Three Bold Predictions for the 2016 Seattle Mariners

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?

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Bullpen Possibilities

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, previews the 2016 Seattle Mariners Bullpen– Unlike the possibilities for the 2016 Seattle Mariners lineups or the Mariners starting rotation, the M’s bullpen has to be the one area of the team that has the most left to be determined. Many spots in the bullpen are up for grabs and will likely come down to the results during spring training.

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Starting Rotation Possibilities

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.

Exploring The New, 2016 Seattle Mariners Lineup Possibilities

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, starts to compile what the M’s new opening day lineup card could look like under new GM, Jerry Dipoto– The insertion of Adam Lind into the mix actually bumps Seager down in the order in my mind against right handed pitching. Lind’s .380 OB% vs righties is huge and really protects Cruz and Cano from the intentional walk while providing the same kind of power Seager produces.

Trader Jerry — The Seattle Mariners Keep Dealing

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, runs through all the moves new GM Jerry Dipoto has made– In less than 30 days, Dipoto has acquired through trade RHP Nathan Karns, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, OF Boog Powell, RHP Joaquin Benoit, OF Leonys Martin and RHP Anthony Bass. Additionally, Dipoto has landed Franklin Gutierrez as a free agent and Chris Iannetta as a free agent.

Ken Griffey Jr — A Seattle Mariners Hall Of Fame Lock

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, shares his thoughts and memories on Ken Griffey Jr’s impending HOF election– In addition to his numbers, Junior was THE face of the Seattle Mariners pretty much since the day he arrived on the scene in 1989 following be chosen as the number one overall draft pick in 1987 by the M’s. It can be easily argued that baseball in Seattle or the very name “Seattle Mariners” would not exist if not for Griffey and what he and the Mariners were able to accomplish in 1995.

Seattle Trade Analysis—Mariners Deal Morrison, Miller, and Farquhar

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, shares his analysis of the M’s first trade under new GM Jerry Dipoto– At the plate, Powell is something you don’t typically find in the minor leagues—a patient hitter. One of the things you have to take note of with Jerry Dipoto as your GM is that he’s going to stress metrics, i.e. he wants guys who get on base a lot, and quite honestly, he doesn’t care if it’s a hit or a walk.

Seattle Mariners Managerial Merry Go Round

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, reviews the Seattle Mariners managerial record and comments on their current managerial search– The romantic in me wants this coaching staff in the dugout. These are all guys I grew up emulating as a high school and college player but I just fear it wouldn’t work out. Guess what happens if it doesn’t work out? I get to write and you get to read a headline that says the Seattle Mariners fire Edgar Martinez, Dan Wilson and Raul Ibanez. Talk about a gut punch.

Lloyd McClendon:  Should He Stay Or Go?

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, examines the first major decision for new GM Jerry Dipoto– Should Lloyd McClendon stay or go? When you start combining those kind of numbers with the idea that McClendon, like Scioscia, is an old school style manager who will resist the use of modern metrics that dictate how he should play his team, you then really start to cast a shadow of doubt on McClendon and Dipoto working well together.

Ketel Marte and Shawn O’Malley – A Future 1-2 For The Mariners?

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, examines the possibility of a 1-2 O’Malley-Marte Mariners’ punch– The Mariners have been searching, without end it seems, for some guys that can only be described as table-setters. For Marte, it seems like he’s earned the starting shortstop job for the 2016 season. Lloyd McClendon has enough confidence in the rookie that he’s been writing his name in the leadoff position for some time now.

Resurgent Franklin Gutierrez Better Than Ever

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott touches on the astounding return of Franklin Gutierrez– Meanwhile, at the big league level, the Mariners were starving for guys to get on base. Gutierrez’s numbers could not be ignored and on the evening of June 23, 2015 his phone rang. It was Seattle. They needed him to get himself to the Emerald City. He was playing left field for the M’s against the Kansas City Royals the next day.

Kyle Seager Calls Time Out, Calls Out Weaver, Ejections Follow

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, reviews the Seager vs Weaver confrontation and notes what it means for both players– In one of the more colorful moments of his career, Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners third baseman, dared to ask the home plate umpire for time out and time out was granted. For Seager, this was nothing new as he routinely asks for time as he sets his feet in the batter’s box. For Angel’s pitcher, Jared Weaver, apparently this was an affront to him and his routine.

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