Texas Rangers: Predicting the year-end American League West standings
By Travis Koch
5th Place: Seattle Mariners (72-90)
The Mariners will come back to Earth sooner rather than later. I just can’t see their roster doing big things in 2019. They will be an interesting watch, however.
This season’s Japanese sensation, Yusei Kikuchi, will prompt deserved attention. Mitch Haniger is a fun player to watch, and Tim Beckham and Domingo Santana are capable of putting up impressive numbers.
The problem is they boast a very pedestrian rotation, and I haven’t even heard of half their bullpen. Does that mean the relief crew is bad? Not necessarily, but it can’t be that good. 72 wins would be a competitive season for the rebuilding Seattle Mariners.
We’ll learn more about each AL West opponent as the regular season carries on. The Texas Rangers will play each about 18 times. A third place finish would be a massive accomplishment for a team that is still considered a couple of years away from playoff contention.