The Mariners received 90 video games in 2021 however fell simply in need of the playoffs. One prime MLB insider doesn’t see that taking place once more in 2022.
MLB now has three wild card groups making the playoffs on prime of the three division winners. While that further wild card spot might assist the Mariners finish their playoff drought that dates again to 2001, Morosi doesn’t suppose that’ll be needed in 2022.
“The Mariners are my pick to win the American League West,” he mentioned. “Period. They are my pick.”
“Look, the Mariners have, I think, built a very, very sound and balanced baseball team,” Morosi added. “I think Jerry Dipoto, he certainly still is ‘Trader Jerry,’ but outside of the main move that he made with (acquiring Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez from the Cincinnati Reds), he didn’t really have to make that many trades this winter. And I think he has made the right targeted signings. This team is balanced.”
Winker and Suarez be part of 2021 All-Star infielder Adam Frazier and 2021 American League Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray as veteran new faces within the Mariners’ clubhouse. Seattle may also have prime prospect Julio Rodriguez in middle subject on opening day.
The Houston Astros have received the AL West 4 of the final 5 years, together with in 2021, however Morosi thinks they’re weak with star hitters Carlos Correa and George Springer having left city the final two offseasons. Plus, the Astros have a number of query marks of their beginning rotation, together with an damage to Lance McCullers Jr.
“Still a very good ballclub there in Houston,” Morosi mentioned. “But think about this, Seattle got that close, at least within range of finishing right there with Houston, last season. And when you look at this overall lineup, you’ve added a couple of significant bats – maybe three when you consider what Frazier can do. You’ll have Rodriguez you hope for a full season, of course, making the team in center field. (Jarred) Kelenic for a full year. I really think the last week or so of his at-bats was a lot more encouraging for him (at the end of) spring training. So all these names – Frazier, Winker, Suárez, Kelenic, Rodriguez and I thought, overall, we saw a pretty good spring from Cal Raleigh as well. These are all names that were not part of this team this time last year.”
And that’s simply in the case of the lineup.
“Then you look at the pitching side, you add in the reigning Cy Young Award winner, you call up (top-100 prospect) Matt Brash, who I think is really ready for this spot, the fifth spot,” Morosi mentioned. “You also have a couple of names in the minor leagues in both George Kirby and Levi Stoudt, who probably can come up and start games for you. You’re going to need, especially in this unique year, more than just your starting five and more than your usual complement of relievers. So in this case, even without Casey Sadler, they’ve got guys like (Sergio) Romo who have come in and Ken Giles is now there and Andrés Muñoz, I think, they’re really excited about. So I look at depth and I see as much depth with this roster … than I do any other roster in the American League West.”
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