Did you forget about the Seattle Mariners in the American League West? If you have, it’s totally ok, so did the majority of us. A team completely embracing a rebuild, this season is going to focus a lot on their younger talent, which is almost the same idea the Marlins have embarked on. You may see the “additions” list to be fairly lengthy below but don’t get it twisted, this is not a team we expect to be competitive in 2020. Let’s take a look at their offseason and try to make sense of who exactly you’ll be watching.
SP Kendall Graveman
SP Nick Margevicius
SP Nestor Cortes
RP Yohan Ramirez
RP Yoshihisa Hirano
RP Carl Edwards
RP Phillips Valdez
2B Sam Haggerty
OF Jose Siri
C Omar Narvaez
1B Ryon Healy
The Mariners accomplished their goal over the past two seasons by trading off their most important pieces and retooling their farm system. That plan now looks as if it’s finally being executed as a lot of those pieces will play prominent roles this season. While the team will include some of their young talent in the rotation, they did take a flier on Kendall Graveman, who has recovered from Tommy John surgery. The last time we saw Graveman in a big role was back in 2017 with the Athletics. He made 19 starts in which he threw 105.1 innings with just a 15.8 K% and a 1.39 WHIP. He’s likely considered one of the “veteran” pitchers at the age of 29.
While it’s hard to get excited about the Mariners season, they do have some prospects worth watching. Justus Sheffield is one of the prospects who you likely will hear a lot about. Despite an unimpressive short tenure in the majors last season, scouts have projected him to be a potential top of the line starter in their rotation. His slider has been highly touted, which will be important, as his fastball and changeup leave much to be desired.
Another name you could hear pop up is Patrick Wisdom. He was designated for assignment by the Rangers and went unclaimed throughout the year. The Mariners signed him in November and he could see a healthy chunk of playing time during this rebuild. He’s struggled in his short time up in the majors on two different occasions with the Rangers and Cardinals, combining to slash .224/.306/.408 with four home runs and 11 RBI through 41 games. However, he’s hit 31 home runs twice in the minors and did so last season with the Rangers in 107 games. He’s a perfect “project” for a Mariners team that isn’t exactly looking for wins in 2020.
So here’s the problem we have with the Mariners in 2020. The lines are set so well that you really have to think of where you want to go here. DraftKings Sportsbook has the Mariners set at 65.5 wins, which makes you pause and think about it. This is a team that won 68 games last season for a 68-94 record, good for last in the AL West. The over is currently set at a line of -124 while the under gets you plus money at +101. What really makes this tough is that we’re trying to gauge a team of particular unknowns that could exceed or underwhelm. 65.5 is a VERY tough number to take the under on but I’m going to roll with the plus money in this spot. If this were to drop anymore, I would have to consider the over. Chalk up a win for the book either way, as I never thought I’d be debating a Mariners 2020 win total so throughly.
Seattle Mariners UNDER 65.5
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