Brandon Maurer is about to force his way into the Mariners Rotation

Brandon Maurer

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about a young Arm in the Seattle M’s rotation battle this season. Brandon Maurer. His AA numbers in Jackson last season point to his potential, finishing with the most consistent stats on the team. AA: 137 IP, 1.315 WHIP, 7.6 K/9 and a 3.20 ERA. This year Maurer is rarely, if ever, mentioned alongside the “big 3” pitchers the Mariners have in AAA right now (Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, and James Paxton). He’s more than ready.

The Mariners Felix Hernandez and the 2012 AL Cy Young race

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Britton Ransford weighs in with another M’s article on the 2012 AL Cy Young chances for the M’s ace King Felix Hernandez. He says the stiffest competition is coming from Jared Weaver, Chris Sale, Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia. IN his last 11 starts, 2 months and 82.1 innings since that dreadful Tuesday night, Felix has a record of 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA.

Mariners prospect watch: There’s NOT just aces in the system

Stephen Pryor

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in this pitching prospects report. There’s more to Seattle’s farm system than just the Big 3 (Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and Danny Hultzen). Names like Stephen Pryor, Carter Capps and Chance Ruffin round out a farm system rife with talent. Big 3 of starting, meet the Big 3 of relieving.

Mariners prospect watch: Aces struggle through June

Danny Hultzen

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in his first pitching prospects report. He weighs in on James Paxton, Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker. The Big 3. If any M’s prospect has struggled the most through June and July it’s Taijuan Walker. Hultzen holds a 4.24 ERA, but he’s allowed just 3 runs over his last three starts in AAA Tacoma.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Oakland & Boston

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

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 was in Cy Young form this week and Kevin Millwood and Erasmo Ramirez were on track for similar starts until injuries derailed them. Jason Vargas threw well while Hector Noesi had another forgettable performance.

Prospect watch: A look at the three future aces of the Seattle Mariners

James Paxton

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in his first pitching prospects report. He weighs in on James Paxton, Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker. The Big 3. Just today Hultzen was promoted to AAA Tacoma. If he’s half as dominate there was he was at Jackson, it could be a matter of time until he’s starting for the Mariners.

The Mariners Brandon League: The good, the bad & the ugly

Brandon League

New NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jared Galde tells us a little bit about the MLB closing position today. He states the closer role is the ultimate reminder that the game of baseball is a mental game unlike any other. He says the Mariners Brandon League need to be good, needs him to be a closer and fans don’t need to watch him blow saves. Stephen Pryor is set to take over if he fails.

Is the Mariners King Felix getting squeezed out of run support?

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve goes inside the numbers on that age old question: does Felix Hernandez get enough run support? The answer: Yes, says Steve. With a breakdown of every start over the past three years, including King Felix’s starts this season, the numbers tell us that the average score per start should be 4-2 in favor of the Mariners.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Detroit, Toronto

George Sherrill

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.

Worried about the 2012 Seattle Mariners offense? I’m not!

Justin Smoak

NWSB Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve weighs in today on the M’s offense. If you break it down even further, through 5 starts this season Felix Hernandez has a 2.75 ERA while Jason Vargas has a 3.83 ERA. If you combine the two, you have an ERA of 3.25 compared to the 7.55 ERA between Blake Beavan, Hector Noesi, and Kevin Millwood. The pitching not the bats is the reason for the 11-10 record.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Cleveland, Chicago

Blake Beavan

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 Cleveland and the Chicago White Soxk in what turned out to include a few VERY noteworthy pitching performances. Hector Noesi had a hard time finding the strike zone. Blake Beavan pitched against a guy throwing a perfect game. Brandon League blew a Felix Hernandez win.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Texas, Oakland

Hector Noesi, Seattle Mariners

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.

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