Friday, December 13, 2019
Uncustomed Heroes of 2019: Mariners
Dee Gordon was left to be the veteran leader of this team. He's down to 22 in terms of steals, which is a far cry from his season high of 64 in 2014, and hit .275, which is his best in Seattle but nowhere near his Miami average. At least he was able to rock those awesome Pilots uniforms this year.
Why Him in 2019?: One of four to get 100 hits in Seattle.
2020 Prediction: He's gonna decide whether he wants to hit more for power next year, and his steals are gonna go down further.
Why Him in 2019?: You can argue that the Mariners' complete dissolution is because of his injury.
2020 Prediction: Will hit 30 home runs, but as he's on the trade block, not sure if it'll be for Seattle.
Why Him in 2019: Came through in the wake of Haniger's injury, and was the most potent power performer in the outfield in 2019.
2020 Prediction: The Haniger-Santana-Smith outfield is so mismatched that it won't last. Santana could be hitting off the bench midway through the year.
Why Him in 2019?: Best Mariners catcher in years.
2020 Prediction: Will bring similar numbers to Milwaukee; they won't exactly be screaming for Grandal.
Why Him in 2019?: Proved the team can win games on speed without exhausting Gordon.
2020 Prediction: Another similar season, but will once again be bogged down by plate woes.
Why Him in 2019?: Probably the most prolific rookie addition to the lineup
2020 Prediction: A bit more impressive on a full season, but something will prevent him from being seen as legitimate.
Why Him in 2019?: Cause he did more in 75 games than most of the team did in 162.
2020 Prediction: Will hit 30 homers, but his defense will slow down a chance of legitimacy.
Why Him in 2019?: One of the few call-ups that made a gradual impact in Seattle.
2020 Prediction: Might get lost in the shuffle with Kyle Lewis and Austin Nola surging, but will still post 100 hits.
Why Him in 2019?: Last year of a Mariners HOF tenure.
2020 Prediction: Likely retirement, but someone could sign him to a minor league deal.
Coming Tomorrow- Some Miami Marlins. I didn't expect to need to make this many pitchers for this team for Uncustomed Heroes this year.