NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott discusses the rise of Taijuan Walker and MIke Montogomery in the M’s rotation– Montgomery is not old but he is 26 and that’s fairly old for a rookie. One wonders why it took so long for someone who everyone regarded as talented to get the light turned on. Whatever the reason for that, I’m thankful he somehow did it after he came to the Mariners and for practically nothing.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider Brian Scott draws comparisons of Russell Wilson to the Alex Rodriguez of 2000– Wilson is now faced with the same dilemma that A-Rod once was– Should he sign a deal for love of a town or for the most money? As a fan, it’s very easy to sit back and say, “oh, he should stay. I would. What can you buy with $25 million that you can’t buy with $18?”
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, reflects on the career of Edgar Martinez and questions if those that can do, can also teach– Many might say that Edgar’s hiring in the midst of a disappointing season that had high expectations is nothing more than a publicity stunt designed to help alleviate falling ticket sales. I’ll grant you there’s likely some truth to that statement. Seeing Edgar in a Mariners dugout in wearing my number, and his number 11 again is worth the price of admission to me.
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.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, revels in the power surge of Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison, but can the M’s hang on to him beyond 2015? Assuming Morrison continues his offensive prowess, it does create somewhat of a dilemma for the Mariners come the end of the 2015 season. Morrison will enter his final arbitration year next season. He’s currently signed for an affordable $2.75 million for the 2015 season. There’s no question he’ll make more than that next year someplace, a lot more than that in fact.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a peek at the Trumbo Trade. Did the M’s over pay? The problem I see with this potential lineup is it’s almost too much power and not enough guys getting on base regularly. The M’s have scored too great a percentage of their runs this year via the solo homer. Trumbo won’t help that number.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, shares his thoughts on the building frustration in the M’s clubhouse. Is Robinson Cano part of that problem– It’s time for Cano to lead by example and start hitting the way he has for the past 11 seasons because without him, the M’s won’t turn the 2015 season into their first playoff appearance in over a decade.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners’ Insider, Brian Scott, wonders why Dustin Ackley is still in Seattle– If you cut Ackley, you can recall Jesus Montero. His numbers in AAA (.306/.341/.468) on top of everything he has done to transform himself physically back into a baseball player certainly warrants a second chance. Defensively, all Montero has to do is DH. Nelson Cruz has been far better in right field than anyone could have dreamed and Brad Miller, Seth Smith, and Justin Ruggiano can all play left.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariner’s Insider, Brian Scott, spotlights the brilliant, young career of Kyle Seager– I’ll one up the opinions on that deal. Right now, $100 million seems like a steal especially when you consider this is a guy who had not played 3rd base much at all prior to his call up in 2011. Oh, and he plays 3rd defensively at an All-Star level as well.
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, weighs in on the Dustin Ackley situation. Is it time for Ack Attack to move on– Ackley is under contract for the remainder of the 2015 season. He’s going to be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this off season and I just don’t see the M’s wanting to offer Ackley more money to stay.