Maurer Should Get Chance to Start in 2015

If you’ve been watching the Mariners over the last month, you’ve probably noticed that Brandon Maurer does a pretty good Craig Kimbrel impression out of the bullpen. In thirteen relief outings, the Newport Beach native has limited hitters to a .156/.206/.203 line while striking out twenty-two in eighteen innings. In that time he’s allowed just four walks and one run, his fastball has touched the upper nineties, and he’s given pitch f/x systems classification problems with his slider. It’s a delicious combination all the way around. Maurer’s success could actually…

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Expect Improvement From Morales

When the Mariners traded for Kendrys Morales last week, they acquired a hitter in the midst of a season long struggle. It’s easy to pin the Cuban’s poor numbers on a late start after he voluntarily sat out the first half of the season: after missing all of spring training and more than two months of the regular season, he was plugged into Minnesota’s lineup a day after putting pen to paper. Perhaps not surprisingly he hit just .217/.246/.306 for the Twins, good for a 49 wRC+. Despite the lousy…

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The Little Things

It looks like the 2014 Mariners are going to be streaky. After a 6-1 road trip back east, Seattle dropped five straight to start the home stand before rallying for a win on Sunday. It was an ugly stretch too, as the club scored all of four runs against Nick Tepesch, Joe Saunders, and Nick Martinez before plating three against the Rangers bullpen in the eighth. They may not see a friendlier trio of opposing starters in a series all season. Scoring chances have been hard to come by lately, but…

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PCL Notes: Franklin, Montero, Blash, Spruill

I went down to Tacoma Monday night to watch the Rainiers take on the Reno Aces. The game was light on high ceiling talent without Nick Franklin, but there were still a few players who caught my eye, and I finally feel like I’ve seen Jabari Blash enough to weigh in on his progress as well. Below are a couple of notes from the last few nights I’ve made it out to the ballpark. Zeke Spruill Reno started Zeke Spruill, a twenty-four year old righty who made his deubt with the Diamondbacks late…

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PCL Notes: Pryor, Jones, Cron, more

I drove down to Tacoma Tuesday night to see Taijuan Walker. Upon arriving, I learned that Walker had been scratched with arm tightness. Walker reportedly never threw and just didn’t feel right in warm ups. Skipping his start was a smart precaution, and we’ll hopefully learn more information about his arm soon. Considering that he’s been his normal self in two rehab appearances, there’s plenty of reason for optimism, and hopefully this will simply be a temporary setback. The Walkerless Rainiers still had a game though, and their big bats…

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Projecting the M’s Lineup 1.0

The Seattle Mariners signed or acquired via trade three new lineup pieces over the offseason and while I think most agree that more is needed — whether that be Kendrys Morales in March or April or a pre-summer trade — the offense is better, on paper at least, than it was a year ago. While there are a lot of scenarios that makes sense, such as Kyle Seager batting anywhere from second to fourth or fifth, to the leadoff spot where Brad Miller and Abraham Almonte could both make some…

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