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Looking back: Lessons learned from the Mariners road trip

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke gives you three players to pay attention to on the Mariners in the coming months. Justin Smoak, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer will all be interesting players to watch as the season comes to end. Not contending for the playoffs, these three will likely attempt to prove their worth for 2014 as Seattle makes the stretch run to the offseason.

What to make of Nick Franklin: A statistical breakdown

Look for Franklin to continue to lead the Mariners in the future.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you everything you need to know about Nick Franklin, his future prospects, and his recent struggles. While he came up from the minors and burst onto the scene with an impressive eye, power, and knack for getting on base, Franklin’s August has been, well, pretty disastrous. Collecting only five hits in the month, his struggles may be indicators he is trying too hard to crush the ball or getting tired from the longer season compared to years past.

Mariners salvage one of three, but Jays take series and the crowd

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Toronto Blue Jays today in MLB action. Aaron Harang tried his best to lose this game for the M’s, but for some reason the bats decided to come alive and give Seattle the come from behind win. All the while possibly delaying the DFA of Harang. Brandon Maurer got the win and Danny Farquhar got the save.

Be positive! Mariners top moments of a bleak Red Sox series

Mariners vs. Red Sox Series Recap

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Boston Red Sox in the 3 game series that ended tonight in Beantown. Jeff says there 5 positive moments for the M’s during the sweep. The double play by Hisashi Iwakuma. The throw to home by Michael Saunders. The pitching of Felix Hernandez. Henry Blanco hit his second grand slam of the season. Lastly, Kyle Seager launched another massive HR.

The bandwagon is still in motion, Mariners take two of three

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Cleveland Indians today in MLB action. Jeff says that Tom Wilhelmsen, Kyle Seager, Erasmo Ramirez and Aaron Harang arae getting the job done. Jason Bay, however, is not, and the team is struggling with opposing pitchers and run differentials.

M’s weekend recap: Love & hate from the heat of Houston

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Houston Astros today in MLB action. Jeff says this is what a team should look like coming out of an All Star Break! 26 runs for the Mariners offense makes the second half look brighter. With Brad Miller and Nick Franklin shouldering (carrying) the top of the lineup and playing excellent defense, the offense has had more opportunities to score runs.

Mariners’ mid-season grades and outlook for the stretch run

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jeff Budke grades the players on a scale of 1-10 on their performance through the All-Star Game. Felix Hernandez earns the high score of the group, with Raul Ibanez, Kyle Seager and Hisashi Iwakuma behind him. Next comes Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley. We didn’t even touch on how first baseman Kendrys Morales and OF Michael Morse are.

Run support not the problem, Mariners lose 11-8

The Red Sox used an offensive outburst to overcome Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/Seattle PI)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. Though the M’s crushed the ball early in the game, Hisashi Iwakuma continued to look out-of-form, surrendering home runs to allow Boston back in the game. Blake Beavan didn’t help, either, as the Red Sox continued to tattoo the ball.

M’s get swept by Pirates; team finding different ways to lose

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon. Dustin Ackley made his return from AAA, and he walked onto the field to a standing ovation as he pinch-ran. Felix Hernandez was not perfect, but provided more than enough opportunity to keep his team in the game. Needless to say, Joe Saunders had himself a rough evening the day before as well.

Six runs all off HR’s including a walk-off equals a Seattle surprise…

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the third and last game of the series vs. the Athletics this week. Jeff says Kyle Seager is a stud. He goes on to say No one was/is more excited than him that the Mariners decided to draft his little brother Justin Seager this month. The more Seager’s the better in the M’s organization he thinks. Jeff also points out that this Nick Franklin kid can play, but asks how long will it last?

Mariners blow 7-run lead with Felix on the mound

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the fourth and thankfully last game of the series vs. the Angels this week. Jeff says congrats to the Angels for doing something he thought would never expect the Mariners to do, come back from down 7 to win a game. If the situation was reversed last night, it is hard to imagine the M’s scoring 10 runs after being down 7. Poor Felix Hernandez. Brutal game for him.

Mariners expectations for the month of June

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his M’s expectations for the month of June. It’s all about pitching. It is unreasonable to project that Felix Hernandez (5th in AL ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (2nd) will continue this torrid pace. Jeremy Bonderman will get the month to try to establish himself, but the Harang spot in the rotation may be up for grabs soon. Who will Tom Wilhelmsen be? The next Brandon League? Stay tuned.