The Seattle Mariners had one of the best years in franchise history in 2021. It was a year in which the team did the unthinkable and won 90 games. They missed the playoffs by two games after having a chance to make it in on the final day of the season. Down on the farm, several prospects made huge strides and appear to help the Mariners make another second half push for the playoffs. Here are a few New Years Resolutions for the club in 2022.
#1 Mariners – Make the Postseason!
The Seattle Mariners were as close as they have ever been to making the playoffs in 2021, winning 90 games, finishing two games out of the second wild-card spot and five games behind the Astros in the A.L. West. They played so well down the final stretch of the season, going 19-10 in September and October to barely miss out on the playoffs. 2022 is the year for the team to break through and make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
They had one of the best bullpens in baseball last year, including Paul Sewald, Kendall Graveman, Drew Steckenrider, and Casey Sadler, each of which had huge years for the team. You can’t forget about Diego Castillo as well. The bullpen will only get better with the additions of Andres Munoz and Ken Giles coming back from Tommy John surgery. The bullpen could be even better if the Mariners go out and add any arms for the bullpen. The group could also be joined by Justin Dunn and Justus Sheffield if they move to the ‘pen.
On the offensive side, Jarred Kelenic started to show signs of figuring out major league pitching in the final month to six weeks of the season. He should take a step forward and have a much better year where he is a key contributor to the lineup. He could knock in guys like Mitch Haniger and Ty France who should have huge years again if they stay healthy again all season. They need to go add a few more bats, but Jerry should be able to get it done.