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Lookout Linkage, 6/3/14

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

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Lookout Linkage: three-game winning streak edition!

  • Since the end of last night's game, the Mariners have a better run differential than the Cardinals, Dodgers, and all of the teams in both the AL Central and NL East. They're also only half a game out of a wild card spot. Good stuff.
  • Jeff Sullivan at U.S.S. Mariner talks about Michael Saunders and his improved contact rates.
  • Here's the latest U.S.S. Mariner podcast.
  • Minor League Ball has an AL West mock draft for the first five rounds of the amateur draft.
  • The Astros have promoted and also extended the contract for Jonathan Singleton to add to their army of cheap, future superstar players.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs analyzes Singleton's call-up.
  • Crawfish Boxes makes some bold predictions for the Astros in June.
  • Michael Pineda has suffered a setback in his attempt to come back from a lat injury.
  • The Royals are reportedly interested in Kendrys Morales, which Royals Review sees as a panic move.
  • Cee Angi has a great article looking back at the broadcasting career of Vin Scully.
  • August Fagerstrom of Fangraphs analyzes Jose Bautista's 9-3 putouts.
  • Fangraphs has all you need to know about the upcoming amateur draft in terms of pick order and slot money amounts.
  • Miles Wray at The Hardball Times defends Jeff Loria and the Marlins.
  • Kazuhito Tadano, a former major leaguer and current Japanese (NPB) pitcher recently threw the weirdest pitch of the year.