This is a guest post written by James Wolcott on behalf of FanDuel. Enjoy a more national perspective on the Mariners!
Last season, quite a few people were surprised with how well the Seattle
Mariners played. Even though they were stuck in probably the toughest
division overall last year, they were in the wild-card race until the very end.
Thanks to some offseason acquisitions, they feel like they are going to be
even better in 2015.
Anyone who plays fantasy baseball understands that you need talent in order
to win games at the MLB level. Seattle was pretty busy heading into the
2014 season, as their big free agent prize was Robinson Cano. He will have
more help in the lineup this year, as they paid pretty big bucks to land
Nelson Cruz. People in fantasy baseball loved his production with the
Baltimore Orioles last year, and they can only hope that he will be able to do
the same in a slightly more spacious ballpark.
Pitching is always going to be important for Seattle, especially given their
home field advantage. Felix Hernandez once again will give them a
legitimate ace, and they are hoping that others will be able to contribute as
well. Taijuan Walker has had some pretty decent success in limited action at
the MLB level, in Seattle is hoping that he can settle into a bigger role in
The Los Angeles Angels are going to be tough yet again this season, and of
course the Oakland Athletics are not going anywhere despite having some
roster turnover. Even Texas and Houston will both be better than a season
ago. Nothing is going to be easy in the American League West, but Seattle
feels like they are going to be legitimate contenders this year. Hopefully,
everything comes together for them. It has been a while for Seattle fans to
experience playoff success of any kind. They have the fantasy baseball
standouts to really look like a significant player in baseball for the next few