Sunday, January 11, 2004

Rob Neyer has just posted on Angels. Here's his thoughts on the 2004 Mariners:
If we assume 1) the Athletics will hold steady because their offseason additions have balanced their losses, and 2) the Mariners will decline by four games because they lost Mike Cameron and two of their best players are on the wrong side of 40, then we might guess that 95 wins is the baseline figure for winning the division title.
I know that analyzing the Mariners was not his intent for the column so he probably did not put a lot of thought into it, but I think this is a pretty good summary of the Mariners' offseason. No noteworthy additions, old team, and a crippling drop-off in outfield defense which the low-strikeout, fly-ball pitching staff is reliant on.


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