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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The Mariners took on Detroit Tigers and swept their 3-game series in D-town. Then headed over the lake to Toronto and won game 1 of their series with the Blue Jays before losing two. Steve Delabar, Lucas Luetge, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Brandon League pitched well in Detroit.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The Mariners took on Texas and Oakland this week in what turned out to be quite a few pitching duels. While Felix Hernandez still worried some, the under rated Blake Beavan, Jason Vargas and Hector Noesi stunned. The Mariners bullpen was a little shaky, but evened itself out to hold on.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The issues surrounding Felix Hernandez and his drop in velocity, which was completely evident in his two starts, could’ve been attributed to the time differences and the body chemistry adjusting to travel. The Mariners open up a four-game set with Texas as Hector Noesi takes the mound.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners baseball blogger Danny Ferguson tells us to go from 27 down to 25, Carlos Peguero and Shawn Kelley were optioned to Tacoma. John Jaso has not played well but is needed until to cover the catching duties as Monetero will be the primary DH and Adam Moore has yet to make a return from his wrist injury. Franklin Gutierrez, Adam Moore, and Mike Carp start the season on the DL.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners baseball blogger Danny Ferguson tells us to go from 30 down to 28, Carlos Peguero and Chance Ruffin were optioned to Tacoma, and Guillermo Quiroz was re-assigned to minor league camp. To get down to 25, the team deactivated Kevin Millwood, Hector Noesi, and Hisashi Iwakuma for the two games in Japan. The M’s front office and Eric Wedge could still change their minds before next week.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out the team will be leaving the Peoria complex on Thursday the 22nd with 30 players. We note its a pitching youth movement going on. This week the M’s released Hong-Chih Kuo, Shawn Camp, and Cesar Jimenez. Making the Mariners starting five Jason Vargas, Felix Hernandez, Hector Noesi, Kevin Milwood, and Blake Beavan.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out over the offseason, the Mariners repeatedly indicated the team wish list to improve and compete in the AL West. A left handed reliever, a catcher, and a veteran presence. Danny now questions why the Mariners would NOT want to pursue Johnny Damon. Is it money? His value in that case alone could make him worth picking up.