2023 Tale of the Tape Breakdown: Playoff Contenders, Mariners vs Rangers

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Why the Rangers are a threat to the Mariners

Let's start with this rotation that Texas spent so much on. Right now, I feel confident saying that, if healthy, the Astros and Mariners have the best rotations in the American League. If the Rangers have a healthy rotation, they join that list. 

The best of Heaney, Perez and Eovaldi are all in that very good to solid #3 starter range. Jacob deGrom, is a different beast. Arguably one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game. deGrom can completely change the franchise for the better. His standard is an ace that will carry a team to a playoff series win almost single handedly.

On offense, the shift bans mixed with second half rebounds in 2022 for both SS Corey Seager and 2B Marcus Semien should help lead an offense with some young talent to over 80 wins and in playoff contention.