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.

Looking back: Lessons learned from the Mariners road trip

Smoak

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke gives you three players to pay attention to on the Mariners in the coming months. Justin Smoak, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer will all be interesting players to watch as the season comes to end. Not contending for the playoffs, these three will likely attempt to prove their worth for 2014 as Seattle makes the stretch run to the offseason.

Looking Ahead: Mariners vs. Athletics series preview

Three cheers for Aarong Harang! Hip Hip! No....

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson looks ahead and previews the next series for the Seattle Mariners. Coming off a series’ victory over the Texas Rangers that saw Kyle Seager come through in the clutch in the final game, Seattle will send Aaron Harang, Joe Saunders, and Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound, attempting to win their second straight series while pushing towards the .500 mark.

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.

Mariners “honor” Griffey with embarrassing loss

Griffey Jr. likely left the ballpark disappointed on Saturday (Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the disappointing loss the Mariners put together on a night that saw the organization honor one of the greatest ballplayers of all time, Ken Griffey Jr. Downed 10-0 by Milwaukee — who are 51-66 on the year — Seattle tallied just four hits over the course of the game while Iwakuma and the Mariners’ stellar bullpen (particularly Lucas Luetge) surrendered 16. It was a complete embarrassment on a night that should have been filled with spectacular.

Mariners’ heartbreaking loss signals where they’re at

Nick Franklin

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

Mariners vs. Red Sox Series Recap

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 oh My! Top play of the week for the Seattle Mariners

Look for Franklin to continue to lead the Mariners in the future.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the thirteenth week of the year had to be the two homer day by Nick Franklin against the Minnesota Twins. With the first bomb, Franklin put the M’s in the lead. With the second one, he moved into the lead for most HRs by rookie second basemen and overall rookie RBI leader. I think we have found a winner in Franklin at second.

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

Franklin Slam

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

Felix Hernandez

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.

Mariners preview: Looking ahead to the next 5 games

I have a love-hate relationship with Harang this year. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews the next five games for the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have looked pretty good as of late. Though they dropped a slugfest to the Boston Red Sox last night in an 11-8 triumph by the visitors, the young guys who have been brought up are making significant contributions and really stepping into big shoes. Brad Miller has shown he can hit in the leadoff spot, Nick Franklin has continued to be stellar, and Mike Zunino is flashing the defensive prowess he needs to focus on right now.

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