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MLB Seattle Mariners

Projecting the 2013 Seattle Mariners Starting Rotation

Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

The Seattle Mariners rotation doesn’t look real good on the surface after Felix Hernandez. However, they have some young arms coming up through the ranks that have the ability to turn this rotation into a special one very soon. Maybe one day, they’ll be the best rotation in all of baseball. After the trade of Doug Fister to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Kendrys Morales, I’m really not feeling this rotation right now. Here’s a look at the projected rotation for 2013 Opening Day.

1) Felix Hernandez

2) Hisashi Iwakuma

3) Blake Beavan

4) Erasmo Ramirez

5) Hector Noesi

Let me stress that it is my belief that the Mariners will have a completely different-looking rotation by the end of the season. I don’t think they’re going to rush their three young stud arms to the majors, I do believe you’ll see them in Safeco Field in 2013. You might ask me who I believe the key to this rotation is? Well, that answer is simple, Danny Hultzen, Tajuan Walker, and James Paxton. Again, if those kids are who most think they’re going to be, this is going to be a sick rotation after King Felix. We’ll see what happens, but I wouldn’t expect this team to lead the league in pitching this year.

At the end of games, the Mariners have one of the American League’s top young closers in Tom Wilhelmsen. Last season, he saved 29 games for the Mariners, and averaged over a strikeout per inning in the process. If they’re able to get him the game, he’ll secure some wins; but, the biggest challenge will be getting him the lead late in games.