Hello folks! Here are some links for you as you prepare for your day.
In Mariners news...
- Covered up in the lede here is that ridiculous bat flip, but it’s good to see Robbie making the tricky plays at first.
Canó out here picking balls in the dirt like he's a career first baseman. pic.twitter.com/XbTgemmlDt— Tacoma Rainiers (@RainiersLand) August 7, 2018
- Here’s the Canó plan going forward.
Cano is going to play the two games with Tacoma today and tomorrow. He won't travel with the Rainiers to Salt Lake City. Though the idea of Cano sitting in seat 34 B in between Vogey and Freitas on a flight is amusing. He'll be going to @EverettAquaSox to play on Thursday— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 6, 2018
- Eno Sarris at The Athletic tries to figure out what is causing the M’s collapse that they’ve seen in the last several weeks. ($)
Around the league...
- Nationals outfielder Juan Soto might be the best teenager to ever play the sport, writes Jeff Sullivan. Soto has the highest wRC+ in the National League this year and the kid doesn’t turn 20 until October.
- Here’s another Soto fact, courtesy of Jeff. This one is kind of painful for M’s fans.
Juan Soto has seven walks after falling behind in the count 1-and-2. Dee Gordon has seven walks— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) August 6, 2018
- Meanwhile, José Ramírez is on track to becoming one of the greatest third baseman of all time, writes Dan Szymborski.
- This deal was rumored at the deadline but never came to pass. Looks like these clubs figured it out a few days later.
- Congratulations to the Kirkland Little League softball squad!
The City of Kirkland held a rally this evening at Marina Park to celebrate the little league team heading to the Softball World Series tomorrow in Portland, Ore. It’s been seventeen years since a Kirkland team went to the Softball World Series. pic.twitter.com/H9TVSqUKZc— Megan Murnane (@MeganMurnane) August 6, 2018
- If there’s one guy I want to see succeed after leaving Seattle, it’s this dude.
Appears to have gone totally unnoticed in #Mariners Twitter land, but Danny Hultzen pitched in an AZL game for the Cubs Friday. It didn't go well, results-wise, but good to see him make it back to the mound. https://t.co/rhYuC4kSLT— Rick Randall (@randallball) August 6, 2018
- Mike Trout is hurt, but should be back shortly.
Today, the #Angels released the following medical update on centerfielder Mike Trout:— Angels (@Angels) August 6, 2018
Mike Trout continues to experience soreness in his right wrist. He received a cortisone injection this morning and remains day to day.
- Astros’ starting pitcher Lance McCullers will likely be out until September with a forearm strain.
- Former Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich signed a deal with a Chinese team.
The Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League have apparently announced the signing of Luke Heimlich.— Reporter Joe Veyera (@JoeVeyera) August 7, 2018
Heimlich, who went unselected in June's MLB Draft, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his niece as a teenager. pic.twitter.com/5NAGbtYjoy
- Things have not been going great for Kyle’s Brother lately.
Dodgers say SS Corey Seager will have arthroscopic surgery on left hip tomorrow. Already recovering from Tommy John surgery. Supposed to be ready for spring training.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 7, 2018
- Today (or yesterday, I guess) in position players pitching...
Wh Sox Matt Davidson strikes out Giancarlo Stanton with a knuckle ball .— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) August 7, 2018
- Grant Brisbee tries to figure out how the Oakland A’s got to where they are now.
- The Pirates have acquired infielder Adeiny Hechavarria from the Rays.
- Shohei Ohtani is fairly close to returning to the mound, according to Mike Scioscia.
- LeBron James will be producing a documentary set to come out in October titled Shut Up and Dribble.