NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the M’s offensive numbers jumps since the M’s hired Edgar Martinez as hitting coach– Let’s go beyond raw stats and look at the ABs and what we actually are seeing when we watch these games. The Mariners are seeing more pitches under Edgar. They appear to be hitting the ball the other way far more often than before Edgar. The team is scoring more runs with Edgar in the dugout too and these are things we saw Edgar do consistently and well for so long in Seattle.
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 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 Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, questions the Seahawks as to why their star linebacker does not yet have a new contract– The Seahawk headlines have been dominated by Russell Wilson wants this, and Wilson wants that, his agent said this, this is the magic number he’s looking for and around and around we go. While I remain confident that Wilson’s deal will happen with the Seahawks I’m far more concerned about Wagner’s status.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, shares thoughts on the possibility that Wilson wants to leave Seahawks– The Seahawks GM, John Schneider, is one of the best, if not the best, in the NFL. He and Carroll built this team their way and have built a culture their way and found success on their terms doing it their way. I have no doubt that the Seahawks have zero thoughts on changing the team to satisfy the preferred playing style of any one player, even Wilson.
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.