NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon. Dustin Ackley made his return from AAA, and he walked onto the field to a standing ovation as he pinch-ran. Felix Hernandez was not perfect, but provided more than enough opportunity to keep his team in the game. Needless to say, Joe Saunders had himself a rough evening the day before as well.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the third and last game of the series vs. the Athletics this week. Jeff says Kyle Seager is a stud. He goes on to say No one was/is more excited than him that the Mariners decided to draft his little brother Justin Seager this month. The more Seager’s the better in the M’s organization he thinks. Jeff also points out that this Nick Franklin kid can play, but asks how long will it last?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jordin Ereth gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em about the youth movement of the 2013 Seattle Mariners. After a few seasons of trying to figure out the organization, Jordin believes he has Seattle figured out. As the record falls, the draft pick rises. We then find ourselves with Mike Zunino, Nick Franklin and Danny Hultzen in our system. Okay Jacky boy, I can see your approach now. I don’t agree with it, but I can see it. Read on for his opinion.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the fourth and thankfully last game of the series vs. the Angels this week. Jeff says congrats to the Angels for doing something he thought would never expect the Mariners to do, come back from down 7 to win a game. If the situation was reversed last night, it is hard to imagine the M’s scoring 10 runs after being down 7. Poor Felix Hernandez. Brutal game for him.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde asks the question we have all been wondering this season; who is the real ace of the Mariners staff? Jonas breaks down just about every category you can think of, trying to get the statistical answer. It seems to be a tie, but the answer Jonas gives for his answer just might sway even the most hardcore baseball fan. Felix Hernandez vs. Hisashi Iwakuma. Help decide. Leave a comment today.
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.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson preview Seattle’s next five matchups. Taking two series in a row, they will look to get back on the winning track tonight in game two of their four-game series against the Angels. Looking to heat up before the break and claim their third straight series win, taking home games against the Angels and Athletics would be huge in turning the season around. Happy Felix Day, a Felix Hernandez start is just around the corner.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Hisashi Iwakuma’s and Felix Hernandez’s shot at the 2013 American League Cy Young Award. The deadly 1-2 punch at the top of Seattle’s rotation, both have been nearly flawless all year long and have baffled hitter after hitter. Quickly becoming a dangerous duo that no team wants to face, these two standouts will be two of the favorites to take home the 2013 AL Cy Young. Chris compares the two to their top competition, Clay Buchholz.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews the next five games for the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have continued to slip and are now 27-37 on the year. It’s not hard to see that hopes at an AL West Title or Wild Card position are slipping away day-by-day, but Seattle may be playing for a .500 record in the coming weeks. And while some may see a .500 as a so-so record come the end of the season, that is exactly what the Mariners need to shoot for.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his M’s expectations for the month of June. It’s all about pitching. It is unreasonable to project that Felix Hernandez (5th in AL ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (2nd) will continue this torrid pace. Jeremy Bonderman will get the month to try to establish himself, but the Harang spot in the rotation may be up for grabs soon. Who will Tom Wilhelmsen be? The next Brandon League? Stay tuned.
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the second game of the series vs. the White Sox. Raul Ibanez hit his second 2-run home run in as many days. Good to see the M’s play well for a week straight, hopefully Hisashi Iwakuma can put the White Sox to bed early today.