Off season & off beat Mariners can’t miss analysis

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott breaks down the M’s today with some witty banter and offseason analysis. To Raul Ibanez. Congratulations on winning the Hutch. You epitomize class and you are definitely deserving of this award. To Jesus Montero. You are still on the roster! Are you as surprised as we are? To Lloyd McClendon. Welcome to the great northwest. To Felix Hernandez what is going on OFF the field in your life???

Zduriencik receives the quietest 1-year contract extension

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent contract extension that Jack Zduriencik received. A one-year contract extension, Brian says that Z will be on a short leash next year and that the same will go for Eric Wedge as well. While he could have made some moves for a better future, it appears Zduriencik’s unwillingness to move anybody at the trade deadline bought him a little extra time.

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.

*My* fearless Mariners predictions to finish the season

Does Taijuan Walker remain a Mariner in 2014?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate brings us some BOLD predictions for this Mariner team. We might see some new faces at the end of the year like Carlos Peguero, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker who could help get this team above .500 by season end. King Felix Hernandez will win 20 games and Nick Franklin will win a highly prestigious honor.

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.

Mariners streaking and nearing trade deadline

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

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the predicament the Seattle Mariners are moving towards with the trade deadline looming. Seattle’s record right now is 47-52. That sees them 11 games out of first in the AL West and 9.5 games back in the AL Wild Card. While this would leave some to believe that the Mariners are completely out of the playoff picture, with the way they’ve played recently and the tools they will be getting back in the near future, I really believe anything is possible with the squad this year.

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.

Mariners’ mid-season grades and outlook for the stretch run

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jeff Budke grades the players on a scale of 1-10 on their performance through the All-Star Game. Felix Hernandez earns the high score of the group, with Raul Ibanez, Kyle Seager and Hisashi Iwakuma behind him. Next comes Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley. We didn’t even touch on how first baseman Kendrys Morales and OF Michael Morse are.

Memory lane: The Mariners top 5 memories from the first half

The home opener is always one of the best memories of the year (The Columbian).

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his top 5 favorite memories from Seattle’s first half of their 2013 MLB season. Citing the home opener as the first memory of the season, he then runs through some impressive individual efforts and great team efforts that helped see the Mariners to victory. With the All Star break quickly coming to a close, he wants to reflect one last time on what was the Mariners’ 2013 first half and prove that the team wasn’t as bleak as they may have seemed at times.

Reading the tea leaves: Mariners 2013 ASB edition

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ insider Jonas Hyde reevaluates some predictions he made about the Mariners recently. Fortunately for Jonas, both of his predictions came true. Seattle went into the break with an 8-5 record in July and Justin Smoak saw himself surge in his numbers, leading many to believe that he has finally arrived. Going forward, if Jonas’ tea leaves yield any other gems, he’ll be sure to share them with all of you.

Seattle Mariners 2013 MVP through the first half

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us his MVP for the Mariners through the first half of the season. This may not be everybody’s first selection for team MVP, but Kyle Seager has been the glue that has held this team together this year. Clutch should be Kyle’s nickname, because there is nobody else on this team that even comes close to Seager in that category. Read all of Clinton’s other reasons behind his selection here.

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