The 2019 Houston Astros had a similar staff with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. The Astros knew throughout their whole season they were winning, at worst, 2 of every 5 games, all the way through as they steamrolled to 107 wins and Game 7 of the World Series. This dominance can be replicated by Ray and Bieber. They can put a stranglehold on any playoff series and would be a nightmare for opposing hitters.
They also can help the rotation’s depth by pushing players like Marco Gonzalez and Chris Flexen to be some of the best #3 level pitchers in the game, not to mention Logan Gilbert will continue to develop into a stud.
1. Robbie Ray
2. Shane Bieber
3. Marco Gonzalez
4. Chris Flexen
5. Logan Gilbert
I believe this rotation is the best in baseball, allowing the dominant bullpen to have less stressful innings, as they march to the postseason. The bullpen is already strong, and limiting its usage would make it even better.
This is what a team looks like that believes it is time and is willing to go all-in, full measure. This is a team that is not only the favorite in the AL West but the favorite in the American League for multiple seasons.
No more half-measures Seattle Mariners, go all in.