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, 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.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at possible managerial replacements for Jack and Lloyd once they are bounced out of Seattle– The thing nice about Cora is he’s a Seattle hero. Few longtime M’s fans will have forgotten Joey Cora weeping when the M’s were finally eliminated in the ALCS of 1995. If Cora could be convinced to come on and retain his pal Edgar Martinez as hitting coach you’d really have quite the cast of former M’s stars down in that dugout. Heck, maybe his little brother Alex could coach third too.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, breaks down the Medina-Castillo swap the Mariners pulled off with the Cubs– For the Mariners, they get Castillo. A much needed, veteran catcher to fill in behind Mike Zunino. It had become increasingly apparently that skipper Lloyd McClendon was reluctant to give Zunino a day off because it meant he had to give Jesus Sucre, owner of a career .186 batting average, a spot in the lineup.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott highlights the catching position for the 2015 Seattle Mariners– John Baker is a classic example of the wily, old, veteran catcher that teams sign to “mature kids”. Think Crash Davis although Baker has a lot more big league experience than the 21 days Crash once spent in the show not carrying his own bags, hitting white balls at batting practice, while admiring all the ladies with long legs and brains.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider Brian Scott highlights the positional battles to watch during the Mariners 2015 Spring Training. Gutierrez is another interesting name to consider. We all know what “Death To Flying Things” can do out there in the outfield and he’s a pretty solid .270 kind of bat too. Of course to get those things out of Gutierrez you need one important thing to happen– You need him to not be on the DL.
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 takes a look at the M’s next potential acquisition, Melky Cabrera. Next up for big Jack appears to be Melky Cabrera. While nothing official has been reported or announced, Cabrera would be a great fit in the M’s new-look batting order while playing right field. Will the M’s stop there?
NWSB Blogger and Seattle Mariners insider Brian Scott weighs in on the offseason transactions the M’s Jack Z should be making. He points out The M’s can find another re-tread arm to replace Chris Young as the 5th starter and have a rotation that goes Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Roenis Elias, and TBD.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at who the Seattle Mariners top free agent targets should be for the 2015 season. Would the M’s dare to chase down another big money free agent? One of the biggest names out there has to be the Tiger’s Victor Martinez. Martinez led the majors with a .974 OPS this year while batting .335 and crushing 32 dingers. He’d be a huge upgrade hitting behind Cano in the M’s lineup.
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.
Brian Scott our Mariners blogger says he just don’t get people. This is certainly a more exciting M’s team than the 2007 team that collapsed in early August which is the closest the Mariners have been to the playoffs in more than a decade. Take a look at what’s going on here. Mike Zunino, Robinson Cano, and Felix Hernandez are leading the comeback.