NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on the fourteenth game of the season versus the Texas Rangers. Jeff points out the bad. There are too many players on this team slugging their batting average or close to it. It is a terrible thing. He points out the good. Felix Hernandez pitched irregularly poor, but then Hisashi Iwakuma pitched a gem on Friday, and Joe Saunders is making me look foolish, and now Brandon Maurer bounced back.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke reports on the eleventh game of the season versus the Texas Rangers. Jeff points out Franklin Gutierrez continued his good start with another lead-off HR, his fourth of the year and third leading off. Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero each had two hits, unfortunately they were not when the team needed them most with the bases loaded and less than 2-outs, but at least they got hits Thursday. It’s a start right?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck says to stay tuned to NWSB all day today for news on the potential signing of Shane Doan with the Vancouver Canucks. Shane Doan implemented a September 15th deadline in which he would sign a contract with a new team. Doan has until 2 PM PST to sign a contract in order for it to be registered in time before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the first article of the second half of another losing season for the Seattle Mariners. This week he questions the teams front office. He asks why they are one of the most cold in all of baseball. The owner of this vessel has never watched his team play a live game. Compare that with Nolan Ryan who sits in the front row of nearly every Rangers game. The USS Mariner has sunk.
NWSB Inside and Timbers FC Blogger Matt Martz weighs in with a Portland Timbers Player Profile: Kris Boyd. Scotish native Kris Boyd started his pro carrer at the age of 12 with Rangers developemental team. After years at Kilmarnock, he returned to Rangers before going on to Englad and Turkey. The highest paid Timbers’ player, Boyd scored in his very first MLS match.
NWSB insider C-Mac brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Vancouver Canucks head coach Roger Neilson. He attended McMaster. As he worked his way up the minor leagues, Neilson would go on to clinch 9 Metro Toronto titles. He earned the President’s Trophy with the Rangers, and made the Stanley Cup Finals with the Canucks in 1982, after replacing Harry Neale.
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.