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The Mariners offense needs to turn things around soon

It seems every offseason the Mariners take risks on stopgap players in hoping it can fix their stagnant offense – and it never seems to work. Over the last two seasons, the club has brought in the likes of Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano, Corey Hart, Rickie Weekes, Logan Morrison and now Mark Trumbo. None of those players seem to be solutions, yet all – except for Trumbo, as he’s...
Via Bloguin Best
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Games Are Quick For A Reason

Last week, my wife and I took in a Seattle Mariners day game. She loves day games because it feels to her like “playing hooky” from her otherwise stressful profession as a senior research manager for a prestigious market research firm here in Seattle. When we do these outings, we always splurge and get the club level seats where we can get good food, keep up with the game on...
Via Oregon Sports News
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners DFA Justin Ruggiano to make room for Mark Trumbo

The Seattle Mariners are hoping that new slugger Mark Trumbo will prove to be the offensive weapon they've been missing so far this season, especially since his addition has come at the cost of another player. On Thursday, the M's designated outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment. In 36 games for the Mariners this season, Ruggiano slashed .214/.321/.357 with two home runs in...
Via Fox Sports
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners call up Sucre, designate for assignment Ruggiano

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have designated for assignment backup outfielder Justin Ruggiano to clear a roster spot for the addition of reserve catcher Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma. The Marines made the roster moves Thursday. Seattle was limited on options for clearing a roster spot, leaving Ruggiano, Rickie Weeks or Willie Bloomquist as likely candidates to be designated...
Via AP on Fox
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Should Mariners make drastic personnel changes to fix lagging offense?

After losing three of four at home to the visiting Cleveland Indians over the weekend, the Seattle Mariners fell to 24-26, two games under the .500 mark.  The weekend, marked by Seattle's inability to score more than three runs per game and string together consistent offensive performances at the plate, pointed out some issues with the club, just a few days after general manager...
Via Fox Sports
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners 4, Baltimore Orioles 2: M’s Win with Ruggiano’s Bat and Elias’ Arm

General Manager Jack Zduriencik was on the radio today, talking about how he hopes to see some more consistency from his team and a lot less streakiness. The team must have heard about those comments, as they came out swinging tonight, putting up 3 early runs on route to a 4-2 win. Mike Zunino hit a 2 out, 0-2 double to score Justin Ruggiano giving the Mariners an early 1-0...
Via Seattle Side Up!
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Elias earns first win of season as Mariners top Orioles 4-2

BALTIMORE (AP) Roenis Elias took a four-hitter into the eighth inning, Justin Ruggiano homered and the Seattle Mariners beat Wei-Yin Chen and the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Wednesday night. Elias (1-1) allowed one run, six hits and no walks in 7 2-3 innings. The left-hander did not permit a runner past first base until the seventh inning and at one point retired 12 in a row. Although...
Via AP on Fox
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

While You Were Vedder Cupping 2015 Game 34 (SD at SEA)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub throwing shade at those dirty, stinking Mariners. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking from the Vedder Cup. The Padres (17-17) scored fewer runs, 11-4, than the Seattle Mariners (15-17) yesterday at Safeco Field. And, quite frankly, it wasn’t even that close of a game...
Via Padres Public
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners play long ball in 11-4 win over Padres

SEATTLE (AP) Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 15th home run, Mike Zunino connected twice, and the Seattle Mariners hit a season-high six long balls in an 11-4 rout of the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Cruz's drive came in the eighth inning off San Diego reliever Frank Garces, who had already given up homers to Zunino and Justin Ruggiano an inning earlier. The six homers...
Via AP on Fox
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Room For Improvement – The Seattle Mariners After 15 Games

Fifteen games down, 147 to go. I wrote something similar last season when the Seattle Mariners got off to a slow start in April. Had the Mariners gone 6-9 in any stretch during, say, mid June, no one would even notice. But the freshness of the season and the high expectations surrounding this ball club this year magnifies the early issues scoring runs and the surprisingly poor pitching...
Via Oregon Sports News
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Part-Time Players to Watch

There are some players who have little fantasy value right now but soon could as they either rack up playing time on their side of the platoon or injuries give them a more full-time chance. This article will break down some of these players, how they will find playing time, and what they may contribute to your fantasy team. Justin Ruggiano, OF, SEA Ruggiano finds himself on...
Via Baseball Professor
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The Battle For Shortstop Heats Up Again At Mariners Spring Training

Taylor and Miller Both Giving It Their All Since it’s pretty clear that Seattle Mariner’s skipper Lloyd McClendon is set on a quasi-platoon role between Dustin Ackley and Rickie Weeks in left, along with a true platoon role in right with Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano, one has to think that the real battle for a position spot on the Mariners 25 man roster is at shortstop. There...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Spring Training Preview – Outfielders And Pitchers

Left Field: Projected Starter: Dustin Ackley/Rickie Weeks Projected Backup: Justin Ruggiano Dark Horse: Alex Jackson The plan in left field is a platoon of two former top prospects.  Ackley struggled defensively at second base, and his average dropped off a cliff at the start of the year, ending at .245.  It is encouraging that he set career highs in home runs (14), RBIs (65) and...
Via Oregon Sports News
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Ruggiano's 3-run HR helps Mariners top White Sox 11-7

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer as the Seattle Mariners split-squad team rolled to an 11-7 win Saturday over the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Hector Noesi, expected to be the White Sox' No. 4 starter this season, retired all six batters he faced. The Mariners scored four in the third off the pitcher Zach Putnam. Dustin Ackley started the rally...
Via AP on Fox
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Could Jesus Montero Be A Sleeper Contributor For The Seattle Mariners In 2015?

Much has been made of the Seattle Mariners offensive additions this offseason, ranging from the big free agent signing of Nelson Cruz to the trades for Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano to the under the radar signing of Rickie Weeks. But every once in a while the potential surprise “addition” to a team comes in the form of a player an organization has all but written off. Is it...
Via Oregon Sports News
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

No Guts, No Glory!  My 5 Bold Predictions For the 2015 Seattle Mariners

Who Breaks Out?  Where Will The M’s Finish? I think it’s safe to say that expectations have not been as high as they are right now for the Seattle Mariners in a very long time.   And why not?  The M’s, at least on paper, should be a very improved club, even after a solid 2014 campaign. It’s true.  The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015.  When is the...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

In Year 2, Mariners' McClendon aims to take team to playoffs

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon got off a fine start in his first season, guiding the team within one game of a playoff for the AL wild-card spot. After going 87-75, the expectations are even higher this year, especially with newcomer Nelson Cruz set to be the designated hitter. The Mariners made a 16-game improvement under McClendon and snapped a streak...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano are the fantasy studs in Seattle, but the lineup is more interesting than usual. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: 2B Rickie Weeks, OF Seth Smith, OF Justin Ruggiano, DH Nelson Cruz, SP J.A. Happ Key losses...
Via Fox Sports
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners Ink Five Arbitration-eligible Players to Deals

The Seattle Mariners have avoided arbitration hearings with five of their six eligible players, signing outfielders Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley and Justin Ruggiano; first baseman Logan Morrison and left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush. Right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen is the only arbitration-eligible player the Mariners have yet to sign. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen seeking $2.2 million...
Via Baseball Essential
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners reach agreements with five players to avoid arbitration

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have agreed to one-year deals with outfielders Dustin Ackley, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Jackson; relief pitcher Charlie Furbush; and first baseman Logan Morrison. Following Friday's deals, relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen was Seattle's remaining player in arbitration. Ruggiano is expected to split time in right field with Seth Smith. Jackson, acquired before...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle agrees to 5 deals that avoid arbitration

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners have agreed to one-year deals with outfielders Dustin Ackley, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Jackson; relief pitcher Charlie Furbush; and first baseman Logan Morrison. Following Friday's deals, relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen was Seattle's remaining player in arbitration. Ruggiano is expected to split time in right field with Seth Smith. Jackson, acquired before...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Acquire Dutch Pitching Prospect from Mariners

A month after trading Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners for pitching prospect Matt Brazis, the Cubs made another move with the Mariners this time for a pitching prospect from the Netherlands. The Cubs sent left-hander Mike Kickham to Seattle in exchange for 21 year old right-hander Lars Huijer. From the mean streets of Haarlem, Netherlands (ok, probably not that mean), Huijer...
Via Sports Mockery
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Right Field Platoon – Both Productive And Economical

Just before the New Year, the Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the San Diego Padres for relief pitcher Brandon Mauer. The left handed hitting Smith will, more than likely, share a right field platoon with the right handed hitting Justin Ruggiano, who was also recently acquired from the Chicago Cubs. While fans often don’t think of platoon signings as being as...
Via Oregon Sports News
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Are The Seattle Mariners Done Adding For 2015?

Mariners Hot Stove Grinds To Halt In an MLB offseason that took off like greased lightening with the majority of the big deals occurring before or during the Winter Meetings it seems that it has stopped just as fast as it started. I think it’s a stretch to say the Seattle Mariners missed out on deals.  The made some deals, some good ones too but all too often fans’ expectations...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Ruggiano, Seth Smith: Mariners Buy Low, Win Big

The Mariners made it official today, announcing the trade with their NL “rival” Padres to acquire veteran OF Seth Smith. In exchange for Smith, the Mariners will send third year pitcher Brandon Maurer to San Diego. This move comes on the heels of another deal two weeks ago when the Mariners acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs, who is expected to be the platoon counterpart...
Via Baseball Essential
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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