NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, responds to Lloyd McClendon’s statement that fans need to relax– This team has played more than 70 games on the year and finds themselves in fourth place in the division. Having lost so many games so early means the Mariners are going to have to win nearly 60 of their remaining 89 games to wind up with a 90+ win season, something everyone thought the team could and should do this year.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a peek at the Trumbo Trade. Did the M’s over pay? The problem I see with this potential lineup is it’s almost too much power and not enough guys getting on base regularly. The M’s have scored too great a percentage of their runs this year via the solo homer. Trumbo won’t help that number.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners’ Insider, Brian Scott, wonders why Dustin Ackley is still in Seattle– If you cut Ackley, you can recall Jesus Montero. His numbers in AAA (.306/.341/.468) on top of everything he has done to transform himself physically back into a baseball player certainly warrants a second chance. Defensively, all Montero has to do is DH. Nelson Cruz has been far better in right field than anyone could have dreamed and Brad Miller, Seth Smith, and Justin Ruggiano can all play left.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariner’s Insider, Brian Scott, spotlights the brilliant, young career of Kyle Seager– I’ll one up the opinions on that deal. Right now, $100 million seems like a steal especially when you consider this is a guy who had not played 3rd base much at all prior to his call up in 2011. Oh, and he plays 3rd defensively at an All-Star level as well.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, weighs in on the Dustin Ackley situation. Is it time for Ack Attack to move on– Ackley is under contract for the remainder of the 2015 season. He’s going to be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this off season and I just don’t see the M’s wanting to offer Ackley more money to stay.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, addresses Nelson Cruz’s success and more changes the Mariners need to make– Cruz has mashed 14 homers already and we are just barely into May. I suppose it’s fool hardy to think that Cruz can maintain this kind of torrid power pace but it’s entirely possible he could be the first player in nearly 20 years to hit 40 homers while wearing Mariner blue and teal.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, makes comparisons of the 1995 Seattle Mariners to the 2015 Seattle Mariners. Are these two teams separated by 20 years actually more similar than not? Closer Fernando Rodney hasn’t been perfect but I’m not ready to call him a Bobby Ayala just yet either.
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 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 Mariners writer Brian Scott gives us a look at which M’s will breakout in the 2015 season. I always look for guys coming into a contract year to have a big year. There is just something about playing for a big, new contract that tends to motivate players in those situations. Nelson Cruz and his 40 homers last year are a perfect example of just that very thing.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider Brian Scott highlights the positional battles to watch during the Mariners 2015 Spring Training. Gutierrez is another interesting name to consider. We all know what “Death To Flying Things” can do out there in the outfield and he’s a pretty solid .270 kind of bat too. Of course to get those things out of Gutierrez you need one important thing to happen– You need him to not be on the DL.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott weighs in on the Franklin Gutierrez talks: In 2013 Gutierrez appeared in just 41 games. In 2012 it was just 40 games. In 2011 he was a bit healthier an managed 92 games. Gutierrez last played a full season (152 games) way back in 2010.
With all of that missed time, what are the Mariners thinking here?