Mariners After Midnight

By Jason A. Churchill

Late-night rants on the Mariners, Major League Baseball, Prospects & other stuff.

Late-night rants on the Mariners, Major League Baseball, Prospects & other stuff.

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Mariners After Midnight



Mariners After Midnight: Hypothesizing the Odds of Mariners' Free Agent Options

Trevor Story, 2BSeiya Suzuki, OFMichael Conforto, OFJohnny Cueto, RHSTyler Anderson, LHSMarcus Semien, 2BMichael Pineda, RHSMark Canha, OFJonathan Villar, IFKyle Schwarber, OF/DH/1BMarcus Stroman, RHSChris Taylor, UTSteven Matz, LHSNelson Cruz, DHJon Gray, RH…


Mariners After Midnight: Expectations & GM Speak

A lot of fans often (almost always) conflate desire and expectation. You pick out a melon and want it to be sweet and crisp, but when it doesn't live up to such hopes the result is disappointment, failure even.This is how the Mariners offseason may be viewed …


Mariners After Midnight: Payroll Stuff

As I discussed recently on Baseball Things, GM Jerry Diptoto has kind of painted himself into a corner, so to speak. He has no excuses.The farm system is very good and starting to bear fruit. The payroll is set up perfectly. Fans are abuzz after the club's 20…


Mariners After Midnight: My awards picks, All-AL West team

In the context of Most Valuable Player, it makes no impact on me how historic Shohei Ohtani's 2021 turned out to be, nor does it matter to me he played for a bad team. He was simply the best player in the league this season.Key StatsAt the plate, Ohtani batte…


Mariners After Midnight: Shortstops, 'Fits,' and Spending

This is very simple, and I won't make it any more complicated than it needs to be. Judging by factors such as common sense and what GM Jerry Dipoto has said publicly, the Seattle Mariners will not replace J.P. Crawford at shortstop in 2022. But Dipoto's visit…


Mariners After Midnight: Evaluating Splits

We talk about splits a lot in baseball. How a hitter performs home versus road, month-to-month, etcetera. The one that is most common is based on handedness. 'What does this player do versus lefties/righties?'Among those within the handedness splits conversat…


Mariners After Midnight: Reactions from the presser with Servais and Dipoto

Dipoto was asked for his general assessment of the 2021 season, and his favorite happenings. Here are some of the things he noted:Couldn't be happier with the progress the team made as a wholeTy France, J.P. Crawford took "real steps forward."Every month Jarr…


Mariners After Midnight: Trading these 3 will be tough, ranking the best Mariners teams, the cost for stars

Only six times have the Seattle Mariners won 90 or more games in a season, led by the 116-win campaign in 2001. The 2002 and 2003 teams each won 93, the 2000 club won 91 before advancing to the ALCS, and now the '21 version matches the 1997 Mariners with exac…


Mariners After Midnight: Prospect Non-Promotions, Yusei Kikuchi for 2022, My Future

This is always a topic of discussions, whether the big club contends in September or is mathematically eliminated in August. The answer varies, depending on the player and where the team is in its trek to contending, so let's do this player-by-player. But fir…


Mariners After Midnight: Diego Castillo, Abraham Toro, 3 Underrated Free Agent Ideas

When the Mariners traded for Diego Castillo, the idea was he would essentially replace Kendall Graveman at the back of the bullpen. Castillo was fine for a bit, sans the big homer in Texas, but in the middle of August something changed. His velocity started t…


Mariners After Midnight: Schedule Update & the Mariners Offense

We've occasionally discussed the schedule, what it means, and how I look at it when it comes to Major League Baseball, and if you're new here or need a refresher, here:In MLB, it's never about the SOS. It's never simply "how good is the collective remaining s…


Mariners After Midnight

Matt Brash will be my Mariners Pitching Prospect of the Year, and Logan Gilbert was the first to the big leagues, but George Kirby has more upside that both of them.That's right, I said it.Kirby, 23, has made just 20 professional appearances, but he's done no…


Mariners After Midnight - Issue #10

I've always done Minor League Players of the Year a little differently, focusing more on prospects and their development rather than directing attention to the players that had the best seasons statistically.This season, in a farm system full of high-impact s…


Mariners After Midnight - Issue #9

The past couple of years the American League West has been changing, mainly in terms of big-ticket personnel, and in 2022 the changes may start showing up more loudly in the standings.Sure, the Seattle Mariners will continue their youth movement in a lot of w…


Mariners After Midnight - Issue #8

It really seems like Marco Gonzales -- the real one -- is back. The lefty went the distance Thursday, allowing one run on two hits, one walk and a season-high nine strikeouts.Over his last six starts, Gonzalez has allowed nine earned runs on 28 hits in 38 inn…


Mariners After Midnight - Issue #7

Had to do a lot of calling around on this because I haven't seen the Modesto kids live, nor did I see Brandon Williamson or Matt Brash. I kept this to the top starters only, and these rankings are on where the pitch is now, not a projection.Matt Brash's slide…


Mariners After Midnight - Issue #6

Building bullpens would be easy if the role itself wasn't so inherently volatile. But what Jerry Dipoto has done this season likely plays a huge role in the club's efforts over the winter. Here's how:Under contract control for at least 2022 are RHPs Diego Cas…


Mariners After Midnight - Issue #5

While the big club was losing in the Bronx Thursday -- though the Yankees had help from home plate umpire Carlos Torres and his abhorrent strike zone, particularly in the top of the ninth -- right-hander Connor Phillips was dealing in Stockton.He's a four-pit…


Mariners After Midnight - Issue #4

There are a lot of ifs in Marinersland when it comes to the club staying in the race, and the small shot they have to edge out the A's and stave off the Yankees and Blue Jays.It's a small margin for error -- almost none.Aside from injuries, here are 5 musts f…


Jason A. Churchill's Mariners after Midnight - Issue #3

I wanna explain, by standard example, why I think Seattle Times' Mariners beat reporter is the best in the business, and the best beat reporter the city has had in any sport for at least the last 20 years. So, I'll do that, absent of magnification and embelli…