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Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/4/17: Mariners Concerns, Junior Guerra, and North Carolina

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Good morning everyone! I know yesterday wasn’t the most ideal Opening Day, but it’s just one game and Felix appears to be ready to go for his next start. It’s very frustrating to watch an offense struggle the way it did against Houston, and it’s unusual for the Mariners to lose a game on Opening Day. So this might feel like it means more than it does.

The nice thing about baseball is that there’s always tomorrow. Today the M’s have another shot. Let’s hope it goes better than yesterday.

Now let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from Opening Day.

In Mariners news...

  • Jim Moore from 710 ESPN gave his blazing hot takes for the Mariners season. Some of them seem contradictory.
  • Marc W at U.S.S. Mariner outlines some possible concerns for the M’s heading into this season.

Around the league...

  • Although it is no longer Opening Day, I think Jason Linden’s essay at The Hardball Times on the importance of the day is still worth reading.
  • Pitcher reactions to home runs are already in midseason form.
  • Brian Cashman was somehow able to bite the bullet and rebuild under the microscope of the New York media, writes Travis Sawchik at Fangraphs.
  • Clayton Kershaw makes a lot of money, you guys.
  • Madison Bumgarner is just scratching the surface of what he can accomplish, writes Dave Cameron at Fangraphs.
  • James Dator at SB Nation wonders what is the best time zone to be in if you’re a sports fan.
  • Baseball currently employs more foreign players than ever before. That’s awesome. I’m actually surprised the number isn’t higher.
  • David Schoenfeld at ESPN offers a guide on how to react to what happened on Opening Day.
  • Brewers ace Junior Guerra exited the game yesterday with a strained right calf. He could be out for a while.

Anders’ picks...

  • The Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball team fell in the NCAA tournament title game to the North Carolina Tar Heels 71-65. The officials made themselves known in the game by calling a whole lot of fouls.
  • As always, the NCAA has released its “One Shining Moment” video to highlight the biggest happenings of the tournament.