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.

2013 Mariners MLB Draft: Seattle picks and draft overview

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a brief overview on the Mariners 2013 MLB Draft selections. From pick 1 to pick 10, Clinton gives us an inside look at what these players did prior to draft day, where they may play for the rest of this season, and what the M’s plan on doing with them, as there are a couple who will be switching positions once they receive their assignments. The top 10 look pretty solid, lots of power and a few nice looking pitchers as well.

Seattle Mariners 2013 draft profile: Stanford Cardinal Austin Wilson

The M's land high-upside OF Austin Wilson in the second-round of the 2013 draft. (Photo: SFGate.com)

NWSB insider and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin brings us his breakdown of the Mariner’s second-round pick in the 2013 draft. With the No. 49 overall pick the M’s selected outfielder Austin Wilson from Stanford University. Wilson is a high-upside bat who could have been a first-round pick if not for an elbow injury suffered earlier in the year.

Mariners expectations for the month of June

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his M’s expectations for the month of June. It’s all about pitching. It is unreasonable to project that Felix Hernandez (5th in AL ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (2nd) will continue this torrid pace. Jeremy Bonderman will get the month to try to establish himself, but the Harang spot in the rotation may be up for grabs soon. Who will Tom Wilhelmsen be? The next Brandon League? Stay tuned.

Seattle Mariners 2013 draft profile: New Mexico Lobo’s D.J. Peterson

D.J. Peterson is officially on his way to the show (Photo: Eric Sorenson / College Baseball Today)

NWSB insider and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin brings us his breakdown of the Mariner’s first-round pick in the 2013 draft. With the No. 13 overall pick the M’s selected third baseman D.J. Peterson from the University of New Mexico. Peterson was arguably the purest college hitter in this year’s draft, with his bat drawing many similarities to that of Mike Zunino—Seattle’s first rounder from last year.

Does Brendan Ryan fit into Seattle’s long-term plans?

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NWSB insider and Mariner blogger Jon Irwin gives us his take on why Brendan Ryan deserves to stay with Seattle for the long-term. With so many roster changes happening to the M’s, fans are dieing for some offense. And even though Ryan has some ugly offensive numbers, Jon’s here to tell you the 31 year old’s defense is more than reason enough for the team to keep him in the Pacific Northwest.

Whan can the Mariners expect from Nick Franklin?

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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.

An Umpire’s view: The controversial double play call

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Andrew Deutschmann weighs in today on the blown call heard around the world from Saturday night in the Mariners/Rangers ball game. He’s umpired for the White Rock South Surrey Baseball Association in BC for close to six years and while that doesn’t hold a candle to the MLB, he can do us a favor and shed a little light on what the umpire saw on this botched play and what his responsibilities were.

Mariners opening 2013 schedule is more than just an excuse!

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde looks at the Seattle Mariners schedule as a potential factor in their recent deline. The Mariners played 30 games in 31 days and then went on the road after just a few days off sprinkled every now and then, a schedule that was not conducive to keeping players at the top of their game. Jonas makes sure to contrast their schedule with ways that Seattle fans feel about the Seahawks’ schedule.

Previewing the Seattle Mariners 2014 rotation options

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NWSB Insider and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin reports on his predictions for the 2014 Mariners rotation. Seattle has a lot of great prospects in the pipeline, and their development is coming to a head. The 2014 rotation should look a lot different than the 2013 model. Outside of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the rest of the rotation is bound for a youth-based overhaul. Even though we’re only one month into the season, 2013 already looks like another tough year for the Mariners.

Mariners win their first series of the year over the Angels

Morse should be back and ready to help the M's (Photo: Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Seattle’s first series win of the season. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Mariners finally decided to put together a quality performance and win their first series of the year. Taking 3-of-4 from the Angels, Seattle capped the series by using two late home runs, one by Jason Bay and one by Michael Morse, to propel them to a 2-1 victory. Late heroics of Bay and Morse is nice, but how about the pitching of Hisashi Iwakuma.

Offense alert! Mariners take care of Astros 7-1

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the Seattle Mariners trends and aberrations of the young season. With Felix Hernandez on the mound, you can expect a low scoring output by the opposing team. But you can normally expect one from the M’s too. That wasn’t the case Monday night. The M’s exploded for 7 runs, including HR’s by Kyle Seager, Kendrys Morales, and Jesus Montero. Maybe the tides are turning for the SS Mariner.