NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back from Safeco today with pre game coverage of game 1 vs. the Angels. Steve reports from inside the Clubhouse at Safeco. Nick Franklin will be out of tonight’s game still nursing the sore knee that was injured in Cincinnati. The Mariners have sent down RHP Blake Beavan to AAA Tacoma, and RHP Erasmo Ramirez to A Everett.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a piece on the expectations of the upcoming MLB trade deadline. Five names are on his watch list of players who will probably be questioned about by other teams. Michael Morse, Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales, Brendan Ryan, and Oliver Perez. Three of those players are must keeps for the M’s if they want to sustain any sort of pace this year according to Clinton. We will see at the end of the month who stays or goes.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the thirteenth week of the year had to be Mike Zunino’s first career home walk off hit. The comeback was set up by an unlikely triple by none other than Raul Ibanez, and finished off with the extra innings, bases loaded walk off hit by the M’s rookie catcher. Oh year, and it was also super stud Brad Miller’s MLB debut to boot. Catch all the highlights from the game here.
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the third and last game of the series vs. the Athletics this week. Jeff says Kyle Seager is a stud. He goes on to say No one was/is more excited than him that the Mariners decided to draft his little brother Justin Seager this month. The more Seager’s the better in the M’s organization he thinks. Jeff also points out that this Nick Franklin kid can play, but asks how long will it last?
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.
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.
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the second game of the series vs. the White Sox. Raul Ibanez hit his second 2-run home run in as many days. Good to see the M’s play well for a week straight, hopefully Hisashi Iwakuma can put the White Sox to bed early today.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the Seattle Mariners win over the San Diego Padres today. It would appear the M’s are feeling the positive vibes right now. Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley have both gone down to AAA, in their place are Jesus Sucre, Nick Franklin, and Carlos Triunfel. They’ve won 2 in a row now. And are playing some great baseball. Go M’s, let’s get a winning streak going this time.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the seventh week of the year had to be the two homerun game by Raul Ibanez against the Yankees. The M’s jumped out of the gate hot Wednesday night, probably a little peeved about the loss the night before. A 7 run first inning capped by a Ibanez grand slam started them off on the right foot. The M’s went on to win 12-2, but not before Raul connected for a 2-run shot in the 5th as well.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Raul Ibanez’s offensive onslaught in New York. He has recorded a hit in each of the last six games that he has appeared in and racked up 12 RBI in that time span as well. Aside from that short stretch of games, Ibanez also has a .421 batting average in the month of May after an April that saw him hit a lowly .158. He has launched four home runs in the month while hustling for one triple and one double as well. Are the Mariners putting something in his water?