Analyzing Seattle Mariners’ 2014 Opening Day Lineup

Analyzing the Seattle Mariners' Opening Day Lineup

Robinson Cano Mariners
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Not much is expected out of the Seattle Mariners this season. The general consensus is that the team overpaid for Cano but that's not exactly the case. The Mariners will surprise people offensively, and here's an analysis of their lineup for the first day of the regular season.

1 - Abraham Almonte - CF

Abraham Almonte Mariners
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1 - Abraham Almonte - CF

Abraham Almonte Mariners

You just cannot sleep on an outfielder who has a Kirby Pucket-like physique. Maybe the Dominican journeyman of sorts is the reincarnation.

2 - Kyle Seager - 3B

Kyle Seager Mariners
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2 - Kyle Seager - 3B

Kyle Seager Mariners

Kyle Seager is a lucky guy, as he gets to hit in front of the best pure hitter in the game. But he's also a slept-on, underrated and special power hitter. This is the year of Kyle Seager.

3 - Robinson Cano - 2B

Robinson Cano Mariners
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3 - Robinson Cano - 2B

Robinson Cano Mariners

While Cano’s homerun numbers are certain to drop hitting at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field, he is the ideal hitter for the ballpark. Cano is the best pure hitter in the game and will earn every penny of his gigantic contract. Look for Cano to win the batting title while not having to worry about hitting homeruns, thus putting the Mariners on his back.

4 - Justin Smoak - 1B

Justin Smoak Mariners
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4 - Justin Smoak - 1B

Justin Smoak Mariners

At 27, Smoak is no longer an up-and-coming prospect. Twenty homeruns is decent but the time has come for Smoak to smoke at least 40 homeruns.

5 - Corey Hart - DH

Corey Hart Mariners
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5 - Corey Hart - DH

Corey Hart Mariners

Corey Hart had a terrible spring training and didn't play at all last year, but Mariners fans should not look too deep into that. Hart is an underrated, reliable veteran who the Mariners can rely on for 20-25 homeruns this season. Not having to play the field will help his body hold up, too.

6 - Logan Morrison - RF

Logan Morrison Mariners
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6 - Logan Morrison - RF

Logan Morrison Mariners

Logan Morrison has finally gotten out of the living hell that is playing for the Miami Marlins. The change of scenery will get the funny man back to hitting a fresh 20 homeruns. The grass is definitely greener in Seattle.

7- Dustin Ackley - LF

Dustin Ackley Mariners
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7 - Dustin Ackley - LF

Dustin Ackley Mariners

Ackley strikes out too much and he doesn't even hit too many homeruns. It's hard to comprehend exactly what the Mariners organization sees in this guy.

8 - Mike Zunino - C

Mike Zunino Mariners
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8 - Mike Zunino - C

Mike Zunino Mariners

There's not much to say about Zunino at the plate. He's just a guy.

9 - Brad Miller - SS

Brad Miller Mariners
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9 - Brad Miller - SS

Brad Miller Mariners

Miller had an amazing spring training. Maybe the former second-round pick can establish himself as the next Derek Jeter, and make the name 'Brad Miller' famous once again.

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