NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the predicament the Seattle Mariners are moving towards with the trade deadline looming. Seattle’s record right now is 47-52. That sees them 11 games out of first in the AL West and 9.5 games back in the AL Wild Card. While this would leave some to believe that the Mariners are completely out of the playoff picture, with the way they’ve played recently and the tools they will be getting back in the near future, I really believe anything is possible with the squad this year.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Alex McPhee talks about Seattle’s misfortunes in prior MLB drafts. Selecting players who were considered to have been sure things at the next level, for whatever reason, the Mariners have had a tough time developing their draft picks into players who could contribute significantly at the next level. Citing numerous picks after Seattle’s who have become MLB stars, Alex runs down the unfortunate selections Seattle has made in the past.
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ insider Jonas Hyde reevaluates some predictions he made about the Mariners recently. Fortunately for Jonas, both of his predictions came true. Seattle went into the break with an 8-5 record in July and Justin Smoak saw himself surge in his numbers, leading many to believe that he has finally arrived. Going forward, if Jonas’ tea leaves yield any other gems, he’ll be sure to share them with all of you.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jordin Ereth breaks down why Justin Smoak is finally showing signs of reaching his potential. Smoak has shown glimpses of the highly touted prospect he was supposed to be, but never kept it going. However, he’s coming in to his own since returning from the disabled list, and the numbers prove it.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us why he doesn’t think a single one of us should write of the Mariners just yet. Even with an unstable rotation, and a lack of run scoring ability, these boys have some fight left in them. Plus, with all of the roster moves over the past month and a half, Jonas thinks the right players are finally in the right place. For starters Mike Zunino has replaced Jesus Montero, and will offer better defense and likely more at the plate.
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.
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.
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…
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde looks at the Seattle Mariners schedule as a potential factor in their recent deline. The Mariners played 30 games in 31 days and then went on the road after just a few days off sprinkled every now and then, a schedule that was not conducive to keeping players at the top of their game. Jonas makes sure to contrast their schedule with ways that Seattle fans feel about the Seahawks’ schedule.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the recently concluded series vs. the Cleveland Indians. That could be a tough series to shake off. The M’s were swept, and it wasn’t good. Three walk-off losses. The positive to take away? Just as Kendrys Morales was beginning to play more 1B, Justin Smoak remembered he is allowed to hit home runs. Move on vs. Angels. Take both games from a division opponent on the road and all is forgotten.