Those of us who have been Seattle Mariners fans for many years have known for a while that the Washington Nationals, along with our beloved team, were the only teams to have never made the World Series. Now we have heard it over and over again—the Mariners stand alone as the only team not to make it.
I believe that Jerry Dipoto wants to change it all and see the Mariners not just in one World Series but able to compete to make it into several over the next decade or longer. I know a lot of Mariners fans lack the faith and don’t believe the Mariners will ever make it. Well, I am one that believes they will; however, they will need a lineup and roster as the Nationals have.
The Nationals have two veteran pitchers at the top of the starting rotation who are as good as any in baseball in Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg along with a veteran pitcher making a comeback in Anibal Sanchez.
It is hard to know right now how many times the Nationals will make it to the World Series since those three starters are over 30 years of age. Strasburg will become a free agent in either 2020 or 2021 so the Nationals may choose not to re-sign him. Scherzer and Sanchez might move on too.
It doesn’t hurt having a veteran position player in the lineup who is having a good playoff run in Howie Kendrick. His grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five allowed the Nationals to move on. We hope Kyle Seager can be the guy for the Mariners when they are in the playoffs.
This could be the year for the Nationals who may have to rebuild themselves. Not sure about their farm system but they will move on from some players like I already mentioned in Scherzer and Strasburg. Also, third baseman Anthony Rendon will be a free agent. For the Nationals to re-sign him it will cost them around $30 million per year.
For the Mariners to make the World Series it will take good pitching, timely hitting, and some luck as well. Jerry Dipoto is doing a good job putting the Mariners in a position to get there. Now all we have to see whether it happens or not.