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- Robbie Ray almost completes the repeat, and finishes second in Cy Young voting Speaking of Robbie Ray, he and his dominant two-seamer continue to wreak havoc on baseball. By the end of the season, he’ll clearly be the best pitcher in the American League, but Ohtani’s body of work over the whole season prices to be too much to overcome.
- Julio steals the rare 30/30 season, unanimously wins ROY, enters MVP discussion
Julio springboards his all-star experience into an MVP-level second half. Like Soto took off in the second half of last year after the home run derby, Julio does the same. With a surge of power and skyrocketing rise in his on-base percentage, Julio wins American League Player of the Month in August as Seattle surges into the final month.
- He’s the Raleigh Deal
Big Dumper keeps on dumping balls into the bleachers. After a terrible start and demotion, you can make a case that Cal Raleigh has become the best catcher in the American League this season. This unexpected turn of events could drastically change the Mariners ceiling today… and in the future.
- Bullpen becomes modern-day Nasty Boys
The bullpen only gets better. With the all-star break allowing the Mariners pen to rest, Seattle relies heavily on the pen to get through the early tough stretch. As the schedule eases up Seattle sees the Nasty Boys 2.0 become the most dominant bullpen in baseball. They win every game that they lead after six innings in the second half.