NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us his weekly Fantasy Baseball recap of your Seattle Mariners. Felix Hernandez is always a safe bet in fantasy with Ichiro Suzuki joining him in those ranks right off the bat. Chone Figgins is looking good to start the season while Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak both need a fire lit under them.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The issues surrounding Felix Hernandez and his drop in velocity, which was completely evident in his two starts, could’ve been attributed to the time differences and the body chemistry adjusting to travel. The Mariners open up a four-game set with Texas as Hector Noesi takes the mound.
NWSB insider Brandon Choate brings us a look at what many Seattle Mariners fans took for granted in the Adrian Beltre era…power numbers. Looking back at the 2 dismal seasons since Beltre left the Mariners, he has flourished while Seattle has bombed in absolutely every way offensively. Looking back, Beltre’s production would be well received with today’s team.
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?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve weighs in on the biggest question mark he sees facing the 2012 Seattle Mariners. Namely Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro has to work even harder to earn the trust back from the Mariners fan base. 2012 will be a season where he cannot get too comfortable. If he doesn’t adapt this could be his last season in Seattle.
Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve is going on a rant. He’s back to tell us he understands what the Mariners are trying to do. When your franchise bottoms out, it takes time in the rebuilding process. He’s calling out Ownership. Jack Zduriencik is the only one that seems to have a direction, that’s asinine he says. Ownership is supposed to be the one leading by example. They’re not.