Mariners’ mid-season grades and outlook for the stretch run

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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.

MLB Analysis: Jack Z’s Mariners youth movement

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jordin Ereth gives you his love ’em and hate ’em about the youth movement of the 2013 Seattle Mariners. After a few seasons of trying to figure out the organization, Jordin believes he has Seattle figured out. As the record falls, the draft pick rises. We then find ourselves with Mike Zunino, Nick Franklin and Danny Hultzen in our system. Okay Jacky boy, I can see your approach now. I don’t agree with it, but I can see it. Read on for his opinion.

Justin Smoak is returning from injury… and that’s a good thing

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us why the return from the DL by Justin Smoak is a good thing for the Mariners. Gone are the days when Smoak was relied upon to carry this team offensively. Just look at the support he has had this season in Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager. Plus the demotions of Dustin Ackley and Jesus Montero have brought a couple more of the new wave up; Nick Franklin and Mike Zunino. And with the numbers of the latter, Smoak can focus more on playing 1B instead of trying to win every game with his bat.

Kyle Seager: How good can this kid be?

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jordin Ereth breaks down why Eric Wedge is so confident about third base. Only halfway through his third season, Kyle Seager has already become the most consistent Mariner on the ball club. He plays as solid of a third base that you can find, and is hitting an encouraging .281. In the midst of this young talent producing, it is comforting knowing we have a budding star to lead the lineup over in the hot corner.

Message from management: Perform, or else

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us what Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley will have to do to make it back up to the big league club. With a slew of roster moves the past week and a half, the two biggest names to be shuttled down I-5 were Montero and Ackley. Both seem to have lost the hitting feeling, and have been given the chance to go down to Tacoma to work on it. With Montero though it seems his catching days are over…

Mariners’ organization lacks organization and plans

Wedge is done after three seasons in the Emerald City

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke has had it with the Mariners’ front office. From the top management to Eric Wedge, Jeff voices his opinion on how lowly the organization has been the past decade. Seeing an excess of talent shipped away only for drearier results, Seattle’s organization must change if it is to succeed at any point in the future. The time for Eric Wedge may be running out.

Seattle Mariners rookie Brandon Maurer needs to be sent down

Maurer struggled initially to find any rhythm. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde asks what do the M’s have to do with rookie pitcher Brandon Maurer. Perhaps Andrew Carraway can show a little something. While Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma hold down the top end as two aces should, and Joe Saunders and Aaron Harang at least offer some promise. News broke. Maurer has been sent down. Alex Liddi is on his way up.

Mariners absolutely dominate Padres 9-0 on Memorial Day

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the Seattle Mariners win over the San Diego Padres today. It would appear the M’s are feeling the positive vibes right now. Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley have both gone down to AAA, in their place are Jesus Sucre, Nick Franklin, and Carlos Triunfel. They’ve won 2 in a row now. And are playing some great baseball. Go M’s, let’s get a winning streak going this time.

Jesus Swap: And roster moves the Mariners will and should make

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the moving of Jesus Montero to AAA Tacoma and other roster moves the Mariners could make. The Mariners are now 20-27, 10 games behind the Texas Rangers, and in need of some changes. And it looks like we’ll get some very soon, as moves have been rumored in the past day that could really shuffle the big league lineup. A Jesus swap is taking place. Jesus Montero down to Tacoma, Jesus Sucre up to Seattle.

Seattle Mariners fantasy baseball stats & breakdown – Week 6

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NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us his weekly Fantasy Baseball recap of your Seattle Mariners. The pitchers headlined the dominant performances this week, with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma combining for 4 wins and Tom Wilhelmsen adding 2 saves. Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager did their part at the plate while many did not.

My oh My! Top play of the week for the Seattle Mariners (video)

Montero HR vs. Pittsburgh

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the sixth week of the year had to be the go-ahead homerun by Jesus Montero. The Mariners were battling hard in Pittsburgh and with Felix on the mound it was important to get that winning run across the plate. Jesus Montero got a first pitch fastball he liked, and hit it to the deepest part of the field. Homerun, Mariners win, Dave Sims gets all giggly, win-win-win situation for everyone.

Mariners split with Pirates, win 2-1 in Wednesday’s matinee

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the Seattle Mariners win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in game 2 of the two game series. It was a happy Happy Felix Day indeed, thanks in part to another lights out performance by the King, and a timely go-ahead homer by Jesus Montero. M’s finished the road trip with a winning record, which is always something to brag about.

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