Can the Seattle Mariners win the division in 2013? Yes.
Will the Mariners win the division in 2013? That depends on a lot of different factors.
Let’s just say that winning the American League West is not going to be a simple task. Baseball is one of those sports where certain franchises can win even if the odds are against them. The Astros probably aren’t going to win the division, but the M’s could.
Granted, the Mariners really aren’t expected to win this year. Many of the standard prognosticators picked Seattle to finish either third or fourth in 2013. The general assumption seems to be that if the Mariners are going to make some noise, it will be in 2014 or 2015.
Still, the Mariners do not have to look any further than the Oakland A’s to realize that a small-market team with a lesser payroll can put it all together and become a dangerous underdog.
Yet the obstacles remain for the Mariners. Here are five barriers standing in the way of a division title for the Seattle Mariners.