Looking Ahead: Rangers vs. Mariners

Will Saunders have his good stuff tonight? (Elaine Thompson/AP)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners. Hosting the Texas Rangers for a three-game series, Seattle will send their top three to the hill, as Joe Saunders will get the start in game one, Hisashi Iwakuma will get the start in game two, and Felix Hernandez will start the series’ finale. The Mariners will be looking to bounce back after being swept by the Angels.

Looking Ahead: Angels vs. Mariners series preview

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews Seattle’s upcoming three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field. Getting Felix on the mound in game one is huge for a team looking to inch towards the .500 mark as the season draws to a close, and Erasmo Ramirez will hopefully follow up an impressive outing by Felix with one of his own. Harang will get the start in the series finale.

Northwest athlete profile: The Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma

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C-Mac one of our northwest blogger who spent 8 years in Japan teaching English weighs in today with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time on Japanese import pitcher for the Seattle Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma. C-Mac points out Kuma is well conditioned, having grown up in a Japanese system focusing on great fundamentals day after day. Coupled with Iwakuma’s strong mental approach to the game, he and Felix Hernandez form a formidable 1-2 M’s pitching punch.

Felix Hernandez is a Cy Young candidate

King Felix has a great chance to win the Cy Young in 2013. Photo - AP/ Fox News Latino

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonas Hyde breaks down the three top contenders in MLB’s American League Cy Young award race. The Mariners own Felix Hernandez has had a stellar season, and as such, has to be in the national conversation. By using statistical measurements such as Wins and Losses, WHIP, Innings Pitched, ERA, and Strikeouts, Jonas shows why King Felix may be well on his way to winning the Cy Young in 2013.

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.

Who is the next youngster coming up in September?

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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.

Mariners’ heartbreaking loss signals where they’re at

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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.

Be positive! Mariners top moments of a bleak Red Sox series

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Boston Red Sox in the 3 game series that ended tonight in Beantown. Jeff says there 5 positive moments for the M’s during the sweep. The double play by Hisashi Iwakuma. The throw to home by Michael Saunders. The pitching of Felix Hernandez. Henry Blanco hit his second grand slam of the season. Lastly, Kyle Seager launched another massive HR.

*My* fearless Mariners predictions to finish the season

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate brings us some BOLD predictions for this Mariner team. We might see some new faces at the end of the year like Carlos Peguero, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker who could help get this team above .500 by season end. King Felix Hernandez will win 20 games and Nick Franklin will win a highly prestigious honor.

M’s weekend recap: Love & hate from the heat of Houston

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Houston Astros today in MLB action. Jeff says this is what a team should look like coming out of an All Star Break! 26 runs for the Mariners offense makes the second half look brighter. With Brad Miller and Nick Franklin shouldering (carrying) the top of the lineup and playing excellent defense, the offense has had more opportunities to score runs.

Mariners’ mid-season grades and outlook for the stretch run

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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.

Three M’s in AAA to keep your eye on for fall call-ups

Paxton should be the first prospect to make the jump (Roger Peterson/mlb.com)

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.