As I wrap this series up, I realize that pitchers and catchers are set to report to Spring Training. Baseball is literally right around the corner, and this season is right up there as the most excited I've ever been for the Mariners to start playing.
I'll never approach the same level as I did when I was a kid. There's something different about being in love with a team when you're little, especially when the team is good. I was 7 when the Mariners went to the playoffs. Who knows, without that, maybe my dad chooses another team to root for and I follow in his footsteps. It's why I'm not a Seahawks fan.
We've talked individually about nearly every player that is expected to spend time on the MLB roster this upcoming season. Some of the BN guys and bullpen guys were combined, as it can be hard to get into what to expect from them too much. As the team here at Sodo Mojo has been doing it, I've been grabbing all the predictions that have been coming out and compiling them to see just how the Mariners might stack up.
It can be hard to be realistic when doing this. For a handful of them, we did a bad/good/great listing, giving some different options on what to expect. It helps to tamper expectations and place us back into a realm of realism. You'll see a mix of good, some bad, and a bit of ugly.
Let's get to it. Here are the predictions for the 2023 Mariners, and we will start with the lineup. Be prepared, these are some big tables with a lot of information, and each one finishes with how those numbers would've ranked in 2022 for a little comparison to last year's team totals throughout the MLB.