This article is dedicated to Mike Welch.
The Seattle Mariners had an off year in 2008, but in 2009, expect things to be completely turned around. Late in 2008 and in the Winter Ball Leagues, Mariner players are showing signs of their potential.
The Mariners will have a very legitimate MVP canidate on their hands, 2008 Gold Glove winner Adrian Beltre. A season of spectacular offense and defense will bring him to being the front runner in the MVP race.
Here it is:
C. Kenji Johjima .283 batting average, 12 home runs
1B. Russell Branyan .274 batting average, 32 home runs
2B. Jose Lopez .316 batting average, 23 home runs
3B. Adrian Beltre .338 batting average, 36 home runs
SS. Yuniesky Betancourt .308 batting average, 13 home runs
RF. Ichiro Suzuki .302 batting average, four home runs
CF. Franklin Gutierrez .281 batting average, 12 home runs
LF. Endy Chavez .276 batting average, six home runs
LF. Wladamir Balentein .269 batting average, 14 home runs
DH. Jeff Clement .291 batting average, 16 home runs
SP. Felix Hernandez 18-6 3.24 ERA
SP. Erik Bedard 16-4 3.47 ERA
SP. Brandon Morrow 13-7 3.97 ERA
SP. Jarrod Washburn 13-9 4.02 ERA
SP. Ryan Rowland-Smith 12-8 4.12 ERA
CL. Aaron Heilman 12 saves, 2.85 ERA
CL. Miguel Batista 16 saves, 2.63 ERA
1. Seattle Mariners
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3. Oakland Athletics
4. Texas Rangers
Cy Young Winner: Felix Hernandez finishes third in voting, Erik Bedard gets voted sixth
MVP: Adrian Beltre wins the award
Gold Gloves: Ichiro Suzuki, Franklin Gutierrez, and Adrian Beltre
These projections are based off of facts and figures. Don't underestimate the sleeping monster of the American League.