As more and more cities across the country take drastic action to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the start date of the MLB season seems to drift a little further into the distance. Initially, the thought was that we might see things begin in early April, but the consensus now seems to be that it will at least be May before we see the start of the season. We will certainly do what we can to keep you updated on the latest news, but for now, we are going to focus on breaking down all the teams to see how things might play out once we do eventually play ball. For this piece, we are heading to the AL West to take a closer look at the Seattle Mariners. Let’s check the MLB Odds and World Series Odds for the Seattle Mariners 2020 Season.
Seattle Mariners Analysis Before 2020 Season Start
Seattle Mariners 2019 Season Performance
At the start of last season, the Seattle Mariners came out of the gate strong, spending some time at the top of the AL West. Given that this team was made up of high-level prospects, the sense was that they were always going to come back to earth, which they most certainly did. The wheels came off in a big way for the Mariners, as they eventually ended the season at the bottom of the division with a very forgettable 68-94 record.
We can probably expect to see more of the same from the Mariners this year, as this is an organization that is committed to getting their prospects as much playing time as possible, while still looking to move out some of their higher priced talent. The Mariners managed 758 runs last season, which was the highest run total for any last placed divisional team last season, so they do have some pop in the lineup.
The coming season is one where we can expect to see some more growing pains for the Mariners as they look to rebuild in what is likely a 3-4-year project.
Seattle Mariners Offseason Moves
While not a major player this past offseason, the Mariners dip take a little dip into the free agent market. Last season, they gave up an astonishing 893 runs, so it is perhaps no real surprise that the moves they made were more about trying to improve the starting rotation. The biggest of their moves was the one that landed starting pitcher Kendall Graveman, a veteran starter who should add some stability to the starting rotation. Given his salary, the Mariners will likely look to ship out Kyle Seager when the trade deadline rolls around this season. If he plays as well as he finished last season, the Mariners could cash in quite nicely.
How the Bookies See the Seattle Mariners
Putting any sort of money on the Mariners this season might not be the smartest betting move that you can make. They are in at a whopping +12500 to win the AL West, and they are even further adrift in the World Series market, where they are currently available at odds of +30000. To say that they are a longshot is putting things rather mildly.