Good morning everyone! It’s just about time for the weekend. The Mariners couldn’t pull another win away in their series against the Astros, but now the team travels to Texas for a weekend series against the hapless Rangers. It would sure be nice to get a series win there. While you wait for the game, here are some links to get your day started.
In Mariners news...
- It looks like the Mariners have agreed to a deal with The Kid’s son and assigned him to Single-A Clinton.
- Jeez, get well soon Rick! And chill out with the pickup basketball.
Biggest #Mariners pregame news — Rick Rizzs is staying back from the upcoming road trip. Having surgery for torn biceps tendon. Happened in same game Dave Sims got hurt.— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) April 19, 2018
- T.J. Cotterill at The News Tribune looks at the many things that led to Mike Zunino’s swing overhaul.
- Teams rarely send scouts to Venezuela anymore because of the climate there, writes Matt Calkins at The Seattle Times.
- Where do the Marners’ fried grasshoppers come from? Eric Gomez at ESPN has a really neat longform piece on the process of making the popular snack.
- Some minor league news.
Rainiers transactions:— Mike Curto (@CurtoWorld) April 17, 2018
Add Taylor Motter (in lineup), INF Rey Navarro off disabled list, RHP Casey Lawrence reports.
LHP Ariel Miranda to Seattle, INF Cesar Izturis Jr to extended spring, RHP Pat Light released by Mariners.
- Casey Boguslaw recaps the Mariners’ previous series against the A’s.
Around the league...
- Lance McCullers has crazy stuff.
Lance McCullers, Ridiculous Two Seamers.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 20, 2018
[Had this in the queue from the other night...and figured I'd try out the logo. ] pic.twitter.com/V9XbCIeE3X
- The Reds fired manager Bryan Price after the team got out to a 3-15 start to the season.
- The baseball stadium in Puerto Rico was the only building in its area that could afford lights, writes James Wagner at The New York Times.
- DJ LeMahieu has made some interesting changes, notes Travis Sawchik at Fangraphs.
- Matt Harvey might get moved to the bullpen after another rough performance, but the right-hander insists that he can still start.
- Where do you fall?