NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in today on the M’s 2013 season with his season rewind post. He says it’s another difficult season for the Mariners faithful was finally put to bed Sunday as the Mariners looked like a team ready to hit the links, losing 9-0 to the AL West Champion Oakland A’s. Michael Saunders hit a whopping .236. Nick Franklin, a mid season call up at 2nd base, finished the year hitting .225. Thank goodness for Felix Hernandez & Hisashi Iwakuma.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck (yes another one) that is the Mariners skipper situation. He throws out some possible names to replace Eric Wedge. Joey Cora, Bryan Price, and Robby Thompson could be in the running. He says when the dust settles, I believe the Mariners are going to go with Robby Thompson as their new manager. An obvious choice, but a smart choice.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps Seattle’s latest series against the Kansas City Royals. Far out of any playoff race, the Mariners made sure to leave their effort on the field as they took 2-of-3 from a team still looking to contend for a postseason berth. James Paxton was stellar, Justin Smoak came through in the clutch, and Hisashi Iwakuma was better than ever. Nice to see Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders swinging the bat right now too.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps Seattle’s series in Detroit against the Tigers. Taking 1-of-4 from the soon-to-be AL Central Champions, the Mariners actually played pretty well against Detroit despite winning just one game. They received a few quality outings from their starters and managed to get the offensive ball rolling in the final two games of the series.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson preview the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners against the Detroit Tigers. Having dropped their past two series to the Astros and the Cardinals, the Mariners will be looking to bounce back against a hot and dangerous Detroit Tigers squad. Joe Saunders and Brandon Maurer will get the start in the first two games for Seattle while it is still unknown who will get starts in games 3 and 4.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps Seattle’s series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Playing a team who is battling for supremacy in their division, don’t let Sunday’s outcome fool you, the Mariners played a good series. Dropping the first game in extra innings, Seattle received a day two boost from James Paxton before an embarrassing loss on Sunday.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott gives you his ideal starting rotation for the 2014 Seattle Mariners. Right now Brian says that you have 3 players you can pencil in as starters: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Taijuan Walker. While James Paxton will likely be a starter as well, the Mariners should look towards free agency to fill the 5th spot in their 2014 rotation.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners. Set to face the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game series at Safeco Field, the Mariners will send Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, and Erasmo Ramirez to the mound to counter Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, and Matt Moore. Let’s hope the Mariners can give that same support to Paxton tomorrow night.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about whether or not the Mariners should think about shutting down Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in 2013. While they could undoubtedly pitch an excess of 200 innings, Chris believes that it is in the best interest of both pitchers and the organization to let them have some much needed rest after their next start.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the MLB debut made by Taijuan Walker on Friday night against the Houston Astros. Tai shut down the Stros for 5 innings, not giving up an earned run in the process. The M’s got out of there with a 7-1 victory in part of POTW runner up performance by Dustin Ackley. It’s nice to feel good about this team every once in a while isn’t it?
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.
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.