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?
NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us his weekly Fantasy Baseball recap of your Seattle Mariners. The pitchers headlined the dominant performances this week, with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma combining for 4 wins and Tom Wilhelmsen adding 2 saves. Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager did their part at the plate while many did not.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. By far the biggest surprise is Yoervis Medina. Medina pitched 3.1 innings this week in 3 appearances. He only gave up a single hit and struck out 3 in the process. There isn’t much we can say about Felix Hernandez that hasn’t been said yet.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jordin Ereth makes five bold predictions about the remainder of the M’s season. Among the predictions are Felix Hernandez winning the Cy Young award, Nick Franklin becoming the starting short stop, Kendrys Morales being traded, four players making the All-Star Game and the team making the postseason.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the sixth week of the year had to be the go-ahead homerun by Jesus Montero. The Mariners were battling hard in Pittsburgh and with Felix on the mound it was important to get that winning run across the plate. Jesus Montero got a first pitch fastball he liked, and hit it to the deepest part of the field. Homerun, Mariners win, Dave Sims gets all giggly, win-win-win situation for everyone.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Seattle’s woeful 3-4-5 in their starting rotation. As good as things have been going for the Mariners as of late, there is still a glaring error on the team that may prevent them from making a push and potentially surpassing the .500 mark in the coming weeks: the back-end of their five-man rotation. Whats in store for Aaron Harang, James Paxton, Danny Hultzen, Joe Saunders and others?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the fifth week of the year had to be the all around play of the Mariners for the week. The M’s took 4 out of 6 games, en route to a series win against both the Orioles and Blue Jays. Welcome back Michael Saunders, great pitching, a triple by Jesus Montero, a slam by Dustin Ackley, and Jason Bay is hitting the ball well. A great week by our Mariners all around.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his keys to the Mariners’ series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Looking at their record right now, the Mariners stand at 13-17 and are currently five games back of the AL West leading Texas Rangers. Michael Saunders made his return this past week, picking up where he left off and looks as though he will be a solid player in 2013. Though it may still relatively early, the way he is swinging the bat is very promising. And it’s not only Saunders who is currently heating up.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a special piece about the difference between the Mariners and the Seahawks. History shows us that teams get more fan support when they win, but even if defeat, the Seahawks fan base has been much more supportive than the Mariners. I give the ownership’s of these two teams credit for that. The Seahawks ownership is always moving forward, while the Mariners ownership seems content on being a lousy team.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the fourth week of the year had to be the go-ahead homer by Michael Morse. Morse followed fellow outfielder Jason Bay for the second home run on the day for the Mariners. This one was the deciding factor in the much anticipated return of former Mariners Jason Vargas. The Marines won the game, and the series, their first series win of the year.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the overachievers and underachievers for the Seattle Mariners during their early campaign in 2013. Not having won a series in 2013, dropping 4-of-6 to the Astros (THE ASTROS) early on, and a team batting average of .228 have what fans were thinking about attending a game trying to figure out what else they can do on that particular day. One of the reasons this has occurred are several players not living up to their potential.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the Seattle Mariners trends and aberrations of the young season. With Felix Hernandez on the mound, you can expect a low scoring output by the opposing team. But you can normally expect one from the M’s too. That wasn’t the case Monday night. The M’s exploded for 7 runs, including HR’s by Kyle Seager, Kendrys Morales, and Jesus Montero. Maybe the tides are turning for the SS Mariner.