Gary Hill covers the Seattle Mariners

High Heat from the Hill

  • Despite offensive surge, Mariners have a lefty problem
    July 25, 2013 10:42 am
    While the Mariners' new lineup has been incredibly productive, it's stacked with left-handers and thus vulnerable to left-handed pitching.
  • A quiet key to the Mariners' winning streak
    July 23, 2013 9:35 am
    The blazing hot Mariners have steamrolled their way to seven wins in a row. The offense has been suburb during the recent run, but the starting pitching has been an equally important factor.
  • Felix Hernandez has emerged as Cy Young front-runner
    July 22, 2013 9:26 am
    Felix Hernandez came from behind to win the 2010 Cy Young Award, but this season he heads into August as the leader in the clubhouse.
  • The Mariners and the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers
    July 19, 2013 11:27 pm

    Kyle Seager whacked a two-run homer in the 4th inning last night to extend the Seattle Mariners consecutive game home run streak to 23 games. The Mariners have a chance to do something very special tonight. If the M's launch one more home run tonight they will tie the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers

  • Storylines for the second half
    July 19, 2013 6:24 am

    The second half of the Major League Baseball season starts tonight for the Seattle Mariners as they amble down to the Lone Star State to tangle with the Houston Astros. The Mariners have raised the bar of excitement thanks to an 8-5 July. There are plenty of storylines as the second half begins:

  • A blind experiment for hitters
    July 18, 2013 7:04 am

    Names have meaning. The name "Edgar Martinez" produces a dramatically different response for Seattle Mariners fans than the name "Chone Figgins". The reasons for divergent opinions are obvious. However, sometimes names can get in the way of analyzing the effectiveness of a player.

  • Raul Ibanez speaks on approaching Ted Williams
    July 17, 2013 12:30 pm
    Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez spoke eloquently about his surprising power numbers at age 41, which are challenging the great Ted Williams.
  • Which team returned the most value from free agency?
    July 16, 2013 12:17 pm
    Zack Greinke, B.J. Upton, Josh Hamilton and Hiroki Kuroda were just a few of the headline names who signed monster free-agent deals over the winter. Major League teams handed out millions of dollars in search of the much-needed impact bat or the elusive prized arm. There was a massive difference in spending, but did spending lavishly pay results in the first half of the season.
  • The scorching July for the Seattle Mariners
    July 15, 2013 6:09 am
    The Seattle Mariners steam into the All-Star break with a 3-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The scorching M's offense steamrolled their division rival and stamped an exclamation point on an excellent July stretch.
  • Does familiarity matter with Mariners' Aaron Harang?
    July 11, 2013 8:10 am
    Aaron Harang, who was roughed up by the Red Sox Wednesday night, has spent the majority of his career pitching in the National League. Might that explain his drastically different splits against NL and AL teams this season?
  • Will Jacoby Ellsbury be leading off for the Mariners?
    July 10, 2013 6:00 am
    There are a couple of names on the list of free-agent outfielders that will hold interest for the M's this offseason, and one of them is sure to be Jacoby Ellsbury.
  • Raul Ibanez: History with each swing
    July 09, 2013 6:57 am
    The ridiculous Raul Ibanez renaissance continued at Safeco Field Monday night. Ibanez bashed his 22nd homer and added his 51st RBI on the season with a sixth-inning single as Seattle stormed by the Red Sox 11-4.
  • Felix, Iwakuma: The Mariners' dynamic All-Star duo
    July 08, 2013 6:48 am
    Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez were named to the American League All-Star team over the weekend. It was the appropriate cherry hoisted onto what has been a delicious first-half pitching sundae.
  • Breaking out the brooms and other Mariners notes
    July 04, 2013 6:24 am
    The Mariners are going for a sweep of the Rangers in Arlington for the first time since 2002.
  • Iwakuma, Hernandez now atop AL ERA leaderboard
    July 03, 2013 9:54 am
    Mariners starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez are the American League leaders in ERA now that Boston's Clay Buchholz has fallen below the innings-pitched threshold.
  • Raul Ibanez says bye-bye to June
    July 02, 2013 8:59 am
    Raul Ibanez swatted his 10th home run in the month of June on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. The event marks the 25th time in the history of the Mariners that a player has hit 10 or more homers in a month. It is also the first time the feat has been accomplished in 10 years.
  • Handing out midseason MLB Awards
    July 01, 2013 7:45 am
    Major League Baseball crossed over the halfway point over the weekend. We are going to celebrate by handing out the 2013 Major League Baseball midseason awards.
  • Dustin Ackley and 2011 rookies
    June 27, 2013 12:33 pm
    A look at the eight players who finished with votes in the 2011 Rookie of the Year Award voting, including the Mariners' Dustin Ackley. It has been a less than smooth road for nearly the entire group.
  • The myth of 'Safeco Joe' Saunders
    June 26, 2013 8:34 am
    Despite the lopsided nature of Joe Saunders' home/road splits, they are not the numbers that deserve the highest priority when analyzing his performance.
  • Mariners and Pirates: Where were you in 1992?
    June 25, 2013 6:16 am
    The Pittsburgh Pirates sail into Seattle for a two-game series sporting the second-best record in Major League Baseball.