NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down which pitchers stood out for the team during 2013. Although Felix Hernandez garners most of the attention, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton caught Scott’s eye. Scott believes that if there were such thing as a team Cy Young award, Hisashi Iwakuma would deserve it. Paxton also performed well despite playing in just three games.
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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck that has become the Mariners ownership folks. Namely Howard Lincoln who granted three interviews this week with Seattle Media’s Greg Johns, Jerry Brewer and Ryan Divish. Is he seriously giving Jack Zduriencik an “A” on his performance of scouting both professional and amateur players? Chone Figgins, Michael Pineda, Jesus Montero, David Pauley, Casper Wells…aye aye aye.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck that has become the Mariners. With Manager Eric Wedge announcing last week that he will not return in 2014, it should be clear as crystal that the team is in a state of dysfunction that rivals Lindsay Lohan’s rehab progress. Maybe Paul Allen should add the Mariners to his list of teams alongside the Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us three things to wonder about when it comes to the team. Cash heading into 2014 is going to be a focus, as nobody quite knows what to expect in free agency. The skipper situation is also uncertain, as Eric Wedge has yet to receive an extension. Finally, what in the world is up with Felix Hernandez? Let’s just hope he returns to form in 2014.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at the top 13 Seattle Mariners players of all time. The top of this list is a no-brainer, as are a lot of the other ones, but the one that may surprise many of you could be the first player on this list. Though Alex has a great point for including him, his stat line. Read this piece immediately, and argue your points for why your favorite Mariners isn’t included in the comments below.
NWSB blogger and Mariners insider Jon Irwin brings us his look at Seattle’s remaining top prospects. Even with guys like Zuninio and Nick Franklin making it to the show, Seattle is still ripe with young prospects. Topping the list are James Paxton, D.J. Peterson, Stefan Romero, Taijuan Walker, and Danny Hultzen. Jon also points out overshadowed last year by other top arms in Seattle’s system, left-hander Tyler Pike is finally starting to get noticed.
C-Mac one of our northwest blogger who spent 8 years in Japan teaching English weighs in today with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time on Japanese import pitcher for the Seattle Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma. C-Mac points out Kuma is well conditioned, having grown up in a Japanese system focusing on great fundamentals day after day. Coupled with Iwakuma’s strong mental approach to the game, he and Felix Hernandez form a formidable 1-2 M’s pitching punch.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonas Hyde examines the Mariners newest closer, Danny Farquhar. Does he have the ‘stuff’ and mental makeup to succeed in the closer role? Will he perform better than banished closer, Tom Wilhelmsen? Last year Mariner fans were teased by Wilhelmsen’s emergence. This year, Farquhar is the real deal. So while Wilhelmsen was pyrite in the closer role, look for Farquhar to be solid 24k gold.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonas Hyde breaks down the three top contenders in MLB’s American League Cy Young award race. The Mariners own Felix Hernandez has had a stellar season, and as such, has to be in the national conversation. By using statistical measurements such as Wins and Losses, WHIP, Innings Pitched, ERA, and Strikeouts, Jonas shows why King Felix may be well on his way to winning the Cy Young in 2013.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde statistically breaks down Seattle’s offense in a post that highlights how good the Mariners SHOULD be compared to how they actually appear. The Mariners are currently 53-61, which is a .465 winning percentage. Through those 114 games, they have scored 466 runs but given up 524, which is a .471 run differential, right in line with what their record has produced. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales et al getting the job done.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Toronto Blue Jays today in MLB action. Aaron Harang tried his best to lose this game for the M’s, but for some reason the bats decided to come alive and give Seattle the come from behind win. All the while possibly delaying the DFA of Harang. Brandon Maurer got the win and Danny Farquhar got the save.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Ben Lypka tells us why western Canada roots for the Blue Jays instead of the Mariners. He says in BC we only have all 162 games on TV, Jays Central, Jays 24/7, recaps and replays of every game and postgame shows. What’s a desperate fan to do with such a lack of Blue Jays material to absorb? He says we cheer for the Jays because we can all relate to Toronto due to the fact that we share this great land of Canada.