2019 Seattle Mariners Season Preview and Betting Picks
2019 Seattle Mariners
Owner – John Stanton
General Manager – Jerry DiPoto
Manager – Scott Servais
Stadium Venue: T-Mobile Park
Location: Seattle, Washington
The Seattle Mariners are hoping that this year is the year that they make history and break the longest drought in professional sports, and make the first postseason appearance since 2001.
Wanting to do something and being able to do it are two totally different things!
The Mariners won 89 games last year, which is very impressive, but the Management made the decision to part ways with many of their household names and move on in a rebuilding year, which will continue this year in Seattle.
2019 Seattle Mariners Management
The Seattle Mariners will be led by Manager Scott Servais in 2019. This will be his 4th year leading the Mariners and he is hoping that his changes that he has made over the past 3 years pay off, for the City of Seattle.
Servais led the Mariners to a record of 253-233 in the 3 years with the team but has still never gone to the postseason as a Manager. Will this be the season that Servais helps lead the Mariners to the postseason and breaks the postseason drought?
It will without a doubt be very difficult for them to reach last year’s success as they got rid of literally anyone that had a value or that was a veteran. Servais is going to try to build this team from within the farm system and create a young team that can be successful for several years to come.
2018 Seattle Mariners Recap
The 2018 Seattle Mariners finished in 3rd place, with an 89-73 record. They ended up 14 games behind the Houston Astros for the top spot in the American League West Division and 8 games behind the Oakland Athletics for the 2nd American League Wild-Card spot.
Ironically, the Mariners at one point after All-Star Break, were 10 games ahead of the Oakland Athletics, however, their season fell apart and they finished in 3rd place. The Mariners actually are one of the teams that had a winning record but actually scored less runs than their opponents.
The Mariners, on paper, appeared that they were one of the strongest teams in the league, however, I like to think that it was more a factor of them having some luck on their side than it was this team being talented. They posted winning records in April, May, June and September and losing records in July and August.
Seattle Mariners Offseason Signings and Departures
- March 10, 2019 Agreed to terms with OFs Braden Bishop, Mitch Haniger and Mallex Smith; Cs David Freitas and Omar Narvaez; INFs Kristopher Negron, J.P. Crawford, Joey Curletta, Daniel Vogelbach, Ryon Healy and Shed Long; LHPs Ricardo Sanchez and Justus Sheffield; and RHPs Dan Altavilla, Shawn Armstrong, Gerson Bautista, Chasen Bradford, Brandon Brennan, Matt Festa, Erik Swanson, Sam Tuivailala, Max Povse and Nick Rumbleow on one-year contracts.
- January 27, 2019 Agreed to terms with RHP Hunter Strickland on a one-year contract.
- January 23, 2019 Signed OF Ichiro Suzuki to a minor league contract.
- January 11, 2019 Agreed to terms with LHP Roenis Elias on one-year contracts.
- January 10, 2019 Agreed to terms with RHP Cory Gearrin, OF Domingo Santana and INF Tim Beckham on one-year contracts.
- January 2, 2019 Signed LHP Yusei Kikuchi to a four-year contract.
- December 21, 2018 Acquired OF Domingo Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers for OF Ben Gamel and RHP Noah Zavalos.
- December 20, 2018 Agreed to terms with LHP Zac Rosscup on a one-year contract.
- December 10, 2018 Claimed INF/RHP Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the L.A. Angels.
- December 3, 2018 Traded 2B Robinson Cano, RHP Edwin Diaz and cash to the N.Y. Mets for OF Jay Bruce, OF Jarred Kelenic and RHPs Anthony Swarzak, Gerson Bautista and Justin Dunn.
- November 30, 2018 Acquired C Omar Narvaez from the Chicago White Sox for RHP Alex Colome.
- November 29, 2018 Acquired LHP Ricardo S?nchez from Atlanta for cash considerations. Released RHP Casey Lawrence.
- November 26, 2018 Named Tim Laker hitting coach.
- November 16, 2018 Signed RHP Ruben Alaniz. Added OF Braden Bishop to the 40-man roster.
- November 9, 2018 Signed INF Dylan Moore.
- November 2, 2018 RHPs Erasmo Ramirez and Nick Vincent declined outright assignment and elected free agency. Claimed C Chris Herrmann off waivers from Houston.
- October 31, 2018 Claimed OF John Andreoli off waivers from Baltimore. Selected the contract of INF Joey Curletta. Reinstated RHPs Juan Nicasio and Sam Tuivailala from the 60-day DL.
2019 Seattle Mariners Projected Lineup
This lineup is what I expect the Mariners will put on the field on opening day. They are dealing with several key injuries that is going to drastically affect their opening day lineup.
Mallex Smith is dealing with an elbow injury right now that will cause them to move some guys around. They will also be without Kyle Seager, who just had surgery and will miss several months.
- Dee Gordon – OF
- Mitch Haniger – OF
- Jay Bruce – OF
- Edwin Encarnacion – DH
- Ryon Healy – 1B
- Omar Narvaez – C
- Domingo Santana – OF
- Daniel Vogelback – DH
- Tim Beckham – SS
2019 Seattle Mariners Pitching Staff
The Seattle Mariners Pitching Staff is without a doubt one of the worst in the American League. They don’t have any starter in the rotation that has velocity or a fastball above 95 MPH. To make matters worse, the ace on the squad may not even reach 12 wins this year.
That is assuming we know who the ace will be? Is it Felix Hernandez? Will it be Yusei Kikuchi? Do they end up going with Marco Gonzalez? It really is a major unknown but reality is it doesn’t matter who it is, they are mediocre at best!
- Felix Hernandez
- Yusei Kikuchi
- Marco Gonzalez
- Mike Leake
- Wade LeBlanc
2019 Seattle Mariners Outlook and Betting Preview
The Seattle Mariners really do not bring much value to the table this year. They don’t have a strong pitching staff, their lineup is subpar compared to last year and in all reality, this is year 2 of their rebuild.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the line on Seattle Mariners winning the World Series at +6000. They have also made the Mariners +3000 to win the American League Pennant and if you like them to win the AL West, your odds are +3500. The over/under on season wins for the Mariners is 71.5.
The only thing that Seattle has going for them, is they are playing in a weaker division where they should be able to beat the likes of Texas and possibly the LA Angels but for anyone to think that this team can compete with the likes of Houston or Oakland, is just wrong. This team is far away from being competitive on a larger scale and therefore, we recommend you fading them in all aspects of betting this year.
Be sure you check out the 2019 MLB Season Preview and Betting Guide to see more team previews and an overall outline on the 2019 MLB Season.