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Welcome to the only daily podcast covering your Seattle Mariners. Every afternoon, 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 lockedonmariners@gmail.com and your message might be read on the air. (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!

Fare Thee Well
This is D.C. Lundberg's final episode of Locked On Mariners, but much of the show is largely the same as it ever was. The Mariners executed another trade Thursday night, acquiring relief pitcher Diego Castillo from the Tampa Bay Rays for JT Chargois (whom D.C. dubbed "The Avocado") and minor league infielder Austin Shenton. D.C. talks about the three players involved. Unfortunately, the Mariners have another PED suspension on their hands, and it's a man who's had a very rocky season: Hector Santiago. After glossing over that news, D.C. talks about the Cleveland Indians' impending name change, and also ties it in with a northwest team, his hometown Spokane Indians. At the end of the show, D.C. explains why he is leaving the show, and also thanks those who have made his tenure on Locked On Mariners possible and enjoyable.
27 min
Mailbag Finale
D.C., Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller, Locked On Anaheim Ducks hots Jason Hernandez, and Clive Braithwaite IV dip into the fan mailbag for the final time. Lots of messages this time around, talking about the Kendall Graveman Trade, distinguishing between celebrating and insulting the opposition, flowers, and the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
44 min
Mariners' Two-Trade Tuesday (Or Twosday)
Yes, we're focusing Tuesday's wheeling-and-dealing rather than the final two games of the M's/Trashtros series. The third game in particular was terrible, so D.C. spends the majority of the episode speaking of the two trades the Mariners executed on Tuesday. In the first segments he talks about the trade which sent Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero to Houston for Abraham Toro and Joe Smith. In the second segment, he discusses the acquisition of Tyler Anderson for two minor leaguers. He finally glosses over the last two games against the Trashcan Bangers at the end of the show, but he keeps it short.
24 min
Get Out the Rye Bread and Mustard, Grandma!
My oh my, what a finish last night! D.C. spends two segments talking about last night's incredible and exciting come-from-behind victory against the Houston Asterisks, which was capped off with a Dylan Moore grand slam. D.C. breaks down the two plate appearances which led to the salami, which were almost as key as the grand slam itself. D.C. spends the last segment talking about two infielders whom the Mariners are reported to be interested in acquiring prior to Friday's trade deadline; he speaks about how they both might fit in with the Mariners.
25 min
M's Weekend Report Card: Straight A's
After dropping the first game of a four-game series against the Oakland A's on Thursday, the Mariners win the final three in succession. Guest host Jason Burke talks about the final three games of the series, and in particular talks about Logan Gilbert's pitch selection and why it did not work for him on Saturday, leading to a very short outing. Jason also speaks about a couple players the M's had been said to be targeting, including one veteran with an inexpensive contract who has a skillset the Mariners are lacking.
32 min
Logan Gilbert For Prez
Locked On A's host Jason Burke fills in for D.C. on today's show. He talks briefly about last night's Mariners loss to the A's; there wasn't much notable about the game, it was another anemic performance by the Mariner offense, and A's starting pitcher Sean Manaea collected a career high 13 strikeouts. While he is obviously an Oakland A's fan, Jason likes what he's seeing with the Mariners, and is very high on the team's future. He speaks about young Logan Gilbert in the second part of the show, and also talks about some trades that may be worth considering at the deadline involving Kendall Graveman and Mitch Haniger
30 min
Blandly Titled A's/Mariners Series Preview
Locked On A's host Jason Burke joins D.C. to talk about the upcoming four-game series in Seattle. The two talk about each of the starting pitchers, and also speak about their team's respective offense. Jason has some questions for D.C. about the Mariners, including some trade deadline talk, and when the team may be able to come together for a playoff run.
43 min
Connor Joe, Darren McCaughan, and Pitch Clocks
The Mariners split the two-game series in Colorado against the Rockies. D.C. talks about both games, and talks about Rockies rookie Connor Joe. Incidentally, D.C. cannot say "Rockies rookie" ten times fast -- try it at home. In this afternoon's game Darren McCaughan made his Major League debut for the Mariners and gave the bullpen much needed length, tossing five innings. To close out the show, Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller and Clive Braithwaite IV join D.C. to read the two listener emails that they did not get to yesterday. A fan from Clive's home country wrote in describing a parallel between baseball and cricket.
29 min
Foreign Substances and Poor Sportsmanship
D.C. is joined by Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller and Clive Braithwaite IV to open up the fan mailbag. D.C. and Jon answer questions about the changes baseball made this year in regards to pitchers' use of foreign substances, what the rotation may look like a couple years from now, and hitters showing up pitchers after hitting a home run. They spent so much time answering these questions, they ran out of time before getting to all the emails.
34 min
Scott Servais Almost Gives the Game Away
Chris Flexen was terrific. The Mariner offense was great. And Scott Servais was very close to screwing the whole thing up. D.C. talks about tonight's game in a very rare overnight edition of Locked On Mariners. David Fletcher is one player who seems to step up his game just a bit when facing the M's, and he now has a 25-game hitting streak. D.C. talks about Mr. Fletcher, and the plethora of high scores across Major League Baseball on Friday. He ends the show with an important, but unhappy announcement regarding the future of Locked On Mariners.
23 min
Mariners' Midterm Report Card
Before handing out mid=season grades to the Mariners, D.C. goes over the two bits of news that came out today regarding both Hector Santiago and Jarred Kelenic. D.C. then gives each position a letter grade on how he thinks that position has fared over the course of the first half of the season. Finally, he recalls the first game in Safeco Field history on its anniversary.
29 min
Did Rob Manfred Actually Do Something Good For ...
Two rules implemented last year may not be around much longer, much to the delight of D.C. and Locked On Anaheim Ducks host Jason Hernandez. The two talk about Commissioner Rob Manfred's comments alluding to the possibility that the extra-inning free-runner rule and seven-inning games in double headers will both be things of the past come next season. Both men are very happy to learn about these facts, and also surprised, and would also like to see pitch clocks implemented to speed up the pace of play. Finally, NHL hockey is coming to Seattle, and the expansion draft is imminent. Jason explains how the NHL expansion draft works, and also talks about the first three exhibition games the Seattle Cracken will play at the end of September.
30 min
Will Vest DFA'ed? Yep, Will Vest DFA'ed
In what D.C. thought was a very bizarre roster move, the Mariners designated pitcher Will Vest for assignment the other day. D.C. explains why he thought the move was bizarre, and talks about who he thought would have been the next to go if a 40-man roster spot needed to be cleared. With Cal Raleigh's call up to the Mariners over the weekend, the M's now have three catchers on the roster... or do they? D.C. explains what Mr. Raleigh's promotion might mean for Luis Torrens. Also, this is episode 300 of Locked On Mariners. D.C. takes some time out of the end of the show to note this, ahem, momentous occasion, which he didn't know was approaching until last night.
23 min
Mariners Clip the Angels' Wings
It was a pretty good weekend of Mariners baseball. Not perfect, of course, but they did take two of three games against the Los Angeles Angels. D.C. talks about all three games, including another gem from Chris Flexen on Saturday, and Cal Raleigh's first big league game on Sunday. D.C. spends some times diving into Mr. Flexen's numbers, and also highlights David Fletcher, one of his favorite players, who had a fantastic series in Seattle.
26 min
Logan Gilbert, Shortened No-Hitters, and the Ne...
Jon Miller guest hosts today's episode, and he's joined by Locked On Anaheim Ducks host Jason Hernandez. The two of them are still abuzz about Logan Gilbert's stellar outing against the Yankees from the previous afternoon, so the two of them talk about their impressions of how the young right-hander did. They also talk about some of the more disappointing teams around the league, and ponder whether or not the Cubs will be buyers or sellers at the deadline. A discussion on shortened no-hitters follows, and to close out the show, the two discuss the integration on Negro League statistics in the Major League Baseball record books; Jon doesn't think they went far enough and has a very interesting point to make about who should be the all-time home run leader.
29 min
Logan Gilbert Has Arrived!
Two games to talk about on today's episode. D.C. begins with yesterday's game, which was not a Mariners victory. Yusei Kikuchi struggled through the first couple innings, but then settled down. In the second segment, Locked On Mariners contributor Jon Miller joins D.C. to talk a little bit about Justus Sheffield, as it's been revealed that he's not only dealing with arm trouble, but also an oblique strain. Finally, D.C. talks about Logan Gilbert's spectacular performance this afternoon against the Yankees. He was sharp, had command, his slider was great, and the Yankees only were able to manage one base hit. Brilliant game for the young right-hander.
26 min
Sheff's Struggles Continue
Justus Sheffield once again did not have it last night against the Yankees. D.C. and Locked On Yankees host Stacey Gotsulias discuss last night's blowout Mariner loss. (Or Yankee win, depending on your perspective.) Stacey offers some insight as to how the Yankees have been faring this season, highlighting the two starting pitchers who'll be opposing the M's over the course of the next two days, as well as the bullpen and Yankee offense.
34 min
Mariners Win Weird Series vs. Rangers
The first game was a cheap extra-inning win, the second game was a blowout, and the third a nice, quick two-and-a-half hour victory. D.C. talks about all three games of the Rangers series on this "Catch-Up Monday" edition of Locked On Mariners. He ends with some calculations of what some 2021 Mariner batting averages might look like under last year's conditions, and conditions five years ago.
26 min
M's Take Two of Three in Buffalo
Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller guest hosts today's episode, and he has two Mariner wins to talk about. He runs down both wins in Buffalo against the Toronto/Buffalo Blue Jays, on extra-inning victory, and a semi-blowout. He then sets up the pitching match-ups for the upcoming series against the Rangers in Seattle, and ends the show with another story about his umpiring days.
20 min
Hector Santiago's Sticky Situation: Part II
D.C. was rather salty in this episode at times. Maybe it's the heat. In any case, the Mariners got blown out by the Toronto/Buffalo Blue Jays yesterday afternoon, but that's not the lead story. Hector Santiago was suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball for using an illegal glove. D.C. reacts, and he's not very pleased. He also wasn't pleased by what the bullpen did yesterday, and one certain relief pitcher has earned his ire. D.C. goes off Rafael Montero in the final segment of the day.
25 min
Preview of the Upcoming Series With the Blue Ja...
While it may be cooling off in the Puget Sound region, in the Inland Northwest, it's supposed to be hotter today than yesterday. (In fact, Spokane is supposed to set an all-time record for highest ever temperature.) So D.C. is a little out of it today because of the heat, leading to the unimaginative episode title. But at least it says what happens in the show. D.C. does go over the numbers of the Toronto Blue Jays (or "Buffalo Blue Jays?"), as they begin a three-game series against the Mariners this afternoon in Buffalo. D.C. talks about their pitching & hitting, and previews all three pitching match-ups in the series.
32 min
Hector Santiago's Sticky Situation
It was a weird weekend of Mariners baseball, highlighted by Hector Santiago's ejection upon being removed from the first game on Sunday. D.C. talks about this ejection, what the umpires found, possible ramifications, and talks about what Mr. Santiago and Scott Servais said in post-game press conferences. The rest of the series was surrounded by weirdness, as well, including the delayed start to Saturday's game, and its eventual suspension until Sunday morning. D.C. talks about the three games, which the Mariners won two of three against the White Sox.
26 min
Dodger Blues: No-Hitter Edition
D.C. had already scheduled Dodger fans Jon Miller and Jason Hernandez to appear on today's program, and then the Dodgers wind up getting no-hit by the Cubs last night. The three gentlemen discuss last night's historic, record-tying 7th no-hitter of the season -- which none of them remembered to mention on the air. The discussion of foreign substances continues, as well, sparked by an incident in which Joe Girardi requested Max Scherzer be checked twice in one inning. The trio discuss this incident, and Jon Miller gives the umpire's point of view,
34 min
Potential Peak Years, Ejections, and Flan
Jon Miller joins D.C. to dive into the fan mailbag, where they field questions on many different subjects. When do the two of them think the Mariners will finally be ready to compete in the American League West? What does a normal day look like for D.C.? And most importantly, what did he find on his quest to find the perfect flan recipe? Also, it appears as if at least one listener is not a fan of Clive Braithwaite IV. Jon ends the show with a couple more umpiring stories, including a story which D.C. calls his favorite.
30 min
Mariners Were Flexen Their Muscles/Justus Didn'...
Two games to discuss today on Locked On Mariners. First, last night's great pitching match-up between Chris Flexen and Kyle Freeland, in which the M's had the upper hand, albeit slightly. Shed Long Jr. did his thing again, hitting the go=ahead home run in the 8th inning. This afternoon's game did not go as well, as Justus Sheffield again struggled with the feel for his secondary pitches, and command of all of them. D.C. talks about both games, and then goes on another rant about modern-day baseball. But the big question: What did he learn on his quest to find the perfect flan recipe? And the bigger question: Was Clive serious when he talked about D.C.'s pursuit of a waitress named Mazey on yesterday's show, or did he make the whole thing up?
29 min
Brooms Up! Mariners See Rays of Hope
The Mariners earn another four-game sweep, and D.C. isn't here to celebrate by saying "brooms up." Instead, Clive Braithwaite IV fills in for him, and he talks about the pitching and the offense in the four-game series sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays. The M's put together a few big innings, including two grand slam home runs. One Mariner who struggled last year is off to a pretty good start this year, and Clive talks about him, as well as some other Mariner hitters. He also highlights one player down on the farm who pay play into the Mariners' future plans at second base.
31 min
Mariners Come Back to Win in the Bottom of the 9th
Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller is given the reigns for this episode, and he lucks out by getting to talk about a very exciting come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Jon talks about the game, which wasn't all good; starter Justin Dunn had to leave the game early. Jon then talks about the pitching match ups for the remaining three games of the series, and also discusses a very unusual triple play, which was a Major League Baseball first.
19 min
Sweepless In Seattle
The Twins salvaged the final game of the three-game series in Seattle by jumping all over starting pitcher Justus Sheffield. D.C. talks about Sheff's performance, and also another weak day for the offense. Shifting gears in the next segment, Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller joins D.C. to talk about expanded playoffs. Not entirely about last year's expanded playoffs, or proposed plans for the near future, but the 1994 playoff structure, and a little history on when and why playoffs have expanded. This leads to a brief discussion about some teams that missed out on playoff opportunities in the late 80s and early 90s, when only two teams per league qualified for postseason play, and THAT leads to a conversation about those great Atlanta Braves teams of the 1990s, featuring the man D.C. called his favorite pitcher.
35 min
Flexen Fuel
Yes, the Mariners were certainly "Flexen" their muscles last night, eh? Anyways... The Mariners did crush the Twins last night, every aspect was on point, not the least of which was starter Chris Flexen. D.C. talks about the right-hander's best game as a Major Leaguer, and also about the offensive explosion, including big nights from about half the starting lineup. It was announced yesterday that Major League Baseball would officially begin cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances on baseballs to improve their spin rates. D.C. and Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller talk about the implications of these new protocols.
31 min
Mitch Haniger's Knee Contusion, Et Al
Failing to come up with a clever title for today's program, D.C. leads off the program with an update on Mitch Haniger. With two men named Jake (Fraley & Bauers) filling the void quite well at this time, Taylor Trammell patrolling center field, and also with the Mariners not in contention this year, does all this point to Maniger being traded? Several members of the media think so, but D.C. disagrees, and he explains why he thinks Maniger will remain a Mariner. There are also roster notes aplenty at the end of the show, including updates on Kyle Lewis and Evan White.
28 min
Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News
Jonathan Miller guest hosts today's episode, and he's joined by Locked On Anaheim Ducks host Jason Hernandez. The two of them discuss one of the contemporary hot button issues in baseball: pitchers' [alleged] use of foreign substances. The two of them talk about how this might impact accused pitchers' legacies, and Jon talks about how and when umpires are allowed to check pitchers for anything that could doctor baseballs. The two of them then discuss some of the more bizarre plays that have taken place in recent weeks, and Jon dives into the rule book to explain the legalities of these plays. He then relays a couple of the more bizarre plays he saw -- and had to call -- as an umpire.
32 min
Ace Fraley Flies High Again
Wednesday night's game was certainly one of the most memorable games thus far, and a prime reason for that is Mr. Jake Fraley. D.C. talks about this fun game -- fun despite it being an extra-inning game -- and talks about the exploits of Mr. Fraley. In addition, this was the first Major League game for Dillon Thomas, who had been in the minor leagues for almost a decade. And while he did go 1-5, he impacted the game with his glove, and his one hit was crucial. Ace Fraley also had a good game Thursday morning, though he was one of the few Mariners who could make that claim.
26 min
Has J.P. Crawford Turned the Corner?
Is this the first time an episode of Locked On Mariners has been titled with a direct question? I don't remember... Anyways, one of the bright spots in yesterday's loss in Detroit was shortstop J.P. Crawford. He's been coming on strong lately, and D.C. dives into his numbers to illustrate how much better his offense has been lately. Taylor Trammell has also been doing much better since his recall, and D.C. looks into his stats as well. As for the game, it was frustrating for multiple reasons.
26 min
More Umpiring Talk With Jonathan Miller
The title says it all. Jonathan Miller is back to talk about umpiring again. He and D.C. talk about pitch framing a little bit, the differences between minor league and Major League umpiring, and also a little bit about how umpires are trained. Prior to that discussion, however, there were some notable roster moves made by the Mariners. Chiefly, Jarred Kelenic's demotion to AAA Tacoma. However Shed Long Jr. is back, and the Mariners also called up a minor league veteran who will be making his Major League debut once he gets into a ballgame, outfielder Dillon Thomas.
26 min
M's Split Series in Anaheim; Jake Fraley Comes ...
The Mariners lost two of three over the weekend to the Los Angeles/Anaheim/California Angels to split the four-game series. Southern California's Jason Hernandez, who covers a different Anaheim team for the Locked On Podcast Network, joins D.C. to talk about the final three games of the series. Jake Fraley put together a good piece of hitting and was rewarded with a grand slam, and J.P. Crawford proved he's more than a slap hitter. Both teams had bullpen problems, which cost the Mariners on Saturday, and was getting close to costing them on Sunday. There's good news about Yusei Kikuchi, too. Also, Jason drags out the Hall Pass just about as long as at can go.
34 min
Ace Fraley: No Trouble Walking
Justus prevailed in Anaheim last night, as the Mariners won 6-2. D.C. talks about the game, including Justus Sheffield's semi-rocky evening, the M's offense getting it done in the middle innings, and Jake Fraley drawing lots of walks. Again. D.C. then dives into Ace's numbers a bit, and the difference between his on base percentage and batting average is almost laughable. He compares Ace's stats to a player from around 30 years ago who was known for drawing lots of walks. In the second and third segments, Jonathan Miller is back; he and D.C. talk about umpiring once again, including talking about the biggest misconception there is about how games are umpired.
30 min
One Inning Costs Flexen, But Mariners Can't Sco...
Chris Flexen was one poor inning away from tossing another very good game. But even with that bad inning, the Mariners couldn't scratch any runs across, so it made little difference in terms of a W or an L. D.C. talks about the game, and then dives into the offensive numbers of several Mariners hitters. Some are starting to come around, some aren't, and a couple have been pretty consistent all season. He then complains some recent defensive alignments, which had an excellent second baseman playing left field, and a mediocre corner infielder at second base.
24 min
Afternoon Delight
In the first regular afternoon episode of this show, D.C. goes over the previous two Mariner games -- one a fun win, the other an embarrassing loss. He's then joined by Jonathan Miller and Clive Braithwaite IV for two Mailbag segments. Questions include a question about the physicality of umpires, the future of the minor league system, and a comment on one fan's preference to see the Everett AquaSox instead of the Mariners while in town.
33 min
Brooms Up! Mariners Earn First Sweep of 2021
The Mariners' first sweep of the season was of the four-game variety. D.C. talks about all four games on Catch-Up Monday. Sunday's game particularly pleased him, and Ty France looks like he's back to himself, as well.
25 min
Number Crunchers
Failing to come up with anything interesting to say about yesterday's loss to Oakland, D.C. spends the entirety of B block diving in to the Mariners' offensive numbers to try to see exactly what the heck is going on. It's mostly the same group of hitters as we saw last year, yet they're not doing nearly as well. He comes up with a couple answers, but it still doesn't explain everything.
24 min
The Host Has No Imagination
No, D.C. couldn't come up with an adequate title for today's show. But on this particular episode, we feature the remainder of the conversation he had with Jason Burke of Locked On A's about the Mariners and Athletic. This portion of the conversation focuses on the Mariners. Jason likes the Mariners, and was excited to learn that they were slumping horribly prior to the first game of the series. (Which the Mariners won.)
21 min
M's Snap Losing Streak... In Oakland?!
Having been swept in the last two series, the Mariners headed to Oakland, where they have perennially had problems. Such was not the case last night. Guest host Taylor Blake Ward takes you through the M"s 4-2 victory, and then discusses the Seattle Mariners from a national perspective. There's a shortstop currently playing in the M's minor league system for the Modesto Nuts with whom Taylor is very impressed, and that would be Noelvi Marte. Taylor gives his impressions in Mr. Marte, and talks about what kind of player he could potentially develop into. Finally, more of D.C.'s conversation with Locked On A's host Jason Burke; they discuss the Athletics' offense and defense.
30 min
M's Are Lousy; Everyone Goes on the IL
Not only are the Mariners playing poorly, but their problems with the injured list continue. D.C. talks about the three-game series in San Diego against the Padres. It was an uninteresting series for the most part, aside from Mariner sluggers Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn getting it done on offense. Yes, that's right, the pitchers can hit, but the hitters can't. D.C. is not thrilled with the state of the team, to say the least, although there was some bad luck involved in Sunday's game, including one play that led to an inning spiraling out of control. Jason Burke of Locked On A's talked to D.C. about the upcoming series in Oakland, and today, we present the first part of that conversation.
30 min
No-Hitter Blues, Protection Lists, and Anti-Cur...
There was quite a bit of roster shuffling yesterday in Mariner-land. D.C. talks about the comings and goings before opening up the fan mailbag with Clive Braithwaite IV and Jonathan Miller. D.C. & Jon talk about the Mariner offense following two no-hitters (though the email was sent to the show after the first one), and also discuss which players in the M's organization they'd protect in a potential expansion draft. Also, D.C. re-starts a project he talked about last Fall.
33 min
Mariners Squander Scoring Opportunities
Which is worse: Getting no-hit, or having men on base in multiple innings yet only taking advantage in one of them? D.C. talks about last night's frustrating game; this is the most frustrated he's been on the air in a while. Logan Gilbert's second big league start wasn't good, either, but he did have a good first inning. D.C. talks about that as well.
23 min
M's Get No-Hit For the Second Time in Two Weeks...
Yes, gang, the Mariners have been no-hit twice now, this season. D.C. talks about last night's game -- a gem turned in by Spencer Turnbull. Justin Dunn looked good for much of the game, but a couple things here and there spoiled his outing. As did the bullpen, who gave up three runs, and catcher Luis Torrens', whose poor defensive play may have led to another Tiger run. D.C. crunches some numbers to find out how worse than the average Major League catcher Torrens has been this year in regards to pitch handling.
20 min
Casey Mize Facilitates the Mariners' Demise
Yes, that's unfortunately the best pun I could come up with. But Casey Mize spun 7,2 great innings against the Mariners last night. D.C. talks about his performance, and why he thinks his already good fastball looks may look faster than it really is. Yusei Kikuchi started slowly, but wound up pitching well for most of the game, but the story of the day was too much Mr. Mize. There's an updated to Marco Gonzales' rehab, and D.C. has some kind words to say about now-former Mariner Braden Bishop.
25 min
Moore Offensive Output
The Mariners took the final three games of the four-game series over the weekend against the Cleveland Indians. Dylan Moore looks to have found his stroke and his timing, and his numbers have much improved over the previous few weeks. D.C. talks about Moore's improvement, and the improved offense at large. In addition, the bullpen had a much better series following a really bad road trip. D.C. dives into some pitching numbers, along with some offensive numbers.
30 min
Back to the Future: Part II & III
Both Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert made their Major League debuts last night. How'd they do? If you want to know, listen to Locked On Indians. Just kidding. D.C. talks about both players' performances in depth in the second and third segments, and goes over the bulk of the game in the first segment. He talks a little about Luis Torrens' defense behind the plate, which he's not a fan of. On the bright side, the bullpen did well for the first time in several days.
24 min
Back to the Future
Yes, there was a Mariner game last night, but that's not the main topic of discussion on today's episode. Not only was the game awful, but there is much more important Mariner news: Two highly-touted prospects will be making their Major League debuts tonight! Both Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert will play their first big league game. D.C. talks about the two young men, dives into their minor league numbers a bit, and also talks about possible roster moves which will be necessary to not only call the two up to the big leagues, but also add them to the 40-man roster.
26 min
Kikuchi-san Great, Bullpen Not So Much
Yusei Kikuchi turned in another great performance prior to tiring out in the 7th inning. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn't hold the lead the M's had built, and Rafael Montero wound up with his 5th blown save already. D.C. talks about last night's game, Kikichi-san's performance, as well as the two relievers', and also explains why he didn't think the Mariner offense was very good despite scoring four runs. The M's have a new minor league catcher, and there are injury updates aplenty. D.C. also talks about the latest no-hitter, which was spun by former Mariner Wade Miley, and also talks about Jarred Kelenic reportedly getting the call up to the big leagues later this week. Also, there's a very interesting question in the Trivia Corner regarding former slugging first baseman Fred McGriff and the number of stadiums in which he played.
30 min
M's Fall Flat In Texas, But Team USA Impressive...
While the Mariners were busy stinking up the new Ballpark in Arlington (or whatever it's actually called), Team USA was winning a bronze medal at the World Women's Curling Championship. But since this is Locked On Mariners and not Locked On USA Curling, D.C. talks about the three-game series against the Rangers in the first two segments. The first game was a win, and the offense showed signs of breaking out of its slump, but the next two games were sloppy. And Sunday's was a disaster. But D.C. talks about the good news in C block, and recaps the weekend of curling in Calgary to close out the show.
25 min
Talking Prospects on an Episode With a Generic,...
Taylor Blake Ward is back on the program, and today he talks about a number of the Seattle Mariners' prospects who are in the minor leagues. Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez, and young hurlers Logan Gilbert, George Kirby & Emerson Hancock are among those discussed. In addition, the he and D.C. talk a little bit about Albert Pujols at the end of the show and share their memories of Mr. Pujols from when they were growing up. Finally, Mr. Ward brings up another player from the 90s with a Mariners connection; he reads off some of his stats to see if D.C. could guess who it is.
37 min
A Minor Episode
With the minor league season starting this week, D.C. and Locked On Mariners Contributor Jon Miller talk about minor league ball. D.C. attended the Spokane Indians home opener last Tuesday, and be briefly talks about that. Jon talks about some of the players he remembered watching as Tacoma Rainiers, some of whom went on to big league success, and some of whom didn't. Shane Monahan, Greg Pirkl, and Jim Bonnici are three names that are specifically brought up. The two of them also talk about the minor league experience at large. (From a fan's perspective, of course.)
31 min
Ends Justify the Means
John Means no-hit the Seattle Mariners today. It was a brilliant pitching performance. D.C. talks about the game, and also serves up some no-hitter trivia, both regarding the Mariners and Baltimore Orioles; there are some strange coincidences regarding the last three no-hitters thrown in Seattle, including this afternoon's. Connor Newcomb from Locked On Orioles talks about John Means in the third segment, and also about his mastery on the mound.
29 min
Bullpen Mostly a Hit, Offense Mostly a Miss
Despite having to utilize the bullpen for the entire game yesterday, the staff did a very good job, by and large. (The 8th inning aside, of course.) D.C. talks about the game, which for him speaks more about the lack of offense than it did one bad inning from the bullpen. The minor league season starts today, and D.C. offers a quick preview of the two local minor league teams, the AAA Tacoma Rainiers and the A+ Everett AquaSox. (And of course HIS hometown Spokane Indians.)
28 min
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
The Mariners did take two of three games over the weekend against the Angels. D.C. talks about all three games, including Saturday's disastrous outing from Ljay Newsome, and Sunday's pitcher's duel. He also breaks down Jacob Nottingham's very brief and very odd tenure with the M's organization. In C block, D.C. offers some grand slam trivia on the anniversary of Dan Wilson's inside-the-park salami against the Tigers in the Kingdome.
22 min
Yūsei Kikuchi was amazing yesterday in Houston. D.C. talks about his performance, but still finds something to complain about. (Not in Kikuchi-san's performance, but the fact that he was removed after seven innings and 95 pitches.) D.C. also talks about why his first couple seasons with the Mariners may have been largely unsuccessful, versus what we saw out of him yesterday. There's more injury news, unfortunately, but also a preview of the upcoming three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, which begins tonight in Seattle.
30 min
Bats Come Alive Against Greinke, Bullpen Gives ...
This was not a typical 2021 Mariner loss. The offense was able to get to Zack Greinke -- who utterly dominated the M's the last time he faced them -- but the bullpen was the problem in this one. D.C. talks about this game, and also the unfortunate injury news that's come out in the last couple days. The Mariners have added two players to its organization via waiver claims, and D.C. tells you about these two players, an infielder and a catcher. To close out the show, Clive Braithwaite IV joins D.C. and talks about his memories of the 2001 Mariners, which more or less got him into baseball.
32 min
Offense Grinds to a Halt
The Mariners turned in two pretty poor offensive performances on Monday and Tuesday; D.C. recaps both games, the second of which was pretty well pitched by Marco Gonzales. This was the second start of his in succession that the M's offense didn't support him. Specific players are struggling, including Dylan Moore and Jose Marmolejos. D.C. also revisits the topic of catching on one knee with runners on base in C block, then ends the show speaking about the notion of expanding to 32 Major League Baseball teams.
30 min
Telegram Sam, You're My Main Man
Telegram Sam Haggerty sure had himself a great series, so D.C. talks about his exploits throughout the entire episode while referencing the song from which D.C. gave Mr. Haggerty his nickname. (D.C. also is assuming that Mr. Haggerty has never heard this particular song before.) Anyways, the Red Sox took two of three from the Mariners over the weekend, though there were some very good performances by the M's. Most impressive was Chris Flexen on Saturday, who turned in his best start of the season thus far. Along with Telegram Sam, Kyle Seager also had a good series, and nearly hit for the cycle on Saturday. In addition, D.C. noticed something about the fad of catching on one knee that's been implemented across Major League Baseball, and talks about it for a while in B block on the heels of Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki's game in which he allowed three wild pitches and two passed balls.
28 min
M's Win a Wild One in Fenway
Generally when a team records only three base hits, they don't win. And they generally don't score seven runs. But that's what the Mariners did on Thursday, taking advantage of several bases on balls issued by Red Sox pitching, and also a key error in the 8th inning. D.C. talks about this strange game, and also sets you up for the upcoming three weekend games in Boston. There was an even more bizarre game on Wednesday between the Twins and Athletics in Oakland. D.C. speaks about the end of that game, then offers an update on the rest of the American League.
35 min
M's Out-Dueled Once Again
It was another one of those games where the M's certainly pitched well enough to win, but the opposing pitcher was just THAT much better. D.C. talks about this great pitcher's duel -- his favorite type of game to talk about -- and also tries to think pitchers he grew up watching to compare to both Marco Gonzales and Julio Urias. In the second segment, D.C. brings you up to speed on how the Red Sox have fared, in preparation of the upcoming four-game series in Beantown. Finally, D.C. answers your email questions in the Fan Mailbag. (Well, he answers most of them. One of them was addressed to Clive Braithwaite IV.)
25 min
Capitalization of Dodger Mistakes Leads to M's ...
It was a good day to be a fan of the Seattle Mariners. A 4-3 victory over the defending World Series champions, who had lost all of three games thus far. The M's did capitalize on some Dodger mistakes -- both on the mound and in the field -- which led to the M's winning the ballgame. The M's pitching was also pretty good, limiting the powerful Dodger offense to only three runs. D.C. talks about the game, and also goes over some stats on the 2021 Dodgers to put into perspective just what a good team the Mariners beat.
23 min
Bang Bang, What's that Sound?
That sound was the Mariners winning two of three against the Trashcan Bangers. D.C. talks about all three games of this great series, including the two victories, and Zack Greinke's pitching mastery on Saturday. Kyle Seager has been on fire with runners in scoring position, and that did not change during this series. Mitch Haniger & Ty France continue to rake, and J.P. Crawford's struggles seem to have ended. In addition, the pitching's been pretty good, and at times very good.
32 min
Pitching Propels M's to Two Wins on Thursday
It was a good day for the Mariners pitchers. D.C. talks about both games of yesterday's double header, including Marco Gonzales' and Justin Dunn's great starts. There was some history made in Major League Baseball on Wednesday, and D.C. talks about both players who entered the history books. The Houston Astros are coming to town for three games, but their troops will be depleted. In addition, D.C. offers up some Jackie Robinson trivia in the Trivia Corner, as yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day.
29 min
M's Split Double Dip With O's
The title tells most of the story. The Mariners did, in fact, split a double-header with the Orioles. D.C. is joined by Clive Braithwaite IV who serves as co-host on this episode, and the two of them talk about both games, including Telegram Sam Haggerty's heroics in game two. D.C. also offers some updates on some injured players, including the unfortunate news on James Paxton, but some good news on Kyle Lewis.
30 min
Rainy Day Recess With Jon Miller
Since yesterday's game was rained out, D.C. invites Jonathan Miller on the show to do an almost entirely unscripted episode -- only one topic was decided upon before hand, and the two of them knew they weren't going to talk about it all that long. They start by talking a little about the first regular season power rankings to come out, which led into a brief discussion on how teams rebuild, they talk about Kyle Seager & Ty France... then go way off toping talking about collegiate basketball, bowling, and finally bring it back around to baseball by discussing the warnings issued to both benches on Sunday, leading to Scott Servais' ejection.
36 min
Mariners Execute a Pair of Twin Killings
Okay, to they weren't exactly killings, but the Mariners did win the final two games of the three-game series in Minnesota. D.C. talks about both games and a number of the key players involved in the weekend's pair of victories. He then briefly talks about the upcoming series in Baltimore against the Orioles, talks about the season's first no-hitter (and the San Diego Padres' first ever no-no), a rare feat accomplished in the Professional Bowlers' Association yesterday, and recaps the playoffs and finals of the Men's World Curling Championships which concluded last night.
33 min
Mariners Suffer a Twin Killing
Another rough one for the Mariners, another rough outing for Marco Gonzales, another weak performance by the offense. D.C. talks about this game, but highlights some of the bright spots for the M's, including Jose Marmolejos and Ty France. There's also injury news, and it's not good news for James Paxton. However, the news is much better for Evan White and Jake Fraley. Jonathan Miller joins D.C. to talk about the catcher's interference call from Wednesday's ballgame, and the two also talk generally about how umpires, blown calls, and players. Jon also gives his thoughts on the first week of the Major League Baseball Season.
30 min
In the Big Inning...
After the Mariners struggled against White Sox pitching for the whole series, they took out all their frustrations in the 6th inning. D.C. talks about that hit parade, which produced seven runs. (Eight for the game overall.) Unfortunately, Justin Dunn had another bad outing, and more unfortunately, two Mariners were placed on the injured list prior to Wednesday's game. D.C. also talks about these two injuries, and previews the upcoming series against the Minnesota Twins. He also talks briefly about the catcher's interference call, the umpires' handling of the situation, and about instant replay at large.
22 min
Two Forgetable Games, Two Injuries
Well, the first two games of the White Sox series went pretty badly, to say the least. Chicago pitching absolutely stifled Seattle bats, plus in game two, James Paxton and Jake Fraley both sustained injuries. D.C. talks about these two abysmal games, and then talks about how the teams in the National League have begun their seasons.
22 min
Crossover With Javier Reyes of Locked On Padres
Javier Reyes and D.C. Lundberg join forces for this dual episode. Javi has a lot of questions about the Seattle Mariners, a team that he's excited about. How good a candidate is Mitch Haniger for Comeback Player of the Year? And with a lot of the M"s younger prospects at the big league level, how does the farm system look. D.C. then asks about Blake Snell, the Seattle-area native -- from D.C.'s former hometown, no less -- and also asks about former Mariners Austin Nola and Dan Altavilla.
41 min
M's Win First Series of '21 (Plus Bonus Curling...
D.C. speaks about the final two games of the Mariners/Giants series, which the teams split. Friday was not the best of days for the Mariners, and two free agent relievers did not impress in their first outings. However, free agent starter Chris Flexen was very good in his first start as a Mariner on Saturday. Plus, the Mariners hit their first two home runs, and Taylor Trammell checked in with his first big league hit, not to mention very good defense in center field the entire series. To wrap up the show, D.C. offers an update on the Men's World Curling Championships which are currently taking place in Calgary.
26 min
Game One, Win One
The Mariners began the 2021 season with a victory... which was kind of handed to them by the Giants. D.C. talks about last night's game, including the impressive performances by both Jake Fraley and Taylor Trammell, who was making his Major League debut. He also talks about Kevin Gausman's game, and talks about why he thinks he may have been removed from the game too soon.
24 min
Meet the 2021 Mariners!
D.C. Lundberg talks about every single player on the Seattle Mariners Opening Day roster. Yeah, that's basically the show. And because it's also April Fool's Day, the show is... a little different.
30 min
Division Day: Crossover With Locked On Astros
Brett Chancey -- a.k.a. H-Town Wheelhouse -- joins D.C. Lundberg for this crossover episode. D.C. talks about how Kyle Lewis' knee injury may affect the outfield situation, and also talks about the bullpen. Brett talks about the Astros' outfield, which is now sans George Springer, and also the starting rotation, which will be without Justin Verlander for a spell. At the end of the show Brett talks about his memories from those very good Houston Astros teams of the mid-to-late 90s, and D.C. explains why he no longer hates the Yankees.
33 min
Fan Mailbag: A Little Bit of a Lot
Questions are all over the map on this edition of the Fan Mailbag. (Which isn't unusual, honestly.) One question is directed at Clive Braithwaite IV, while Jon Miller and D.C. handle the others, including explaining how D.C. gave Sam Haggerty and Donovan Walton their nicknames. (Which no one but D.C. uses.) Taylor Blake Ward also chimes in to answer a question about prospects. With some free time at the end of the show, Jon talks a little about basketball, which then turns into a conversation about college athletics, which goes onto yet another conversation that Jon's wife is... not thrilled with.
27 min
A Few Roster Updates (And Complaints)
Since the last update, the starting rotation and bullpen have become a little more clear. D.C. talks about who's left in the running for the remaining rotation spots, who has earned one of the spots up for grabs, and also talks about the bullpen. The outfield is also in a bit of flux, thanks in part to the knee injury to Kyle Lewis. D.C. spends the entirety of the last segment complaining about how the Mariners decided to structure their roster, and explains why he thinks a six-man rotation is a bad idea, and also how a three-man bench could potentially prove problematic.
26 min
Division Day: Crossover With Locked On A's
Jason Burke and D.C. Lundberg join forces to talk about the two teams they cover. Jason is pretty excited about the Mariners, so there's much more M's talk than A's. D.C. talks about the young players the M's will feature, and discusses when he thinks their window of opportunity will be to compete for an American League West title. Jason talks about the A's new shortstop Elvis Andrus, the pitching staff... and asks D.C. many questions about the Mariners.
39 min
Jarred Kelenic's Knee, Roenis Elias' Arm, and S...
The Mariners have suffered a couple different injuries over the course of the Spring. Jarred Kelenic was originally slated to be out for several weeks, but he's back ahead of schedule. How does he figure in the team's plans for left field in 2021? And what might Taylor Trammell have to say about those plans? Guest host Clive Braithwaite IV talks about this position battle, and also talks about the pitching staff, which is less one arm. Roenis Elias is in need of Tommy John surgery, and his season is finished. Who else are vying for spots in the M's revamped bullpen? Plus, with Shed Long Jr. not having been able to participate in Cactus League games thus far, what does that do for the situation at second base? Dylan Moore will be there to start the season, but what does his future hold? Also, why are so many statements in this episode description written as questions? Who is responsible for that? And what should his punishment be if we ever figure out who it was?
25 min
Division Day: Crossover With Locked On Angels
Brent Maguire and D.C. Lundberg join forces for this crossover episode. D.C. talks about the Seattle Mariners' rebuilding project, looks ahead to how the team might shake out in 2021, and also talks about what the team might do in free agency upon the conclusion of the season. Brent talks about the Angels' Jeckyl-and-Hyde 2020 season, the greatness that is Mike Trout, and throwback player David Fletcher.
28 min
Division Day: Crossover With Locked On Rangers
Brice Paterik and D.C. Lundberg do a joint episode of both their programs and talk about their two teams. They also spend some time complaining about corporate naming of stadiums. A recurring theme of this episode: Joey Gallo bombs.
47 min
The Sheffield Brothers, An Unusual Triple Play,...
D.C. "Better Late Than Never" Lundberg recaps the previous three Mariner Spring Training games. All of them ended in deadlocked scores. He talks about some of the more notable items from each ballgame, including the first on-field meeting between Justus Sheffield and his brother Jordan, an atypical triple play began by someone learning a new position, and the injury to top outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic.
21 min
MLB Changing Balls
Yes, that's the best title D.C. could come up with. Pathetic, eh? Anyways, before talking about baseballs, D.C. recaps the previous two Mariners Spring Training contests, one loss and one tie. The third game was pretty much bombs away, including the M's first home run of the Spring. Also, the baseballs will be slightly altered this season in an effort to cut down the home run rate. D.C. talks about these minor changes, and also talks about the home rate in 2019 vs. both 2018 and 1998, the last time there was a significant power explosion in baseball.
19 min
M's Start Spring On Right Foot
The Seattle Mariners got the Cactus League season underway yesterday by defeating the San Diego Padres -- in walk-off fashion, no less. D.C. talks about this first M's game of 2021. He also gives a small preview of the regular season, or at tells what rules from last season have carried over into this one. Also, the M's are putting an emphasis on baserunning this Spring. D.C. talks briefly about what the Mariners are preaching to their players about being more aggressive on the basepaths.
20 min
Mariners President and CEO Runs His Mouth
Seattle Mariners President and CEO Kevin Mather is now former Seattle Mariners President and CEO Kevin Mather, having resigned on Monday in regards to a video that surfaced online that featured him badmouthing Mariners players, some of which was incredibly insensitive. D.C. talks a little bit about what he said, and reads comments made by Major League Baseball and M's Chairman John Stanton.
10 min
Big Maple Returns
The Mariners have signed four free agent pitchers, including James Paxton, who previously pitched in Seattle. The Big Maple threw a no-hitter as a Mariner, and was traded away after the 2018 season to the Yankees for three prospects, including Justus Sheffield. The two of them will now occupy the same starting rotation. The M's also signed Ken Giles to a Major League contract, as well as JT Chargois & Taylor Guerrieri to Minor League deals with invitations to Spring Training. D.C. talks about all four pitchers on today's show.
18 min
BONUS EPISODE – Locked On Today – The only 20 m...
The latest from Atlanta where they are getting ready to host an NBA All-Star game that players don't want and fans are confused over. LeBron James sends the Lakers into overtime against the Thunder. The Suns ended the Milwaukee Bucks win streak. Karl-Anthony Towns returned for the first time since contracting COVID-19. A 5-team trade in the WNBA. Are the Jets the most interesting NFL team this offseason? Plus, Can the Vikings pull off what the Buccaneers did? It's the Q of the day.
16 min
Mailbag: All About Clive
D.C. answers some of your email questions on today's show. Lots of bowling & curling talk once again; D.C. talks about how he got into both sports, and also tells who his favorite bowlers and curlers are. D.C. also explains how he got in to podcasting, and talks about how he came to know is personal secretary, Clive Braithwaite IV.
24 min
What a Game: Sweet Lou's M's Debut (4/6/1993)
Today, D.C. talks about Lou Piniella's first game as Mariners manager. This game was against the previous year's World Series champions, who would go on to successfully defend their title. The Mariners started their Randy Johnson, an ace who was just coming into his own. Opposing him was Jack Morris, an ace who was on the back side of his career.
26 min
The Hall of Fame is Classless in 2021
Yes, the Hall of Fame is classless this year. But only in the purest sense of the word, since there is no Hall of Fame Class of 2021. No one was elected, and the Veteran's Committee didn't convene at all. D.C. talks about the three big names that everyone looks at this time of year -- Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, & Curt Schilling -- and also talks about a couple others whom he feels are deserving.
17 min
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.
23 min
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.
26 min
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.
20 min
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.
24 min
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.
23 min
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.)
18 min
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.
26 min
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.
29 min