Better start than usual
The Seattle Mariners made some changes in the offseason in hopes to shake things up and win some games. Both the lineup and rotation got facelifts this offseason, giving fans hope for this season. It’s also fantasy baseball season where we all get to play the role of Jack Z.
The changes the Mariners made have paid off already. The new hitters are producing while the team is playing plug and play in the starting rotation and bullpen in order to make things work.
This is good news for fantasy players, because it means you can be a homer and own a Seattle Mariner other than King Felix.
Let’s break down who’s been hot, warm and cold in week 1 and 2.
Not much needs to be said for Felix Hernandez and his value at all, real life or fantasy. One of the most dominant pitchers in all of baseball, King Felix will almost always put up good numbers whether he loses the game or not. It’s not his fault the offense doesn’t show up every game.
Week 1 & 2 stats: 3.05 ERA, 20.2 innings, 19 hits, 8 runs, 7 earned runs, 2 HR, 5 walks, 16 K’s. 1-2 record
Hisashi Iwakuma may be the most impressive Mariners so far this season. He is putting up Felix numbers early on this season and is doing a good job of giving the Mariners some good chances to win. If Kuma is available in your league, I highly recommend picking him up. Who knows if it will get rocky or not. Until that happens, though, ride his coattails to quite a few wins, K’s and a good ERA.
Week 1 & 2 stats: 2.18 ERA, 9 hits, 5 runs, 4 HR, 1 walk, 16 K’s. 2-0 record
Michael Morse was well worth going out and getting this offseason. He has become probably the team’s best hitter already, even with a few games off with a broken finger. Morse is everything Mariners fans could hope for and then some. He was looking like a home run or strike out guy, but Morse has put together some solid at bats and is getting lots of singles now, too.
Morse shouldn’t be available in your league. If he is, pick him up immediately.
Week 1 & 2 stats: .293 avg, 12 hits, 7 runs, 6 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 12 K
Tom Wilhelmsen is a must have guy in any fantasy league. He is a perfect 5 for 5 in save opportunities which is all you should be looking for out of a closer. He has already had and will have more rocky appearances, but he evens himself out well and gets the job done.
Grab The Bartender if he’s available. With the Mariners winning games by 1 and 2 runs, he may very well get a chance to seriously up his saves numbers.
Week 1 & 2 stats: 1.80 ERA, 1 hit, 1 run, 4 walks, 2 K’s, 5 saves
Keep An Eye On
Michael Saunders is back again after finally sticking the whole year out with the club last season. He got off to a hot start, but wound up injured and on the DL. Like the category I put him in, keep an eye on Saunders when he comes back. He is hitting well and is stealing bases. That’s all you can ask for.
Week 1 & 2 stats: .286 avg, 8 hits, 6 runs, 2b, 3b, HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SB
Franklin Gutierrez started off the 2013 season hot as well. He’s already fighting injuries, though, and basically in the same situation as Saunders. Guti isn’t hurt bad enough to get a DL stint, but he has missed time already with slight injuries. If he stays healthy and consistent, Guti will be a big pickup.
Week 1 & 2 stats: .270 avg, 10 hits, 6 runs, 2 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K
Like Morse, Kendrys Morales was brought in this offseason to produce runs. He started off a little slow, but has picked up steam and his hitting well. He won’t hit all home runs, either. He will rip a lot of doubles and singles and hit for some pretty decent average. If you need depth at 1B or Util, take a look at Morales.
Week 1 & 2 stats: .261 avg, 12 hits, 3 runs, 3 2b, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 8 BB, 7 K
I’m not really surprised Justin Smoak is at the bottom of this list. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do it this early, though. While he is putting together good at bats, he is failing extremely hard to finish them off positively. Here’s to hoping he turns it around.
Week 1 & 2 stats: .191 avg, 9 hits, 3 runs, 2b, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 9 K
It pains me to put Dustin Ackley on the cold list to start the season. And I mean he is REALLY cold. Yes, he is drawing a few walks and in turn scoring, but he’s not hitting. And that’s exactly what he’s supposed to do. A 2B hits for good average and scores lots of runs typically with some power numbers peppered in at times.
Ackley is lacking all of that right now.
Week 1 & 2 stats: .122 avg, 5 hits, 6 runs, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K
I know I could have put quite a few others on this list, for both good AND bad. What do YOU think of my list? Have suggestions of who else should have made the list? Comment below and let me hear it!