Found June 29, 2012 on
Oregon Sports News:
Coming into the 2012 season, the Seattle Mariners expectations were to define rolls roles and to continue the development of its young core players like Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero, Michael Saunders, and Justin Smoak.
Seager, Montero, and Saunders have exceeded expectations while Ackley and Smoak have been disappointments so far. Ackley is hitting .245 and is far from the panic that Smoak’s performance is flirting with.
Smoak is hitting just .209 with a .271 OBG, 11 home runs and has 32 RBI’s. He was projected as a cleanup hitter but currently is buried down in the order and now bats 7th.
Time is running out for Smoak. He has accumulated 1,038 major league at-bats and has a .223 career batting average. Generally, 1,000 plate appearances is a big enough sample size to forecast how well a player will hit in the majors. Smoak is a switch-hitter and each swing is different so the jury is still out on his career projections.
The second half of the season is huge for...
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I recently took a two-day trip up the I-5 North to the Emerald City to catch a Mariners’ game or two with my dad and older brother. Since Portland no longer has any type of baseball thanks to our losing soccer team, a three-hour drive was needed to cure my baseball withdrawals. Funny how America's pastime took a backseat to almost every other country in the world'...
Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez left Thursday night's game against Boston after an errant pick-off attempt hit him on the right side of his face.
Gutierrez led off the fourth inning with Seattle's first hit off Boston starter Franklin Morales. Gutierrez took his lead at first and Morales attempted a pickoff. His throw over to first was slightly into the runner...
Seattle Mariners' Brandon League is going to merit a lot of attention from numerous teams as the July 31st trade deadline comes closer. Is he the best reliever who may be available? T- Money and Joey Mac Daddy discuss the top potential relief canidates on the market, and how the Phillies are in desperate need of some relief in many ways. This topic is based on two listener...
For the second time in three weeks, Seattle Mariners right-hander Kevin Millwood had to come out of game with pain in his right groin. The last time it happened, on June 8, the Mariners waited a week before putting him back in the rotation. He made three more starts after that, including Wednesday, when he left the game with two outs in the third inning of what wound up being a...
All it took was one pitch for pinch hitter John Jaso and he drove in the game's only run to help Seattle beat the Red Sox. 1-0.
Scott Atichson had a quick breakdown in the ninth, giving up a leadoff double to Casper Wells and then intentionally walking Justin Smoak to pitch to John Jaso who took the first pitch to right field and Cody Ross made a good throw but Jarrod Saltalamacchia...
Time: 10:10 PM ET
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox (40-36)
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (1-1, 9.39)
Pitching: RHP Hector Noesi (2-9, 5.50)
SEATTLE -- Pinch hitter John Jaso's ninth-inning single scored Casper Wells and gave the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez a 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The throw from Boston right fielder Cody Ross was in time to get Wells, but he was ruled safe by umpire Adrian Johnson when the ball popped out of Jarrod Saltalamacchia's glove. Wells started the rally...
So much for that high-powered Red Sox offense. Felix Hernandez silenced the Red Sox bats on Thursday night, going the distance to pick up his sixth win of the year while tying a career high with 13 strikeouts. He needed every one of them, too, considering Franklin Morales matched him blow for blow in the early innings before giving way to the Red Sox bullpen. NESN Nation's Dan...
While Felix Hernandez hasn't been as sharp as in recent years, he turned in a vintage performance against one of baseball's least threatening lineups during his last start.
A repeat performance could prove difficult against a Boston Red Sox club that's posted plenty of crooked numbers of late.
Hernandez tries to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season...
SEATTLE – Since he’s played more games against Seattle than any other big league team, Yoenis Cespedes probably should have more homers against the Mariners than against anybody else. But is seems as if he is picking on Seattle. In just 10 games against the Mariners, Cespedes has hit five homers, including the seventh-inning tiebreaker off Hisashi Iwakuma on Wednesday in a...
SEATTLE -- The Boston Red Sox broke free from the shackles imposed by the Seattle pitching staff midgame Friday, coming up with four home runs in the space of eight batters to prop up the two-hit pitching of starter Aaron Cook in a 5-0 win over the Mariners. While Cook allowed Seattle just two singles in nine innings, the Red Sox let loose with three homers in the fifth inning...
The Red Sox have finally climbed into third place in the AL East, and now take their 40-35 record on the road to start a West coast road trip against the Seattle Mariners. The Sox held their ground at home going 7-2 for their last 9 game homestand, but in the meantime lost more player [...]