NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in today on the five M’s call-ups he’d like to see in September 2012 during Expanded MLB Rosters season. This September there are five players that Danny would like to see have the opportunity to log in some bit league playing time. Alex Liddi, Mike Zunino, Erasmo Ramirez, D.J. Mitchell, and Danny Hultzen lead the way.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the first article of the second half of another losing season for the Seattle Mariners. This week he questions the teams front office. He asks why they are one of the most cold in all of baseball. The owner of this vessel has never watched his team play a live game. Compare that with Nolan Ryan who sits in the front row of nearly every Rangers game. The USS Mariner has sunk.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with Thursday’s top Mariners story; the return of Franklin Gutierrez. With the past year and a half basically spent on the DL, it is important for Gutierrez to get back to his normal ways, or face the threat of being shipped out come deadline time. It won’t be easy either, with the hot bats of Michael Saunders, and Casper Wells, the competition is real, and fierce.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners calling up Stephen Pryor for the bullpen this week. He points out Pryor has been known to have control issues though with a 100-MPH fastball that could work to his advantage. The Mariners front office realizes that they are dealing with a young team that needs extra time to develop.
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve brings us a good piece on the M’s today. First baseman and Goose Creek, South Carolina native Justin Smoak is under the spotlight. Justin Smoak is not comfortable in a MLB batter’s box. For the first time in his life, he is not excelling at the one thing that brought him joy.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out Chone Figgins was given five weeks to get to where a normal leadoff hitter has to be with his swing, his bat, his average, and where did it get him? At the end of the first month, Figgins had dropped his average to .189 which is right where he was at the end of the previous season.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners beat blogger Danny Ferguson tells us watching Brendan Ryan’s final at bat against Phil Humber and the Chicago White Sox last weekend personifies the embarrassment and frustration that has hit the M’s. It is curious that when the M’s left Seattle to face the central division champs that they wouldn’t just win, but they would humiliate the Detroit Tigers. Lucky?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve brings us a good piece on the M’s today. Center fielder and Victoria BC Canada native Michael Saunders is under the spotlight. When the Mariners did select him in 11th round, the thought was maybe he could develop into a fourth outfielder at best, with a knack for speed and using his glove as his biggest asset. It’s not everyday an 11th round pick ascends to the major leagues.
NWSB insider Brandon Choate followed the Seattle Mariners game against the Texas Rangers today more closely than usual. Why, you ask? Because young up and comers Alex Liddi and Casper Wells got their season debuts. Liddi knocked in a run while Wells’ biggest contribution was in the field. One thing is for certain – there is a bright future ahead of the Mariners.
NWSB insider Jonathan Irwin brings us his 5 reasons why fans should already fear for the Seattle Mariners bullpen. While Tom Wilhelmsen and Brandon League preformed well in the season opener. Shawn Kelley, Steve Delabar and George Sherrill did the opposite in game 2. The team has no set up man, no swing man and didn’t exactly wow fans with the bullpen performance this Spring.