2020 Seattle Mariners Predictions and Odds to Win the World Series
I'm sure there is a plan to rebuild the Seattle Mariners. Whatever that plan is doesn't seem very clear to anyone, though, including those in the Seattle front office.
General manager Jerry Dipoto is essentially a day trader. Rather than setting a foundation, developing it, and watching it grow, Dipoto is in a constant state of buy-sell-buy-sell-buy. Since taking over the Seattle front office in September of 2015, Dipoto has made more than 100 individual trades. That is insane. And after winning just 68 games last season, no one can convince me that this team is somehow better off now than when Dipoto took over.
The Mariners haven't made the postseason since 2001, and they aren't going back to the playoffs this year. They have been extremely erratic over the past seven years - no doubt due in part to an erratic front office. During that time, Seattle has seen its win total go up 16, down 11, up 10, down 8, up 11 and down 21 while giving their fans and backers serious whiplash.
Not to put too fine of a point on it, but this year's team is garbage. I'm sure Dipoto will try to tinker with it enough to make Seattle interesting. But at this point people have to start wondering when Dipoto's maneuvering is actually going to start paying some long-term dividends.
Seattle Mariners 2020 Projected Lineup (updated expert MLB picks daily)
1. Dee Gordon - 2B
2. J.P. Crawford - SS
3. Kyle Seager - 3B
4. Mitch Haniger - OF
5. Dan Vogelbach - DH
6. Tom Murphy - C
7. Evan White - 1B
8. Kyle Lewis - C
9. Mallex Smith - OF
Seattle was the second-worst hitting team in baseball last year, combining for a pathetic .237 team batting average. And that was before they lost two of their best hitters, Omar Narvaez and Domingo Santana. Last year's feeble stats also included 65 games out of Edwin Encarnacion and 47 out of Jay Bruce, two other guys that are long gone. So as bad as they were offensively last year they should be even worse this season.
Kyle Seager is the most tenured Seattle regular and the face of the franchise. I have always felt that Seager was massively overrated. And the fact that he's hit .249, .221 and .239 the last three years kind of backs up my point. Seager is still good for 20-plus home runs and 65-plus RBI, though, and he is one of the few MLB-caliber hitters in this lineup.
The Mariners are desperate for Mitch Haniger to bounce back after a down 2019. He had two offseason surgeries and his timetable to return is unknown.
A healthy and productive Haniger would pair with Dan Vogelbach to give the Mariners a pair of boppers in the middle of the order. The 27-year-old Vogelbach broke out for 30 home runs last year, despite hitting just .208. Of course, if he approaches those numbers again he'll likely be dealt so what's the point.
Seattle Mariners 2020 Projected Rotation And Closer
1. Marco Gonzales (L)
2. Yusei Kikuchi (L)
3. Justus Sheffield (L)
4. Kendall Graveman (R)
5. Justin Dunn (R)
Closer: Matt Magill
Marco Gonzalez has proven himself as a competent starter, posting 29 wins and a 4.00 ERA over the past two seasons. The lefty has notched 292 strikeouts and 370 innings over the past two years and is the one relatively steady guy going out every fifth day for the M's. He would be better served as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter on a good team but instead gets to be the staff ace for a bad one.
Yusei Kikuchi was a comical bust last year. The much-hyped Asian free agent went 6-11 with a 5.46 ERA and showed absolutely nothing to make me think that he will be much better in his second time through the league. Justus Sheffield is another ballyhooed prospect that got hit hard in his rookie campaign, posting a 5.50 ERA in his seven starts late in the year.
One of the few interesting things about Seattle is their closer competition. Last year's closer Matt Magill is back in the fold and trying to defend his role. But they also brought in free agent Yoshihisa Hirano, who has years of closer experience back in Japan. There may also be some other fringe contenders for the role but it impact arms in the bullpen are still in short supply for this team.
Seattle Mariners Odds To Win The World Series
The Mariners are 500-to-1 long shots to win the World Series and aren't even worth a $2 "why not" wager. They are 250-to-1 to win the American League, something else they won't do, and a whopping 100-to-1 to win the A.L. West.
Seattle Mariners 2020 Predictions
I am basing all of my predictions on my belief in an 81-game season that starts on July 1. I have absolutely no inside information about MLB's plans for the 2020 season. However, for the sake of discussion, 81 games are what I have in mind while writing these previews.
Seattle's 13-2 start to last season was definitely one of most bizarre happenings of the 2019 MLB season. The Mariners going 55-92 the rest of the way was a much more accurate depiction of what this team actually is and how good they can be.
There really isn't anything here to like. Nothing Dipoto has done suggest to me that he has any idea how to build a sustainable long-term foundation. The West may be the best division in the American League and the other four teams are easily better than the Mariners. I will be stunned if these guys don't finish in last place.
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