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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the new two year $14 million dollar extension the Mariners gave to Hisashi Iwakuma. As a pitcher who started out in the pen last year, Iwakuma was later added to the rotation, starting 16 games while having an 8-4 record with an ERA south of 3.00. The extension proves that the M’s are serious about locking up talent in the rotation while awaiting the emergence of the “big 3.” This is great news for fans of the M’s.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Danny Ferguson talks about the 40-man roster situation the Mariners will soon be faced with. While their 40-man is currently set, there still some room for players to either jump onto it or be cut from it. As such, the M’s are likely to let younger invitees get more opportunity in the minors before making any major changes to the roster. This really eliminates the reality of guys like Mike Zunino and Nick Franklin from seeing in major league time in 2013.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the 2013 spring training matchup on Sunday between division rivals the Texas Rangers and M’s. He points out Blake Beaven started against a B-squad Texas Rangers squad, the only projected regular being 1B/DH Lance Berkman. There was some extra pressure on Beavan Sunday, as opening day approaches and his spot far from solidified.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Seattle’s 10-game winning streak being snapped by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.Though it is still very early on in spring training, there were many positives to take away from not only this game, but also from the winning streak. That being said, the Mariners–and especially Blake Beavan–do have some areas to improve in before they are truly ready for the regular season.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke brings us the positive and negative approaches for the upcoming MLB season with the Mariners’ pitching staff. With King Felix Hernandez leading the charge, mentions Jeff, Seattle’s youngsters could develop into a great staff in 2013. That will only be so, however, if Felix is able to step into a mentor role and guide a few promising young arms like Danny Hultzen and James Paxton.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners series matchup between the Texas Tangers vs. M’s in Seattle for Game 147. The pitching matchup features Rangers RH Martin Perez (1-1 3.48 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4, 3.39 ERA). Iwakuma is looking to bounce back from poor outings in his last 2 games.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners series matchup between the M’s vs. Texas Rangers from Arlington in Game 145. The pitching matchup features Mariners RH Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4, 3.39 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Yu Darvish (14-9, 4.14). They went against each other six times in Japan and were teammates on the Japanese team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The Mariners went 3-2 this week and the pitchers only allowed 1 run in 3 of those games. Kevin Millwood showed signs of life while Hisashi Iwakuma keeps us scratching our head as to why he didn’t make the initial rotation. Felix Hernandez had a rough week, but won the AL Pitcher of the month.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the twenty-first week of the year had to be the homerun and lead saving grab by Chone Figgins. On a 90 mph fastball up in the zone, Adam Dunn got just about all of this one. Figgins tracked it to the wall, timed his leap perfectly, and nabbed the ball at the top of the wall to save the then 3-1 lead for the Mariners.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners series matchup between the M’s vs. Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field its Game 126. The pitching matchup features Mariners LH Jason Vargas (13-8, 3.53 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Jake Peavy (9-9, 3.11). If Vargas is on the top of his game they can have this game, if not – watch the 8 game streak end here. Should be a good series with two good teams.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second game of the series versus the Baltimore Orioles. The Headline: after 14 long innings an Adam Jones walk off single seals the deal for a Mariner’s loss. The Mariner’s put up 18 hits, but get outscored 5-0 after the seventh inning. Despite the score, Blake Beavan pitched a pretty good game. Eric Wedge was ejected for 2nd time in his M’s career.