By Miotch @_Report on March 27, 2014
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.
You just cannot sleep on an outfielder who has a Kirby Pucket-like physique. Maybe the Dominican journeyman of sorts is the reincarnation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's not much to say about Zunino at the plate. He's just a guy.
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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