Is it fair to make “bold” predictions about a team like the Seattle Mariners that is stuck in fourth place in its division with an unimpressive record of 35-47? Every team has potential to make drastic changes after the All-Star break, but it gets a little harder to muster confidence when your team has scored an AL-worst 297 runs.
The baseball season is long, and teams can get hot later in the summer. Youngsters start to arrive and settle into their roles. Certain veterans start to work a little harder to prove they deserve free-agent contracts after the season.
A team like the Mariners is supposed to be showing signs of progress. Seattle is not in a financial situation to compete with the big spenders at the top of the market, so it must build a squad from the ground up. If the plan is working, fans should start seeing some signs of progress.
Any day now...
Will the second half of 2013 be special? Here are five bold predictions for the Seattle Mariners after the break.