NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, discusses whether the M’s will be buying or selling at the July trade deadline this year– If this season tanks, Jack Z is likely done as the Mariners GM. He is also smart enough to know that so why would he sell? He might just have the attitude that if he’s going to go down, he’s going to go down swinging.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the M’s offensive numbers jumps since the M’s hired Edgar Martinez as hitting coach– Let’s go beyond raw stats and look at the ABs and what we actually are seeing when we watch these games. The Mariners are seeing more pitches under Edgar. They appear to be hitting the ball the other way far more often than before Edgar. The team is scoring more runs with Edgar in the dugout too and these are things we saw Edgar do consistently and well for so long in Seattle.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, gives us his grades and thoughts on the first half of the Mariners 2015 season– The Mariners are going to need a phenomenal run in the second half of this season if they are going to do what most people expect them to do– go to the playoffs. It’s the kind of run the M’s have not made since 1995.
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.