NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Boston Red Sox in the 3 game series that ended tonight in Beantown. Jeff says there 5 positive moments for the M’s during the sweep. The double play by Hisashi Iwakuma. The throw to home by Michael Saunders. The pitching of Felix Hernandez. Henry Blanco hit his second grand slam of the season. Lastly, Kyle Seager launched another massive HR.
Brand new NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott breaks down the reasons that Jack Z must move Dustin Ackley at the MLB Trade Deadline. Brian says tell him to pack his bags and shave that beard. It’s time for a fresh start. He deserves it and it’s time for the Mariners to move on. AAA won’t do either. You have a log jam of outfielders named Stefen Romero, Carlos Peguero and Abraham Almonte. Decisions, Decisions.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the thirteenth week of the year had to be the two homer day by Nick Franklin against the Minnesota Twins. With the first bomb, Franklin put the M’s in the lead. With the second one, he moved into the lead for most HRs by rookie second basemen and overall rookie RBI leader. I think we have found a winner in Franklin at second.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jeff Budke grades the players on a scale of 1-10 on their performance through the All-Star Game. Felix Hernandez earns the high score of the group, with Raul Ibanez, Kyle Seager and Hisashi Iwakuma behind him. Next comes Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley. We didn’t even touch on how first baseman Kendrys Morales and OF Michael Morse are.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his top 5 favorite memories from Seattle’s first half of their 2013 MLB season. Citing the home opener as the first memory of the season, he then runs through some impressive individual efforts and great team efforts that helped see the Mariners to victory. With the All Star break quickly coming to a close, he wants to reflect one last time on what was the Mariners’ 2013 first half and prove that the team wasn’t as bleak as they may have seemed at times.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the thirteenth week of the year had to be Mike Zunino’s first career home walk off hit. The comeback was set up by an unlikely triple by none other than Raul Ibanez, and finished off with the extra innings, bases loaded walk off hit by the M’s rookie catcher. Oh year, and it was also super stud Brad Miller’s MLB debut to boot. Catch all the highlights from the game here.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jordin Ereth gives you his love ’em and hate ’em about the youth movement of the 2013 Seattle Mariners. After a few seasons of trying to figure out the organization, Jordin believes he has Seattle figured out. As the record falls, the draft pick rises. We then find ourselves with Mike Zunino, Nick Franklin and Danny Hultzen in our system. Okay Jacky boy, I can see your approach now. I don’t agree with it, but I can see it. Read on for his opinion.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us why he doesn’t think a single one of us should write of the Mariners just yet. Even with an unstable rotation, and a lack of run scoring ability, these boys have some fight left in them. Plus, with all of the roster moves over the past month and a half, Jonas thinks the right players are finally in the right place. For starters Mike Zunino has replaced Jesus Montero, and will offer better defense and likely more at the plate.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the tenth week of the year had to be the grand slam by Kyle Seager to tie up the ball game in the bottom of the 14th inning against the Chicago White Sox. After 13 innings of scoreless baseball, the flood gates were opened wide in the 14th. The Sox scored 5 in the top of the inning, only for the Mariners to come back in the most dramatic fashion with Kyle Seager hitting the Salami to tie it.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the second game of the series vs. the White Sox. Raul Ibanez hit his second 2-run home run in as many days. Good to see the M’s play well for a week straight, hopefully Hisashi Iwakuma can put the White Sox to bed early today.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ’em and hate ’em from the final game of the brief series down in San Diego. With the Mariners coming away with a 7-1 triumph that saw Seattle crush five home runs, there was clearly plenty of love to give. Not only does Nick Franklin deserve praise for blasting two home runs in the game, Brendan Ryan found the home run swing as well!
NWSB blogger and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin gives his take on what to expect from top prospect Nick Franklin’s call up. As announced on Monday the M’s have optioned Dustin Ackley to Triple-A Tacoma in order to bring up Franklin. It’s expected that the top prospect will need an adjustment period, but with some time he could turn into a big offensive weapon for the Mariners.