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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Britton Ransford weighs in with another M’s article on the recent winning streak and the 2012 MLB trade deadline. With regards to Ichiro, it was a trade that had to be done and the Mariners did it at the right time. These wins are great. The early season was sour. Other than Chone Figgins finally being benched, there wasn’t much to be excited about. Let the fun continue!
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third game of the series versus the Toronto Blue Jays. The Headline: Blake Beavan was masterful as the Mariners complete the sweep—their second in a row—against the Jays. John Jaso was again the man. The Mariners have now won 7 in a row. The M’s scored the runs they needed to and found a way to win this one.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the sixteenth week of the year had to be the the leap and grab at the wall by Ichiro. With the Mariners holding a very early 1-0 lead, this grab by Ichiro kept Carlos Pena out of scoring position in the first, and maintained the M’s lead. Ichiro may not be hitting well, but his defense is still tops in the league.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third game of the series versus the Tampa Bay Rays. The Headline: The Mariners win the pitching duel and take their second series in a row. The road was kind to the M’s, winning 5 out of 7 games, but up next is a 10 game homestand with the M’s facing the first place New York Yankees first. Home will not be as kind as the road reports, as the bats seem to sleep at Safeco.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second game of the series versus the Kansas City Royals. As is the ongoing trend with these “love ‘em/hate ‘ems” he must make a note that Seattle’s lineup was absolutely wonderful tonight, for the second night in a row!. The M’s have scored 13 runs in the first two innings of games 1 and two. Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders have been great.
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, Erasmo Ramirez, and Hector Noesi all put up great performances, but only Felix got the win. This goes hand in hand with the way things have been going this season for the starting rotation. Jason Vargas continued his slide with a poor performance.
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. Kyle Seager was the man of the week while the rest of the team could not hold a candle to the young third baseman. This includes Justin Smoak who has gone cold…again.