Welcome to the only daily podcast covering your Seattle Mariners. Each morning, host D.C. Lundberg will keep you informed of everything happening with the M's, including analysis, game recaps, series previews, roster changes, and some trivia & fun, too. If you have a question about the Mariners or a comment on the show, please email D.C. at firstname.lastname@example.org and your message might be read on the air during his Friday Mailbag segment. (Please use your name and hometown in your email.) Follow the Mariners right here on Locked On Mariners, part of the Locked On Podcast Network!
What a Game!: Bob Wolcott's Major League Debut ...
Today, D.C. recaps the Bob Wolcott's Major League debut, which was against the Boston Red Sox at the Kingdome on August 18, 1995. He was helped big time by third baseman Mike Blowers, who drove in seven runs, which included a first-inning grand slam.
What a Game!: The Mariners' Initial Voyage (4/6...
Kicking off a new series of episodes, D.C. looks back at the Seattle Mariners' first ever baseball game on April 6, 1977 in the Kingdome. They may not have played very well against the California Angels that day, but any team's first ever game is historic. After recapping the game itself, D.C. talks about some of the players who were a part of that history-making game, including both starting pitchers, Diego Segui and Frank Tanana.
Mailbag: Stadiums, Rebuilding, and Left-Handed ...
D.C. takes a solo dive into the fan mailbag. (Sort of) Someone asked a hockey question of Jason Hernandez, so he appears to answer this question. D.C. then answers questions on a hypothetical rebuilding project, and also describes what he thinks makes a good baseball stadium.
Remembering Tommy Lasorda (Part II)
Jason Hernandez is back with D.C. continuing to talk about the late, great Tommy Lasorda. Jason talks about the Dodger manager's run-ins with a couple of mascots, and also relays some personal interactions with Mr. Lasorda. They did not always talk about baseball; they would sometimes talked about one of their other favorite subjects: food.
Remembering Tommy Lasorda (Part I)
Los Angles Dodgers aficionado Jason Hernandez joins D.C. to talk about the life and career of legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. The two talk about his managing career, and also a little about his pitching career, which includes a great game in 1948 while pitching in Schenectady.
Four Minor Moves and a Familiar Face (Plus Bonu...
The Mariners have recently signed four players to minor league contracts. Two of them have Major League experience, one has played at the Big League level in Seattle, and a third pitched in the M's minor league system. D.C. talks about all four players and breaks down some of their Major & Minor League career numbers. In the second half, he reads a few listener emails with subjects ranging from frequent guests Jason Hernandez & Jon Miller, astronomy, and bowing. (Yes, bowling again.)
A Classic Fall Classic: 1981
The 1981 World Series is the subject of this one. The regular season was interrupted by a players strike, which led to a unique playoff format. And with that unique format came some oddities. After the dust settled, it was the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees who earned the right to compete for the 1981 baseball crown. These two teams had faced each other many, many times in the past, dating back to the Dodgers' days in Brooklyn.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1997
Guest host Joey Martin recounts the 1997 World Series, which featured the Cleveland Indians and Florida Marlins. The two teams took very different routes to the 1997 Fall Classic, and Game Seven proved to be an exciting, nail-biting finale which went into extra innings.
Good Riddance, 2020!!
In this first episode of 2021, D.C. Lundberg and Jon Miller talk about what they're most looking forward to in the new year. They do talk about what they hope the Mariners can do not only in '21, but in seasons to come. They also talk about other things they're looking forward to, including other sports they are fans of. D.C. is excited that one of his favorite sports will be on display in Spokane; the PWBA will be holding a tournament in a bowling center about 10 minutes from his house. The two of them also look back at the 2020 Mariners season.
2020 In Memoriam
In the final episode of the year, D.C. looks reflects upon the careers of some of the big leaguers who passed away in 2020.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1976
The New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds are the two participants in the 1976 World Series. While this was a four-game sweep at the hands of one team that was a well-oiled machine, there was some history in Game One. This was the first ever World Series to use the designated hitter rule. And the first DH to score a World Series hit has a very deep connection with the Seattle Mariners.
Mailbag Oddesy, Part IV: Free Agents, Bowling, ...
Jon Miller joins D.C. for the fourth show in a row to answer listener questions. They two discuss which free agents the Mariners might want to sign to improve for the long term, talk about their various travels, and also explain why they enjoy bowling & curling so much. D.C. also reveals why he enjoys women's bowling & curling more than men's bowling & curling. (The keyword is "hard.")
Mailbag Oddesy, Part III: 2020 M's Highlights
Jon Miller is back once again to continue answering fan emails. This time, they talk about some recurring themes of the 2020 Mariners, and which games & plays most exemplify those themes. Also, they talk more about small ball, and why both of them are advocates for this style of baseball. To end, they talk a little about catchers and framing pitches.
Mailbag Oddesy, Part II: Mascots and Autographs
Jon MIller and D.C. go farther into the fan mailbag. A question about mascots develops into a conversation about features at modern ballparks, which then goes into players signing autographs. D.C. talks about which players are more generous with their time than most, and also relays two stories about players who rejected requests for autographs.
Mailbag Oddesy, Part I: Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy
Jon Miller joins D.C. to begin replying to listener emails. The one and only question that's gotten to has nothing whatever to do with baseball. Jon & D.C. talk about their favorite classic rock bands, and which types of music are their favorites. To begin the show, Jason Hernandez answers this question, which is a segment held over from the last time he was on this show. D.C. makes a rather bold statement regarding who he considers the best ever hard rock drummer.
Lopes & Ervin are Now Former Mariners
The Mariners lost two players from its organization yesterday. Tim Lopes and Philip Ervin were both claimed off waivers are headed to the National League Central. D.C. talks about both players, tells you which teams they're headed to, and also explains why the M's waived them in the first place.
Mailbag Revisit With J.D.
Jason Hernandez is back once again and answers some questions asked by listeners that were featured in the previous mailbag. These questions happen to fall right into J.D.'s wheelhouse. He talks about which famous games he's been to -- and there are quite a number of them -- and also gives his opinions on the Mariners' uniforms and baseball jerseys at large.
Major Minors Shakeup
Jason Hernandez joins D.C. once again to discuss some changes coming to Minor League Baseball, specifically the Northwest League and the California League. These two leagues are changing which level of Minor League ball they'll play, and the Mariners have had affiliates in both leagues. (And they'll continue to do so.) D.C. breaks down the changes in the Northwest League -- which affects baseball fans all over Washington, Oregon and Idaho -- while J.D. goes in depth on the changes in the Cal League.
Mariners Sign "Key" Free Agent
Today, a semi-addled D.C. is joined by Jason Hernandez. The two of them speak about the Mariners newest free agent signing, Keynan Middleton. How does he fit into the Mariners plans, and how does he plan to correct the issues he had in a "rough" 2020 season? Also, Jason & D.C. talk about the future of the National League designated hitter. Which for now is history. (Much to their delight.) Oh yeah. There's hockey and bowling talk, as well. (Congrats to Jason Belmonte!)
Mariners "In-Vest" In Their Bullpen
The Mariners have added two pitchers -- one via trade, and one via the Rule V Draft. We'll tell you about both new arms the Mariners will have at their disposal next year, and also talk about the Mariners' history with the Rule V Draft.
Mailbag Extravaganza (Part the Second)
Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller & D.C. Lundberg answer the remaining fan emails that they didn't get to in the previous episode. The two discuss the strategy of using an "opener," and also discuss what changes -- if any -- they'd make to the Mariners uniforms.
Mailbag Extravaganza (Part the First)
Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller joins D.C. Lundberg to answer fan questions in the latest Mailbag episode. Only two questions are gotten to, as replies to both questions each took up an entire half of the show. (Both of which also ran over time.) Find out how Jon and D.C. would run a big league ball club, including how they'd fashion a starting lineup & rotation, and what kinds of players they'd stock their team with. Also, listen as they tell some stories about the various games they've been to, and one very special ballpark in Cooperstown.
M's are "Flexen" Their Muscles
The Mariners have signed free agent Chris Flexen. D.C. tells you about the M's new right-handed pitcher, how he did last year in the Korean Baseball Organization, and also how he's done at the Major League level. In addition, D.C. talks about this year's Ford C. Frick Award winner, Al Michaels. There is a very bizarre transaction that took place in 2006 involving Mr. Michaels and a cartoon character.
Maniger Avoids Arbitration/R.I.P. Squiggy
Two bits of Mariners news on today's episode First of all, Mitch Haniger avoids arbitration. D.C. talks about his career as a Mariner, his injury-riddled past two years, and the impact his absence had in the outfield in 2020. Later on, D.C. talks about David Lander, who passed away last Friday. While he was a Mariners scout and at one time was minority owner of the Portland Beavers, he's best known for his role on the classic sitcom "Laverne and Shirley," where he played Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman.
J.D.'s Travelogue/Fan Mailbag
Jason Hernandez joins D.C. Lundberg for this episode, and he shares his recent trip to Seattle with us. He was in Seattle to pick up his and D.C.'s cardboard "Seat Fleet" cutouts from [Pink Cell Phone Company] Park. (D.C. was going to join him, but was unable.) He talks about his brief stay in Seattle, and some items he purchased on his way back home The two of them then delve into the fan mailbag, answering questions from two very loyal listeners to this program.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1988
Guest host Jon Miller tells us about the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics in this episode. This Fall Classic features Orel Hershiser's utter dominance of the A's, as well as Kirk Gibson's dramatic home run which ended Game One, a game in which he spent all but one half-inning in the Dodger clubhouse nursing two leg injuries.
One Thing Leads To Another (Part II)
Continuing their conversation from last time, D.C. Lundberg and Jon Miller start talking about the pennant races from 1996 and 1995, which leads to a conversation about Mark Langston, which then goes to Dwight Gooden and other pitchers with great breaking pitches. So of course, Randy Johnson's name comes up, which then leads to talk about Larry Walker and the 1997 All-Star Game, then other All-Star Game moments.
One Thing Leads to Another (Part I)
Jon Miller joins D.C. Lundberg on this episode. The two of them begin by discussing World Series memories, which leads to a discussion on Kirby Puckett, then his Minnesota Twins, their Manager Tom Kelly, then managing in general, which leads to a discussion involving Texas Rangers' manager Johnny Oates, Dennis Cook, and Ken Griffey Jr.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1986
Joey Martin guest hosts this episode, which remembers the 1986 World Series. The New York Mets and Boston Red Sox were the participants in this Fall Classic. It was a dramatic and exciting seven-game Series, which is most remembered for one play at the end of Game Six -- Bill Buckner's error in the 10th inning which allowed the winning run to score. While that was a big play, there were other key moments which fed into the Red Sox's collapse late in the Series. In addition, Bruce Hurst turned in some great pitching performances, and there were other heroics by both teams.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1979
The 1979 World Series is the subject today. The Baltimore Orioles went out to a 3 games to 1 lead in the Series, but the Pittsburgh Pirates mounted a comeback with great pitching and timely hitting.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1989
Jason Burke of Locked On A's guests hosts this episode looking back at the 1989 World Series. This Series was highly anticipated, as it featured two teams from the same metro area -- the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. What was supposed to be a great spectacle for the Bay Area was upended by an event which has become associated with this World Series: the devastating Bay Area earthquake which took place just prior to the scheduled start of Game Three.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1969
Jason Block from 8ThreeStudios guest hosts this episode, which looks back upon the 1969 World Series between the powerhouse Baltimore Orioles and the amazin' New York Mets. A classic and thrilling World Series, in which one team would score a seemingly miraculous victory.
A Classic Fall Classic: 2004
The 2004 World Series is the subject today, a Fall Classic featuring two historic franchises -- the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Neither team had won the Series in a while, with Boston not having won it in 86 years. (St. Louis had last won in 1982.)
Happy Birthday, Junior!
Today, November 21, is Ken Griffey Jr.'s birthday. On The Kid's birthday, D.C. talks about his career, both with the Mariners and at large. In the show's second half, he talks about some other Major League Baseball players who share Junior's birthday, including two Hall of Famers. (One of whom was also born in the same city.)
Robinson Canó: PED Posterboy
Robinson Canó has failed his second PED test. D.C. talks about this, cheating in Major League Baseball at large, and the impact this suspension will have on the New York Mets. He also lists the more prominent Major League Baseball players who have previously tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, as a reminder that what you see on the field isn't always legitimate, and that there are still plenty of known cheaters in the game.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1990
The 1990 World Series featured two teams who had very different seasons the year before. The Oakland Athletics won the World Series, and had also been in the 1988 Fall Classic. The Cincinnati Reds, meanwhile, finished 5th in the National League West the year before and had a brand new manager, Lou PIniella. The A's were heavily favored, and many experts predicted an Oakland sweep. The Reds would surprise the world, however.
And the Award Goes To...
It's awards time, gang. Who won the Gold Glove Awards? Who were the Silver Sluggers? How about Managers of the Year? Rookies of the Year? Cy Young Award Winners? MVPs? listen to this episode of Locked On Mariners to find out! (D.C. may or may not be overly excited about the American League Rookie of the Year.)
Rock 'n' Roll, Bowling, and Kim Ng
Today, D.C. is joined by Jon Miller. After dropping some extra-inning trivia to begin the show, D.C. goes off on a tangent about music. The second half of the show begins with some impressive baseball news, as the duo talk about the first female general manager in Major League Baseball history, Kim Ng. (Who was hired by the Miami Marlins.) D.C. finishes up by going off on another tangent, this one about female bowlers.
Locked On Mariners' Veteran's Day Special
On this Veteran's Day, D.C. does his best to salute those who have served in the armed forces by talking about those Major League Baseball Players who served in the military during wartime. While there were a plethora of players who served during World War II, others also served during World War I, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Locked On Mariners thanks those of you out there who have served your country.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1992
In our small way of paying tribute to the late Alex Trebek, we today look back at the 1992 World Series -- the first Fall Classic to feature a team from Canada. (Mr. Trebek was Canadian) The Toronto Blue Jays faced off against the Atlanta Braves, who lost the '91 Series. Not only were the Jays the first Canadian team to play in the World Series (or the first non-American team at all), they were the first Canadian team to win it.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1987
The Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals faced off in the 1987 Fall Classic, which went the full seven games. In fact, this was the first World Series in which the home team won every game. It was also the first Series featuring a team that had been outscored in the regular season. There were some lopsided victories, some close ballgames, and also some great pitching performances. Also, one team hit not one, but two grand slams.
A Classic Fall Classic: 2005
After recalling the 1905 World Series on the last episode, we fast-forward a century to look back at the 2005 Wolrd Series, which pitted the Houston Astros against the Chicago White Sox. Either the White Sox would win their first championship in 88 years, or the Astros would win their first ever, as they had never before been to the Fall Classic. Each game would be close and exciting, to boot, and there were several former Mariners who took part in this Series.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1905
Continuing to remember great World Series of the past, D.C. goes way back to 1905 in this episode. Christy Mathewson almost single-handedly won the Series for the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Athletics, pitching three complete game shutouts. However, there were some other great pitching performances as well; every single game of this Fall Classic was a shutout.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1968
Today, D.C. looks back to the Fall Classic that ended the "Year of the Picture" -- 1968. Bob Gibson's Game One performance was one for the ages, which he nearly matched in Game Four. Mickey Lolich, however, also pitched extremely well. And while this Series took place in the Year of the Pitcher, there were a surprising number of blowout victories by both teams, in addition to the brilliant pitching performances noted above.
Mariners Hot Stove Catch-Up
In the first episode of this program to feature honest-to-goodness Mariners news since the regular season ended, D.C. gets you caught up on all the transactions the M's have made thus far after their 60-game sprint ended about a month ago.
World Series Recap
Today, D.C. is joined by Jon Miller who is a Dodger fan as well as a Mariner fan -- to discuss the 2020 World Series which featured the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. Even though the season and the playoffs were... different, the World Series was still the World Series, and the teams with the top two records in Major League Baseball made it to the Fall Classic. D.C. & Jon talk about each game, and spend a great dead of time on an incident in Game Six: Kevin Cash's decision to pull [Shoreline's very own] Blake Snell in the 6th inning.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1975
Today, D.C. looks back at the great 1975 World Series featuring the Cincinnati Reds' "Big Red Machine" and the Boston Red Sox. Many future Hall of Famers participated in this Fall Classic, which Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk has said that Boston won three games to four. Game Six in particular was one of the greatest baseball games ever played.
A Classic Fall Classic: 1991
Continuing to look at World Series moments from yesteryear, D.C. talks about the 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves, which was one of the best ever played. Game Seven in particular was one of the most exciting baseball games ever played.
Bill Mazeroski & Joe Carter: Fall Classic Walk ...
In this episode, D.C .talks about the two home runs which ended World Series -- Bill Mazeroski's blast in 1960 and Joe Carters jack in 1993. D.C. also talks about the games in which these historic home runs were hit, and some footnotes to each world series, including another infamous game pitched by the winning pitcher in 1960, Harvey Haddix.
Fall Classic Home Run Hat Tricks
There have been five games in World Series history in which one player hit three home runs. D.C. talks about all five games, then goes into more detail about Game Six of the 1977 World Series, which was Reggie Jackson's three home run game, earning him the nickname "Mr. October."
National League Championship Series Recap (Part...
Picking up where we left off yesterday, D.C., Jason Hernandez, & Taylor Blake Ward break down the final three games of the National League Championship Series. What was D.C.'s favorite moment from Saturday? No prizes for guessing what it was.
National League Championship Series Recap (Part I)
D.C. is joined by Jason Hernandez & Taylor Blake Ward to discuss the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. In this first part, the trio recap the first four games of the series, including the the Dodgers setting a postseason record.
American League Championship Series Recap
D.C. breaks down all seven games of the American League Championship Series involving the Tampa Bay Rays (who had the best record in the American League) and the Houston Astros (who had the worst record among all 16 playoff teams). Also, D.C. talks briefly about Francois Lavoie's amazing accomplishment on Saturday at the PBA Playoffs, his second televised perfect 300 game.
American League Division Series Recaps
D.C. is back and... almost has his voice back. Today, he recaps both of the American League Division Series. Unlike the National League, neither series was a three-game sweep. However, like the NL, both series involved teams from one division. The New York Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays, while the Oakland Athletics went up against everyone's favorite trash can bangers, the Houston Astros. (Who finished the regular season below .500.)
National League Division Series Recaps
D.C. still has no voice do to a bad cold, so in his stead, this episode is guest-hosted by Clive Braithwaite IV. Today, Clive recaps both National League Division Series: the Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins, and the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres.
American League Wild Card Series Recaps
With D.C. still out with laryngitis, Jon Miller hosts again. On this episode, he offers updates on the already-completed American League Wild Card series, and offers more insight into his feelings on this newly-expanded MLB postseason format.
National League Wild Card Series Recaps
Jon Miller fills in for a laryngitis-stricken D.C. Lundberg and offers recaps from all four National League Wild Card series.
Today, D.C. opens up the Fan Mailbag. He answers questions about Ty France, the M's offseason, bowling, and his gym membership. He then talks about the PBA Playoffs which are taking place at this time, which include Marshall Kent, a local bowler from Yakima.
2020 National League Season Wrap-Up
D.C. reviews the National League, going over each division, and going over some stats for all eight playoff teams. Also, he talks about the league leaders in batting average, ERA, and other important categories.
2020 American League Season Wrap-Up
Today (which was supposed to be a few days ago...) D.C. reviews the American League, going over each division, and going over some stats for all eight playoff teams. Also, he talks about the league leaders in batting average, ERA, and other important categories.
Diamond Quiz (Show #8: Episode of Champions)
Time for another Diamond Quiz Episode of Champions! The three previous game winners (Jason Hernandez of "Locked On Anaheim Ducks," A.J. Andrews of "Locked On Blue Jays," and Ulises Sambrano of "Locked On Rays") are invited back to play against one another and put their baseball knowledge to the test.
Tribute to the Hall of Famers We Lost in 2020
D.C. does his best to pay tribute and celebrate the careers of the four Hall of Fame baseball players we lost in 2020. Tigers great Al Kaline, "Tom Terrific" Tom Seaver, stolen base king Lou Brock, and dominating Cardinals World Series champion Bob Gibson.
2020 M's Season Review: Pitching Stats
About 36 hours later than planned, D.C. reviews the pitching stats of the 2020 Mariners. Who was the most impressive arm the M's had this season? Spoiler alert: It was Marco Gonzales. In which two categories did Marco lead the league? Find out the answer on this episode of Locked On Mariners. (If you still wish to listen after that tacky blurb.)
2020 M's Season Review: Batting Stats
On today's show, bowling fan D.C. Lundberg breaks down the Mariners offensive numbers from the abbreviated 2020 season. And... there's not a whole lot that can be added to that comment. In other news, he was really excited for the Elias Cup Finals
Well, the Mariners 2020 campaign has come to an end. D.C recaps the final four games of the M's season before talking about a different league -- the PBA League. D.C. recaps the quarterfinals in both divisions of the newly-expanded PBA league (yes, team bowling), and also sets up the match-ups for this evenings semifinals. To close the program, he discusses the beginning of a project which he'll update from time to time on the program.
Where Do We Go From Here? Which Is the Way That...
Hey, kids; rock and roll; rock on; ooh, my soul. Yes, After briefly talking about the classic David Essex song, D.C. and guest Jason Hernandez talk about the Mariners Seat Fleet cutouts. Since there were fewer home games than anticipated, the Mariners are making it up to the fans in a pretty cool way. It's Friday, which means the Friday Mailbag. Jason sticks around to answer fan emails with D.C., which including questions about Safeco Field, the Mariners' future, and home & away jerseys. At the end, D.C. gets schooled by Jason on proper Spanish pronunciation and Mexican geography.
Mariners Beat the Trashcan Bangers, But Postsea...
The M's did beat Houston yesterday to take the series 2-1, but the scenario that would allow the Mariners to advance to postseason play is pretty unlikely. D.C. talks about yesterday's game, and then lays out exactly what would need to happen for the M's to end their playoff drought. Rock on!
Slowly Slipping Away
The Mariners' playoff hopes are fading following yesterday's loss to Houston. D.C. talks about yesterday's game and shares what he thinks the M's need to do to make it to postseason play this year. Two more division titles have been claimed, D.C. gets you up to speed on who has clinched what, and also gives an updated on the National and American League leaders, both pitching and hitting.
One Down, Two to Go
The Mariners took the first game of the most important series of the year. D.C. speaks about this first game of three vs. the Houston Astros. In the second half, he updates you on the rest of the divisional races in baseball, including the first [and so far only] team to win its division outright.
D.C. to Comissioner Manfred: "Get Off My Lawn!!"
D.C recaps the final two games of the Padres series in San Diego, including yesterday's extra-innings affair. Which means that once again, he complains about the stupid free runner rule, and may or may not mock Commissioner Manfred in the process. To close out the show, D.C. shares a story about his great-grandfather, whose birthday it would have been today.
California Dreamin' (That the Mariners Would Win)
In two different "Sans" -- San Francisco and San Diego -- the Mariners would play the part of the home team while the air in Seattle remained smoky. And in both cities, they'd lose. D.C. breaks down the two previous games, as well as talking about how the Astros did over the previous two days. Then, the... Friday??? Mailbag segment, one day later than planned. D.C. answers questions about the M's playoff chances, his playing days, and thumb wrestling.
Mariners Get Clobbered (That's Not Creative, Bu...
Yep. Not the best day to be a Mariners pitcher. (Or Dylan Moore.) D.C. talks about the 9-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants. The Mariners are chasing the Houston Astros for a playoff spot, so D.C. also talks briefly about how our favorite trashcan bangers fared in their game vs. the Rangers.
D.C. talks about the Mariners playoff chances in the first half of today's program. They're battling Houston for the second spot in the Western Division; whose schedule is more favorable? And will this ludicrous playoff structure be in place beyond this already-bizarre season? Also, D.C. updates you on how some former Mariners who were traded near the deadline are doing with their new teams.
Bangin' On a Trash Can In L.A.
The Mariners split the two games of Monday's double header against the Oakland A's yesterday. Guest host Jon Miller recaps both games. In the second half of the program, Jon welcomes Jason Hernandez, who talks about his glorious weekend near Dodger Stadium, where the Houston Astros were in town; the Asterisks were heckled from afar by Dodger rooters, who showed up even though no fans were allowed inside the ballpark, and got some ribbing from the Dodger Stadium organist & deejay.
M's Charm Diamondbacks Two Times Out of Three
The Mariners take two of three games in Arizona, the final two by identical scores. D.C. recaps this series in the second half of the program, after talking about the second no-hitter of the MLB season in the first half, in addition to some more roster shuffling for the M's.
Much Ado About Nothing
Jason Hernandez joins D.C. on this program, and hilarity ensues. J.D. talks about his weekend plans, which involves the Dodgers/Astros series in Los Angeles. Which is of interest to Mariners rooters, as the 'Stros are currently battling the Mariners for a playoff berth. Yes, the Mariners are actually in a pennant race. Jason also talks about the items he received from various teams that held virtual marathons. Finally, the two of them answer fan emails in the Friday Mailbag.
Baseball's Wacky Wednesday
The Mariners dropped both games of its series against the Giants in San Francisco, the second of which was... bad. However, not nearly as bad as some other teams fared on Wednesday. D.C. talks about both M's losses in San Fran, as well as the two monster performances by the Brewers and Braves yesterday.
Brooms Up! M's Sweep Rangers
The Mariners took advantage of a struggling Texas Rangers team over the last four days, winning all four games of the series vs. the Rangers. D.C. talks about the four-game sweep, and the plethora of roster moves that the M's made prior to and during the series. Brooms up, gang!
Cal Ripken, Jr.: Baseball's Most Famous Streaker
Yesterday was the 25th Anniversary of Cal Ripken, Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak. Ripken was our host's favorite player growing up -- and still is his all-time favorite player -- so D.C. takes the opportunity to talk about Ripken's career and streak on today's program.
Diamond Quiz (Show #7)
Today, Ulises Sambrano from "Locked On Rays," Javi Reyes from "Locked On Padres," and Gabrielle Star from "Locked On Red Sox" test their baseball knowledge in the latest game of "Diamond Quiz."
Generically-Titled Stats Update Featuring a Ver...
A very sleepy D.C. Lundberg updates the stats of the players on the M's roster, and also talks about how Taijuan Walker & Daniel Vogelbach have fared in Toronto thus far.
Marco is Complete/Williams Shipped to Slam Diego
Just prior to yesterday's trading deadline, the Mariners sent reliever Taylor Williams to the Padres. D.C. talks about this trade and goes over Williams' career as a Mariners, and overall. Mariners also defeated the Los Angeles Angels yesterday in "The Big A," which is a giant letter A, 2-1 Marco Gonzales performed like a true #1 starter, and D.C. talks about his pitching performance, as well as the hot streak on which Jose Marmolejos currently is.
No More Nola
Austin Nola, Dan Altavilla, and Austin Adams are all now members of the San Diego Padres. This news broke while D.C. was recording. (Hence why it's the second half of the show and not the first half.) D.C. talks about all seven players involved, the three mentioned above, and the four the M's got in return: Ty France, Andres Muñoz, Luis Torrens, and Taylor Trammell. It was also an... interesting weekend in Anaheim. D.C. discusses the weekend games, including Saturday's unmitigated disaster.
On This Date in 1998...
In today's second episode of the "Locked On Mariners" double-header, D.C. looks back at a home run record the Mariners set on this date in 1998. And none of the "usual suspects" were involved in setting this record. Also, D.C. dives into the Friday Mailbag for the first time since Spring Training.
Taijuan Traded to Toronto/M's Split Double Dip ...
D.C. talks about the double-header in Slam Diego that took place on Thursday. The M's executed a trade mere hours prior to the first game of said double-header. Taijuan Walker is now a Toronto Blue Jay. (Or should that be the "Buffalo Blue Jays" this year?) D.C. talks about that trade, also, in the first episode of today's "Locked On Mariners" double-header.
M's Stun Slam Diego/White Sox's Giolito No-Hits...
The Mariners did in fact cool of a red hot San Diego (or "Slam Diego") Padres team on Tuesday, who had won seven in a row. The M's dropped four runs on them in the first two innings, going onto an 8-3 final score. D.C. talks about this game, and then talks about the big baseball news item of Tuesday: Lucas Giolito's no-hitter against the Pirates. D.C. also talks about this dominating effort, and some other pitching mastery that's taken place on August 25.
Brooms Up! M's Sweep Rangers/Padres Series Prev...
To borrow a phrase from another sport, brooms up! Mariners sweep aside the Texas Rangers, whose starting pitchers... were not very impressive for the most part. D.C. talks about this three-game series. Javier Reyes from "Locked On Padres" then joins him to talk about some of the Padres players ahead of the three-game series which begins tonight in San Diego. (Or "Slam Diego," as it were.)
Dodgers Attempt to Ruin D.C.'s 100th Episode
In D.C. Lundberg's 100th episode of this program, first half is much the same as it ever was -- covering a Mariners loss. Kershaw was Kershaw, M's pitching staff coughed up yet another big inning, and Kyle Seager does something good. After that, some of the other hosts on the Locked On Network chime in to congratulate D.C. on his 100th episode. Finally, D.C. pays tribute to his late friend who got him into baseball podcasting, Jim Williams.
M's Snap Losing Streak/Bye Bye Vogey
After a plethora of roster moves on Wednesday, the Mariners win for the first time in a week, topping the Dodgers 6-4. D.C. talks about this game, and which players were the keys to the victory. Among the aforementioned roster moves was the designation for assignment of Daniel Vogelbach. D.C. also examines what may have led to his slow start this year and his poor second half last season, but also explains why Vogey was one of his favorite Mariners.
Marco Spectacular, Offense Not So Much
As good as the Mariners offense was on Monday, they were almost that bad last night. On the flip side, as bad as the pitching was on Monday, Marco Gonzales was that good, if not better. D.C. breaks down the latest Mariners loss, which has become an unfortunate trend. In the second half, in light of Kyle & Corey Seager finally facing off against one another, we look at some other pairs of Big League brothers who have played for the Mariners.
Bombs Away In L.A. (It Didn't Go the Mariners' ...
While the Mariners offense was clicking on all cylinders -- at least for one inning -- and hung a 9-spot on the Dodgers, it wasn't enough as the pitching staff gave up not one, but two of those big innings that have been plaguing the team all season. D.C. talks about this game, including something cool that the Brothers Seager accomplished.
M's Have a Problem in Houston
Yes, the Mariners got swept in Houston. Yes, the first game was one that everyone would just as soon forget. However, the final two games weren't nearly as dreadful as the first. D.C. talks [briefly] about each game. In the second half, he is joined by Locked On Mariners contributor Jon Miller, who shares his observations of the club through the first third of the season.
Prospect Talk With Aram Leighton (Part the Fift...
Today, the final two parts of D.C.'s conversation with Aram Leighton of "Locked On MLB Prospects." They talk about the M's infield outlook, catcher Cal Raleigh, some potential M's trade pieces, and Aram answers a fan's email questions regarding the farm system.
M's Give Away a Winable Game/Prospect Talk With...
After the Mariners seemingly hand the Rangers a victory on Wednesday night, D.C. talks about how it went so wrong so quickly, and also shares what's frustrating him about J.P. Crawford and Daniel Vogelbach. The fourth part of his conversation with Aram Leighton continues the talk about the future outfield, along with some present-day outfield discussion.
M's Drop Game Two in Texas/Prospect Talk With A...
As effective as the M's offense was on Monday, it was almost that ineffective on Tuesday. D.C. talks about this game briefly, and then updates the American League standings. In addition, the third part of D.C.'s conversation with Aram Leighton about the Mariners' prospects. Today, the two of them talk about Kyle Lewis, and top outfield prospects Jarred Kelenic & Julio Rodriguez.
M's Tee Off in Arlington/Prospect Talk With Ara...
The Mariners hang 10 runs on the Rangers, while also pitching well -- both starting pitcher Justin Dunn and the Bullpen. D.C. talks about this impressive game. Then, the second portion of D.C.'s conversation with Aram Leighton speaking about the Mariners top prospects. Today, Logan Gilbert & Evan White are discussed.
Weekend Series Recap/Prospect Talk With Aram Le...
In the first half of the show, D.C. talks about the three-game weekend series against the Rockies, then previews the upcoming three-game series which begins tonight in Arlington. The second half the first portion of a conversation with Aram Leighton, the host of the new "Locked On MLB Prospects" show, talking about the Mariners farm system. Today, three potential future starting pitchers are discussed.
Big Inning Stings Mariners (Again)
A familiar story unfolded in the Mariners' loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. A starting pitcher (Taijuan Walker) starts out okay, then falls apart and doesn't survive the 4th inning. To be fair, the M's offense was worse, only mustering four hits. D.C. recaps this game, then previews the three game weekend series against the Colorado Rockies.
Kyle Seager: Young At Heart
While both parts of the Kyle Connection came up aces against the Angels on Wednesday, the elder of the two achieved a career milestone. In addition, Marco Gonzales turned in another very good outing. Oh, yeah. And Mike Trout continues to crush the Mariners. D.C. talks about the game, and then dedicates the second half of the program to the M's veteran third baseman.
Mariners Drop Two Games; Catch Up on Covid-19 News
Well, the last two Mariners games weren't much to speak about, particularly Monday's drubbing at the hands of the Athletics. Unfortunately, the second half of the show is also pretty not-fun, as Jason Hernandez joins D.C. to get caught up on the Covid-19 mess that's been a factor in Major League Baseball.