NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in on the year that was for the M’s. The Mariners started off the year with a bang as they beat up on the Angels early posting 16 runs in the season’s first two games. The Angels unfortunately had the last laugh as they went on to capture the AL West crown. Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Fernando Rodney were outstanding in 2014.
NWSB Insider Brian Scott gives us his reason the Seattle Mariners should start two rookie pitchers: Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. If you listen to the scuttle out there, it appears the M’s are far more interested in signing another bat (ie Nelson Cruz) rather than another starting pitcher. But if the M’s use their rookies in the rotation, that leaves just one spot.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down what’s left in MLB free agency now that Masahiro Tanaka has gone to the New York Yankees. When it comes to pitchers, keep an eye on Matt Garza and Ervin Santana. For hitters, look at Nelson Cruz, although his history with PEDs could be problematic for the M’s.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at some potential trade partners for the M’s. Despite signing Robinson Cano and others this offseason, the team still has needs. The New York Yankees could help fill those needs if the Mariners are willing to part with Dustin Ackley.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott wonders what the team should do with Michael Saunders now that they’ve re-signed Franklin Guiterrez. Before this signing, the outfield looked to be Corey Hart and Logan Morrison on the corners with Dustin Ackley in center and Saunders on the bench for defensive replacements. Now the M’s have brought in a fifth outfielder to the equation.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us his M’s player of the week. Michael Saunders. The Condor wins the prize this week. Brian says Saunders has that unique ability in the outfield to make the difficult plays look routine and the routine plays like he’s having a nap out there. It’s worth nothing that Saunders has committed just one error all year as a result. Over the past week Saunders has hit an impressive .364 (8 for 22) and also taken a walk 4 times.
NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back today with his first rant of the 2013 season. He’s only been back with us for 3 weeks so we’re surprised it took him this long to crank one of these bad boys out. Steve asks How did this once promising season end up on the trash heap so quickly? Problem 1. Jack Zduriencik and company were convinced that Franklin Gutierrez would stay healthy.
Seattle Seahawks blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with the news of the Percy Harvin upcoming surgery scheduled for Thursday. Harvin will end up missing a substantial amount of time for the Seahawks. It is predicted that the earliest he can return would be November. He will have to be back and able to play by week 11 or he will have to be put on the injured reserve list for the second straight year. Pressure is on Golden Tate, Sidney Rice & Doug Baldwin now.
NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back from Safeco today with pre game coverage of game 1 vs. the Angels. Steve reports from inside the Clubhouse at Safeco. Nick Franklin will be out of tonight’s game still nursing the sore knee that was injured in Cincinnati. The Mariners have sent down RHP Blake Beavan to AAA Tacoma, and RHP Erasmo Ramirez to A Everett.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Franklin Gutierrez’s latest injury and what should be done about it. Taking a satirical approach and making a comparison to the movie “Unbreakable”, Chris describes how it’s time for Seattle to realize that Gutierrez is no longer a valuable commodity and that he hinders the future of the team. While he is a great player who has upside when he is on the field, his injuries are something that cannot be looked past.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the third and last game of the series vs. the Athletics this week. Jeff says Kyle Seager is a stud. He goes on to say No one was/is more excited than him that the Mariners decided to draft his little brother Justin Seager this month. The more Seager’s the better in the M’s organization he thinks. Jeff also points out that this Nick Franklin kid can play, but asks how long will it last?