NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners. Hosting the Texas Rangers for a three-game series, Seattle will send their top three to the hill, as Joe Saunders will get the start in game one, Hisashi Iwakuma will get the start in game two, and Felix Hernandez will start the series’ finale. The Mariners will be looking to bounce back after being swept by the Angels.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews Seattle’s upcoming three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field. Getting Felix on the mound in game one is huge for a team looking to inch towards the .500 mark as the season draws to a close, and Erasmo Ramirez will hopefully follow up an impressive outing by Felix with one of his own. Harang will get the start in the series finale.
C-Mac one of our northwest blogger who spent 8 years in Japan teaching English weighs in today with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time on Japanese import pitcher for the Seattle Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma. C-Mac points out Kuma is well conditioned, having grown up in a Japanese system focusing on great fundamentals day after day. Coupled with Iwakuma’s strong mental approach to the game, he and Felix Hernandez form a formidable 1-2 M’s pitching punch.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke gives you three players to pay attention to on the Mariners in the coming months. Justin Smoak, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer will all be interesting players to watch as the season comes to end. Not contending for the playoffs, these three will likely attempt to prove their worth for 2014 as Seattle makes the stretch run to the offseason.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson looks ahead and previews the next series for the Seattle Mariners. Coming off a series’ victory over the Texas Rangers that saw Kyle Seager come through in the clutch in the final game, Seattle will send Aaron Harang, Joe Saunders, and Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound, attempting to win their second straight series while pushing towards the .500 mark.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you everything you need to know about Nick Franklin, his future prospects, and his recent struggles. While he came up from the minors and burst onto the scene with an impressive eye, power, and knack for getting on base, Franklin’s August has been, well, pretty disastrous. Collecting only five hits in the month, his struggles may be indicators he is trying too hard to crush the ball or getting tired from the longer season compared to years past.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonas Hyde examines the Mariners newest closer, Danny Farquhar. Does he have the ‘stuff’ and mental makeup to succeed in the closer role? Will he perform better than banished closer, Tom Wilhelmsen? Last year Mariner fans were teased by Wilhelmsen’s emergence. This year, Farquhar is the real deal. So while Wilhelmsen was pyrite in the closer role, look for Farquhar to be solid 24k gold.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonas Hyde breaks down the three top contenders in MLB’s American League Cy Young award race. The Mariners own Felix Hernandez has had a stellar season, and as such, has to be in the national conversation. By using statistical measurements such as Wins and Losses, WHIP, Innings Pitched, ERA, and Strikeouts, Jonas shows why King Felix may be well on his way to winning the Cy Young in 2013.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the ceremony of the induction of Ken Griffey Jr. Saturday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. Let’s forget about how bad this team has been lately, and let’s remember the reason we still have a team to root for. Junior, or the Kid, or Griffey. No matter what you call him, he is the epitome of what a ball player should be, and we are all lucky to have been able to call him part of our family.
Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate brings us a trip down memory lane today, with his tribute to Ken Griffey Jr on the day he is to be entered into the Mariners Hall of Fame. His swing, his smile , his backwards hat and his bubble gum prowess had as all trying to be The Kid. Now we can look back as our hero is immortalized. The Griffey Effect hit us hard and it still courses through our veins.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde statistically breaks down Seattle’s offense in a post that highlights how good the Mariners SHOULD be compared to how they actually appear. The Mariners are currently 53-61, which is a .465 winning percentage. Through those 114 games, they have scored 466 runs but given up 524, which is a .471 run differential, right in line with what their record has produced. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales et al getting the job done.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Tom Wilhelmsen’s move to AAA Tacoma. At times appearing to still have the magic from 2012, Wilhelmsen, for the most part, has been a major disappointment in 2013. Currently boasting a 4.37 ERA in 47 appearances this year, he just doesn’t have the look/feel of a dominating closer anymore. Whether or not this has to do with the league adjusting to his style of pitching remains to be seen, but the biggest difference between 2012 and 2013 has been his command. Read on for more analysis on the move.