NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, updates the M’s fifth rotation spot battle during 2016 Mariners spring training– The early results of Cactus League play for the Mariners suggest that James Paxton and Nate Karns are locked in a death struggle for the fifth spot in the M’s rotation. Both have just a pair of starts to judge them by so far but the early returns and numbers are interesting, to say the least.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the Walker and Paxton situation as the Mariners spring training gets underway– Paxton has long been in the 240-250lb range during his time in the Mariners organization. This year Paxton reported to camp with that number being less than 220. The change in Paxton’s physique has not gone unnoticed by his teammates or coaching staff either.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, gives us his three boldest Seattle Mariners predictions for the 2016 season– Now we have Scott Servais and Jerry Dipoto running things along with a host of new players throughout the lineup, rotation and bullpen. Is it reasonable to think the M’s can bounce back this fast with a winning season with so much turnover?
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, predicts the Seattle Mariners starting five come April– Felix may not have had his best year by his lofty standards in 2015, but he still won 18 games and threw 200+ innings. That’s the eighth consecutive season Hernandez has thrown 200+ innings. He also has had an ERA less than 4.00 in his last nine consecutive seasons. Argument over! Felix throws on opening day.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the possibility of the M’s hiring Dave Dombrowski as their new GM– It would be a shame if Seattle hired another “up and comer” to be their GM or worse, gave Jack another year to fix things. The M’s are clearly willing to spend more than they have in recent years. Look at the Contracts of Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz in recent years. The M’s have committed $584 million to those four guys alone in the last two years
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, relives his memories of the five no hitters thrown by Seattle Mariners pitchers– As I watched Hisashi Iwakuma accomplish one of a pitcher’s dreams Wednesday afternoon by throwing the 5th ever no hitter in Seattle Mariners history I realized just how lucky I am when it comes to no-hitters. I have no idea how many people have witnessed all five of the M’s no-hitters. It’s certainly not a few but it’s not many either and I feel fortunate to have seen them all.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the potential trading pieces the Seattle Mariners have to replenish their farm system now that their 2015 season is doomed– With the M’s still around 10 games back and with three teams to run down, it just makes sense to throw in the towel. The core of Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez is certainly something that will still be there and can be built upon in 2016.
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 discusses the rise of Taijuan Walker and MIke Montogomery in the M’s rotation– Montgomery is not old but he is 26 and that’s fairly old for a rookie. One wonders why it took so long for someone who everyone regarded as talented to get the light turned on. Whatever the reason for that, I’m thankful he somehow did it after he came to the Mariners and for practically nothing.
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, shares his thoughts on the building frustration in the M’s clubhouse. Is Robinson Cano part of that problem– It’s time for Cano to lead by example and start hitting the way he has for the past 11 seasons because without him, the M’s won’t turn the 2015 season into their first playoff appearance in over a decade.
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.