Found June 25, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Can they get on a roll? Nine games under .500, but another series win for the M’s, what do we know? The month of June has been a good example of the Seattle Mariners thus far, from terrible pitching performances to multiple home runs by a surprisingly average offense. Felix Hernandez blew a 7-run lead last week, and the day before Joe Saunders pitched a complete gem against the Angels – both were losses. So, what the heck do we know? Aside from Raul Ibanez really getting over that slow start (8 HR’s in June), what else can we say about this team? Things we know: Harang Aaron Harang cannot pitch in Anaheim. He is 0-3 with a 10.03 ERA vs the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of Disneyland. Guti CF Franklin Gutierrez is back with the big club, replacing Michael Morse who went on the 15-day DL. What do we know about Guti? We know that for the entirety of the 15 days that Morse will be on the DL, every Seattle fan will be holding their breath whenever Gutierrez is involved in any play of any kind. Kyle Seager is a stud. Seem incredible that he is back already, and even more insane is that he replaced a different injured player. Seager Kyle Seager is a stud. He’s young and yes, it would be better if he didn’t have to be the best hitter on a team, but he is handling the situation quite well. No one was/is more excited than me that the Mariners decided to draft his little brother Justin Seager. The more Seager’s the better this organization will be. I think the M’s should trade for Core Seager, who is in the Dodgers organization. Things we are learning: Franklin That Nick Franklin kid can play, but how long will it last? We have seen this exact kind of play before from a no-doubt second base prospect, but Dustin Ackley is working on his Hall-of-Fame career in AAA Tacoma. Franklin’s splits through 26 games are .283/.359/.459. Ackley’s splits were .284/.343/.505 in his first 26 games in the big leagues.  Those numbers are actually more annoying than anything. Wedgeism 2. No matter how much better this team is with Raul Ibanez as the DH, manager Eric Wedge will not Justin Smoak sit out a game. When Kendrys Morales (when healthy of course) plays 1B, Ibanez can just concentrate on hitting, which is better for him and the team. Which is worse? Morales at 1B or Ibanez in LF? I’ll take the lesser of two evils with Morales every time. Kuma 3. Hisashi Iwakuma is the real deal and should start the All-Star game. He probably won’t, but he should. Despite a subpar performance against Oakland on Friday, Iwakuma is second in the AL in ERA. Unlike Boston’s Clay Buchholz, the AL’s leading candidate, Iwakuma has pitched every fifth day and avoided injury despite an increased workload. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE MARINERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB!
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