Mariners Insider

Archives: July 2012

July
31st

Mariners 7, Blue Jays 2: Jason Vargas pitches like he wants to stay a Mariner

After much debate and speculation, Jason Vargas was still a Seattle Mariner following Tuesday’s 1 p.m. Major League Baseball trade deadline.

Later that night, the left-hander went out and pitched like he wanted to remain a Mariner for years to come.

With trade rumors and internet reports swirling in the hours leading up to his start, Vargas wasn’t the least bit distracted. In fact, he appeared more focused, tossing seven solid innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out four, while leading the Mariners to a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays

Read more »

July
31st

More pregame notes & lineups: Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor officially called up, Peguero sent down.

It’s now official. The Mariners have called up Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor and sent down Carlos Peguero. They also added Eric Thames to the roster as expected.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said both Capps and Pryor will be available to pitch if needed tonight.

From the release …

Pryor (#46), Capps (#58) and Thames (#10) will be in uniform for tonight’s 7:10 pm game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays at Safeco Field. The Mariners Major League 40-man roster remains full with these transactions. Seattle traded RHP Brandon League (to Dodgers) and RHP Steve Delabar (to Blue Jays) after

Read more »

July
31st

Mariners plan to “back off” on Danny Hultzen’s innings, effective immediately

The possibility of Danny Hultzen joining the Seattle Mariners in the coming weeks has become unrealistic. The heralded pitching prospect, who seemed to be on the fast track to the big leagues, has hit a speed bump in Triple A with the Tacoma Rainiers.

Hultzen, the second player selected in the 2011 amateur draft, struggled in his most recent outing in Tucson, pitching 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs (six  earned) on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He fell to 1-2 in seven starts with the Rainiers with a 5.23 ERA and a 3.62 Fielding Independent

Read more »

July
31st

Updated: The MLB trade deadline passes with Jason Vargas, Kevin Millwood remaining with the Mariners

It’s now 1:10 p.m., the MLB trade deadline has passed and the Mariners did not make any more trades today.  That means Jason Vargas will start tonight and Kevin Millwood will make his next start and Chone Figgins will be on the bench tonight.

Ok, it’s not like Figgins was going to get traded.

“We had discussion like we always do,” Zduriencik said. “There were certainly general managers calling and wanting to talk about different things.  But you are not in a position to give to players in a way. And we’re just aren’t going to to do that. If

Read more »

July
30th

Mariners 4, Blue Jays 1: Iwakuma was Iwa-awesome

So all that trade stuff during the game with Travis Snider and postgame with Brandon League and Steve Delabar overshadowed the fact that Hisashi Iwakuma picked up his first big league win as a starter in what was his best outing of his brief MLB career.

Iwakuma pitched eight innings, allowing one run on four hits, while walking three and striking out a career high 13 hitters.

The 13 strikeouts were the most Iwakuma could ever recall striking out in one game.

The 13 strikeouts were tied for the most in a start this season. Felix

Read more »

July
30th

Trade deadline mania: Brandon League to the Dodgers, Steve Delabar dealt to the Blue Jays

It should have been a sign of things to come.

In the seventh inning, Travis Snider of Toronto had jogged out to his position in left field. Moments later he was signaled off the field and replaced. Why? He had been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Brad Lincoln. Snider collected his gear, gave a few hugs and was gone. We later saw him on a cart being whisked away, presumably to his hotel or the airport.

That’s how the MLB trade deadline works.

So when it took about 10 minutes longer than usual for

Read more »

July
30th

More pregame notes … and video of Eric Wedge

On the trade deadline …. Wedge didn’t feel like there was tension in his clubhouse with the upcoming deadline. But he did admit players can’t help but be aware. He didn’t say anything to the young players that are going through it for the first time.

Of note on the lineup …. Wedge said that the reason John Jaso and Carlos Peguero are in there against lefty Ricky Romero is to combat Romero’s outstanding changeup. Also, Wedge said that he didn’t want Jaso or Peguero to sit too long with another lefty tomorrow. And besides they

Read more »