Welcome back to cooler talk my friend! The last time we were here, we were debating who will be better over the next 5 years between George Kirby and Logan Gilbert. Today, we're going to have another fun debate between two of the nastiest bullpen arms this team has to offer in 2022 and who will have the better 2023 season: Matt Brash or Andres Munoz?
It's easy to look and see how good Seattle's bullpen was last year, and how it could be one of the best baseball has seen in a few years. You have a solid veteran duo in Diego Castillo and Paul Sewald, Casey Sadler coming back from missing 2022 after being an all-star caliber reliever in 2021, and an army of young hurlers that can hit the high 90s. With two solid closers and an immense amount of depth of talented arms, that bullpen itself would be in the top half of the league. That's pretty scary to think about when we're not even counting Munoz and Brash.
Mariners Flamethrower Andres Munoz
Andres Munoz was one of many great assets the Mariners have swiped from the San Diego Padres. A talented young pitcher that had missed some time with injury, Seattle got to see a healthy Munoz in 2022. With some command issues, and a classic case of trying to throw 100 mph + past great hitters, Munoz found himself in hot water quickly. As he became more comfortable controlling his destructive slider, he quickly became a weapon for Scott Servais that led a top ten bullpen in MLB. On June 13th, Munoz had an ERA over 5, and by season's end, he cut that ERA in half while posting a 149 ERA+.