NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, addresses Nelson Cruz’s success and more changes the Mariners need to make– Cruz has mashed 14 homers already and we are just barely into May. I suppose it’s fool hardy to think that Cruz can maintain this kind of torrid power pace but it’s entirely possible he could be the first player in nearly 20 years to hit 40 homers while wearing Mariner blue and teal.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, makes comparisons of the 1995 Seattle Mariners to the 2015 Seattle Mariners. Are these two teams separated by 20 years actually more similar than not? Closer Fernando Rodney hasn’t been perfect but I’m not ready to call him a Bobby Ayala just yet either.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, discusses the remarkable start to the 2015 season for new lefty starter J.A. Happ– The Mariners are off to a slow start. They seem to be coming out of it this week but without Happ doing what he has done in April the M’s would be absolutely lost at sea. It’s time the Emerald City gets behind this guy with the weird first name– J.A. but pronounced Jay.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, gives us his thoughts on Taijuan Walker’s most recent performance– You are spoiled by Felix, Seattle. Walker can and will be an amazing, dominate pitcher. It’s just taking him a little longer that it did a guy who likely will end his career enshrined in Cooperstown in Hernandez and that’s just not a fair comparison or expectation for Walker.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider, Brian Scott, ponders what is wrong with the Seattle Mariners in 2015? After 15 games the Mariners are in last place in the AL West with a not so pretty record of 6-9. That record leaves many wondering if the Mariners really are the contenders everyone predicted they would be in 2015.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at the M’s closer situation with Fernando Rodney. Is it time for the M’s to move someone else into the closer role? Facts are facts and McClendon needs to avoid using Rodney when it’s not a save whenever possible because the numbers aren’t any better in 2015 for Rodney in those non-save situations. Four of the six runs he’s allowed this year came in non-save opportunities
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a peek at the Weeks/Ackley platoon situation– Can these two maintain their level of production throughout the grind of a 162 game schedule? I guess that remains to be seen but both should have extra motivation to produce given the states of their contracts. Weeks is on a one year, free agent deal. He’s 32 years old and a solid year full of productive numbers could land him the final multi-year deal of his career that he likely wants.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, gives us a much too early report card for the 2015 Seattle Mariners– Seth Smith had to be considered the afterthought in all of the M’s moves that were made prior to the 2015 season in an attempt to improve the offense. Smith was just a guy the M’s brought in to replace Michael Saunders as the left handed half of a right field platoon. Well, if Saunders had ever been able to hit like this, he’d probably still be wearing teal and blue.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, previews the Seattle Mariners Upcoming 2015 Season– The Mariners won 87 games last year. Given their improved offensive potential with Cruz and their plethora of platoons in the outfield I think the M’s score more runs this year. Despite a shaky last couple of starts in spring training I’m hoping Felix Hernandez will still be the King and lead a dominate pitching rotation and come up with his first 20 win season.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider, Brian Scott, discusses the concerns about Felix Hernandez’s sub par spring training– Should we be worried about the King? The fact that Hernandez is so good with his changeup gives you hope as he enters what has to be considered the 2nd half of his career– the over 30 years old part. It’s baseball scout rule #1 folks– arms get slower as they get older.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at the development of Taijuan Walker. Is he finally ready to break out? We’ve heard the talk about Taijuan Walker, the former first round draft pick from Shreveport. He’s the latest M’s pitcher to be praised with scouting reports that describe his arm as electric, his stuff as nasty and his potential as limitless.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at the battle between lefty relievers in the M’s bullpen this spring. Charlie Furbush is going to be the first lefty out of the bullpen for the Mariners so that leaves just one spot and it’s David Rollins, Lucas Luetge, Tyler Olson, Rafael Perez, and Joe Saunders left to fight over the coveted spot on the M’s 25 man roster.