Lookout Linkage, 5/4/14

The face of pure evil and treachery? - USA TODAY Sports

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league.

Here are your Sunday links. Get 'em while they're hot!

  • James Paxton and Taijuan Walker continue to play catch regularly and hopefully will start bullpens next week. Blake Beavan has yet to resume throwing.
  • Just as Scott did yesterday, Shannon Drayer looks at the future of center field for the M's.
  • The Clinton Lumberkings, the Mariners' Single-A affiliate, overcame a 12-4 deficit in a game to win 16-13 over the Rattlers.
  • Nico of Athletics Nation outlines how replay should work in baseball.
  • Lone Star Ball wonders if it's time the Rangers called up Nick Tepesch, who is killing it in AAA.
  • The Blue Jays have called up top pitching prospect Marcus Stroman.
  • The Braves and third baseman Chris Johnson have agreed to a three-year contract extension.
  • The Tigers have signed relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan to help bolster their bullpen.
  • A recent study was done at the University of Florida to figure out what it is that makes pitchers injure their elbow so often. The conclusion they came up with is really fascinating.
  • Grant Brisbee looks at five good players who are having bad seasons and then follows that up with a look at five bad players who are having good seasons.
  • Nick Bond analyzes the truth (or not-truth) in some of Bug Selig's latest claims about the league.
  • Beyond the Box Score tries to figure out how many wins an all-defense team would collect over a full season.
  • Beyond the Box Score analyzes whether or not the strike zone shrinks as the game goes on.
  • Additionally, the guys at BtBS see whether hamate bone injuries can permanently hamper a hitter's power output. This might be of particular concern to Mariner fans who saw Mike Zunino injure his hamate bone last year.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs looks at the craziest swings in the month of April (by the way, apparently that Andrus swing I linked to in an earlier installment was measured at 59.7 inches from the center of the zone).
  • Apparently the Braves were convinced the Marlins hid a camera in their home run sculpture in order to see the catcher's signs. I guess you could call it Big-huge-rediculous-sculpture-gate.
Question of the day: How many starts do you think Walker and Paxton will throw for the M's for the rest of the year, combined?
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