Five Bold Mariners Predictions for the 2022 MLB season
Mariners Bold Prediction #3: Logan Gilbert is an All-Star
The pitching predictions continue. After adding another starter to the team around the same time they lose one, It’s Logan Gilbert who is leading the way for the Mariners. In fact, he’s doing so good that you start to hear some rumblings about “well, who is the true ace of the Mariners rotation?”
Through those 93 games before the All-Star break, Gilbert astounds. Just one bad start mars an otherwise flawless start for the youngster.
- 2.74 ERA, 19 GS, 120 IP, 153 Ks, 1.002 WHIP
He gets the nod to the game as one of… let’s call it, 3 Mariners All-Stars. Maybe it’s Haniger, maybe it’s France, someone out of the bullpen, or his rotation mate Robbie Ray.
Gilbert showed so many flashes of brilliance in 2021, that it’s easy to see him becoming a great #2 or even a #1 pitcher (no, not an ace, there’s a difference). With the slider sitting around 90 and the fastball bumping up a bit and reaching 97-98 with more consistency, the added velo and movement help Gilbert climb up the pitching rankings and earns him a call to the game in Dodger stadium.
I mentioned Haniger as a possible player that could be joining him. I think there is a great shot at it happening, and I don’t think it’s the only impressive thing that happens for Haniger this year.