NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson preview Seattle’s next five matchups. Taking two series in a row, they will look to get back on the winning track tonight in game two of their four-game series against the Angels. Looking to heat up before the break and claim their third straight series win, taking home games against the Angels and Athletics would be huge in turning the season around. Happy Felix Day, a Felix Hernandez start is just around the corner.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the fourth week of the year had to be the go-ahead homer by Michael Morse. Morse followed fellow outfielder Jason Bay for the second home run on the day for the Mariners. This one was the deciding factor in the much anticipated return of former Mariners Jason Vargas. The Marines won the game, and the series, their first series win of the year.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the 2012 American League West division. Since June 12th, the A’s are 30-12. In that time they’ve lost just two series, while sweeping twice—including a series against the New York Yankees. It’s been a rough week for Texas Rangers pitchers. Undergoing surgery to repair his forearm, Colby Lewis (6-6, 3.43 ERA) will be out for the rest of the season. The M’s are on fire.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the fourth M’s game of the series versus the L.A. Angels of Anaheim. It’s just bad. Kyle Seager is mired in a bit of a slump. Seattle’s bullpen has been bad enough throughout the season so its fitting that with the score at 3-2 in the 9th Shawn Kelley goes ahead and gives LA that insurance run. Justin Smoak closed out today’s series going 2-4.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the series versus the L.A. Angels of Anaheim. The M’s are 9-13 on the month, despite winning four of their eight series. I’ll be the first to defend the potentials of Michael Saunders and Alex Liddi, but players with a combined .311 OBP should not be batting one and two.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us his AL West Predictions today for the 2012 season. If Yu Darvish, CJ Wilson, or Albert Pujols pan out, Seattle and Oakland could be left in the dust again…especially if Seattle doesn’t land Prince Fielder. The M’s will likely end in 3rd place, but not be as easy a win as in years past.