An M’s rant…The 2013 Seattle Mariners were doomed from the beginning

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

NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back today with his first rant of the 2013 season. He’s only been back with us for 3 weeks so we’re surprised it took him this long to crank one of these bad boys out. Steve asks How did this once promising season end up on the trash heap so quickly? Problem 1. Jack Zduriencik and company were convinced that Franklin Gutierrez would stay healthy.

Mariners second half uncertainty revolves around the deadline

Jack Z Mariners

NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back today with pre 2013 MLB trade deadline post. Steve says Jack Zduriencik is very much on the hot seat, and its getting hotter. Seasons cannot continue to be wasted on the hopes and dreams of youth. Success in major professional sports is dictated by how many rings you have, and the last time Steve checked the Mariners have zero. Jack cannot be complacent.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Texas, Chicago White Sox

Steve Delabar

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. Shortly after his last start, it was reported that Felix Hernandez suffered a back injury. According to Shannon Drayer Hernandez was in noticeable pain. Along with calling up Stephen Pryor on Friday, the Mariners sent RHP Steve Delabar down to AAA Tacoma.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Texas, L.A. Angels

Hector Noesi, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The bullpen made strides this week. I understand how that reads considering Brandon League had another meltdown. Felix Hernandez, who was lights out in the week’s opener was rattled in his second start of the week. Kevin Millwood continues to impress.

Is the Mariners King Felix getting squeezed out of run support?

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve goes inside the numbers on that age old question: does Felix Hernandez get enough run support? The answer: Yes, says Steve. With a breakdown of every start over the past three years, including King Felix’s starts this season, the numbers tell us that the average score per start should be 4-2 in favor of the Mariners.

Weekly Seattle Mariners Recap: Series pitching vs. Detroit, New York Yankees

Mariners pitching

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. Outside of Hisashi Iwakuma and Brandon League’s performances, the bullpen surrendered 6 runs on 15 hits with Shawn Kelley and Steve Delabar surrendering the two home runs. Felix Hernandez and Hector Noesi struggled in NYC.

Mariners profiles: Justin Smoak under the spotlight

Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve brings us a good piece on the M’s today. First baseman and Goose Creek, South Carolina native Justin Smoak is under the spotlight. Justin Smoak is not comfortable in a MLB batter’s box. For the first time in his life, he is not excelling at the one thing that brought him joy.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Tampa Bay, Minnesota

Jason Vargas, Seattle Mariners

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 the Tampa Bay Rays, and got swept, and then won their series versus the pathetic group of ballplayers that are the Minnesota Twins. This week the rotation tossed 45.2 IP with Felix Hernandez and Hector Noesi starting twice. Felix pitched a 1 hitter thru 8 on Saturday.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Detroit, Toronto

George Sherrill

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.

Worried about the 2012 Seattle Mariners offense? I’m not!

Justin Smoak

NWSB Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve weighs in today on the M’s offense. If you break it down even further, through 5 starts this season Felix Hernandez has a 2.75 ERA while Jason Vargas has a 3.83 ERA. If you combine the two, you have an ERA of 3.25 compared to the 7.55 ERA between Blake Beavan, Hector Noesi, and Kevin Millwood. The pitching not the bats is the reason for the 11-10 record.

Who is a bigger detriment to their program…Mike Leach or Chip Kelly?

Mike Leach

NWSB Insider Steve also a Washington State Cougars blogger tells us this week there are certain things outside of the realm of football that Mike Leach stresses on his players that Chip Kelly falls by the wayside. Insider fully expects Chip Kelly to move on to the NFL because in his mind he’s already there. Washington State will be in a much better situation than Oregon because of it.

With the 12th pick in the 2012 NFL draft the Seahawks select…

Michael Floyd

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks writer Insider Steve is back with a pre-draft 2012 NFL article about what the 12th man will be talking about around the water cooler on Friday morning. The team is on the verge of Super Bowl contention and the right pick(s) could vault us over the top. Steve says the Seahawks will draft wide receiver Michael Floyd from Notre Dame. Shocker? Yes. Great Pick? Yes.

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