Mariners profiles: Justin Smoak under the spotlight

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.

Mariners Chone Figgins is going to ride some serious pine

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.

Perfect game turns out to be the Mariners lucky day

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?

Mariners Profiles: Michael Saunders under the spotlight

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.

Grading Casper Wells & Alex Liddi 2012 Mariners debuts

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.

An issue the Mariners aren’t used to having…roster depth

NWSB insider Brandon Choate brings us his take on the future uncertainty of the Mariners outfield and third base positions. With Mike Carp and Franklin Gutierrez out with injury, players are getting a chance to play. When they come back, though, what happens with Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders?

Spring training foreshadow? The 2012 Seattle Mariners bullpen

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.

Reasons to like Eric Wedge’s 2012 Seattle Mariners rotation

NWSB blogger Insider Steve brings us his 5 reasons to love the 2012 Seattle Mariners starting rotation recently announced by head coach Eric Wedge. With Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan and Kevin Millwood all making the starting cut, where did new guy Hisashi Iwakuma end up?

Mariners 2012 outfield battle rages on as team heads for Japan

Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us his insight into the Mariners outfield. With Casper Wells, Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Carp, Franklin Gutierrez, Carlos Pegueroand Michael Saunders all battling for roster spots, Danny brings his thought process into the mix. Can Carlos Peguero set a Mariners record?

Who are the Seattle Mariners looking to fill center field role?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us with Franklin Gutierrez out of the lineup for a few weeks there’s a nice roster battle happening at M’s spring training. Michael Saunders, Trayvon Robinson and Casper Wells are all fighting it out for the center fielder position. He says Saunders is never the same player in the majors as he is in the spring or at AAA.

Seattle Mariners Baseball: Top 10 Players Since 2002

A lot of incredible MLB baseball players to roll thru Seattle and play for the Seattle Mariners since the turn of the millennium. Our Moments in time points out they didn’t all play at the same time. NWSB M’s blogger Danny Ferguson wonders if we compiled a list of every player to wear a uniform for at least one full season from 2002-2012 who would have given the team the best chance at a winning season?

Mariners 2012 shortstop competition: Brendan Ryan vs. Munenori Kawasaki

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in today with his take on the 2012 M’s short stop competition between incumbent Brendan Ryan and newcomer Munenori Kawasaki a Japanese M’s spring training invitee. Playing short is physically demanding any many a good man has lost a roster spot because their bodies couldn’t keep up with their aggressive game play. Who wins in 2012?

NorthWest Sports Beat