Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp
Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp lived up to, and even surpassed, the expectations in 2011 for the Mariners, but if the Mariners are going to be successful in 2012 those two need to do even more.
It may be a lot to ask from two guys who have only one full season each under their belts, but in 2012 the super rookies of 2011 will have to put the team on their backs. It looks as if the Mariners are not going to make a huge offseason signing, although Prince Fielder is still currently available.
Ackley and Carp figure to be somewhere in the middle of the lineup again in 2012 and will have the responsibility of driving in runs. Neither one of these guys is your typical long ball hitter, but both have the potential to hit for good average and a lot of hits.
You can still drive in runs with singles and doubles, but that is only if the Mariners can get guys on in scoring position ahead of them. Seattle will not have the luxury of sitting back and waiting for the two-run blast. With that being said, if they can find a way to get guys on and move them over ahead of Ackley and Carp those guys will be able to bring them in.
This is not the most exciting way to score runs, but if they want to compete in the newest beast division of Major League Baseball they have to execute.