NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott looks at Seattle Mariners players who are the bubble of making the 25 man roster. Five starting pitchers, eight guys on the field, one DH, and seven guys in the bullpen. That’s 21 names on the roster right there. Throw in a backup catcher and that leaves room for just 3 platoons which I already mentioned. Can Bloomie squeeze in somehow, someplace? Maybe, if you eliminate one platoon but I just don’t see any other way.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott gives us his five bold M’s predictions for 2015– It’s true. The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015. When is the last time anyone thought that? 2002, maybe? Think about it for a minute. Their pitching is as good if not better than last year in terms of the rotation and the bullpen. Adding Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Rickie Weeks, and Justin Ruggiano offensive has to buy at least few more runs and eventual wins than the package we had last year, right?
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider Brian Scott takes a look at draft possibilities and positions for the Seahawks first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft– While it’s true that most of these guys should be ready for the start of the 2015 season, excluding Lane, that’s a lot of injuries, surgeries and rehabs that have to go well with no backup. It certainly wouldn’t hurt the Seahawks to draft a corner in the first round.
NWSB writer and Seattle Seahawks insider Brian Scott takes a look at three affordable free-agent targets for the Hawks in 2015. I know we are still hearing a lot of optimistic talk from the Seahawks right now about their ability to re-sign starting corner Byron Maxwell, but I just don’t buy it. Maxwell is going to go after the biggest deal he can get and that puts him out of reach financially for the Seahawks.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott breaks down the Tom Wilhelmsen contract stalemate with the Mariners. Look, I rarely take the side of ownership in these kinds of disputes but I really think Whilhelmsen is reaching here. You can’t expect to be paid for something you lost. In this case, Tom lost his role as closer when he lost his command and the M’s went out and signed a big money guy in Fernando Rodney to take that role.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider Brian Scott breaks down the Seattle Seahawks impending free agents– Maxwell is gone. He’s already said that he wants to see what’s out there in free agency. He’ll be the most sought after corner on the market and the Seahawks aren’t going to be able to keep him for financial reasons.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the Mariners battle for the 5th spot in the rotation. We know Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will make up the first and second spots in the rotation. McClendon went on the record last week and stated “We didn’t bring J.A. Happ here to pitch out of the bullpen” so I that pretty much settles that, Happ is in the rotation. McClendon didn’t name the fourth starter but he certainly hinted that it was likely James Paxton’s job to lose and I think it’s a very safe bet that Paxton won’t be losing that spot. That brings us to that fifth spot in the rotation, the spot vacated when the Mariners decided to not re-sign veteran free agent pitcher Chris Young.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, gives us his takeaways from the Seahawks shocking win over the Packers in the NFC Championship. The Seahawks spent the better part of 56 minutes floundering offensively. In OT, Russell Wilson drove the Seahawks down the field and delivered the game winning touchdown, a beautiful check to a deep ball where he recognized one on one coverage on Jermaine Kearse.
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 Seahawks Insider Brian Scott gives us a review of the Packers/Seahawks game from Week 1 and his watch list for their matchup in the NFC Championship Sunday. The Beast Mode-esk Eddie Lacy is the real deal for the Packers. The Seahawks have to contain the powerful runner which will be no easy task. Given Rodgers’ troubles with his leg I actually expect the Packers will try to establish Lacy early and often.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott shares his memories of Randy Johnson who was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame Tuesday. No, no, no, the best pitch Randy threw was Mr. Snappy. That was nickname of his unbelievably deadly slider, oh, that by the way was a slider that he threw at 92 mph. Are you kidding me? A 92 mph slider? There a lot of guy starting games today that can’t throw a fastball that hard let alone a slider.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider Brian Scott gives us his preview of the Seahawks first playoff game of the 2014 NFL Season. Carolina has to take some shots in this one and the Seahawks need to be ready for it. Newton is a bit banged up so he may not be as mobile as he normally is which is yet another reason I expect the Panthers will go deep and do so often.