Seattle Mariners winter meetings and roster review

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down the team’s roster after the 2014 Winter Meetings. Nice additions in Logan Morrison, Willie Bloomquist, Robinson Cano, and Corey Hart. Here’s the biggest weakness remaining with the Seattle Mariners for the 2014 season. The Bullpen. Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Steven Pryor. The pressure is on.

Looking Back: Mariners vs. Tigers series rewind

The Mariners have lost 4 starting pitchers to injury in 2014

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps Seattle’s series in Detroit against the Tigers. Taking 1-of-4 from the soon-to-be AL Central Champions, the Mariners actually played pretty well against Detroit despite winning just one game. They received a few quality outings from their starters and managed to get the offensive ball rolling in the final two games of the series.

Looking Ahead: Mariners at Tigers Preview

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson preview the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners against the Detroit Tigers. Having dropped their past two series to the Astros and the Cardinals, the Mariners will be looking to bounce back against a hot and dangerous Detroit Tigers squad. Joe Saunders and Brandon Maurer will get the start in the first two games for Seattle while it is still unknown who will get starts in games 3 and 4.

Looking Back: Astros vs. Mariners review

Does Taijuan Walker remain a Mariner in 2014?

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Seattle’s series against the Houston Astros and how it ended up in a disappointing home sweep. Playing the last-place team in the AL West and a team they should have been able to handle easily, the Mariners were outmatched by Houston’s bats and they just couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Seattle now travels to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals.

Projecting the 2014 Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation

Paxton has given up just 3 earned runs in 13 innings. (Ted Warren/AP Photo)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott gives you his ideal starting rotation for the 2014 Seattle Mariners. Right now Brian says that you have 3 players you can pencil in as starters: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Taijuan Walker. While James Paxton will likely be a starter as well, the Mariners should look towards free agency to fill the 5th spot in their 2014 rotation.

Looking back: Lessons learned from the Mariners road trip

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke gives you three players to pay attention to on the Mariners in the coming months. Justin Smoak, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer will all be interesting players to watch as the season comes to end. Not contending for the playoffs, these three will likely attempt to prove their worth for 2014 as Seattle makes the stretch run to the offseason.

An M’s rant…The 2013 Seattle Mariners were doomed from the beginning

I have a love-hate relationship with Harang this year. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

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.

Don’t give up on the 2013 Seattle Mariners

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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.

Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. San Diego, Minnesota, Chicago

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The 2 stars pitched like expected while the bullpen held the fate of the team in their hands way too many times this week. Steady Tom Wilhelmsen has become anything but steady while Carter Capps, his possible replacement has been doing his job quite effectively.

Seattle Mariners rookie Brandon Maurer needs to be sent down

Maurer struggled initially to find any rhythm. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde asks what do the M’s have to do with rookie pitcher Brandon Maurer. Perhaps Andrew Carraway can show a little something. While Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma hold down the top end as two aces should, and Joe Saunders and Aaron Harang at least offer some promise. News broke. Maurer has been sent down. Alex Liddi is on his way up.

Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. NY, Cleveland, LA, Texas

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The 2 best starters were the shakiest with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma having some rough outings. The bullpen surrendered a few losses and blown saves, but managed to help out in a couple situations.

Mariners preview: Looking ahead to the next 5 matchups

I have a love-hate relationship with Harang this year. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson looks ahead at the next five games for the Seattle Mariners. After stumbling against the Angels and the Rangers but getting a much-needed win yesterday, Seattle will take on the San Diego Padres for two games at home and on the road before wrapping up the month of May against the Twins in Minnesota. Hopefully Felix can get back in to prime form this week. Aaron Harang and Brandon Maurer will pitch.

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