NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Alex McPhee talks about Seattle’s misfortunes in prior MLB drafts. Selecting players who were considered to have been sure things at the next level, for whatever reason, the Mariners have had a tough time developing their draft picks into players who could contribute significantly at the next level. Citing numerous picks after Seattle’s who have become MLB stars, Alex runs down the unfortunate selections Seattle has made in the past.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, and Hector Noesi all put up great performances, but only Felix got the win. This goes hand in hand with the way things have been going this season for the starting rotation. Jason Vargas continued his slide with a poor performance.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners calling up Stephen Pryor for the bullpen this week. He points out Pryor has been known to have control issues though with a 100-MPH fastball that could work to his advantage. The Mariners front office realizes that they are dealing with a young team that needs extra time to develop.
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.
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 Detroit Tigers and swept their 3-game series in D-town. Then headed over the lake to Toronto and won game 1 of their series with the Blue Jays before losing two. Steve Delabar, Lucas Luetge, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Brandon League pitched well in Detroit.
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 Cleveland and the Chicago White Soxk in what turned out to include a few VERY noteworthy pitching performances. Hector Noesi had a hard time finding the strike zone. Blake Beavan pitched against a guy throwing a perfect game. Brandon League blew a Felix Hernandez win.
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 Texas and Oakland this week in what turned out to be quite a few pitching duels. While Felix Hernandez still worried some, the under rated Blake Beavan, Jason Vargas and Hector Noesi stunned. The Mariners bullpen was a little shaky, but evened itself out to hold on.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The issues surrounding Felix Hernandez and his drop in velocity, which was completely evident in his two starts, could’ve been attributed to the time differences and the body chemistry adjusting to travel. The Mariners open up a four-game set with Texas as Hector Noesi takes the mound.
NWSB insider Jonathan Irwin brings us his 5 reasons why fans should already fear for the Seattle Mariners bullpen. While Tom Wilhelmsen and Brandon League preformed well in the season opener. Shawn Kelley, Steve Delabar and George Sherrill did the opposite in game 2. The team has no set up man, no swing man and didn’t exactly wow fans with the bullpen performance this Spring.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the year in his Love ‘em & Hate ‘em. A 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo Japan. The bullpen gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Shawn Kelley could only pitch 0.1 innings, while George Sherrill couldn’t even get through an inning.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out over the offseason, the Mariners repeatedly indicated the team wish list to improve and compete in the AL West. A left handed reliever, a catcher, and a veteran presence. Danny now questions why the Mariners would NOT want to pursue Johnny Damon. Is it money? His value in that case alone could make him worth picking up.
Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve is going on a rant. He’s back to tell us he understands what the Mariners are trying to do. When your franchise bottoms out, it takes time in the rebuilding process. He’s calling out Ownership. Jack Zduriencik is the only one that seems to have a direction, that’s asinine he says. Ownership is supposed to be the one leading by example. They’re not.