Mariners Predictions: Curtis Christianson
I think that the Seattle Mariners will have another very successful season in 2023. They are coming off of back-to-back 90 win seasons and I think another one is in the cards. I predict they will win 90-95 games this season because this is the best squad they have had to start a season in quite possibly my entire 20 year lifetime. In 2021, Evan White was hitting cleanup on Opening Day and the outfield consisted of Jake Fraley, Taylor Trammell, and Mitch Haniger. The Mariners have certainly upgraded significantly since then, but they have also left themselves plenty of room for young players to exceed expectations.
Even though Jarred Kelenic has not been a quality player at the big league level yet, giving him one more opportunity to see if he can stick is a great idea. He has upside higher than any veteran they could have brought in to play in the outfield. If Kelenic shows improvement and is close to an average hitter then this team is going to go places in 2023. I think Kelenic will improve, but we will see if those improvements take him from bouncing between Triple-A and the big leagues to real contributor.
The Mariners also have lots of young depth that can come up and help the team. Bryce Miller, Emerson Hancock, Taylor Dollard, Isaiah Campbell, Travis Kuhn, and Prelander Berroa could all come up and contribute this season. There will most certainly be one that we don't see coming, but these players offer upside that players that will be on the waiver wire just don't have. I expect some or all of these young pitchers to appear at the Major League level in 2023.
Overall the Mariners should have a very successful season in 2023, and I think it will be a very fun one. They have a shot to overtake the Houston Astros in the American League West. It is incredibly difficult to win a World Series, including nearly everything going right for a team, and since the Astros are coming off of a lot going right for them, hopefully, some regression from them and growth from the Mariners narrows the gap between the two rivals.