Seattle Mariners Rebuilding After Off-Season Purge

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:04 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 7:04 PM UTC

After 17 straight years of missing the postseason (and counting) the Mariners finally decided to blow everything up this off-season and work on rebuilding this proud franchise.

<h2 style="text-align:center;"><strong>World Series Odds: (+5000)</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;"><strong>American League Pennant Odds: (+3000)</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;"><strong>Season Win Total (74.5) @ <a href=";book=BetOnline" target="_blank" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a></strong></h2><p>Even in the midst of a rebuild, the sportsbooks have a pretty generous line for the Mariners’ win total. With some young and veteran additions and a ton of roster turnover, just what can we expect from Seattle in 2019?</p><h2><strong>New Faces</strong></h2><p>Out of all 30 teams, the Mariners have had some of the biggest roster turnover. Half of their major league roster spots will be new faces and just over half of the pitchers are new to the organization as well.</p><p>Some of those new faces are established veterans like Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce. If healthy, both should serve as middle of the order bats.</p><p>However, the losses for this team mount up pretty quickly. Robinson Cano was famously shipped in a small container in the airplane that brought over Edwin Diaz to the Mets. They sent James Paxton to New York as well, but to the Yankees, while Nelson Cruz left via free agency to go to Minnesota.</p><p>However, outside of all they have lost, they have re-stocked their farm system and have some nice stopgap measures in place until those young talents are ready for their call-ups.</p><p>Tim Beckham will start at shortstop to begin the season before top prospect J.P. Crawford is ready to take over as the everyday shortstop. Along with potentially rebounding season for guys like Mallex Smith, Kyle Seager and Dee Gordon, there is some potential for the Mariners to make a little noise in the hitting department, despite playing in one of the worst hitter’s parks in all of baseball.</p><h2><strong>Pitching Outlook</strong></h2><p>Yusei Kikuchi is the newest Mariner starting pitcher and if the hype is real this guy could end up being an easy ace for this Mariners’ club. Kikuchi was a star in Japan and I’m sure his stuff will puzzle hitters early on before they can get enough tape on him in the majors.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;A look at Yusei Kikuchi's first bullpen of &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#MarinersST&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Ryan Hueter (@ryanhueter) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 13, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>However, after the shiny new toy atop the rotation, the question marks begin there. King Felix Hernandez is entering the final year of his contract and coming off arguably the worst year of his career with an 8-14 record and a 5.55 ERA.</p><p>If Marco Gonzales can pitch more like he did in the first half of last season, that will definitely solve some issues for this club. The opposite is true for Mike Leake, who got better as the season went on in 2018. Wade LeBlanc looks like the club’s fifth starter right now and if he can duplicate last season, along with more consistency from Leake and Hernandez, there is some room for optimism in this pitching staff.</p><p>The issues truly are after those guys get knocked out of the game. Outside of Hunter Strickland, who I like and should be the team’s closer, the middle innings might be a struggle for this club.</p><h2><strong>Undervalued, But Not By Much</strong></h2><p><a href="" title="Read All SBR's MLB Coverage">Ultimately it would not surprise me to see the Mariners threaten to finish just at or right below .500,</a> which would put them a few games above their 74.5 win total. However, it mostly depends on the other teams in the AL West and what kind of seasons they have.</p><p>That is putting a lot to chance, so while I like where the M’s are going, <a href="" title="Live MLB Odds">I don’t like it enough to risk anything on their future odds at this point in the offseason.</a></p><p><strong>MLB Pick: </strong>No Play</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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