Let’s keep the ball rolling, Seattle

Tyler Ackerson, Sports Editor

With an offseason of change in the rear view mirror, hope surrounds the opening to the season for the Seattle Mariners. New comers Robinson Cano, Logan Morrison, and Corey Hart combined with returners Kyle Seager, Brad Miller, Justin Smoak, and Dustin Ackely, the offense is primed for its most successful season in years. The pitching staff, once Hishashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker recover from their respective injuries, should also be strong led by Felix Hernandez. The team’s defense is the one variable the team’s new manager Lloyd McClendon will look to improve upon after ranking as one of the worst team defenses in the MLB last year.

The team faces immense pressure to return to the playoffs for the first time in over ten years after GM Jack Zduriencik spent nearly 250 million dollars in free agency- $240 million to Cano. The team has started quickly winning their opener against the division rival Anaheim Angels, 10-3.

After a season opening sweep of the division rival Angels, the team has dropped of a tad, but still holds a 7-8 record through 15 games. If the offense is able to return to the success it had the first week than the Mariners will be a formidable foe for other teams this year. The early season success has given Seattle fan’s the hope of seeing their baseball team return to the playoffs in the same year as the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and brought the city its second professional sports championship. Let’s just hope it lasts throughout the summer.