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March 31, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Previews galore as Mariners prepare to embark on 2011 season

Another season begins today, while the Mariners open in Oakland tomorrow night. Seattle took five non-roster players out of spring training and that’s not something you see every day, so, it’s hardly a surprise that just about every prognosticator out there has them finishing last in the AL West.
The previews are rolling in, for those interested.
We had our full Mariners preview in today’s edition of the Seattle Times. Here’s my personal take on how the team looks heading into 2011. Not very good. Some might disagree, but hey, if the M’s want to prove me wrong, they can go right ahead. As for the future beyond 2011, well, those of you with crystal balls, feel free to chime in. After all, predictions are meant to be fun. If any of us had this thing nailed down, we’d be making millions in Las Vegas.
For my MLB-wide predictions, click on the video link above. We’ll have the 2011 Mariners preview edition of Geoff Baker Live! tomorrow morning, 11 a.m. PT, direct from San Francisco, across the bay from where the M’s open the schedule in Oakland.
If you want to look at a video from some other Times writers besides me, this one does a pretty good job of previewing the 2011 Mariners.
Over at SI.com, they’ve got the full MLB preview going. And they are none too kind to the Mariners, predicting 99 losses.
Here is the take from ESPN’s Jayson Stark.
Over at CBS Sportsline, Scott Miller gives his MLB-wide predictions.
On the Mariners, Miller writes: “After producing the fewest runs in the DH era a year ago, even with Ichiro, Seattle again will have a harder time scoring than the freshman class nerd.”
Ouch! Well, at least he didn’t write “than the class nerd in his mother’s basement.” But I digress.


Over at The Hardball Times, they’re running a Five Questions series and the Mariners version was handled by Lookout Landing contributor Matthew Carruth.
Over at FanGraphs, their organizational rankings series is always fun. Last year’s pick of the Mariners as the sixth best organization in baseball earned the site’s editor, Dave Cameron, a year’s worth of over-the-top mockery. Like I said, the predictions game is a funny business. I seem to recall somebody picking the 2008 Mariners to win the AL West, guaranteeing a lifetime worth quick go-to ammo for some of his intellectually-challenged detractors.
Anyhow, this year, the M’s bit was passed off to Fangraphs contributor Carson Cistulli and he has Seattle ranked 17th out of 30 organizations. Here’s what he wrote:
“After some 2010 preseason moves that made new GM Jack Zduriencik look like a genius, the actual product on the field made many in the Twitterverse chant #6org.
Luckily (?) for the 2011 edition of the team, expectations are quite low. A decent season from Erik Bedard could net even more prospects for the Mariners, as the team looks ahead to 2012 and ’13.”

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