Seattle Mariners: mlb FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
SEATTLE MARINERS 2021 OUTLOOK
The Mariners haven't had much to show for their work besides a lot of losing seasons. They have two winning campaigns since 2004 and their playoff drought of 20 years is more than double the amount of time it's been since any other MLB team has last made the playoffs. Long-suffering Mariners fans hope that they will start to show improvement, especially on the mound.
The team had a winning year in 2016 under then first-year manager Scott Servais, but despite four losing seasons since, Servais remains. The organization hopes that consistency between him and general manager Jerry Dipoto will soon pay off.
2021 Featured Players
Marco Gonzales led the team in wins, ERA, and strikeouts last season thanks to a sinker that can live high in the strike zone. Lefty Justus Sheffield led last year's rookie crop in quality starts, Justin Dunn had some great outings, and Chris Flexen is in Seattle getting another shot at the majors after a solid season in the Korean League last year, which got lots of attention when baseball was being played in South Korea while MLB was in the COVID-19 shutdown.
On offense, Kyle Seager is the veteran of the bunch and still able to contribute at third base. Centerfielder Kyle Lewis was last year's American League Rookie of the Year and led the Mariners in homers, hits, and walks in 2020. Mitch Haniger, Dylan Moore, and Evan White have the potential to hit 20-plus home runs each this year.
Rafael Montero was acquired via trade from the Rangers to anchor a bullpen that hasn't had a solid closer since Edwin Diaz was traded to the Mets prior to the 2019 season. Montero was 8-8 in saves for a Texas team that didn't win too much a season ago.
Bet on the Seattle Mariners! Seattle Mariners Odds for 2021
The Mariners are a team that's likely to fly under the radar this season, given their lack of marquee players and late starts while playing out west. The Seattle Mariners odds to win the World Series sit at 100/1. A bet on the Seattle Mariners to win the American League—something they haven't done in their history—stands at 40/1, while the Seattle Mariners odds to win the American League West are 25/1 with Houston, Oakland, and the LA Angels all in front of them.
Seattle Mariners Logo, Uniform & Stadium History
The Mariners had a nice run of success in the late 90s-early 2000s under Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Randy Johnson, Bret Boone, Jamie Moyer, and John Olerud. The team reached the playoffs for the first time in 1995 and returned three more times through 2001, but they couldn't get by the Yankees, losing to New York in both the 2000 and '01 ALCS. In 2001, the Mariners tied a Major League Baseball record with 116 regular season wins, as Ichiro Suzuki took the league by storm, winning both Rookie of the Year and MVP in the American League that year.
Seattle hasn't reached the playoffs since 2001, which is the longest playoff drought in the majors. They are also the only current franchise that has never been to a World Series. They have had some nice players of the years—including Adrian Beltre, Robinson Cano, Felix Hernandez, Seager, and Nelson Cruz, but they weren't able to return the club to the postseason.
After playing their first two decades at the cavernous Kingdome, T-Mobile Park has offered fans a picturesque setting right on the Puget Sound with a retractable roof for when the weather gets bad. The stadium was known as Safeco Field for much of its existence.
The Mariners changed from their blue and yellow color scheme to a navy blue, silver, and "Northwest Green" (a cross between teal and forest green) look in the mid-1990s and is one of the sharper uniforms in the big leagues. The navy blue hat features a silver S in the green trim. Home uniforms are white with "MARINERS" printed across the middle in navy blue and a green outline. The road grays have "SEATTLE" across the front. There are two alternate jerseys—a navy blue and Northwest green one, and the M's also use a throwback jersey that looks like the current home jersey but has blue and yellow colors on the white uniform.
2020 Record: 27-33, Third Place in American League West