Kurkjian on the Mariners’ chances
Okay, so I called him “Tom” by mistake — and who put the “o” next to the “i” on a keyboard, anyway? — but Tim Kurkjian was still kind enough to answer my Mariner query in this morning’s chat, and I thought you’d like to know what he said. If you don’t want to scroll to the bottom, here it is:
Jeff (Bellingham, WA): Tom, what type of improvement do you see out of the Mariners with the addition of Adrian Beltre, et. al.?
Tim Kurkjian: (3:52 PM ET ) The Ms will be a significantly better offensive team and MUCH more fun to watch this year. But, Seattle will just have to depend too much on young pitching to win that division. They will contend for awhile, but they won’t make the playoffs. At least their moves in the offseason get them going in the right direction, again.
I think this is about right. It mirrors what I said in a chat yesterday with the Baseball Analysts’ Bryan Smith and Rich Lederer, along with Blez from Athletics Nation. Again, scroll to the bottom for the predictions if you like.