NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Tom Wilhelmsen’s move to AAA Tacoma. At times appearing to still have the magic from 2012, Wilhelmsen, for the most part, has been a major disappointment in 2013. Currently boasting a 4.37 ERA in 47 appearances this year, he just doesn’t have the look/feel of a dominating closer anymore. Whether or not this has to do with the league adjusting to his style of pitching remains to be seen, but the biggest difference between 2012 and 2013 has been his command. Read on for more analysis on the move.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Cleveland Indians today in MLB action. Jeff says that Tom Wilhelmsen, Kyle Seager, Erasmo Ramirez and Aaron Harang arae getting the job done. Jason Bay, however, is not, and the team is struggling with opposing pitchers and run differentials.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Alex McPhee talks about Seattle’s misfortunes in prior MLB drafts. Selecting players who were considered to have been sure things at the next level, for whatever reason, the Mariners have had a tough time developing their draft picks into players who could contribute significantly at the next level. Citing numerous picks after Seattle’s who have become MLB stars, Alex runs down the unfortunate selections Seattle has made in the past.
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.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Mariners’ bullpen and how Yoervis Medina figures into its future. Making his debut on April 16 against Detroit in an outing that saw him come in for 1 1/3 innings while surrendering no runs, he has been absolutely stellar since getting his first shot. Currently boasting a 2-2 record in 25 appearances with a 2.70 ERA, Medina looks like the closer of the future in Seattle, especially with the struggles of Tom Wilhelmsen and the rest of the crew.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Erin Acacio breaks down just how important runners in scoring position have been early in the season. Realistically, there will not be a happy medium for the Mariners until their RISP begins to rise. Once their RISP starts rising, they can rise to the occasion to potentially become a sleeper team on the run for a playoff spot. We feel bad for Eric Wedge & Jack Zduriencik. But they are not on the field.
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 Brandon Choate gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The 2 stars pitched like expected while the bullpen held the fate of the team in their hands way too many times this week. Steady Tom Wilhelmsen has become anything but steady while Carter Capps, his possible replacement has been doing his job quite effectively.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The 2 best starters were the shakiest with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma having some rough outings. The bullpen surrendered a few losses and blown saves, but managed to help out in a couple situations.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the recently concluded series vs. the Cleveland Indians. That could be a tough series to shake off. The M’s were swept, and it wasn’t good. Three walk-off losses. The positive to take away? Just as Kendrys Morales was beginning to play more 1B, Justin Smoak remembered he is allowed to hit home runs. Move on vs. Angels. Take both games from a division opponent on the road and all is forgotten.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about three Mariners players who could wield a nice return come trade deadline time in MLB. For quite a long time now the Mariners have been sellers at the deadline. This year could be the turning point where we finally become buyers. But if not, the M’s do have some players of worth who could bring some top prospects in return. Hisashi Iwakuma, Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse could all be dealt.