Archive: July, 2021
Santiago suspended again
Just days after his return from a possibly unfounded suspension for using an alleged foreign substance on the baseball, Mariner relief pitcher Hector Santiago has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for using a performance-enhancing drug.
Trade winds keep blowing, but biggest need unmet
The Mariners may be off today, as they prepare for a three-game series in Dallas-Ft. Worth against the cellar-dwelling Rangers, but anxiety week rolls on. The trading deadline looms at 1:00pm PDT tomorrow and it was strongly implied by Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto—as well as simply assumed by most observers—that the Mariners were far from done wheeling and dealing after the two trades last Tuesday.
M's get a starting pitcher
Just a few hours after the Mariners made a somewhat confusing trade with the division rival Houston Astros, news of another deal came down—Seattle is sending two minor-league prospects to Pittsburgh in exchange for starting pitcher Tyler Anderson.
The Undertaker is traded...to HOUSTON?
OK, didn't see this one coming.
With the Mariners' series victory over the Oakland A's this past weekend—three straight one-run wins after basically conceding the first game—the club finds itself in a position few (but some) of us would have predicted: within 1½ games of a playoff position in the standings in the waning days of July.
The rumor mill
We're one week away from the trading deadline, and you know what that means: Lots of speculation, rumor-spreading, and idle dreams of impact deals for the Mariners.
In last night's pitcher's duel between Your Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A's, the Mariners scored a run in the home seventh to edge closer to the A's and make the score 2-1 Oakland. Seattle manager Scott Servais responded to this development by trotting out relief pitcher Rafael Montero to the mound to pitch the eighth.
Kelenic era take 2, and Raleigh too
For their last game before the All-Star break, Your Seattle Mariners promoted their big prospect to the Major League team. No, not Jarred Kelenic, this was catcher Cal Raleigh, who started that game on Sunday and went 0-for-4.
All-Star rabbit hole
When watching the All-Star Game last night—a game featuring zero current Seattle Mariners—a group of us here at GS.net HQ enjoyed mocking the truly hideous All-Star uniforms and giving our own imagined responses to the inane questioning of the players—during the game, while they were playing—by Fox broadcaster Joe F#%*&ing Buck.
Just a couple of notes as we await the start of tonight's All-Star Game from Denver:
The 2021 Mariners Hit Parade, Singular
Yesterday I went to my fourth Mariners game of this hopefully post-pandemic season but I didn't stay until the end. Sat in the usual seats, 300 level behind home plate, but my friend Jim was bothered by the overloud sound system, which both discouraged our conversation and hurt his ears, so we left after seven with the M's down 4-1. By the time I got home, the game was done, 7-1. That top of the ninth must've been brutal: infield single, walk, single, single, sac fly, passed ball. Death by a thousand cuts.
J.P. Crawford hosed again for All-Star team
It was disappointing but understandable when the All-Star Game rosters were announced last weekend and the shortstop for Your Seattle Mariners, J.P. Crawford, was not among the names listed. Instead, deserving shortstops Xander Bogaerts (Boston), Bo Bichette (Toronto), and Carlos Correa (Houston) were named to the AL squad.
Midseason report card
Back in spring training, most observers pegged Your Seattle Mariners in 2021 to be yet another version of the hapless bottom-feeders we've grown accustomed to over the past many years. But here they are just a few days from the unofficial halfway point of the season, over .500 and within spitting distance of a Wild Card position in the standings. As we get ready to enjoy the All-Star break and its requisite festivities, let's take a beat and look at how the Mariners have performed in the first half of the season, breaking things down into a few groupings.
All-Star rosters announced and the M's get just one
The All-Star Game rosters were announced today, a week before the end of the unofficial first half of the 2021 season (the mathematical halfway point was passed during this past week). It's the first year for the new voting procedures for starting lineups and it worked out reasonably well.