Although the season doesn’t start for another day, there are plenty of us out there that have been enjoying the heck out of MLB The Show 22. Whether it’s Diamond Dynasty, Road to the Show, or Franchise, there are plenty of ways to play as or with the Mariners in the game.
We posted the rankings for the Mariners in the game, and now it’s time to see how those rankings actually play out. I decided to turn off injuries (it’s too convoluted otherwise) and ignore making any trades or signings that the team may make once the season starts. Sure, it would be fun to try and trade for some upgrades for the team, but I wanted to see how this exact team would do. Trades were also turned off, so the computer didn’t do anything either.
There is one concession I made. Kyle Lewis is playing. I don’t care what you say. I want him healthy, he’s getting closer, and I think he’s going to be fine come to the end of April. Plus, they have Julio rated WAY too low, so it’s a concession I think is fair for now. Sure, things are going to change as rosters update and rankings adjust, but that won’t happen for a while from the fine folks at Sony San Diego. Here’s how it played out.
Record: 90-72, two games back of Angels. Winner of Wild Card. +114 run differential
Hitting: 726 Runs Scored. .257/.333/.431 (6th/7th/7th), 8th in HR (212), 7th in 3B (35), 28th in defense (.984 fielding percentage)
- Jesse Winker: .294/.375/.480, 23 HR, 72 RBI
- Mitch Haniger: .273/.353/.492, 29 HR, 108 RBI, 32 2B
- Ty France: .303/.359/.503, 29 HR, 90 RBI, 23 2B
- Julio Rodriguez: .256/.332/.419, 8 HR, 9 2B in 203 AB
- Kyle Lewis: .242/.339/.457, 23 HR, 75 RBI, 29 2B. 4.1 WAR (Team Leader)
Pitching: 612 Runs Allowed. 3.46 ERA (5th), 5th in CG (9), 1st in fewest blown saves (12), 2st in fewest walks allowed, 20th in Ks,
- Robbie Ray: 203.1 IP, 203 K, 12-11, 3.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
- Logan Gilbert: 183 IP, 158 K, 8-14, 4.08 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
- Chris Flexen: 202 IP, 118 K, 17-8, 3.34 ERA, 1.08 WHIP
- Marco Gonzales: 209 IP, 125 K, 12-11, 3.27 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
- Nick Margevicius: 171.2 IP, 104 K, 12-11, 3.88 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
- Drew Steckenrider: 113 IP, 84 K, 8-4, 2.95 ERA, 1.04 WHIP (87 games haha)
- Paul Sewald: 52.1 IP, 55 K, 0-3, 38 SV, 2.58 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
The team actually ended up doing pretty darn good, record-wise. The starting pitchers were incredibly solid. The bullpen, while seemingly overworked since there are no injuries, was really strong as well. Erik Swanson was the second-worst reliever, and he had a 3.49 ERA. Castillo was actually the worst with a 4.50.
Dylan Moore was pretty good in limited appearances off of the bench, hitting .251/.312/.435 with 10 HR and 10 SB in just 239 AB. Kelenic played well also, hitting .240/.355/.398, showing a great eye.
Whether or not you want to call it making the playoffs, the Mariners would lose the single-game first-round set (that’s how the game is set up) to the Astros, 3-4. What a short-lived run it was. I also hate this simulation, as the Astros ended up winning the World Series in 5 over the Cardinals.
Thoughts? Do you think that a healthy Mariners team, absent Sadler, Giles, and White, could make a playoff run as is? I honestly think that they could, especially once Giles comes back. The season is right around the corner, and we’ve got our fingers crossed for a solid year from the Mariners.