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Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/18/17: Mariners Pitching, Goose Eggs, and Tanking

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Getting your Tuesday morning started off right.

MLB: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners
Sam Dyson has not had a great start to 2017
Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday! Here are some links to start off your day!

In Mariners news...

  • Jeff Sullivan is very impressed by James Paxton’s improved control.
  • Deadspin also wrote about Paxton, noting that his fastball is generating an unusual number of whiffs.
  • The M’s pitching staff this year is a little better than we think it is.
  • The Mariners are dodging a bullet in their upcoming series against the A’s, as Oakland has chosen to skip one of their better pitchers’ starts.
  • Taylor Motter and Nelson Cruz have a neat secret handshake.

Around the league...

  • David Laurila at Fangraphs spoke to Logan Morrison about his approach at the plate.
  • More bad news for the A’s, as shortstop Marcus Semien is expected to miss a good deal of time.
  • MLB Trade Rumors wonders what it would take for the Astros to sign Carlos Correa to a long-term contract extension.
  • Alan Nathan at The Hardball Times wonders why the Diamondbacks are using a humidor this season.
  • The sacrifice bunt should be erased from the game, writes Keith Law on ESPN. The article is an excerpt from his upcoming book, “Smart Baseball.”
  • Whether you like bunts or not, you have to appreciate this beauty off the bat of Kyle Schwarber.
  • Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight proposes replacing the “save” with a stat he calls the “goose egg,” named after Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage.
  • Grant Brisbee wonders if the Blue Jays have dug themselves too deep of a hole already.
  • The correlation between height and power is getting weaker, writes Dave Cameron at Fangraphs.
  • The Rangers have placed closer Sam Dyson on the disabled list with a hand contusion. Dyson had been off to one of the worst starts for a closer in baseball history.
  • Eric Thames homered again. The outfielder has now hit a longball in five straight games.
  • Justin Verlander isn’t too concerned about the sign stealing incident that occurred in a recent game between the Tigers and Indians.
  • San Diego Padres GM A.J. Preller has constructed roster that is unique in that it is designed for tanking, writes Ben Lindbergh at The Ringer.