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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another M’s Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. The return of Franklin Gutierrez was the highlight of the week. Newsworthy Optioned down to AAA Tacoma Rainiers were Blake Beavan and Alex Liddi. Also Seattle was swept by the San Diego Padres, but bounced back.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the interleague series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Erasmo Ramirez didn’t even make it through the fifth, four innings on 78 pitches. However the Mariner bullpen has been incredibly solid through June. Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush were fantastic. Ichiro (hit 2500) and Casper Wells were hero’s.
NWSB and Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us news of yet another Seattle Mariners call-up. Pitcher Erasmo Ramirez started the season on the starting roster but found himself to be the odd man out and was soon sent to Tacoma. After grooming himself a little in AAA, Ramirez is back and ready to make a statement.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third M’s game of the interleague series versus the San Diego Padres. Swept by the Padres the headlines will read. Not good. What is this? Erasmo Ramirez struggled out of the ‘pen, and now the Seattle brass decide he should be starting. Not good. For a split second Munenori Kawasaki was possessed by the spirit of Shaq. Nice catch.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The Mariners took on the Tampa Bay Rays, and got swept, and then won their series versus the pathetic group of ballplayers that are the Minnesota Twins. This week the rotation tossed 45.2 IP with Felix Hernandez and Hector Noesi starting twice. Felix pitched a 1 hitter thru 8 on Saturday.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with some M’s roster news this week. Shawn Kelley has been moved back to the big league bullpen from Tacoma. To make room for Kelley, fellow reliever Erasmo Ramirez was sent down to Tacoma in a move that skipper Eric Wedge says is to condition him for a possible emergency starter role with the big league club.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. The Mariners had a fairly poor last week but if they can take something positive from their 6 losses in 7 games, it’s that they were all close. Also on the up and up, Kyle Seager is hitting .297, promising for a team that needs its bats to get going. Miguel Olivo was placed on the 15 day disabled list. Chone Figgins must be wondering whats up.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the first M’s game of the series versus the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners started off hot behind Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Smoak’s strong middle of the order performance. It all unraveled in the 5th, though as the Indians scored 7 to tie the game at 8 and eventually went on to score 1 more for the win.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners baseball blogger Danny Ferguson tells us to go from 30 down to 28, Carlos Peguero and Chance Ruffin were optioned to Tacoma, and Guillermo Quiroz was re-assigned to minor league camp. To get down to 25, the team deactivated Kevin Millwood, Hector Noesi, and Hisashi Iwakuma for the two games in Japan. The M’s front office and Eric Wedge could still change their minds before next week.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out the team will be leaving the Peoria complex on Thursday the 22nd with 30 players. We note its a pitching youth movement going on. This week the M’s released Hong-Chih Kuo, Shawn Camp, and Cesar Jimenez. Making the Mariners starting five Jason Vargas, Felix Hernandez, Hector Noesi, Kevin Milwood, and Blake Beavan.