The Mariners are hitting like contenders

Look for Franklin to continue to lead the Mariners in the future.

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.

Mariners salvage one of three, but Jays take series and the crowd

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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.

Why BC’ers love and root for the Toronto Blue Jays

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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.

Time to buy or sell? Decision time for big Jack

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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.

The bandwagon is still in motion, Mariners take two of three

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Cleveland Indians today in MLB action. Jeff says that Tom Wilhelmsen, Kyle Seager, Erasmo Ramirez and Aaron Harang arae getting the job done. Jason Bay, however, is not, and the team is struggling with opposing pitchers and run differentials.

M’s weekend recap: Love & hate from the heat of Houston

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Houston Astros today in MLB action. Jeff says this is what a team should look like coming out of an All Star Break! 26 runs for the Mariners offense makes the second half look brighter. With Brad Miller and Nick Franklin shouldering (carrying) the top of the lineup and playing excellent defense, the offense has had more opportunities to score runs.

Run support not the problem, Mariners lose 11-8

The Red Sox used an offensive outburst to overcome Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/Seattle PI)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. Though the M’s crushed the ball early in the game, Hisashi Iwakuma continued to look out-of-form, surrendering home runs to allow Boston back in the game. Blake Beavan didn’t help, either, as the Red Sox continued to tattoo the ball.

M’s get swept by Pirates; team finding different ways to lose

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon. Dustin Ackley made his return from AAA, and he walked onto the field to a standing ovation as he pinch-ran. Felix Hernandez was not perfect, but provided more than enough opportunity to keep his team in the game. Needless to say, Joe Saunders had himself a rough evening the day before as well.

Seattle Mariners: Defining an ace

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde asks the question we have all been wondering this season; who is the real ace of the Mariners staff? Jonas breaks down just about every category you can think of, trying to get the statistical answer. It seems to be a tie, but the answer Jonas gives for his answer just might sway even the most hardcore baseball fan. Felix Hernandez vs. Hisashi Iwakuma. Help decide. Leave a comment today.

Throwing back to get back: Mariners born in the 70′s

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the five players on Seattle’s roster that were born in the 1970′s. Though it may not turn out to be this year (the Mariners are currently 10.5 games back in the AL West and still 8 games under .500), should Seattle keep a select few of the veteran players who are on the current roster, they could be back in the postseason in a year or two. Today we’ll look at Mariners who were born in the 70′s and their roles with Seattle moving forward.

Don’t give up on the 2013 Seattle Mariners

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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.

Justin Smoak is returning from injury… and that’s a good thing

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us why the return from the DL by Justin Smoak is a good thing for the Mariners. Gone are the days when Smoak was relied upon to carry this team offensively. Just look at the support he has had this season in Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager. Plus the demotions of Dustin Ackley and Jesus Montero have brought a couple more of the new wave up; Nick Franklin and Mike Zunino. And with the numbers of the latter, Smoak can focus more on playing 1B instead of trying to win every game with his bat.

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