NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, discusses the remarkable start to the 2015 season for new lefty starter J.A. Happ– The Mariners are off to a slow start. They seem to be coming out of it this week but without Happ doing what he has done in April the M’s would be absolutely lost at sea. It’s time the Emerald City gets behind this guy with the weird first name– J.A. but pronounced Jay.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, gives us his thoughts on Taijuan Walker’s most recent performance– You are spoiled by Felix, Seattle. Walker can and will be an amazing, dominate pitcher. It’s just taking him a little longer that it did a guy who likely will end his career enshrined in Cooperstown in Hernandez and that’s just not a fair comparison or expectation for Walker.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider, Brian Scott, ponders what is wrong with the Seattle Mariners in 2015? After 15 games the Mariners are in last place in the AL West with a not so pretty record of 6-9. That record leaves many wondering if the Mariners really are the contenders everyone predicted they would be in 2015.
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, 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 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?
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the Mariners battle for the 5th spot in the rotation. We know Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will make up the first and second spots in the rotation. McClendon went on the record last week and stated “We didn’t bring J.A. Happ here to pitch out of the bullpen” so I that pretty much settles that, Happ is in the rotation. McClendon didn’t name the fourth starter but he certainly hinted that it was likely James Paxton’s job to lose and I think it’s a very safe bet that Paxton won’t be losing that spot. That brings us to that fifth spot in the rotation, the spot vacated when the Mariners decided to not re-sign veteran free agent pitcher Chris Young.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott dives into the Seattle Mariners roster. Who will make the 25? Are the M’s a complete roster at this point? You have to have a backup catcher. It’s a given and Sucre is getting the nod. Bloomquist is healthy, under contract and is a wonderful bench player so I think his spot is safe. With the platoon situations in right field and at short you wind up with a four man bench.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider breaks down the M’s off season moves so far and what likely lies ahead for their roster. Seriously, if you won’t trade Walker or Paxton for Kemp or Upton why would you give either of them up for Zobrist? It makes no sense to make this deal if you are the Mariners unless the price is significantly less than giving up Walker or Paxton.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the M’s next potential acquisition, Melky Cabrera. Next up for big Jack appears to be Melky Cabrera. While nothing official has been reported or announced, Cabrera would be a great fit in the M’s new-look batting order while playing right field. Will the M’s stop there?
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott breaks down the free agent signing of Nelson Cruz. While Cruz’s numbers .271/.333./.525 with those 40 dingers and 108 runs driven in certainly look shiny he does come with concerns and only a fool wouldn’t take them at least a little bit seriously.