Brandon Maurer delivers hope to the Mariners; claims first victory

Brandon Maurer

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on the fourteenth game of the season versus the Texas Rangers. Jeff points out the bad. There are too many players on this team slugging their batting average or close to it. It is a terrible thing. He points out the good. Felix Hernandez pitched irregularly poor, but then Hisashi Iwakuma pitched a gem on Friday, and Joe Saunders is making me look foolish, and now Brandon Maurer bounced back.

The Mariners and the on-going struggle of the marketing team

Felix

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on the eleventh game of the season versus the Texas Rangers. Jeff points out Franklin Gutierrez continued his good start with another lead-off HR, his fourth of the year and third leading off. Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero each had two hits, unfortunately they were not when the team needed them most with the bases loaded and less than 2-outs, but at least they got hits Thursday. It’s a start right?

Mariners Report: Houston…we have a problem edition!

beavan vs. stros widescreen

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on the tenth game of the season versus the Houston Astros. Jeff points out pitching is a major problem with this M’s team right now. He says a pitcher should be evaluated over time, perhaps every month within a season, but it is hard to avoid that when Brandon Maurer & then Blake Beavan put the bullpen and the offense in bad positions playing with different mindsets. Is Aaron Harang the answer?

Mariners avenge perfect game loss a year later, defeat Astros 3-0

M's Opening Day

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on game number eight this season Monday night’s home opener versus the Houston Astro’s. Kendrys Morales is in need of some props for his performances since the Oakland series. In his last 4 games, Morales is 8-16 and hitting extremely well with RISP, adding a HR and 5 RBI for the M’s. Was Joe Saunders’ performance a sing of things to come? M’s Opening Night is always a GREAT time.

The incredibly windy city takes Felix the Kings royalty

Ibanez vs. White Sox

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on game number six this season Saturday versus the Chicago White Sox. Coming off the extra-inning win, the M’s fall to the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Saturday. Jeff points out he’s not a fan of Jason Bay as a pinch runner. After Kendrys Morales singled, Wedge sent Bay out to run for the DH. This must have been a “lesser of two evils” type situation, but there needs to be better options from the bench in that situation.

Mariners close series in Oakland with Brandon Maurer on the mound

Morse & Saunders

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on the fourth game of the season versus the Oakland Athletics. Jeff points out the offensive production is hiding behind the power of Mike Morse, but it stinks like years past all the same. Power is often assimilated with the third spot in the lineup, which is absolutely something DH/OF Raul Ibanez possesses, but this is not a good place for him writes Jeff.

This just in! The Mariners Michael Morse hates to lose

Michael Morse 2

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on the second game of the season versus the Oakland Athletics. Jeff points out that leadoff hits and two-out rallies were key in the 7-1 victory. Hisashi Iwakuma also had a great showing, along with Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager. If there’s anything to not like, it’s Yoenis Cespedes. But in this case, hate equals respect.

Mariners game 1 of 162, the begging of true love and a little bit of hate

Felix gets win number 100 in Houston on Monday night

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on the first game of the season versus the Oakland Athletics. The Headline: Felix Hernandez shines as the Mariners win their 7th straight opening day game. Jeff points out the bullpen, Charlie Furbush, Pryor, and Tom Wilhelmsen surrendered two walks in only 1.1 IP. That trend cannot continue, because hits will come too. Next game check out Michael Morse and his really strange batting stretch-thing.

Canucks vs Detroit Red Wings…yeesh that was ugly

vs Red Wings 2

Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss Sunday afternoon to the Detroit Red Wings. Richard points out Canucks fans didn’t take this game well, lamenting the defensive zone coverage, Roberto Luongo’s play and the general futility of even trying for the rest of the year. Nice to see after his reckless run at Chris Tanev, Zack Kassian decided to beat up Jordin Tootoo. Nice.

Canucks vs Dallas Stars equal D-light

Higgins vs. Dallas

Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win versus the Dallas Stars. Richard points out you had to love Jason Garrison’s goal where he took a quick shot that devastated Antoine Roussel and allowed him to tee up a blast from the point like he was at the driving range. Also It was plainly obvious on the Stars’ third goal that Ryan Kesler is not yet back to Selke calibre.

Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Unlikely earnings of a single point

Blackhawks HOT Ice Girl

Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. Richard points out Patrick Kane did it again, figuring out that the only way to beat a red hot Cory Schneider in the shootout was to trick him into putting the puck into his own net.

St Louis Blues vs. Canucks: Singing a Blue note

Ryan Kesler

Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss against the St. Louis Blues. Richard points out that since the return of Ryan Kessler, the Canucks have been looking great, but haven’t been able to turn the greatness into wins, having gained only 1 point in those games. Richard is also pushing for a trade of Roberto Luongo to the Blues for their rookie net-minder Jake Allen.