Sep 19, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge (22) argues with home plate umpire Ron Kulpa (46) over a close play during the 7th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Are You Confident about the Seattle Mariners 2013 Season?

Recently, Eric Wedge said that he was feeling quite confident about the upcoming 2013 season.  It’s so easy to want to believe in the Seattle Mariners. After all, there is something very charming about rooting for the underdog. The team hasn’t been to the World Series yet, but they’ve been AL West champions three times – 1995, 1997, 2001. There’s a strong yearning from us fans to see the team do well and go all the way. The thing is, it’s hard to feel optimistic about the team whe there are so many players who are either youthful hopefuls or formerly great hitters. Yes we have “King” Felix Hernandez, but at the same time, one has to wonder how it is the team will come together this year. Will it be like when the Oakland Athletics came together to become the AL West champions in 2012 or will the team fizzle out over the course of the season?

I, for one, am optimistic. While there is a disparity in skill levels between team members, I think that there’s a good chance the team will be able to congeal. Call me sentimental, but I love to cheer on a good underdog team – when I was in grad school at Northern Illinois University, I cheered on the Cubs after all. 

It’s not like the Mariners have been putting together a weak team. After all, they have several proven hitters that they’ve scored during the duration of the off season.  Jason Bay, Raul Ibanez, and Michael Morse may still have a few good seasons left in them. The young guys may bloom. There are a lot of unknowns. The question remains as to whether or not the team can pull it together and look like a team enough to pull off some serious wins this season.  The farm system has been ranked number two in the leagues. They have a good system. They just need to make use of it, pull their guys together, and put together a team that will be cohesive.

What do you think? Are you feeling confident about the 2013 season? If not, what do you think the team needs to do so that you can feel confident in the Mariners?

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  • Garry D Wheelock

    I actually like how we have an abundant of players that can play multiple positions for strong lefty/righty matchups. A few have defensive issues, but this really improves our chances at all of those 1-2 run games that we’ve been losing for the past 4 years.

    I’m betting Walker makes the rotation to raise his trade value even further for a potential mid-season Stanton package. By the trade the other SPs that weren’t traded in the Stanton trade will be ready for callups.

    I actually think it’s gonna be a pretty exciting year to see how this all works out, but there definitely is a LOT of question marks with regards to if Ackley, Smoak, Montero come out and hit the way they expectations are.

  • disqus_qQLhst7cBF

    You are pinning your hopes on Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez. If this team was any good neither of them would be on the team.

    • maqman

      What part of “if Bay makes the team I’ll be surprised and Raul is a bench bat and emergency fielder” didn’t you understand?

  • maqman

    They cut loose the dead wood and added two legitimate thumpers in Morales (who is a whole lot better than most people credit) and Morse, if Bay makes the team I’ll be surprised and Raul is a bench bat and emergency fielder. Some, if not all, of Smoak, Ackley, Guti, Montero and Ryan will hit better, they can can hardly be worse and any one of Zunino, Franklin, Romero, Paxton or Hultzen can possibly make a contribution this season. They gave up Vargas but will have full seasons from Iwakuma and Erasmo Ramirez, Beavan is an adequate 5th starter, not Noesi, so they need another arm from free agency or trade or a farm hand. They played over .500 the last half of last season, they will do it for the whole season this year. Depending on DL time they win 82 to 88 games.

  • Matthias_Kullowatz

    On the one hand, I don’t think any fan in this league should ever feel fully confident. Leave confidence to the players and coaches to help them perform. Even the mighty Red Sox ended with a terrible record last year.

    But optimism is fun!