Looking Back: Astros vs. Mariners review

Does Taijuan Walker remain a Mariner in 2014?

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Seattle’s series against the Houston Astros and how it ended up in a disappointing home sweep. Playing the last-place team in the AL West and a team they should have been able to handle easily, the Mariners were outmatched by Houston’s bats and they just couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Seattle now travels to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals.

Projecting the 2014 Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation

Paxton has given up just 3 earned runs in 13 innings. (Ted Warren/AP Photo)

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.

Looking Ahead: Rays at Seattle Mariners

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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.

Should the Mariners shut down Felix and Iwakuma?

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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.

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

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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?

Mariners Prospects: Taking a look at the “other guys”

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NWSB blogger and Mariners insider Jon Irwin brings us his look at Seattle’s remaining top prospects. Even with guys like Zuninio and Nick Franklin making it to the show, Seattle is still ripe with young prospects. Topping the list are James Paxton, D.J. Peterson, Stefan Romero, Taijuan Walker, and Danny Hultzen. Jon also points out overshadowed last year by other top arms in Seattle’s system, left-hander Tyler Pike is finally starting to get noticed.

*My* fearless Mariners predictions to finish the season

Does Taijuan Walker remain a Mariner in 2014?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate brings us some BOLD predictions for this Mariner team. We might see some new faces at the end of the year like Carlos Peguero, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker who could help get this team above .500 by season end. King Felix Hernandez will win 20 games and Nick Franklin will win a highly prestigious honor.

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.

Finding roles for Mariners top prospects

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the M’s top prospects and what their roles could be with the team moving forward. The top prospects are Mike Zunino, Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton. Of all the players on this list, it’s likely Nick Franklin will be the first to crack the Major League roster. It could be sooner rather than later as well.

Previewing the Seattle Mariners 2014 rotation options

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NWSB Insider and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin reports on his predictions for the 2014 Mariners rotation. Seattle has a lot of great prospects in the pipeline, and their development is coming to a head. The 2014 rotation should look a lot different than the 2013 model. Outside of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the rest of the rotation is bound for a youth-based overhaul. Even though we’re only one month into the season, 2013 already looks like another tough year for the Mariners.

What can the Mariners do with back-end of rotation?

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

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Seattle’s woeful 3-4-5 in their starting rotation. As good as things have been going for the Mariners as of late, there is still a glaring error on the team that may prevent them from making a push and potentially surpassing the .500 mark in the coming weeks: the back-end of their five-man rotation. Whats in store for Aaron Harang, James Paxton, Danny Hultzen, Joe Saunders and others?

Early season review: Mariners top pitching prospects

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NWSB insider and Mariner’s writer Jon Irwin brings us his preseason review of the Mariner’s top pitching prospects. The Big Three headline this talented list of power arms and could-be-aces. Just remember not to sleep on closer of the future Carter Capps and potential top of the rotation pitcher Brandon Maurer. While Taijuan Walker has the longest to go of any of the big three, he has the most upside as well.

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