Sitting here in advance of Spring Training, I've been doing my best to stay realistic. I know that not every Mariners player is going to have a career year. The Starting Pitchers aren't going to stay completely healthy again. There will be a couple of guys that struggle, and things will just plain go wrong for a while.
However, sometimes it's fun to go the other way with things and embrace being an optimistic fan. I'm not talking about going crazy and saying the Mariners sweep the big 3 awards and have the MPV, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year (but they could...), but still looking at some overly optimistic things that I think could happen for the Mariners this year.
There are a ton of things that you could pick, all with varying levels of realism associated with them. Shoot, you could even go the other way and try and be overly pessimistic about it. I see that enough from a specific group of people online, and choose to stick in the positive realm. Good Vibes Only! I'd rather be a bit of a homer by staying positive and realistic than living within the negative.
What I want to do is bring you five different optimistic predictions for the Mariners this year, starting with the most realistic and heading to the least realistic. From hitters to pitchers to team predictions, here are 5 optimistic predictions for the Mariners 2023 season.