Why The Seattle Mariners Will Win The Al West

0Contributor IIIMarch 11, 2010

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 10:   Cliff Lee #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches during a spring training game against the Texas Rangers on March 10, 2010 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Last year the mariners overachieved by winning 85 games despite having a bad offseason by losing their top all around hitter Raul Ibanez and their closer J.J Putz. If we can improve by that much like we did last year imagine how much we can improve by how productive our offseason is. The mariners were last in getting on base last year however they added Chone Figgins who led the American league in walks with 101 and Milton Bradley who had an on base percentage of .436 in 2008. The mariners pitching in my opinion is tops in the league despite people criticizing the lack of our back rotation. Our projected back of the rotation on opening day are Ryan Rowland-Smith, Ian Snell and Doug Fister who all had an impressive end of the season. It's good now though that they don't have to rely on King Felix too much now that we have Cliff Lee because Felix was the only pitcher in 2009 that pitched 100 innings or more for the mariners. Although our pitching and bullpen are both near the best in the league the one thing we lack is the power in our lineup. We were near last in the league in home runs and with the departure of Russell Branyan our power will be even worse. However what will make up for the lack of power will be our defense which Jack Z improved so much ever since he became our G.M. We could possibly have 5 gold glovers next year who are Ichiro, Gutierrez, Figgins, Kotchman, and Wilson. The mariners improvement during the offseason will lead to their first playoff appearance since 2001.