NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a peek at the Weeks/Ackley platoon situation– Can these two maintain their level of production throughout the grind of a 162 game schedule? I guess that remains to be seen but both should have extra motivation to produce given the states of their contracts. Weeks is on a one year, free agent deal. He’s 32 years old and a solid year full of productive numbers could land him the final multi-year deal of his career that he likely wants.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, gives us a much too early report card for the 2015 Seattle Mariners– Seth Smith had to be considered the afterthought in all of the M’s moves that were made prior to the 2015 season in an attempt to improve the offense. Smith was just a guy the M’s brought in to replace Michael Saunders as the left handed half of a right field platoon. Well, if Saunders had ever been able to hit like this, he’d probably still be wearing teal and blue.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, previews the Seattle Mariners Upcoming 2015 Season– The Mariners won 87 games last year. Given their improved offensive potential with Cruz and their plethora of platoons in the outfield I think the M’s score more runs this year. Despite a shaky last couple of starts in spring training I’m hoping Felix Hernandez will still be the King and lead a dominate pitching rotation and come up with his first 20 win season.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider, Brian Scott, discusses the concerns about Felix Hernandez’s sub par spring training– Should we be worried about the King? The fact that Hernandez is so good with his changeup gives you hope as he enters what has to be considered the 2nd half of his career– the over 30 years old part. It’s baseball scout rule #1 folks– arms get slower as they get older.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at the development of Taijuan Walker. Is he finally ready to break out? We’ve heard the talk about Taijuan Walker, the former first round draft pick from Shreveport. He’s the latest M’s pitcher to be praised with scouting reports that describe his arm as electric, his stuff as nasty and his potential as limitless.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at how proposed NFL rule changes could impact the Seattle Seahawks. Most fans, including Seattle Seahawks fans, are not big on the idea of changing rules. Fans generally see rule changes as a way the league takes something away from the game. I’m afraid this year’s proposals for rule changes are not exceptions.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at the battle between lefty relievers in the M’s bullpen this spring. Charlie Furbush is going to be the first lefty out of the bullpen for the Mariners so that leaves just one spot and it’s David Rollins, Lucas Luetge, Tyler Olson, Rafael Perez, and Joe Saunders left to fight over the coveted spot on the M’s 25 man roster.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the Seattle Mariners spring training battle for the shortstop position– First of all, Miller has a bit more power in that bat than Taylor does. We’ve seen his power last year and we’ve seen it a bit already during spring training this year. Miller is fully capable of putting up 15-20 homers if he can keep it together for a whole season.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider Brian Scott breaks down the deal that brought Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks. Sending Unger to the Saints, however, that is a steep price. Scott realizes Unger has missed multiple games the past couple of seasons, but when he is on the field, the offensive line is a much better unit. Unger’s departure leaves starting vacancies at center, along with left guard since James Carpenter has already been sent away too.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott looks at Seattle Mariners players who are the bubble of making the 25 man roster. Five starting pitchers, eight guys on the field, one DH, and seven guys in the bullpen. That’s 21 names on the roster right there. Throw in a backup catcher and that leaves room for just 3 platoons which I already mentioned. Can Bloomie squeeze in somehow, someplace? Maybe, if you eliminate one platoon but I just don’t see any other way.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott gives us his five bold M’s predictions for 2015– It’s true. The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015. When is the last time anyone thought that? 2002, maybe? Think about it for a minute. Their pitching is as good if not better than last year in terms of the rotation and the bullpen. Adding Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Rickie Weeks, and Justin Ruggiano offensive has to buy at least few more runs and eventual wins than the package we had last year, right?