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Lookout Landing Podcast 148: What to make of Ken Giles and James Paxton

The Mariners made two fairly high-profile signings right before Spring Training. Good? Bad? Banned by the FCC? Press play to find out

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0:00-14:30: Matthew and Kate brave a John-less podcast. Things get simmering with a conversation about the Ooples and Boonoonoos song. This quickly leads to us wondering if we’re annoying.

14:35-33:50: What to make of Ken Giles and his Astro past. It’s easy to forget that he’s quite good, and it will be even easier to forget that since he won’t pitch in 2021. All in all, this is a move that makes sense from a baseball perspective and even if it doesn’t work out, the Mariners really won’t be any worse for it. The reason for that? A good farm system, and depth! This is still kind of tough to get used to, but the Mariners do have a good farm system, and it is definitively better than any other team’s in the AL West. We also marvel at how thoroughly Giles dominated the M’s while playing for Houston. Matthew gets in a “Go Mets baby love da Mets” and remembers the time Chasen Bradford acknowledged us online.

33:55-49:30: Matthew gets surprised by the recent news linking Taijuan Walker to our best friends. Then, we talk about the big guy. If you missed it, the Mariners are bringing back James Paxton on a one-year deal. This is brain-tingly exciting. The only real, legitimate knock on Pax is injuries, so if he stays healthy and earns himself another lucrative deal, we’re all in. Kate then talks about cysts and the dreaded Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Finally, importantly, shout out to the Maple Grove forever and always.

49:35-1:17:15: Listener questions! If you asked us a question on Twitter, congratulations. You are now, by law, eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Is there such a thing as too many lefties in the same rotation? What will the Mariners’ defensive outfield of the future look like? The last question before some good ol’ fashion riffing: which quad-A player breaks out this year?

Music: “E.V.P.” by Blood Orange // “Oldie” by Odd Future

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