NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down the team’s roster after the 2014 Winter Meetings. Nice additions in Logan Morrison, Willie Bloomquist, Robinson Cano, and Corey Hart. Here’s the biggest weakness remaining with the Seattle Mariners for the 2014 season. The Bullpen. Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Steven Pryor. The pressure is on.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the disappointing loss the Mariners put together on a night that saw the organization honor one of the greatest ballplayers of all time, Ken Griffey Jr. Downed 10-0 by Milwaukee — who are 51-66 on the year — Seattle tallied just four hits over the course of the game while Iwakuma and the Mariners’ stellar bullpen (particularly Lucas Luetge) surrendered 16. It was a complete embarrassment on a night that should have been filled with spectacular.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are pacing the other startes while Tom Wilhelmsen has been perfect in closingh situations. Kameron Loe and Brandon Maurer on the other hand would like to start this season over already. Loe is a Cub, now we get Aaron Harang, we’ll see how he does.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke brings us the positive and negative approaches for the upcoming MLB season with the Mariners’ pitching staff. With King Felix Hernandez leading the charge, mentions Jeff, Seattle’s youngsters could develop into a great staff in 2013. That will only be so, however, if Felix is able to step into a mentor role and guide a few promising young arms like Danny Hultzen and James Paxton.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third game of the series versus the Oakland Athletics. The Headline: an eight inning collapse by the bullpen gives the A’s life, as they complete their sweep of the Mariners. Seattle hangs tough all day with strong starting pitching, but the bullpen blows it in the final frames of the game. Michael Saunders batting sixth. Miguel Olivo at DH and Jesus Montero at catcher. Bizarre lineup.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third game of the series versus the Texas Rangers. The Headline: the Mariners drop this one by a hair, and though the failed to complete the sweep they still win the series. The Mariners do everything to put themselves in a position to win, but can’t follow through. The biggest complaint, it all feels too normal at this point.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. Mike Carp is down with injury again as is Franklin Gutierrez who is struggling with side effects of a concussion he suffered weeks ago. Felix Hernandez threw the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history against the Tampa Bay Rays.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the the All-Time top 5 pitching performances on the Seattle Mariners. As history goes it was the 23rd perfect game in MLB history. Felix Hernandez throws a perfect game, but how does he rank amongst the Mariner best? From Randy Johnson to Chris Bosio, we’re taking a ride through history.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the fourth game of the series versus the Kansas City Royals. The Headline: Jesus Montero goes deep and Felix Hernandez pitches a gem as the Mariners win the series. With the July 31st trade deadline fast approaching, the Mariner’s have been suspiciously quiet. Is Jason Vargas, Brandon League or Tom Wilhelmsen on the block?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the interleague series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Erasmo Ramirez didn’t even make it through the fifth, four innings on 78 pitches. However the Mariner bullpen has been incredibly solid through June. Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush were fantastic. Ichiro (hit 2500) and Casper Wells were hero’s.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another M’s Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. No hitter vs LA, and two out of three in Anaheim against the Angels highlighted this past week. Ichiro is still playing good ball at the one spot, Felix Hernandez went down with injury, and Stephen Pryor wins his first game amidst the no hitter.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the first M’s game of the interleague series versus the L.A. Dodgers. The Mariners needed just 1 run, and without it this magic night never happens. Kevin Millwood aside, I think this night really goes to the bullpen. Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined for 3 innings, 2 walks, 3 Ks and, of course, o hits.