NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners series matchup with the Texas Rangers. PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Derek Holland (5-4, 5.05 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Kevin Millwood (3-6, 3.69 ERA) in the series opener. Millwood hasn’t won a game since the end of May, but has pitched well in his past few starts.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Sports blogger Brandon Choate brings us some eye opening statistics. It has been a wild ride this year for the Seattle Mariners and several players. Many are looking for answers and Brandon came up with some just for this reason. If you have noticed players like Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager, and Justin Smoke go no streaks, Brandon explains why.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners series matchup with the Boston Red Sox. LH Franklin Morales (1-1, 3.12 ERA) vs. RH Felix Hernandez (5-5, 3.36) in the series opener. Happy Felix day! The Seattle ace appears to be back on the upswing after a concerning first half of the season.
NWSB Insider Jonathan Irwin brings us his reasons why the Mariners should bring in the fences at Safeco Field. With the Mariners doing most of their scoring on the road, it seems the fences could be the reason for the Mariners poor numbers at home. Ken Griffey Jr left because of it and it might be the reason Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley can’t seem to get it going permanently.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson gives us his Mariners from A to Z. Not for the weak at heart, this could only be written by a fan such as Danny who has witnessed the few ups, and mostly downs of the past 35 years of Mariners baseball. From the bad moves of Nintendo, to the glorious My Oh My call of the late great Dave Niehaus, Danny gives it all to you, laid out like a fan obsessed.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jon Irwin tells us Ichiro Suzuki is no longer a marquee name in Safeco. Outside of Felix Hernandez, names like Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley and Franklin Gutierrez are becoming big amongst fans. All it takes is one look at a stats page to see why Ichiro should be traded. .255/.282/.363, 4 home runs and 9 stolen bases. Not what we’ve come to expect of our rightfielder.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the interleague series versus the San Francisco Giants. These two must get hot. Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak blew up to begin June. They were both hitting really well, especially during the road trip to kick off the month. Great game by Brendan Ryan and Jesus Montero on Saturday.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third M’s game of the interleague series versus the San Diego Padres. Swept by the Padres the headlines will read. Not good. What is this? Erasmo Ramirez struggled out of the ‘pen, and now the Seattle brass decide he should be starting. Not good. For a split second Munenori Kawasaki was possessed by the spirit of Shaq. Nice catch.
New NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jared Galde tells us a little bit about the MLB center field position today. He asks the million dollar question. Has Michael Saunders earned the starting center field spot in Franklin Gutierrez’s absence? After a slow start, Saunders batting average is .330. What Gutierrez provides defensively in center field is undeniable.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with his 6 reasons to love the Seattle Mariners no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kevin Millwood went 6 no hit innings again this season, leaving early with an injury, but the M’s bullpen led by Stephan Pryor and five others kept the no hit bid in tact. A little luck was in play as well, as the game winning hit was deflected off of Dodgers short stop Dee Gordon’s glove, allowing Ichiro to score from third.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. The decision to keep Chone Figgins may indicate that there is at least some value to another team for the struggling veteran. Maybe…After blowing another same and costing Seattle a much needed win, Eric Wedge announced that Brandon League has lost his role as the closer for the time being.