NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the first M’s game of the interleague series versus the L.A. Dodgers. The Mariners needed just 1 run, and without it this magic night never happens. Kevin Millwood aside, I think this night really goes to the bullpen. Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined for 3 innings, 2 walks, 3 Ks and, of course, o hits.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. Shortly after his last start, it was reported that Felix Hernandez suffered a back injury. According to Shannon Drayer Hernandez was in noticeable pain. Along with calling up Stephen Pryor on Friday, the Mariners sent RHP Steve Delabar down to AAA Tacoma.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. This week with Steve Delabar heading to Tacoma and Stephen Pryor being promoted to the big leagues. The 2012 MLB draft starts today and many are speculating as to how the M’s will use their number 3 pick. Most of the talk centers around a young Florida Gators catcher named Mike Zunino.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners series matchup between the Seattle Mariners vs. L.A. Angels. Tonight at Angel Stadium in Anaheim its Game 57 . The pitching matchup features Mariners LH Jason Vargas (6-4, 3.45 ERA) vs. Angels RH Ervin Santana (2-6, 4.78 ERA). Albert Pujols, however, is struggling again. He went 0-for-7 with four walks in the weekend series.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners calling up Stephen Pryor for the bullpen this week. He points out Pryor has been known to have control issues though with a 100-MPH fastball that could work to his advantage. The Mariners front office realizes that they are dealing with a young team that needs extra time to develop.
New NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jared Galde tells us a little bit about the MLB closing position today. He states the closer role is the ultimate reminder that the game of baseball is a mental game unlike any other. He says the Mariners Brandon League need to be good, needs him to be a closer and fans don’t need to watch him blow saves. Stephen Pryor is set to take over if he fails.