Five Reasons Why the Seattle Mariners Can Still Win 81 Games in 2011

« Prev
1 of 7
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
Five Reasons Why the Seattle Mariners Can Still Win 81 Games in 2011
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Seattle Mariners haven't had the start some fans were hoping for: just four wins through 13 games. But there's no reason for worry.  They've had several inauspicious factors working against them early, and there are a couple of key elements that we'll see come out as the season develops.

They have had a few difficult series matchups: (1) the young, talented Oakland A's, (2) the 2010 AL champion Texas Rangers, and (3) the Cleveland Indians, which were coming off a sweep of the World Series favorite Red Sox. That definitely hindered their ability to break out of last year's slump. 

Another possible contribution to the Mariners' sub-par opening is a lack of chemistry in the starting lineup. The nine guys who we usually see hitting for the Mariners don't have the necessary trust that we often see in a winning team. 

Most fans and analysts have labeled 2011 as a rebuilding year for Seattle because they have a pretty new team, but I'm not throwing in the towel yet.  Here are five reasons why we won't see the Mariners at the bottom of the AL West.

Begin Slideshow »

Follow Seattle Mariners from B/R on Facebook

Follow Seattle Mariners from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Out of Bounds

Seattle Mariners

Subscribe Now

By signing up for our newsletter, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Thanks for signing up.