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, 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 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.
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.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the moves that led to the firing of the Seattle Mariners GM, Jack Zduriencik– Ultimately the failure by Jack and his staff to draft well was their undoing. The Mariners only have Kyle Seager to point to as a successful draft choice during Jack’s run. The rest of the list includes names of injured players, failed players, or those still struggling to find their way through the minor leagues. Danny Hultzen, Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino all come to mind on this list.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the latest rookie to take on the M’s shortstop position… and he likes what he sees– The Mariners might not be the most interesting thing to watch in Seattle sports right now given their season is all but over but it’s worth turning it on to watch this young man play shortstop. Marte could easily wind up being a very special player for the Mariners in 2016.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the possibility of the M’s hiring Dave Dombrowski as their new GM– It would be a shame if Seattle hired another “up and comer” to be their GM or worse, gave Jack another year to fix things. The M’s are clearly willing to spend more than they have in recent years. Look at the Contracts of Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz in recent years. The M’s have committed $584 million to those four guys alone in the last two years
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, 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, 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, responds to Lloyd McClendon’s statement that fans need to relax– This team has played more than 70 games on the year and finds themselves in fourth place in the division. Having lost so many games so early means the Mariners are going to have to win nearly 60 of their remaining 89 games to wind up with a 90+ win season, something everyone thought the team could and should do this year.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, examines the M’s on and off 2015 season– If I didn’t know better I’d swear we were watching a completely different team from night to night. Multiple players and pitchers just seem to turn it on and off from night to night as easily as you or I flip through the channels on the TV– Click, Click.