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As the Mariners departed for Texas, they were coming off a solid home stand where they went 4-6. Texas was not as kind to the Mariners as they were swept by the Rangers and lost two out of three to the Astros, their second series loss to the Astros this season. At 8 up and 15 down, the Mariners are hardly at the stage they hoped to be at this early in the 2013 season. After the 1-5 road trip, the Mariners head back home, again getting no off days having only had one day this whole season, for seven in a row at home: 4 vs. the Angels and 3 vs. the Orioles.
The Good: Felix Hernandez earned win no. 100 as the Mariners dominated in their one win on the road trip, a 7-1 win over Houston on Monday. Hernandez threw six shut out innings, striking out nine and allowing five hits, and got some much over due run support, leaving with a 7-0 lead. Kyle Seager got off to a slow start, but the Mariners 3B has hit safely in thirteen straight games to raise his average from .147 on April 10th to .284 now. During the road trip, Seager had 2 HRs and went 11-for-21. Kendrys Morales also hit 2 HRs during the road trip, both in Houston, and now sits at .253 with 3 HR and 9 RBI. Dustin Ackley, who started even slower than Seager, went 7-for-12 in the Houston series to rise from .091 on April 12th to .230 now.
Dustin Ackley went 7-for-12 in the Houston series, recovering from an icy offensive start to begin the 2013 season.
The Bad: Joe Saunders doesn’t like pitching in Texas. Saunders lost two games on the trip, Friday in Texas and today in Houston, and his ERA went from 2.08 pre-trip to 6.33. Aaron Harang was unable to get to out of the fifth inning in his second start as a Mariner on Sunday, and the Texas Rangers completed the sweep winning 11-3. Harang, obtained in a mid-April trade with the Rockies, is now 0-2 with a 10.24 ERA going into the Anaheim series. The offense, though, hasn’t done Seattle any favors. In Texas, the Mariners scored only 3 runs, including get shut out twice. By the time they left Arlington, Seattle had been outscored 23-3, this just one weekend after splitting a four game set with the Rangers at Safeco Field. The Astros have been anything but a boon to Seattle joining the A.L. West. Houston, after winning their second series against Seattle, has more wins against Seattle (4-2) than they do the rest of MLB (3-12). Despite taking the series opener on Monday 7-1, Seattle was still outscored by Houston 14-12.
Even More Roster Moves: Seattle lost another OF to the disabled list when Franklin Gutierrez was placed on the DL with a strained hamstring. Gutierrez had gotten out of the gates well, batting .259 with 4 HR and 10 RBI in 16 games. The Mariners recalled Carlos Peguero from Tacoma. Peguero might give Seattle some pop in the OF, having 8 HR in 199 career ABs. Eric Wedge also announced today that Robert Andino will be the starting SS going forward for Seattle. Andino has been given a chance to hit his way into the position. Brendan Ryan has gotten off to a bad offensive start in April going 1-for his last 25 ABs. Seattle also addressed the need for another long reliever calling up Hector Noesi before the road trip. Noesi has already worked 4.0 IP out of the bullpen, allowing two hits and 0 ER.
4 vs. the Angels: Seattle hopes some home cooking will equal some wins as the Angels will face the Mariners for the first time this season. The Mariners went a respectable 8-11 vs. Los Angeles of Anaheim last season. The Angels will show some new faces, though, like Josh Hamilton and former Mariner Jason Vargas is slotted to make his first start against his former team on Sunday. The Angels have also gotten off slow in April, standing at 8-11 going into their game vs. Texas tonight. After the Tigers took two of three from Seattle, the Angels swept three straight from Detroit and have split their first two with the Rangers going into tonight’s game.
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MLB News: The Seattle Mariners recalled outfielder Carlos Peguero from Triple-A Tacoma to take the roster spot of outfielder Franklin Gutierrez who was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring. Peguero should see a good portion of time while Gutierrez heals. He will most likely be out for three-four weeks.
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Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore.
At least that's how he seemed after his team's 10-3 loss to the Houston Astros Wednesday night. That gave the Mariners their second series loss of the season to the Astros, and it's only April.
Houston was generally considered to be the worst team in MLB — if for no...
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik called it "a perfect storm in a negative way."
Six players injured, including three pitchers and three starting outfielders. Young hitters getting off to slow starts, then pressing to end their slumps.
The result is that the Mariners, after going 22-11 in spring training, are one of baseball's biggest disappointments in April...
The Seattle Mariners have placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Gutierrez was injured on Monday night trying to make a diving catch in the fourth inning against the Astros. He has struggled with injuries in his career, and this is the fifth time he's been on the disabled list since the beginning of the 2011 season....
Seattle Mariners outfielder Eric Wedge told reporters -- including Greg Johns of MLB.com -- that the team is expecting to get outfielder Michael Saunders back from the disabled list next week.
Saunders is set to head out on a minor league rehab assignment with Seattle's Triple-A club over the weekend. If all goes well during the rehab stint, Saunders should be activated...
General managers in trouble always want more time.
Time for prospects to develop. Time for injured players to heal. Time for the GM's blueprint to become a fully formed vision of a championship contender.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is running out of time.
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The Seattle Mariners say a pre-recorded announcement that requested fans to evacuate Safeco Field before Thursday's Mariners-Angels game was a mistake.
About two hours before the 7:10 p.m. game time, a technician pressed the wrong button and the unnecessary evacuation announcement was heard. There was no follow-up to the announcement, but there were few people in the ballpark...
Felix Hernandez has had a pretty impressive career so far with some quality achievements. He hit a grand slam in 2008, he pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, he’s struck out over 1,500 hitters, and now, he has 100 career victories.
At the tender age of 19, Felix Hernandez made his Major League debut with the Seattle Mariners, going five innings in a loss...
Game 3 Mariners vs. Astros Preview
Time for the series clincher! The biggest matchup thus far this season. The turning point! Have I built it up enough?
Half of the Houstons victories have come against Seattle. The Astros look to beat the visiting Mariners for the fourth time this season when the teams conclude a three-game series on Wednesday.
Mariners LH Joe Saunders...
SEATTLE (AP) -- Carlos Peguero hit a mammoth homer in his first at-bat of the season and Kyle Seager had a two-run homer to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Thursday night.
Peguero hit his solo shot on a 3-2 pitch from Garrett Richards (1-1) in the third, 451 feet to deep center. The only two longer home runs in the stadium's 12-year history were...
Carlos Peguero hit a mammoth homer in his first at-bat of the season and Kyle Seager had a two-run homer to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Thursday night.
Peguero hit his solo shot on a 3-2 pitch from Garrett Richards (1-1) in the third, 451 feet to deep center. The only two longer home runs in the stadium's 12 1/2-year history were 462 feet by...
With Brendan Ryan’s glove being benched because his bat cannot be carried by an offensively challenged club any longer, we look at the in-house options for the Mariners and examine their skillsets and development timeline
Ben and Paul talk to Corey Dawkins about Chad Billingsley`s elbow, then discuss the Mariners` decision to start Robert Andino over Brendan Ryan and the state of Seattle`s organization.
Photo Credit: Pat Sullivan/Associated Press
Franklin Gutierrez has been known to be a fragile player over the past couple years, not even coming close to playing a full season. But in his first two years in Seattle, he sat out only 19 games total, yet in his last two he has missed over 100. At this point, Seattle fans have simply begun to expect an injury from Guti, and this...