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Winning at fantasy baseball doesn’t requiring owning the best players on only the best teams in the league. Knowing where to look for the players who will bring in the numbers needed to compete for a championship is what makes a winner. Teams like the Seattle Mariners have several high-caliber fantasy baseball assets on their 40-man roster and are the type of team in flux where you could see other lesser-known players getting chances to play due to the fact winning real games on the field may not come easy in The Emerald City in 2012.
Below are a list of the fantasy baseball DOs and DON’Ts you need to be aware of when targeting Seattle Mariners players this drafting season:
DO expect to hear SP Felix Hernandez‘s name in the Cy Young Award debate again this season despite another season where big numbers in the Wins column could be hard to come by. King Felix finished fourth in the AL in Strikeouts with 222 in 2011 and should remain near the top with the elites of the game for year...
BEST OF MAXIM
M’s Need Angels in the outfield
The Seattle Mariners have been without a true left fielder since Raul Ibanez went off to greener pastures. Milton Bradley had the potential to bring a power bat in that position, but when that didn’t happen his .964 fielding percentage combined with his off the field antics were not worth the price tag and he was designated for assignment.
A winning season from these guys would be a fantasy…
It’s that time of year, folks. Fantasy baseball season is upon us. All the fantasy freaks are frothing at the mouth to pre-rank their teams and find out what position they draft in. Being a Seattle Mariners fan, I always look at the roster and see who has the best prospects of actually helping you put together a competitive...
Heading into 2011, Mariners fans had tempered expectations. They won just 61 games in 2010, and most expected similar results in 2011. In that regards, the Mariners didn’t disappoint, winning just 67 games. The biggest issue in Seattle was the league’s worst offense, for the second year in a row. The pitching was solid and is also a strength of the farm system. Knowing these...
Last year, Ichiro Suzuki had his worst season. The Seattle Mariners right fielder and future Hall of Famer hit .272, 54 points below his lifetime average. He also had an OPS+ of 84 and -0.4 WAR and failed to win a Gold Glove or top 200 hits for the first time in his career, the ageless wonder finally starting to look like a player pushing 40. The Mariners have been through this before...
The Seattle Mariners are looking for any way to get some value out of Chone Figgins. Since joining the team, the 34-year-old has been one of the worst regulars in the game. So to salvage what’s left of his contract, the Mariners are making Figgins a leadoff hitter — again. It’s a last ditch effort to improve his value, though it’s unclear whether Figgins’ contract can be...
Felix Hernandez‘ follow up to his Cy Young season was a bit of a disappointment on the surface, but if you dig deep into his numbers he was as good as he’s ever been. First, he’s proven he’s a workhorse as he’s averaged 240 2/3 innings pitched over the last three seasons. While he’s lost a little velocity on his fastball in those seasons, his strikeout rate has climbed...
We've all heard the stories about how, in many a pro sports locker room, you'll have a veteran player or two who takes the heat off younger players by taking on all the media questions and deflecting blame.
Right now, inadvertently or not, the same thing is going on with Chone Figgins and Ichiro. In fact, if the Mariners planned things this way, they'd be accused of brilliance...
The headline says it all. The Mariners began spring training in Peoria, Ariz., when pitchers and catchers reported over the weekend of Feb. 11. Position players started showing up throughout last week, and all the Mariners checked in this past weekend. Visit seattlepi.com for more Seattle news. Contact Nick Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org or on [...]
According to a recent story in the Seattle Times, Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has changed his swing, presumably because of his move to third in the batting order.
Said the Times’ Larry Stone:
For one thing, in batting practice Ichiro has unveiled a much wider, and more balanced, stance. For another, he’s not lifting his front leg, not perceptibly. His hands are lower...
There isn't reason to be concerned just yet, but shortstop Brendan Ryan has yet to make any throws during Mariners' drills and won't do so until at least next week. Ryan did begin a throwing program today under the supervision of M's head trainer Rick Griffin. He threw for abut five minutes from a distance of 60 feet.
"I'll probably do that about three or...
Brendan Ryan and Munenori Kawasaki are quickly becoming two peas in a pod during Mariners workouts in Peoria. Here are some shots of them from today's workouts.
"Obviously, he's very energetic as well,'' Kawasaki said of Ryan, through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "He's very close to how I play. And that makes it very comfortable for me to play here with...
Just chatted with Lance Painter, the former big league pitcher who handled James Paxton and Erasmo Ramirez in Class AA last season. Painter has had the chance to observe both guys up close this spring -- along with Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker -- and does not expect any of the quartet to b overcome with nerves during today's intra-squad game.
The game gets underway in about...
Gutierrez had a lost season in 2011 with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but has gained almost 25 pounds and appears to be in much better playing shape.
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced Tuesday he will move Ichiro Suzuki from his traditional leadoff spot to No. 3 in the batting order.
One of the things tough not to notice after this week's batting order announcements by the Mariners is just how few jobs in the starting nine are actually up for grabs in spring training. I mean, for a team that's lost 196 games in two years, you'd think there would be some positions wide open for the taking.
But not this spring. The team's starting eight position...