NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another M’s Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. On Third? With the injury to starting LF Mike Carp, Mariners skipper Eric Wedge had to come up with a new lineup on the double. By placing the speedy Chone Figgins out in left field.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third M’s game of the year but first in North America. A 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Seattle showed a lot of great hustle Friday night. Chone Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki each tacked on a stolen base — the first of the season for both players. Figgins also had two key bunts, while Michael Saunders legged out an infield single.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the opening day clash North American clash between the M’s and the A’s, this time in Oakland. The 2 teams split their series in Japan and Danny predicts Felix Hernandez to prevail with the win while Jason Vargas might not escape Oakland with a win. The Mariners are hoping Dustin Ackley carries his game 2 performance into Oakland.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the first week of the M’s season had to be Ichiro Suzuki’s first hit in Japan vs the Oakland Athletics. Exactly the type of hit that Ichiro has made a career of, and made many a defense look foolish at the same time. Clinton provides a You Tube Video of the event for all Mariners fans to see.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the year in his Love ‘em & Hate ‘em. A 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo Japan. The bullpen gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Shawn Kelley could only pitch 0.1 innings, while George Sherrill couldn’t even get through an inning.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the first M’s game of the year in his Love ‘em & Hate ‘em. A 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo Japan. Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, and Dustin Ackley had a homerun, and hit a single to get home team mate Brendan Ryan in the 11th inning for the win. Closer Brandon League got the save.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the opening day clash between the M’s and the A’s in Tokyo. Ichiro Suzuki will return home as the Mariners open the 2012 Major League Baseball season against the American League West rival Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday morning. The ace on Seattle’s staff, Felix Hernandez will make his fifth career Opening Day start.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve weighs in with his Oakland Athletics 2012 MLB Predictions. This is part 1 of the 2012 Know Your Enemy series focusing on the AL West in his weekly blogs. For Oakland A’s fans’ sake, let’s hope Billy Beane’s formula strikes pay dirt, because if this doesn’t work the A’s season will get out of hand really quick.
Another Northwest Athlete in the spotlight today; Seattle Mariners “potential Ace pitcher” Larry Bernandez. Clinton Bell, one of our Seattle area bloggers points out how Bernandez has become a sex symbol of sorts around the confines of the Emerald City. While garnering the hype of former Mariner Ken Griffey Jr., LB could be “fighting for a spot” on the roster with newcomer Jason Vargas and Hisashi Iwukuma. Good luck Felix Hernandez.
Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve tells us even with the additions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to the LA Angels, the Texas Rangers still have the divisions deepest all-around team. So now without further adieu, he presents the 2012 American League West division predictions and season handicapping preview for all four AL West teams, the Mariners, Angels, Rangers, and Athletics.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us his AL West Predictions today for the 2012 season. If Yu Darvish, CJ Wilson, or Albert Pujols pan out, Seattle and Oakland could be left in the dust again…especially if Seattle doesn’t land Prince Fielder. The M’s will likely end in 3rd place, but not be as easy a win as in years past.