NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the best and worst moments of the Seattle Mariners 2012 season in this love ’em & hate ’em. It was a year of highs and lows, that inevitably ended in another losing season for the M’s. From King Felix Hernandez’s perfect game to the Ichiro Suzuki trade deadline, there was plenty to love and hate. Don’t foget the Jesus Montero trade, and Justin Smoak struggling.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third game of the series versus the Oakland Athletics. The Headline: an eight inning collapse by the bullpen gives the A’s life, as they complete their sweep of the Mariners. Seattle hangs tough all day with strong starting pitching, but the bullpen blows it in the final frames of the game. Michael Saunders batting sixth. Miguel Olivo at DH and Jesus Montero at catcher. Bizarre lineup.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third game of the series versus the Los Angeles Angels. The Headline: John Jaso leads the way as the Mariners dominate on all sides of the field, avoid sweep. Strong nights from Jaso and Iwakuma help seal another Mariners win. Unfortunately, a running catch by Gutierrez knocks him out of the game.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third game of the series versus the Texas Rangers. The Headline: the Mariners drop this one by a hair, and though the failed to complete the sweep they still win the series. The Mariners do everything to put themselves in a position to win, but can’t follow through. The biggest complaint, it all feels too normal at this point.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the first game of the series versus the Texas Rangers. The Headline: Justin Smoak and Miguel Olivo come alive as the Mariners top the Rangers. After an abysmal offensive effort against Baltimore, the Mariner bats finally show signs of life as the put six runs up against the visiting Rangers.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second game of the series versus the Oakland Athletics. The Headline: Tommy Milone mows over the M’s as Oakland completes the sweep. Despite a healthy outfield and a new lineup, Oakland and Milone prove too much for the Mariner’s in this series finale. Alex Liddi went 1-for-3 and scored a run in his first start since June 9th.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. Franklin Gutierrez has finally made his comeback to the team and of course continues to live up to his name of “death to flying things”. The Mariners have added 9 men to their roster so far this September. Those players are…Carlos Peguero, Carlos Triunfel, Casper Wells, Erasmo Ramierez, Hector Noesi, Luis Jimenez, Mike Carp, Shawn Kelley and Alex Liddi.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second game of the series versus the Twins. The Headline: timely hits from Ackley and Seager secure another M’s win. Hisashi Iwakuma struggled with his control, but that didn’t stop the rookie from dominating the Twins. With players on the move, there’s still no sign of Michael Saunders in the outfield. Bigger news was the return of Franklin Gutierrez.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. Mike Carp is down with injury again as is Franklin Gutierrez who is struggling with side effects of a concussion he suffered weeks ago. Felix Hernandez threw the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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. With six of seven games going down to the wire, this was actually a pretty exciting week. More injuries to report; Erasmo Ramirez and Franklin Gutierrez. An old friend Mark Langston returns to Seattle, and John Jaso with a flare for the dramatics.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Sports blogger Brandon Choate brings us his reasons to put away your nooses and leave Eric Wedge alone. With his past experience, his player’s coach management style, and his fearlessness of ownership, Wedge is NOT to blame. Had Franklin Gutierrez or Mike Carp or Miguel Olivo not been injured early on, we may not have seen the likes of Kyle Seager or the resurgence of Michael Saunders.
NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us his weekly Fantasy Baseball recap of your Seattle Mariners. Felix Hernandez was lights out once again and Tom Wilhelmsen continued to be on fire as the Mariners closer. The hitting, though, has killed the team with Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak both going ice cold after putting up decent numbers recently.