NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider, Brian Scott, looks at the M’s situation as they try to find a second lefty for their bullpen– It’s hard to believe that a guy who less than one year ago threw back to back, complete game shutouts for the Seattle Mariners could be headed out of Seattle. It was exactly the writing that appeared to be on the wall for M’s starter Mike Montgomery just a few days ago.
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 closely at the situation surrounding the M’s newest center fielder– Center field for the Seattle Mariners is a position that will always be tied to hall of famer, Ken Griffey Jr. The things Junior did for this team are legendary. Legends often cast very large, dark shadows over their followers.
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, discusses the Seattle Mariners new look at catcher and what the future holds for former starting catcher Mike Zunino– As to what exactly is wrong with Zunino, it’s probably not any one thing. He tends to chase pitches out of the zone. He’s easily fooled with breaking pitches. At times, he looks like he is clearly guessing that a certain pitch in a certain location is coming. Confidence is not something we see oozing from him these days either which leads me to believe he’s beating himself up inside his own mind as much as pitchers are doing to him at the plate.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, spotlights Jesus Montero’s chances to make the Seattle Mariners 25 man roster this spring– Even with numbers like that at AAA, Dipoto still though it necessary to challenge the young first baseman and brought in Lee to compete with him for the bench/platoon role at first. For Montero, this spring will be the most important ever in his career as a result.
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?
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.