NWSB Insider Brian Scott gives us his reason the Seattle Mariners should start two rookie pitchers: Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. If you listen to the scuttle out there, it appears the M’s are far more interested in signing another bat (ie Nelson Cruz) rather than another starting pitcher. But if the M’s use their rookies in the rotation, that leaves just one spot.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down what’s left in MLB free agency now that Masahiro Tanaka has gone to the New York Yankees. When it comes to pitchers, keep an eye on Matt Garza and Ervin Santana. For hitters, look at Nelson Cruz, although his history with PEDs could be problematic for the M’s.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down the team’s roster after the 2014 Winter Meetings. Nice additions in Logan Morrison, Willie Bloomquist, Robinson Cano, and Corey Hart. Here’s the biggest weakness remaining with the Seattle Mariners for the 2014 season. The Bullpen. Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Steven Pryor. The pressure is on.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the team’s news the past 24 hours. And boy was there some news. The Seattle Mariners have made some management moves and some coaching moves. Chuck Armstrong, the Mariner’s President, announced he will be retiring at the end of January. Here are your new coaches…Trent Jewett, Howard Johnson, Mike Rojas, John Stearns, Andy Van Slyke, Rick Waits, Chris Woodward, Jason Phillips, and Scott Budner.
NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in today on the M’s 2013 season with his season rewind post. He says it’s another difficult season for the Mariners faithful was finally put to bed Sunday as the Mariners looked like a team ready to hit the links, losing 9-0 to the AL West Champion Oakland A’s. Michael Saunders hit a whopping .236. Nick Franklin, a mid season call up at 2nd base, finished the year hitting .225. Thank goodness for Felix Hernandez & Hisashi Iwakuma.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be James Paxton’s masterful start against the St. Louis Cardinals. In just his second start ever, Paxton looked like a seasoned vet going against a team that is in the middle of two post season playoff hunts, the NL Central, and the NL Wild Card. Paxton went 6 innings, giving up no runs on two hits with five k’s and two walks.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson preview the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners against the Detroit Tigers. Having dropped their past two series to the Astros and the Cardinals, the Mariners will be looking to bounce back against a hot and dangerous Detroit Tigers squad. Joe Saunders and Brandon Maurer will get the start in the first two games for Seattle while it is still unknown who will get starts in games 3 and 4.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Seattle’s series against the Houston Astros and how it ended up in a disappointing home sweep. Playing the last-place team in the AL West and a team they should have been able to handle easily, the Mariners were outmatched by Houston’s bats and they just couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Seattle now travels to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott gives you his ideal starting rotation for the 2014 Seattle Mariners. Right now Brian says that you have 3 players you can pencil in as starters: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Taijuan Walker. While James Paxton will likely be a starter as well, the Mariners should look towards free agency to fill the 5th spot in their 2014 rotation.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about whether or not the Mariners should think about shutting down Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in 2013. While they could undoubtedly pitch an excess of 200 innings, Chris believes that it is in the best interest of both pitchers and the organization to let them have some much needed rest after their next start.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the MLB debut made by Taijuan Walker on Friday night against the Houston Astros. Tai shut down the Stros for 5 innings, not giving up an earned run in the process. The M’s got out of there with a 7-1 victory in part of POTW runner up performance by Dustin Ackley. It’s nice to feel good about this team every once in a while isn’t it?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent call up to the Mariners for Taijuan Walker, pitcher extraordinaire. Jack Z and Eric Wedge can’t wait anymore. They want to see what he can do in the bigs. Brian says Yes, he’s only 20 years old, but let’s not forget that a once very young Felix Hernandez made his major league debut at 19. Brian firmly believes Taijuan is ready.