Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. Mike Carp is down with injury again as is Franklin Gutierrez who is struggling with side effects of a concussion he suffered weeks ago. Felix Hernandez threw the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history against the Tampa Bay Rays.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another M’s Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. The return of Franklin Gutierrez was the highlight of the week. Newsworthy Optioned down to AAA Tacoma Rainiers were Blake Beavan and Alex Liddi. Also Seattle was swept by the San Diego Padres, but bounced back.
NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us his weekly Fantasy Baseball recap of your Seattle Mariners. Felix Hernandez is always a safe bet in fantasy with Ichiro Suzuki joining him in those ranks right off the bat. Jesus Montero carried the team this week while the recent hot hitters Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak couldn’t hack it this week.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third M’s game of the interleague series versus the San Diego Padres. Swept by the Padres the headlines will read. Not good. What is this? Erasmo Ramirez struggled out of the ‘pen, and now the Seattle brass decide he should be starting. Not good. For a split second Munenori Kawasaki was possessed by the spirit of Shaq. Nice catch.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with Thursday’s top Mariners story; the return of Franklin Gutierrez. With the past year and a half basically spent on the DL, it is important for Gutierrez to get back to his normal ways, or face the threat of being shipped out come deadline time. It won’t be easy either, with the hot bats of Michael Saunders, and Casper Wells, the competition is real, and fierce.
New NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jared Galde tells us a little bit about the MLB center field position today. He asks the million dollar question. Has Michael Saunders earned the starting center field spot in Franklin Gutierrez’s absence? After a slow start, Saunders batting average is .330. What Gutierrez provides defensively in center field is undeniable.
NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us his weekly Fantasy Baseball recap of your Seattle Mariners. Felix Hernandez is always a safe bet in fantasy with Ichiro Suzuki joining him in those ranks right off the bat. Justin Smoak continued his tear while Jesus Montero is on his heels. Alex Liddi and Brendan Ryan are in decline and could lose their spot soon with manager Eric Wedge’s swift actions this year.
NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us a list to bring a smile to your face. Last night, the Seattle Mariners unloaded on the Texas Rangers, scoring 21 runs in their lopsided victory. Behind the strong performances of Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackely and Kyle Seager, the Mariners made fans forget for one night how bad they’ve been.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third M’s game of the series versus the Texas Rangers. This was one of the craziest nights of baseball in recent Mariners memory. Kyle Seager was 4-6 on the night with 4 runs and 2 RBI. Jesus Montero had an amazing night, going 3-4. Justin Smoak kept his hot streak rolling, as he had 3 hits, 1 walk, 6 RBI and 2 home runs. The M’s won 21-8.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The bullpen made strides this week. I understand how that reads considering Brandon League had another meltdown. Felix Hernandez, who was lights out in the week’s opener was rattled in his second start of the week. Kevin Millwood continues to impress.
New NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jared Galde tells us a little bit about the MLB closing position today. He states the closer role is the ultimate reminder that the game of baseball is a mental game unlike any other. He says the Mariners Brandon League need to be good, needs him to be a closer and fans don’t need to watch him blow saves. Stephen Pryor is set to take over if he fails.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. The decision to keep Chone Figgins may indicate that there is at least some value to another team for the struggling veteran. Maybe…After blowing another same and costing Seattle a much needed win, Eric Wedge announced that Brandon League has lost his role as the closer for the time being.