Friday, July 20, 2007

Why the Mariners will win the West.

The poll question to the right is will the Mariner's win the west? Watching them the last few nights I am beginning to believe they will. Here are a few reasons.

1) They are able to wait games out. In other words the longer the game goes the better the team gets with its bullpen and its clutch hitting. This is the sign of a good team.

2) Depth. John McLaren is using the bench far better than Hargrove and the team should stay fresh unlike a year ago when Hargrove emptied the tanks to get into contention briefly.

3) The saying in baseball is guys will do what is on the back of their baseball card. In other words, over a season players will get to their yearly average. This means the middle of the Mariners line-up should pick up.

4) Starting pitching has to be more consistent.

1 comment:

Michael said...

Gutsy pick, Locke. I just hope they get one of the two spots (wild card or division).

I think such predictions will be easier once we see what the various contenders do at the deadline.

I may be in the minority but I think the M's need a left handed bat more than anything. Not sure where he would play though...