Seattle Mariners 

Valuing Wade Miley’s upside

It was just a few weeks ago that the Seattle Mariners had Wade Miley penciled in as the club’s No. 2 starter, largely in rotation place given the uncertainty beyond Felix Hernandez. Fast-forward those few weeks and a Hisashi Iwakuma re-signing, and that situation isn’t all that different. The club still doesn’t have a true No. 2 starter, but that shouldn’t take away from the value that Miley does provide going forward. First, the order in which the rotation falls is largely irrelevant. Back in 2014, James Paxton was the…

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Seattle Mariners 

Who’s In Who’s Out: NL Central

The National League Central saw one team break out and sent another to the World Series in 2013. It wasn’t the busiest division this offseason, but all five teams did bring in some fresh faces and some saw key pieces leave for greener pastures. It doesn’t appear that the divisional hierarchy will be changing much if at all in the upcoming year and the St. Louis Cardinals still stand out as the club to beat with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds not that far behind. Let’s take a look…

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Seattle Mariners 

Top 2014 Cy Young Candidates

The 2013 Cy Young Awards went to Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer. It was Kershaw’s second and while it’s Scherzer’s first, the Tigers are certainly not unfamiliar with Cy Young winners since their ace Justin Verlander is, well, Justin Verlander, and he’s a contender every year — and the 2011 winner. Pitching, in general, is on the upswing over the past few years; some believe that is due in part to the riddance of performance enhancing substances, but in the end there’s simply…

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Seattle Mariners 

Breakthrough Candidates: Starting Pitchers

Every year a few new faces shake up the establishment to gain entry into baseball’s elite club of aces. Last year it was highly touted prospect Matt Harvey who wowed baseball fans after an exciting 10 start debut in 2012. Max Scherzer made the leap from solid starter to CY Young winner, and rotation mate Anibal Sanchez tossed his hat in the CY Young conversation by posting an ERA more than full run lower than his previous career average. A little further down the line, Hisashi Iwakuma, Homer Bailey, and…

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