The Mariners have endured a plethora of troubles in 2008—such as finishing the season with a .377 winning percentage after very realistic hopes of winning the west. The Mariners have gone through phases on what part of their team was strongest. In the 1990s, it was home runs. In the early 2000s, it was defense.
They are now entering the phase that will propel them to the playoffs as early as 2010, pitching. In 2007, they were fairly strong; in 2008, we developed relievers to starters and built up our staff.
In 2009, we will have a lot of competition which will keep all the players doing their very best.
Here is my 2009 Seattle Mariners starting rotation.
1. Felix Hernandez
2. Eric Bedard
3. Brandon Morrow
4. Ryan Rowland-Smith
5. R.A. Dickey
Ryan Feirberend will compete with the others for the end-of-the-rotation spots.