Seattle Mariners

Manager: Lloyd McClendon
Stadium: Safeco Field
2008 Record: 61-101 (4th in AL West)
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LINEUP

'08: Batting | Runs (13th in AL)
PLAYER B POS
Ichiro Suzuki L RF
Jose Lopez R 2B
Adrian Beltre R 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. L DH
Franklin Gutierrez R CF
Russell Branyan L 1B
Kenji Johjima R C
Endy Chavez L LF
Yuniesky Betancourt R SS
OFF THE BENCH
Ronny Cedeno R INF
Wladimir Balentien R OF

PITCHING

'08: Pitching | ERA (11th in AL)
ROTATION T POS
Felix Hernandez R SP1
Erik Bedard L SP2
Carlos Silva R SP3
Jarrod Washburn L SP4
Ryan Rowland-Smith L SP5
BULLPEN
Mark Lowe R Setup
David Aardsma R Setup
Brandon Morrow R Closer
 

Jose Lopez and Adrian Beltre consistently rank among the best at their infield positions. As long as Ken Griffey Jr. is at his best post -- DH -- the outfield will be solid, particularly with Endy Chavez, one of the game's top gloves, in left.
-- Buster Olney

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PROSPECTS

HITTER TO WATCH:

Michael Saunders is the Mariners' best upper-level hitting prospect, making hard contact with average or better power but fighting a swing that tends to get too long.

PITCHER TO WATCH:

Josh Fields signed in time to pitch in big league camp and should spend much if not most of 2008 throwing bullets in Seattle's 'pen.
-- Keith Law, Scouts Inc.

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I'll go with an upset special and pick the Mariners to bounce back.


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FANTASY

SLEEPER

Just 25, Jose Lopez still has room to build on a season in which he hit 17 homers and just missed batting .300. We haven't seen his best season yet. Honorable mention to Wladimir Balentien's power bat if he gets some extended playing time.

BUST

It's a nice nostalgia trip, and Ken Griffey Jr. might have some modest value if they just DH him against right-handed pitching. Unfortunately, he's going to see a bit more time than that, which will depress his batting average, and play some outfield, which likely will cause him to get hurt again.
-- Jason Grey

INJURIES

Erik Bedard never really got it going in 2008 after experiencing a variety of ailments, but ultimately it was his shoulder that ended his season prematurely. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to address a cyst and shape the labrum but did not require major reconstruction. So far the spring has been relatively uneventful for Bedard, minus a few missed days for a sore gluteus maximus (yep, buttock muscles). He claims all is well heading into the start of the season, but a note of caution is in order. Bedard has suffered a number of soft-tissue injuries in his career, including an ulnar collateral ligament injury that required Tommy John surgery before he joined the majors. With oblique, hip, back and shoulder problems all surfacing within the last two years, the Mariners may not be out of the woods.
-- Stephania Bell

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PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS

  • Jayson Stark

    Stark
    No. 27 overall
    (4th in
    AL West)

  • Tim Kurkjian

    Kurkjian
    No. 28 overall
    (4th in
    AL West)

  • Buster Olney

    Olney
    No. 29 overall
    (4th in
    AL West)

  • Rob Neyer

    Neyer
    No. 15 overall
    (3rd in
    AL West)

  • Jim Caple

    Caple
    No. 21 overall
    (4th in
    AL West)