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30 in 30: The Seattle Mariners

Have the Mariners caught the wind towards success in 2017? Or are they going to end up dead in the water?

30 in 30: The Seattle Mariners


Estimated Reading Time: 2 Minutes

2016 Record: 86-76

2016 Finish: 12th in MLB, 7th in AL


2016 in Review

Surprises

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This might be a bit of a shock, but the biggest surprise this year for me was the other Seager. YEAH. I KNOW. 2016 was the year of SEAGERS. Kyle Seager was a man on fire this year for the Mariners, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to stop anytime soon. As you may have inferred from my previous writing, I am a big believer in good players surrounded by good players makes everyone GREAT. Kyle Seager is the result of Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano, and vice versa. Seager’s 5th spot hitting was out of control this past year. With the exception of Stolen Bases, Seager put up career numbers across the board, only missing his career high’s for doubles and triples by one a piece. This kid went off this year and he’s only going to get better.

Disappointments

I think it’s time for King Felix to relinquish his crown, metaphorically speaking. Felix Hernandez is now 6 years removed from his Cy Young Award-winning season and he’s showing signs of slowing down. The last time Felix had an ERA north of 3.75 it was 2007… 10 years ago. Throughout those 10 years, Hernandez has had a lot of success, but 2016 was the end of that success… to an extent. I’m being hypercritical because at this point with this team in this division you have to be.

In today’s game, it’s all about winning your division. With the recent changes to the Wildcard procedure, getting to the playoffs has become much more difficult. Winning your division in a must, and that’s something Felix wasn’t very helpful with. When the American League West, Felix Hernandez recorded an ERA of 4.94, a 4-7 record and when his team was in the wildcard hunt in the second half, Hernandez posted a 1.395 WHIP. In the previous 10 years Felix Hernandez was the guy you wanted on the hill in a big game, but in 2016 he seemed to be more of a liability than royalty.

Looking Ahead

The Mariners made a couple of solid moves this offseason, you guys. The M’s front office went out and snagged Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger, Drew Smyly and Yovani Gallardo, all while giving up very little. Segura will join his offseason training buddy Robinson Cano up the middle and Smyly gets the opportunity to not pitch for the Rays. The Mariner’s starting five are also looking to be solid throughout the year, and with Ariel Miranda waiting in the wings, the Seattle Starters are poised to succeed in 2017.

This team wasn’t supposed to do great things in 2016, but still found themselves in the hunt for October. Now, with all of these moves and a team who knows what’s possible, there’s no stopping how far they could go.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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