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 Brian Scott runs down the Seattle Mariner’s six free agents for 2014. Should they keep them or let them walk? Simply put, Beimel was the best lefty the M’s had in the bullpen in 2014. They’d be crazy to let him walk away without a solid offer. Also featured are: Kendrys Morales, Chris Young, Chris Denorfia, Humberto Quintero and more.
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.
Brian Scott our NWSB insider and Seattle Mariners blogger weighs in with some predictions for the M’s should they make the postseason in MLB. The need for a 5th starter just doesn’t happen in the post season. With Roenis Elias shutdown for the rest of the year anyway and Taijuan Walker much too green to pitch in the post season it really doesn’t make sense to move him to the pen.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at which Ms players are hot and which ones are struggling entering the late-season stretch with the playoffs in sight. Featured are: Brandon Mauer, Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, James Paxton, Chris Young, Dustin Ackley and more.
NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in with his M’s midseason grades. The Mariners have compiled 43 wins vs. 38 losses which puts them solidly in 3rd place in the AL West. Bright spot? M’s bullpen. Led by a guy most people really didn’t see coming in Dominic Leone. Leone has given up just eight earned runs all year in 29 appearances giving him a 2.18 ERA.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott writes a letter to M’s fans pleading for everyone to show up to Safeco Field. In a recent stint against the New York Yankees, the team from the Pacific Northwest, saw its own fans cheer for the enemy. Robinson Cano has been the real deal, Kyle Seager has been whacking the ball around too and even some kid named Cole Gillespie has been raking it as of late. Plenty of reasons to cheer.
NWSB’s Mariners blogger Brian Scott looks at the emergence of young Seattle pitcher – Cuban born Roenis Elias. A tale of his journey to the bigs. In the dead of night Elias drove to the shores of Cuba. There, he was shoved onto a small boat with 26 other individuals, including five baseball players who shared Elias’s dream of playing professional baseball in the US.