5 Tweaks the Mariners Must Make ASAP
The Mariners and their fans are quickly watching their season evaporate before their eyes. The team can no longer consider the long game, and therefore must make changes to their roster.
However, the idea of a player magically walking through the door and fixing the Mariners is a bit farfetched. The team is adding the best player available to its roster in less than a week. Yet expecting Robinson Cano to just be an elite hitter rolling off his couch is an absurd expectation.
There aren’t a lot of places the Mariners can actually improve in August outside of the rotation. The team could use a utility man and an upgrade at first base. Both of those needs could be alleviated by the return of Cano.
The bullpen has been bad since the trade deadline, but opportunities to improve via trade waivers are minimal. The bullpen is better is better than they have shown the last week, but the Mariners are out of time to wait and hope.
So what can the Mariners do? In truth, Jerry Dipoto can do very little in his capacity as GM. He couldn’t really afford the massive rotation upgrade he needed. Short of taking on a massive contract to add a decent arm, he is stuck.
Now, the burden falls on the players and manager Scott Servais. Obviously, the players will ultimately be responsible for the success or failure of 2018. However, this does not mean that Scott Servais cannot help them out.
It is the job of the manager to put his team in a position to win games. To do that, you have to utilize the players in a way that gives them the best chance to succeed.
Now, our social media followers should be familiar with this writers stance on Scott Servais. I don’t think he is very good, particularly with the actual Xs and O’s of baseball. So, I am here to help. Here are 5 tweaks Scott Servais can make to optimize the Mariners opportunity to win games.