The Seattle Mariners are 21st in the power rankings
The MLB just published the first power rankings of the new year, and the Seattle Mariners are in the bottom half once again. This year, the Mariners are ranked 21st.
Honestly, being the 21st team is actually not too bad. Obviously, we want the Mariners to be in the Top 10, but we are making progress.
In the July 2020 MLB power rankings prior to the start of the shortened regular season, Seattle was ranked 28th. So in the grand scheme of things, the team moved up by a good chunk.
Of course, these are just rankings and don’t always mean anything. Sometimes it can even help teams gain some extra motivation if they are projected to be bad.
In the 2020 rankings, the Miami Marlins were 25th and they ended up making the postseason. The Boston Red Sox were 18th in the power rankings and ended up being one of the worst teams in the MLB, which I find very funny.
For this upcoming season, Seattle is ranked ahead of some notable teams. The Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox are ranked 22nd and 23rd respectively. When do you ever get to say that the Mariners are supposed to be better than the Red Sox?
I also think Seattle may have a chance to climb the power rankings as the rest of the offseason ensues. Some teams might drop if they continue to rebuild their rosters.
The Chicago Cubs are one example who is currently ranked 15th. They just traded away Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini. They have not indicated that they are beginning to rebuild, but it seems very likely.
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The Mariners are also right behind the San Francisco Giants who I think are not that good. The Mariners might surpass them if Jerry Dipoto brings in another reliever or two in the coming months.
As far as the rest of the AL West, the Oakland Athletics are ranked 7th which shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The Houston Astros are 13th. The Los Angeles Angels are 19th. And the Texas Rangers are 28th.
The Astros dropped quite a bit after being ranked 3rd in the 2020 power rankings. 2021 will be a cool opportunity to see how the Mariners will fight for the AL West or Wild Card spot. The Athletics will be good but the Astros and Angels are not too far in front of the Seattle Mariners.
You never know what can happen. Remember the 2019 Mariners? The team was in first place in the AL West until April 17th with a 13-8 record.