Mariners predictions moving forward in 2014

Lots to look forward to

Seattle Mariners fans know June to be the month that it all falls apart. While many will joke the team gets knocked out of contention after the first game, true fans know them to wait at least 2 full months to implode. All joking aside, history will tell you that the jokes have some legitimacy to them despite their successful seasons.

This year, though, things are different. Things seem to finally be looking up for this young Mariners team that has become fun to watch again. Yes they still suffer from inconsistency, but how could you not enjoy a team with this many young and talented players?

While the team may not compete for a playoff spot this year, (although they very well could – it’s still early!) they will make the rest of the season worth watching.

Here are 5 predictions for the rest of the Mariners season.

Elias here to stay

While the Mariners currently have quite a few rookies on the roster, we know there will be a few who don’t pan out or who get dealt at some point. After this week’s complete game shutout and 3-hitter, Roenis Elias may have solidified his spot on any future rotation the Mariners will put together.

So far this season, Elias has a 4-4 record to go with his .353 ERA. He has 65 strikeouts and 27 walks.

Don’t get the “here to say” confused, though. In a similar case, I really like outfielder James Jones A LOT and what he has done and what he brings to the table, but the outfield is wide open right now. He can solidify his spot much easier than a pitcher, especially a starter.

With the plethora of young arms that Seattle has, a spot in the starting rotation is a golden ticket if your name isn’t Felix Hernandez or Hisashi Iwakuma.

Elias, Cano, Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners

Roenis Elias, Robinson Cano and Hisashi Iwakuma are helping the Mariners win games this year (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Award Ceremony

Seattle isn’t known as a hotbed of baseball and the Pacific Northwest surely isn’t a place people buzz about unless the team is winning – or unless you have exceptional talent that can overcome those dark clouds.

The Mariners have several players this season who could be in line for a legitimate postseason award.

Take for instance the Cy Young voting; Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma were both in the running last year and that was with a worse offense than we see this season.

Not only that, but take Felix and throw in Robinson Cano and you have 2 perennial MVP candidates.

Fernando Rodney could very well wind up being the AL saves leader. Rodney topping the league in saves at the end of the season would signal 2 things: the bullpen has finally become more consistent AND that the Mariners are winning the close games – something they have not been able to do lately.

And while the season is young and players still have lots of time to get hot, the Mariners boast SEVERAL rookies.

While some are ice cold right now, others are helping their stock and quite possibly making a name for themselves for AL Rookie of the Year balloting. (Unless Chicago’s Jose Abreu slows down, though, it’s a long shot)

I predict at least one Seattle Mariner will win a postseason award this year.

.500 Club

To keep this one short, sweet and to the point: the Mariners will finish AT or ABOVE .500. Yes, I’m serious. It could be seen as a homer call right now, but this team has the talent to shock a lot of people if the consistency picks up.

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

Could Felix be sitting next to one of these again after this season?

New faces

In the past, the Mariners have made several deadlines moves. Recent years have seen fewer, but this year things could change. Still needing a bat, the Mariners will most likely go find one.

It could put them in a slight advantage for a final wild card spot if they stay above .500 like I predict.

With Kendrys Morales already turning down one Seattle offer, look for a trade to go down for Seattle to bring in that much needed extra power. With Nick Franklin‘s name flying around all season so far as trade bait, don’t forget the stable of arms the team has.

Names like Walker, Paxton and Hultzen have been thrown around in the past. If they come up again, it could be enough to snag a bat.

I predict the Mariners to make at least one move that involves a player who could make an immediate positive impact.

Jack Z’s Future

IF the Mariners collapse along the way and have another poor showing to close out the season, General Manager Jack Zduriencik will be fired. The years of patience are over.

After dangling this carrot of a respectable season beginning in front of fans, it’s time to make a splash and finally compete in a strong division.

It’s hard to predict the future, but it sure is fun trying. One thing is for certain when it comes to the rest of the Mariners season, though: it is going to be FUN to see these guys play ball.

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