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, 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, 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, discusses whether the M’s will be buying or selling at the July trade deadline this year– If this season tanks, Jack Z is likely done as the Mariners GM. He is also smart enough to know that so why would he sell? He might just have the attitude that if he’s going to go down, he’s going to go down swinging.
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 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.