NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back today with his first rant of the 2013 season. He’s only been back with us for 3 weeks so we’re surprised it took him this long to crank one of these bad boys out. Steve asks How did this once promising season end up on the trash heap so quickly? Problem 1. Jack Zduriencik and company were convinced that Franklin Gutierrez would stay healthy.
NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back from Safeco today with pre game coverage of game 1 vs. the Angels. Steve reports from inside the Clubhouse at Safeco. Nick Franklin will be out of tonight’s game still nursing the sore knee that was injured in Cincinnati. The Mariners have sent down RHP Blake Beavan to AAA Tacoma, and RHP Erasmo Ramirez to A Everett.
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us why he doesn’t think a single one of us should write of the Mariners just yet. Even with an unstable rotation, and a lack of run scoring ability, these boys have some fight left in them. Plus, with all of the roster moves over the past month and a half, Jonas thinks the right players are finally in the right place. For starters Mike Zunino has replaced Jesus Montero, and will offer better defense and likely more at the plate.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us why the return from the DL by Justin Smoak is a good thing for the Mariners. Gone are the days when Smoak was relied upon to carry this team offensively. Just look at the support he has had this season in Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager. Plus the demotions of Dustin Ackley and Jesus Montero have brought a couple more of the new wave up; Nick Franklin and Mike Zunino. And with the numbers of the latter, Smoak can focus more on playing 1B instead of trying to win every game with his bat.
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.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the overachievers and underachievers for the Seattle Mariners during their early campaign in 2013. Not having won a series in 2013, dropping 4-of-6 to the Astros (THE ASTROS) early on, and a team batting average of .228 have what fans were thinking about attending a game trying to figure out what else they can do on that particular day. One of the reasons this has occurred are several players not living up to their potential.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are pacing the other startes while Tom Wilhelmsen has been perfect in closingh situations. Kameron Loe and Brandon Maurer on the other hand would like to start this season over already. Loe is a Cub, now we get Aaron Harang, we’ll see how he does.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on the tenth game of the season versus the Houston Astros. Jeff points out pitching is a major problem with this M’s team right now. He says a pitcher should be evaluated over time, perhaps every month within a season, but it is hard to avoid that when Brandon Maurer & then Blake Beavan put the bullpen and the offense in bad positions playing with different mindsets. Is Aaron Harang the answer?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson acquaints us with the pitchers in the 2013 Mariners pitching rotation. Besides incumbent anchor Felix Hernandez and returners Hisashi Iwakuma and Blake Beavan, veteran Joe Saunders joins the squad along with Brandon Maurer, who defied all odds and skipped AAA to make the big league squad. Danny would be happy with an 84 win season. That is 9 more wins that last year.
NWSB Insider, Seattle Mariners blogger AND fantasy sports guru Brandon Choate brings us a list that will make fantasy baseball owners happy. With a revamped lineup, the Mariners have more than just 1 guy you count on when you draft him in your fantasy baseball league. Felix Hernandez is an obvious choice. New additions Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales should add some serious power along with Jesus Montero.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us his expectations of five Mariners players for the upcoming 2013 MLB season. Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Raul Ibanez, and Michael Morse are all going to have to step it up this season. Three of the five are fighting for survival in a M’s uniform, and the other two are going to have to prove they are worthy enough to don one once again. These five guys may make or break Jack Z as the GM in Seattle.