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How To Bet Seattle Mariners – Mariners Have The Potential To Surprise As Sleeper Team In 2013

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 2/24/2013 6:18:36 PM

After winning eight more sports betting contests in 2012 than they had the previous year, the expectation for the Seattle Mariners will be to once again take a step forward in 2013. The team made the right move by signing Felix Hernandez to a lucrative extension that will make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history, and he will be the centerpiece for the team as they look to become a legitimate American League contender. Challenging for a playoff spot this year won’t be easy, especially playing out of the ultra-talented AL West, but don’t overlook the Mariners as being a potential sleeper pick that could surprise.

Consider what the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics did in 2012, and where they stood prior to last year beginning. While Seattle may not have the superstar talent that some of the other teams in the league do, they did take steps in the offseason to show their fans that they are headed in the right direction. The biggest move the club made to help its offense had nothing to do with player acquisitions, but instead was about moving in the outfield fences in an effort to help spark the club’s offense this coming season. The Mariners already have the pitching of a very strong team, and if their offense can get going they will be a legitimate online sportsbook threat.

That pitching staff is led by Hernandez, who undoubtedly would have gotten that money regardless of where he signed the following year. One of the best pitchers in baseball, if not the best, Hernandez will lead a rotation that will feature Hisashi Iwakuma, Joe Saunders, and Blake Beaven, with Erasmo Ramirez and Hector Noesi both expected to compete for a starting spot, with the loser likely relegated to the bullpen. The young pitchers are ready to step behind a model All-Star such in Hernandez, and it will be interesting to see how they fare.

Regardless of what the pitching staff does, the Mariners will need their offense to be a lot better in 2013, even if they don’t have the same number of options as some of the other teams in their online betting division. Seattle added Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales to the lineup, and while there is no guarantee on what they will bring to the Mariners’ offense, more will be expecting of Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager. Jesus Montero is another player with immense potential that needs to step up and show more consistency, as the talent is certainly there, regardless of whether they can put it all together.

With the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim all expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2013, winning the division certainly won’t be an easy task. The Mariners will be in tough to compete for a playoff berth let alone the division, but if most of the key factors work out in their favor, Seattle could be one of the sleeper teams to keep an eye on in 2013.

Prediction: 79-83, 4th in the AL West

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