PI’s 2014 M’s Prospects of the Year

Prospect Insider does it a little differently. Multiple outlets as well as the organization itself will name minor league players of the year. Many already have done so. PI sticks to prospects, which means the 26-year-old repeating Double-A for the third straight year isn’t even a candidate, nor is the 29-year-old in Triple-A or the 23-year-old repeating the Midwest League. Prospects are a risk, a gamble, and they always have been, just as are the upcoming MLB Postseason Props and all baseball betting at williamhill.com. Who qualifies for Prospects of…

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Elias unlikely to start again this year

After departing in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night with shoulder tightness, it appears that the Seattle Mariners could lose left-hander Roenis Elias for the remainder of the season. Elias is currently back in Seattle awaiting MRI results that will be revealed on Monday. Manager Lloyd McClendon met with the media on Sunday and expressed significant doubt that the rookie would make another start during the last week of the season, but did say he would be comfortable with using Elias as a specialist out of the…

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M’s should replace Young

The Seattle Mariners reside on the brink of their first postseason berth since 2001. Back when George W. Bush had just taken office, Jennifer Lopez was topping the UK charts with ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ and Polaroid was filing for bankruptcy. It’s been 13 long years, and during the club’s hiatus from playoff baseball there has been few periods of relevancy beyond the first few months of the season. That has changed, however, and the club’s decision-makers need to do what’s best in terms of their chances to end…

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Wild Card Race Tale of the Tape

After 5 1/2 months and 150 games the American League Wild Card race remains very much in doubt. As the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians fade into the summer dust, the Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners are creating what may be another tremendous finish to the regular season. The standings change daily, as does the momentum. The lack of balance in the schedule only makes it all that much more intriguing. As play begins Wednesday, here is how things look in the American…

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What Could Have Been: Chris Davis, Mariner

There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the Baltimore Orioles the last several weeks as they’ve now clinched the American League East division for the first time since 1997, but recently chatter has turned towards slugger Chris Davis who was suspended for 25 games after a second positive test for Adderal. Davis has struggled to replicate his breakout 2013 season, but he still represents a key component of the Orioles’ batting order. Former Seattle Mariners special assistant to the general manager and current FanGraphs writer Tony Blengino attempted to determine what exactly…

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A glance at Iwakuma’s recent struggles

It goes without saying: every starting pitcher, no matter how talented, is going to throw a clunker once in a while. Even the great Clayton Kershaw allowed seven earned runs in a May start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, though that’s really his only blemish in an otherwise terrific season. So, as good as Hisashi Iwakuma has been for the Seattle Mariners this year, there’s little doubt that one would be able to look back on the season as a whole and pick out a handful of starts in which the…

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Wild Card race update — September 9th

The last time we checked in on the American League Wild Card race the Los Angeles Angels were leading the way with the Seattle Mariners holding the second spot, five-and-a-half games back. How things have changed. The Angels have been on a tear the last couple weeks and now lead the AL West by eight games. The Kansas City Royals continue to hang on to the AL Central lead, but the Detroit Tigers are just a single game behind entering Tuesday night’s action. GB represents how many games the team is…

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Michael Saunders set to make his return

Nearly three months after hitting the disabled list with an oblique injury, it appears that outfielder Michael Saunders is set to make his return to the Seattle Mariners lineup. The 27-year old began a rehab assignment several weeks ago but stepped away from the process briefly when he was granted paternal leave for the birth of his daughter. Unfortunately after one of the happiest moments in the life of the Victoria native he contracted a viral infection that cost him two weeks and more than 10 pounds of body weight. However,…

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