2015 Seattle Mariners: Five Reasons for Optimism

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Sep 28, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) waves to the fans as he walks off the field after being pulled from the game during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Actual signs of growth

Again, we have to go back to the 16-win improvement. That is a big jump, and one that was not necessarily expected from this team. Will the Mariners jump another five to 10 wins in 2015?

Certainly a possibility.

The competition on the American League West is going to remain fierce. The Los Angeles Angels will not go away. The Oakland A’s always seem to find a way to hang around. The Houston Astros will be better and the Texas Rangers will rebound from their injury-plagued season.

For now, there is optimism about next season and that should continue throughout the winter, particularly if the Mariners are able to sign a legit bat. Get excited, Mariners fans. 2015 could be a special year.