by A.J. Coltrane
Every conversation I had about the Mariners this summer seemed to go the same way:
Me: “How about those M’s.. they’re doing ok!”
Them: “The M’s suck.”
Me: “No, they’re really about a .500 team. They’re average.”
Them: “Eh. I’m pretty sure they suck, or they’re going to suck soon.”
Me: “No, the franchise has finally begun to recover from the damage that Bill Bavasi did.”
(You’ll notice it was always me initiating the topic. That shouldn’t be a surprise, since I’m one of the handful of people that pays attention at all to the M’s results.)
In all seriousness though, they’re not bad. They have some good starting pitching, headlined by Felix. They have three position players that could be the base of a solid team in Cano, Seager, and Mike Zunino. The bullpen was excellent overall this year, though I always view the status of the bullpen as “transitory”.
I’ll be interested to see the Vegas line for wins next year. I’d guess it’s going to be somewhere between 78 and 83 wins. 81 wins would be .500.
That sounds about right to me.