Welcome to a Mariners Monday. One of the rare Monday’s where we have a Mariners game. And on top of all of that, it’s a Happy Felix Day. Felix Hernandez gets the start against the Houston Astros tonight at Safeco, trying to snap a six-game losing streak for this team.
As we will do each and every Monday, let’s take a quick look back at the painful week that was for the Mariners. Taking a look at Seattle Mariners news stories you may have missed from SodoMojo, as well as the best from around the web.
Mariners vs. Rangers
It was a painful trip to Texas as the Mariners lost three of four. Winning the opener and beginning their current slide by dropping the final three. In the opener, the Mariners bats exploded for a big win giving Roenis Elias has first major league victory.
Mariners vs. Marlins
The losses continued to pile up as the Mariners were swept at the hands of the lowly Miami Marlins. The Mariners suffered a walk-off loss on Friday, a shutout loss on Saturday and a bullpen implosion on Sunday.
U.S.S. Mariner looks at Friday’s loss thanks to the transfer rule and the walk off grand slam.
Lookout Landing described it best in their headline on Sunday’s game recap. Check it out here.
We also took to the airwaves this past week. JJ Keller previewed the series with the Rangers over on Nolan Writin’ and I sat down with Sea Talk Intentional for some Mariners Talk. You can listen to my three visits on the Mariners Talk podcasts below. In the most recent podcast, we discuss what might have been for one of Seattle’s greats, Hall of Fame ballots and steroid users and why the Mariners can’t win.
Episode 3 is in the player below
Player moves and news
There was a flurry of moves between Seattle and Triple-A Tacoma as Nick Franklin and Blake Beavan joined the club in Texas, while James Jones and Brandon Maurer joined the team in Miami (Jones was sent back to Tacoma when Maurer was called up).
Probably the most disturbing news of the week was the 50-game suspension of Ji-Man Choi for testing positive for a banned substance. That and the news that Taijuan Walker really isn’t as close as we thought he was, having been shelved yet again with shoulder problems. He did tweet this out recently though:
@IrishCARBomb21 I'll be ready soon
— Taijuan Walker (@tai_walker) April 20, 2014
Finally, with the first few weeks of the season behind us and multiple plays reversed due to the transfer rule, it was reported that MLB and the Umpire’s Union may be looking at revising this rule soon. It comes as good news for Mariners fans I’m sure, as the team has fallen victim to at least five of these calls in the first 18 games.
So, everyone keep your fingers crossed for a better week in review next week. Let’s kick the week off right with a Felix win! Go Mariners!
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