The Mariners have settled down a bit from their spring training rampage, letting the rest of the Cactus League catch up with a four game losing streak. Today, they’ll try to repair their reputation against the Kansas City Royals, with Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound against Ervin Santana.
Lookout Landed — Jeff Sullivan, founder of Lookout Landing and baseball blogger extraordinaire, is retiring from Baseball Nation. His entertaining, engaging coverage of the Seattle Mariners, his ability to make even the most mundane moves intriguing, and his dedication to the Mariners community will be dearly missed. You can find his current and upcoming work at FanGraphs and U.S.S. Mariner.
Spring Synopsis: Mariners to win 111 games — In yet another spring training analysis, Matthias Kullowatz separates the meaningful spring training stats from the misleading ones. Will the dinger-crushing Mariners of the Cactus League usher in the AL West-leading Mariners of the regular season? Well, that’s a little bit harder to predict.
Finding Jon Garland — Jon Garland’s return to form this spring looks promising, but is it enough to help a rotation that is already stretched thin this year? Michael Barr examines Garland’s career, his pitch offerings, and the way he might fit with the staff come Opening Day.
Kinney Likely to miss rest of Spring Training — RHP Josh Kinney will be out for several weeks with a stress reaction in his left shoulder. Although he appears confident in a quick and complete recovery, the Mariners won’t be rushing the right-handed reliever’s return anytime soon.
Mariners turned a profit of just under $5.9 million last season — 2012 marked the fourth consecutive year that the Mariners have turned a profit after a disastrous, 101-loss season in 2008. Geoff Baker breaks down the numbers, revealing why Seattle has remained so successful at filling seats while offering underwhelming performances on the field.
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