M’s Michael Saunders wins MVP of Pool D at World baseball classic

This could be the start needed for Saunders to cash in on a career year.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the three game stretch Michael Saunders had for himself this week at the World Baseball Classic for Team Canada. Saunders was 8-for-11 over the weekend, including a 4-for-4 night Saturday against Mexico. Canada failed to advance to the second round behind Italy and team USA, but Saunders production could not be overlooked, and he was awarded the Pool MVP honors.

Positives and negatives of the Mariners 2013 pitching staff

Felix Hernandez

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.

Positives and Negatives of the Mariners infield

Dustin Ackley

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke brings us the positive and negative approaches for the upcoming MLB season with the Mariners infield. Jeff puts it plain and simple for us; it’s put up or shut up time for several Mariners youngsters starting in the infield. Namely, Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackely, and even though he’s a veteran, Brendan Ryan. All three positions have players who were brought in this season chomping at the bit for starting time.

Positives and Negatives of the Mariners outfield

Jason Bay Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke brings us the positive and negative approaches for the upcoming MLB season with the Mariners new stacked OF. Jeff thinks there will be a trade before the season starts, most likely Casper Wells, or Franklin Gutierrez. The M’s seemed to trade their youth and speed movement, for veteran players with old legs, and less athletic skills. But bats are what the M’s are in need of, and the new players definitely bring that to the mix.

MLB Analysis: The Mariners pursuit of Billy Butler

Billy Butler Royals

New NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke weighs in on the M’s 2013 trade options for Kansas City Royals slugging 1B Billy Butler. No matter which way you slice it, the Mariners will have to give up one of the big three pitching prospects, Jeff says he would go with James Paxton, plus M’s stud Jason Vargas, and throw in Justin Smoak just to get him off our hands. Let’s see what the KC GM thinks.

How will the Mariners choose a pitching staff in 2013?

Felix Hernandez

New NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke weighs in on the M’s 2013 options in the rotation. Jeff says the three immediate choices are Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas and Hisashi Iwakuma. After that things get a little muddled, with anywhere from three-seven pitchers who could take up the last two spots.

Offseason moves…what do the Mariners do in the outfield?

Eric Thames

New NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke weighs in on the M’s 2013 options in the outfield. Jeff is all in for Eric Thames. Thames only played in 40 games (the same number as Guti) for the M’s in 2013 after a midseason trade from Toronto, but he made his presence felt. Despite a .220 batting average, Thames showed some pop with a .439 slugging percentage. Mike Carp, Casper Wells, and Trayvon Robinson are in the mix too.

September call ups I’d like to see for the 2012 Seattle Mariners

Alex Liddi, Seattle Mariners

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.

What is wrong with the Seattle Mariners? What is holding them back?

Chone Figgins

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.

A sight for sore eyes in center field for the Seattle Mariners

Franklin Gutierrez, Seattle Mariners

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.

Fan Opinion: What Stephen Pryor’s call up means to the Mariners pen

Stephen Pryor

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.

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.

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