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Mariners Moose Tracks, 10/17/20: The Rays are fun, the Astros are alive, and Will Smith beats Will Smith

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As the World Series inches ever closer.

MLB: ALCS-Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone and happy Saturday! We’ve got even more baseball today with the World Series getting started next week. Let’s get you some news as you kick off your weekend.

In playoff news...

In Mariners news...

  • Corey Brock at The Athletic tries to make sense of a messy M’s bullpen heading into the offseason. ($)
  • I’ve got to say, I’m a big fan of this enhanced box score. Julio Rodríguez with a 110.4 exit velocity on a ball in play is big news, as is Cal Raleigh hitting two dingers. It feels good to get some real baseball data for Mariners minor leaguers!

Around the league...

  • Some good news for the league: Major League Baseball has now gone 47 days since a player tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the NFL is struggling to keep its season going with cases popping up left and right.