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Oregon Sports News:
Felix Hernandez is an All-Star again and will be traveling to the mid-summer classic in Kansas City next week to perform on a national stage. Hernandez is now a three time All-Star and in his eighth season with the Mariners.
King Felix is the obvious choice. He is the face of the organization and is one of the few bona-fide aces in baseball. Hernandez is the best player on a last place team. The season is half over and if you take a closer look at his performance so far, he has either been really good or he has pitched like the other four in the Mariners’ rotation. Unremarkable. In May, fans were asking: “What’s going on with Felix?” His velocity was down and he was getting hit hard. He has since turned things around and has been pitching like his old self.
Currently Hernandez is 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 114 strikeouts. Those numbers are All-Star quality especially for a team that doesn’t score runs. In his last three starts, Hernandez gave up 2 runs in 23 innings.
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The lone all star
The Lone Ranger spent his life with his trusty steed Silver and his faithful friend Tonto traveling from village to village solving the problems that no one was capable of solving for themselves.
I bet there were times when he was riding off into the sunset he would lean over to his travel companion and complain about how lazy people were and how he had to do all...
A short while ago we just learned that the Seattle Mariners have demoted starting pitcher Hector Noesi. They are sending him down to AAA Tacoma. In the interm it looks like Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will take his place in the rotation.
Noesi who came to the Mariners with Jesus Montero in the Michael Pineda trade won a spot in the Mariners rotation during spring training...
Who’s the scapegoat?
Those are the two questions surrounding the Seattle Mariners right now. While the front office stays quiet, the fans are grumbling louder and louder with every passing game in this dismal 2012 season.
Something needs to be done and be done immediately to save this franchise. While many people point fingers and assign blame, it is becoming increasing obvious...
Mike Zunino, the Seattle Mariners 22-year-old catcher from the University of Florida who was the M's first-round draft pick, signed with the club Monday.
Zunino recently won the Johnny Bench Award as the best college catcher, plus he was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
This is the award given to the best college baseball player.
The deal included a reported...
Matchup Insight O’s vs. M’s Game 2
Tough loss last night for the King Felix Hernandez led Mariners. The Baltimore Orioles are still hanging in there too. They may be losing touch with the Yankees but they are still in second place in the super tough AL East.
Baltimore Orioles (42-37) vs Seattle Mariners (35-47)
Wednesday July 4
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero is taking something of a beating this year. And not just at the plate, although he has driven in just one run since June 1, so it could easily be said that AL pitchers are beating up on him. But Montero continues to take foul balls off his catcher's mask, and it's not any fun. It happened again in the top of the fifth inning Wednesday...
In June, Jesus Montero played in 23 games - catching 8, serving as designated hitter 14 times, and drawing a pinch-hit walk on June 24. Unfortunately, his June splits are a crime scene.In June: 2 BB, 24 K's, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 1 CS. The baseball gods had to throw in that one caught-stealing to really put him down. How's this for a lack of power: 93 plate appearances, 4 extra base...
Apparently Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe and I are thinking on the same wave length. Well, to be honest this idea has probably been floating around for a lot longer than I had it in my head. This idea you ask? The Red Sox need to trade for Seattle Mariners ace “King” Felix Hernandez. [...]
When Safeco Field was first put into operation after the All-Star break in 1999, it was immediately evident that it was a pitcher's park and that it was particularly tough on right-handed batters. There has been sporadic talk since then that perhaps things needed to be equalized, possibly by moving the fences in. That talk has heated up this year with the Seattle Mariners...
To start off the week, the Mariners faced the Oakland Athletics at home. Nicaraguan Erasmo Ramirez started off the series striking out 10 in Game 1, but sadly he didn’t get the win. The Athletics hit a home run in the 2nd inning, which was the winning run of the ball game. The next outing, a Mariners starter would again strike out 10 (it’s the first time 2 Mariners have gone...
Hector Noesi might have finally pitched his way out of Seattle's rotation. Not that he got any help from the Mariners' equally struggling offense.
Former Seattle prospect Chris Tillman gave up just two hits in 8 1-3 innings, and Noesi was handed his major league-leading 11th loss in Baltimore's 4-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon.
Making his first start...
Here are Oliver Perez’ average fastball and slider velocities in the majors from 2002-2012, according to BIS data from FanGraphs:*
MARIO LANZA on JAY BUHNERFirst thing’s first. I am a Seattle Mariners fan. I grew up in the Kingdome, I will always miss the Kingdome, and to my dying day I will always say that the Kingdome was a much better place to watch a game than most people give it credit for. The Mariners might have sucked in the 80's and most of the 90's, but the Kingdome was fun.However...
A flare for dramatics
If we took nothing away from the series against the Boston Red Sox this weekend, at least we know we got to see some fire works a bit early this year.
With not one, or two, but three games coming down to either the last play of the game, or extra innings, the Mariners left their fans with a few more ulcers this weekend.
Perfect timing for all of the hot...