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State of the Mariners – weekly notebook | May 14th

Mixed Results

Welcome to the seventh edition of the State of the Seattle Mariners update for the 2012 regular season.  In these weekly updates you will find all the information and news regarding the Seattle Mariners Baseball Franchise.

Upcoming Match Ups

The M’s take the train ride from New York to Boston to take on the Red Sox for a 2 game set then slowly head west stopping in Cleveland for 2 games before finishing up in Denver with a 3 game set against the Rockies.

Recent Results

The M’s went 4-3 for the week.

May 6 – 5-2 Win against Minnesota
May 7 – 3-2 Win against Detroit
May 8 – 4-6 Loss to Detroit
May 9 – 2-1 Win against Detroit
May 11 – 2-6 Loss to New York
May 12 – 2-6 Loss to New York
May 13 – 6-2 Win against New York

The Mariners are now 16-20 for the season, which puts them a half game over the Angles in third place in the A.L. West Division.

The Good News

Mike Carp. Although Carp showed good stuff last season, his return was shrouded in uncertainty as his timing seemed off all spring and through his rehab.  Although he is only hitting .147 in his 34 at bats, he has shown some much needed pop hitting 3 home runs (although only 2 official ones).

Statue of Dave Niehaus

Seattle Mariners Weekly Notebook - May 15th

Justin Smoak. Smoak hit .500 going 6/12 in the series against New York.

It is great to see the M’s first base power hitting switch hitter actually show some power.

The Bad News

Not enough runs. The M’s hitters have accumulated 452 bases so far in the season, but only 135 of those have reached the most important base. The M’s need to start converting those base runners into runs.

Nonperforming Veterans.

The most seasoned players on the Seattle roster have delivered the most disappointing performances.

While it isn’t as bad as the Jack Cust – Milton Bradley scenario from a year ago here is the reality; Miguel Olivo, Franklin Gutierrez and George Sherrill are all on the DL.

Brendan Ryan may as well be swinging a toothpick, and Chone Figgins is the most overpaid pinch runner in the league, and all this while Ichiro leads the team in hitting into double plays.

Roster Moves / Trades

Nothing new happening this week for the big league club.

Ichiro

Ichiro may be moving out of the #3 spot soon

Injury Report

Franklin Gutierrez is recovering slowly adding a heel injury on top of the torn shoulder ligament that put him on the DL.

However he and Miguel Olivo are progressing and will be hoping for jobs by the time they get back.

M’s in the Community

The Mariners took part in a drug prevention education day making surprise appearances at local schools.

Gossip

Eric Wedge hinted at the possibility of moving Ichiro in the order yet again.  It seems no one is safe from Wedge’s reforms.

Division News

The Angels are starting to heat up, If the Mariners want a chance at a respectable finish they had better do the same.

What’s on tap this week?

Date vs Last Meeting
5/16/12 @CLE 1-2 4/19/12
5/17/12 @CLE 1-2 4/19/12
5/18/12 @COL 7-2 4/4/12
5/19/12 @COL 7-2 4/4/12
5/20/12 @COL 7-2 4/4/12


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