 14 .385 .429 23.1 0.0 50.0 For…

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