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Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/17/17: The Starting Rotation, Matt Olson, and Dante Pettis

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Oakland Athletics v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Happy Sunday, friends! We’re 13 baseball games away from the end of the season, and the Mariners are still just 3.5 games out of a wild card spot.

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In Mariners News...

  • The Modesto Nuts won the California League championship
  • Last night’s loss to the Astros marks five consecutive losses to Houston for the Mariners.
  • Here’s an outline of the expected starting pitchers for the rest of the season.

Around the League...

  • Beyond the Box Score highlighted some of the top moments across the league from Friday.
  • Chris Anders of Beyond the Box Score analyzes how Oakland’s Matt Olson’s swing adjustment has helped his breakout 2017.
  • Speaking of Matt Olson, Dave Cameron shared his thoughts on the Athletics’ young first baseman earlier this week.
  • Cody Bellinger tied the NL record for more home runs by a rookie.
  • Zach Grienke recorded as many hits (two) as he allowed last night.
  • Take a look at Nolan Arenado’s fantastic barehanded play.
  • With over 10 games left in the season, the Astros are one game away from clinching their spot as AL West champions.

Luke’s Pick...

  • Dante Pettis tied the NCAA record for most punt return touchdowns in a career last night as he took his eighth the distance.