NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us two players who are poised to break out during the 2014 MLB season. The Freak from Goose Creek (Justin Smoak) came to the Mariners in 2010 when the team dealt co-ace Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers. Kyle Cease was once known as “the other guy” alongside Dustin Ackley, but now he has a chance to make a name for himself. Could we see Jacoby Ellsbury in our future?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us his five pet peeves from the season that was. Howard Lincoln’s blunders are No. 1 — all of his blunders. Also making the list is a lack of bold deadline moves, a lack of steals despite Michael Saunders, Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, and Abraham Almonte all having speed and Robby Thompson’s brain fade.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck that has become the Mariners ownership folks. Namely Howard Lincoln who granted three interviews this week with Seattle Media’s Greg Johns, Jerry Brewer and Ryan Divish. Is he seriously giving Jack Zduriencik an “A” on his performance of scouting both professional and amateur players? Chone Figgins, Michael Pineda, Jesus Montero, David Pauley, Casper Wells…aye aye aye.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott gives you his prediction for what Seattle’s 2014 lineup will look like. With a plethora of youth already up with the club, Seattle returns a bevy of starters in 2014 but does have a need to pursue a DH in free agency as Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez don’t seem like realistic options for the position next season.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the MLB debut made by Taijuan Walker on Friday night against the Houston Astros. Tai shut down the Stros for 5 innings, not giving up an earned run in the process. The M’s got out of there with a 7-1 victory in part of POTW runner up performance by Dustin Ackley. It’s nice to feel good about this team every once in a while isn’t it?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent call up to the Mariners for Taijuan Walker, pitcher extraordinaire. Jack Z and Eric Wedge can’t wait anymore. They want to see what he can do in the bigs. Brian says Yes, he’s only 20 years old, but let’s not forget that a once very young Felix Hernandez made his major league debut at 19. Brian firmly believes Taijuan is ready.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke gives you three players to pay attention to on the Mariners in the coming months. Justin Smoak, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer will all be interesting players to watch as the season comes to end. Not contending for the playoffs, these three will likely attempt to prove their worth for 2014 as Seattle makes the stretch run to the offseason.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent contract extension that Jack Zduriencik received. A one-year contract extension, Brian says that Z will be on a short leash next year and that the same will go for Eric Wedge as well. While he could have made some moves for a better future, it appears Zduriencik’s unwillingness to move anybody at the trade deadline bought him a little extra time.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the disappointing loss the Mariners put together on a night that saw the organization honor one of the greatest ballplayers of all time, Ken Griffey Jr. Downed 10-0 by Milwaukee — who are 51-66 on the year — Seattle tallied just four hits over the course of the game while Iwakuma and the Mariners’ stellar bullpen (particularly Lucas Luetge) surrendered 16. It was a complete embarrassment on a night that should have been filled with spectacular.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde statistically breaks down Seattle’s offense in a post that highlights how good the Mariners SHOULD be compared to how they actually appear. The Mariners are currently 53-61, which is a .465 winning percentage. Through those 114 games, they have scored 466 runs but given up 524, which is a .471 run differential, right in line with what their record has produced. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales et al getting the job done.
Brand new NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the top 3 players on his radar to get the call up come September. Carlos Peguaro, Abraham Almonte and the young phenom himself, Taijuan Walker. Two of these players may be wishful thinking as they aren’t on the 40 man roster, but it sure would be nice to see them in Mariners uniforms finally.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the recent debacle that was Seattle’s series against the Boston Red Sox. Losing the first game 8-2, the Mariners suffered a heartbreaking, 5-4 loss in fifteen innings on Wednesday night and followed up that effort with one of the biggest breakdowns in closer history, as Tom Wilhelmsen allowed the Sox to come back from a five-run deficit to eventually win the game 8-7. Now sitting at 50-58 on the year, Seattle is 13 games back in the AL West and 10 games in the AL Wild Card.