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 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.
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 gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the fourth and thankfully last game of the series vs. the Angels this week. Jeff says congrats to the Angels for doing something he thought would never expect the Mariners to do, come back from down 7 to win a game. If the situation was reversed last night, it is hard to imagine the M’s scoring 10 runs after being down 7. Poor Felix Hernandez. Brutal game for him.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Erin Acacio breaks down just how important runners in scoring position have been early in the season. Realistically, there will not be a happy medium for the Mariners until their RISP begins to rise. Once their RISP starts rising, they can rise to the occasion to potentially become a sleeper team on the run for a playoff spot. We feel bad for Eric Wedge & Jack Zduriencik. But they are not on the field.
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 to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the tenth week of the year had to be the grand slam by Kyle Seager to tie up the ball game in the bottom of the 14th inning against the Chicago White Sox. After 13 innings of scoreless baseball, the flood gates were opened wide in the 14th. The Sox scored 5 in the top of the inning, only for the Mariners to come back in the most dramatic fashion with Kyle Seager hitting the Salami to tie it.