Dec 12, 2013; Settle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) poses for a photo following a press conference at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Seattle Mariners: Anticipating an Average Season

The 2014 season is approaching quickly and apparently the Seattle Mariners are still shopping. Nelson Cruz appears to still be on their shopping list.

The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl and that brought a great deal of excitement and civic pride to the Pacific Northwest. And now, it is baseball season.

Letdown, anyone?

Oh, the Mariners. It has been hard to be excited about the mighty M’s in recent years. The star power is lacking. The win totals have been unimpressive. Despite a loyal group of fans and a beautiful stadium, the franchise seems to be struggling for direction.

The Mariners did make a “splash” in the offseason when they signed Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract. Unfortunately, the lineup still has a few holes and Cano cannot play multiple positions at once.

This brings us to the 2014 season. Do the fans dare to get excited? Do they hope for a season that actually resembles contention? Hope may spring eternal each April, but fans know what it feels like to be disappointed. Fans can be optimistic, but oftentimes that is tempered with a measure of caution.

Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma should still be good. Kyle Seager looks like a player that could be a star. Mike Zunino and Brad Miller might be solid hitters in the future. There is excitement about Taijuan Walker and James Paxton.

All good things.

And yet, this team is far from complete. The Mariners have many questions, and contention may require just about everything to go Seattle’s way in 2014.

So, are you ready for an average season? Sadly, that may be the best that fans can expect. It would be fantastic to be wrong, but the reality of sports is that winning does always come easy.

2014 may be yet another building year for the Seattle Mariners.

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  • Rob Judd, Jr.

    This reads like a long intro without an actual story. Maybe show me why you think it’s going to be average?

    • Todd Pheifer

      You make a fair point, Rob. It is not my intention to make an argument without evidence but sometimes my articles are more about topical ideas that will hopefully spark some dialogue.

      Despite the accquisition of Cano, it is difficult to be overly confident that the rest of the lineup will elevate their game and prevent pitchers from pitching around our expensive new second baseman.

      Starting pitching should be solid, but the back end of the rotation has questions, as does the bullpen. I am hopeful that the youngsters do progress and some of our acquisitions are better than advertising. However, the current team looks a lot like squads from previous seasons. There is a hope that young talent will develop and aging veterans still have something to contribute.

      Thank you for your feedback and the opportunity to dialgoue.

      • Rob Judd, Jr.

        Appreciate the reply. Your points are salient. I agree it’s a bit premature to buy our playoff tickets. There are plenty of unanswered questions, to be sure. Yet, most every team (outside NY/BOS) counts on young talent developing while hoping their veterans produce. I see this team as positioned “average, with legitmate upside,” as opposed to the same as previous seasons. Every team that makes the playoffs must exceed their projections. To quote our local hero, “Why not us?”

  • Dan Hughes

    It will be a great year because of the 10th Man! Come on Seattle, rally around your team. Don’t just support them when they are good.

    • Todd Pheifer

      Love the enthusiasm, Dan. I am hopeful…there are just a lot of questions. My loyalty is undiminished.