Friday, March 20, 2009

2009 MLB Preview: Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners

IF (3/5) - 1B seems to be up for grabs. LaHair may have the edge there. I like the rest of the IF, except Betancourt's OBP (.300) is a little scary. Cedeno should get some ABs. Johjima had a drop-off last year. Branyan will DH, I guess, unless they don't want Griffey in the OF.

OF (3/5) - Ichiro's numbers were a little down last year and Griffey is not what he used to be, but both are very good Major Leaguers. Gutierrez is in CF.

SP (2.5/5) - Hernandez and Bedard are a good 1-2. Washburn has had a few disappointing seasons now. Silva is pretty bad. He started 3-0 and then went 1-15 with no wins after June. Rowland-Smith, on the other hand, isn't half bad and should make the rotation.

RP (1.5/5) - Is Batista going to close? Why did they trade Putz? Lots of questions. They signed Chad Cordero, but he won't be ready right now. Corcoran and Jimenez pitched well last year.

Wildcards: Cordero, Morrow, Cedeno

[Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert on your team. I think it's fun to do this stuff before a season starts and then see how close (or how far off) I was. If you spend time from your day insulting us, telling others to insult us, or posting in a blog or messageboard about how wrong our opinions are, then we are flattered!]

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