NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the MLB debut made by Taijuan Walker on Friday night against the Houston Astros. Tai shut down the Stros for 5 innings, not giving up an earned run in the process. The M’s got out of there with a 7-1 victory in part of POTW runner up performance by Dustin Ackley. It’s nice to feel good about this team every once in a while isn’t it?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent call up to the Mariners for Taijuan Walker, pitcher extraordinaire. Jack Z and Eric Wedge can’t wait anymore. They want to see what he can do in the bigs. Brian says Yes, he’s only 20 years old, but let’s not forget that a once very young Felix Hernandez made his major league debut at 19. Brian firmly believes Taijuan is ready.
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent contract extension that Jack Zduriencik received. A one-year contract extension, Brian says that Z will be on a short leash next year and that the same will go for Eric Wedge as well. While he could have made some moves for a better future, it appears Zduriencik’s unwillingness to move anybody at the trade deadline bought him a little extra time.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the disappointing loss the Mariners put together on a night that saw the organization honor one of the greatest ballplayers of all time, Ken Griffey Jr. Downed 10-0 by Milwaukee — who are 51-66 on the year — Seattle tallied just four hits over the course of the game while Iwakuma and the Mariners’ stellar bullpen (particularly Lucas Luetge) surrendered 16. It was a complete embarrassment on a night that should have been filled with spectacular.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde statistically breaks down Seattle’s offense in a post that highlights how good the Mariners SHOULD be compared to how they actually appear. The Mariners are currently 53-61, which is a .465 winning percentage. Through those 114 games, they have scored 466 runs but given up 524, which is a .471 run differential, right in line with what their record has produced. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales et al getting the job done.
Brand new NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the top 3 players on his radar to get the call up come September. Carlos Peguaro, Abraham Almonte and the young phenom himself, Taijuan Walker. Two of these players may be wishful thinking as they aren’t on the 40 man roster, but it sure would be nice to see them in Mariners uniforms finally.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the recent debacle that was Seattle’s series against the Boston Red Sox. Losing the first game 8-2, the Mariners suffered a heartbreaking, 5-4 loss in fifteen innings on Wednesday night and followed up that effort with one of the biggest breakdowns in closer history, as Tom Wilhelmsen allowed the Sox to come back from a five-run deficit to eventually win the game 8-7. Now sitting at 50-58 on the year, Seattle is 13 games back in the AL West and 10 games in the AL Wild Card.
Brand new NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott breaks down the reasons that Jack Z must move Dustin Ackley at the MLB Trade Deadline. Brian says tell him to pack his bags and shave that beard. It’s time for a fresh start. He deserves it and it’s time for the Mariners to move on. AAA won’t do either. You have a log jam of outfielders named Stefen Romero, Carlos Peguero and Abraham Almonte. Decisions, Decisions.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jeff Budke grades the players on a scale of 1-10 on their performance through the All-Star Game. Felix Hernandez earns the high score of the group, with Raul Ibanez, Kyle Seager and Hisashi Iwakuma behind him. Next comes Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley. We didn’t even touch on how first baseman Kendrys Morales and OF Michael Morse are.
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 Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his three players from the Tacoma Rainiers who he thinks will make an appearance for the Mariners before the end of the year. With plenty of young position players already playing for Seattle, Chris has three pitchers getting the call-up, with Danny Hultzen and James Paxton, two of “the big three”, making their debuts later this season.