On Monday, the Mariners face of versus the Colorado Rockies in what will be the first 2013 spring training game broadcasted on ROOT Sports and MLB Network. Hopefully, Seattle can continue on the current hot streak they’re riding as Raul Ibanez has already gone deep for the second time this Spring training and the Mariners are off to a 3-0 start heading into the fourth inning.
Ibanez’s home run makes it a league-leading 23 for a Mariners club that had just 149 home runs all of last year, ranking them 19th in all of the league.
This year, the Mariners have two players who have already hit three home runs in Franklin Gutierrez and Carlos Peguero. With a log-jam at Designated Hitter, this year’s spring training is especially crucial to see who will fit the best with this team. In the most brutal division in the league, the Mariners must find a way to stand out and it might be their offense, given the latest Spring Training power surge.
Surely, this is not MLB-level talent that the Mariners are facing day in and day out, but it has to be encouraging to a fan-base that has seen just one playoff team in the last 11 seasons. With a payroll of around $80 million, the Mariners aren’t like to dethrone the more powerful teams in the AL West, but the same thing was said about the Oakland Athletics and they are the defending champions of the AL West.