MLB Power Rankings: Where Do the Mariners Fall?

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 1: Relief pitcher Edwin Diaz
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 1: Relief pitcher Edwin Diaz /
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Power Rankings: The Middle Class

SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 3: Robinson Cano
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 3: Robinson Cano /

In this group of 9 teams, you will find a lot of fringe playoff contenders, or up and coming teams who aren’t quite ready to swing with the big boys. Lets get it started:

  • 19. Baltimore Orioles

  • 18. Texas Rangers

  • 17. San Francisco Giants

  • 16. New York Mets

  • 15. Los Angeles Angels

  • 14. Toronto Blue Jays

  • 13. Seattle Mariners

  • 12. St. Louis Cardinals

  • 11. Minnesota Twins

What I found interesting about this particular grouping, is that all 5 American League teams are in the interchangeable. In fact, I could easily put the 13-15 teams in any of the other slots and I could defend it.

I do feel like Minnesota has separated from the rest of this grouping, but are not so far ahead that they are locks to be in the playoffs for the second straight season.

I’m sure what you are most interested in is where I slotted the Mariners. The offense has been fun to watch thus far, and when healthy, should keep them in the hunt all season. The biggest concern lies in the rotation. Thus far, we have seen 1 great start from Felix Hernandez, and one terrible start for the King.

Paxton had a nice bounce back start, and the offense  looks good without 1/3 of its starting 9. Mike Leake has turned in 2 solid starts, and the bullpen has been… ok. Overall, the Mariners are right about where they want to be. Right in the middle of the pack.