NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Houston Astros today in MLB action. Jeff says this is what a team should look like coming out of an All Star Break! 26 runs for the Mariners offense makes the second half look brighter. With Brad Miller and Nick Franklin shouldering (carrying) the top of the lineup and playing excellent defense, the offense has had more opportunities to score runs.
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 Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his top 5 favorite memories from Seattle’s first half of their 2013 MLB season. Citing the home opener as the first memory of the season, he then runs through some impressive individual efforts and great team efforts that helped see the Mariners to victory. With the All Star break quickly coming to a close, he wants to reflect one last time on what was the Mariners’ 2013 first half and prove that the team wasn’t as bleak as they may have seemed at times.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us his MVP for the Mariners through the first half of the season. This may not be everybody’s first selection for team MVP, but Kyle Seager has been the glue that has held this team together this year. Clutch should be Kyle’s nickname, because there is nobody else on this team that even comes close to Seager in that category. Read all of Clinton’s other reasons behind his selection here.
NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back from Safeco today with pre game coverage of game 1 vs. the Angels. Steve reports from inside the Clubhouse at Safeco. Nick Franklin will be out of tonight’s game still nursing the sore knee that was injured in Cincinnati. The Mariners have sent down RHP Blake Beavan to AAA Tacoma, and RHP Erasmo Ramirez to A Everett.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. Though the M’s crushed the ball early in the game, Hisashi Iwakuma continued to look out-of-form, surrendering home runs to allow Boston back in the game. Blake Beavan didn’t help, either, as the Red Sox continued to tattoo the ball.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a piece on the expectations of the upcoming MLB trade deadline. Five names are on his watch list of players who will probably be questioned about by other teams. Michael Morse, Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales, Brendan Ryan, and Oliver Perez. Three of those players are must keeps for the M’s if they want to sustain any sort of pace this year according to Clinton. We will see at the end of the month who stays or goes.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde gives us a preview of the M’s month of July. During the month the team has a few questions to answer. Can they can get trade value in Hisashi Iwakuma? Are they looking to keep Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse beyond this year? A 13-10 record is projected.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the thirteenth week of the year had to be Mike Zunino’s first career home walk off hit. The comeback was set up by an unlikely triple by none other than Raul Ibanez, and finished off with the extra innings, bases loaded walk off hit by the M’s rookie catcher. Oh year, and it was also super stud Brad Miller’s MLB debut to boot. Catch all the highlights from the game here.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the third and last game of the series vs. the Athletics this week. Jeff says Kyle Seager is a stud. He goes on to say No one was/is more excited than him that the Mariners decided to draft his little brother Justin Seager this month. The more Seager’s the better in the M’s organization he thinks. Jeff also points out that this Nick Franklin kid can play, but asks how long will it last?
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 gives you his M’s expectations for the month of June. It’s all about pitching. It is unreasonable to project that Felix Hernandez (5th in AL ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (2nd) will continue this torrid pace. Jeremy Bonderman will get the month to try to establish himself, but the Harang spot in the rotation may be up for grabs soon. Who will Tom Wilhelmsen be? The next Brandon League? Stay tuned.