After 18 disturbing innings, the Seattle Mariners in the end fell to the Houston Astros the day past within the American League Division Series, having returned to playoff baseball for the primary time because the 2001 season. The Mariners, who were projected via ESPN to complete the 2022 season a hair over .500 with an 82-80 report, confirmed that 2021 used to be no fluke, following up their 90-win 2021 marketing campaign via profitable every other 90 video games en path to a Wild Card berth.
Following the sport, backstop Cal Raleigh introduced to stories that he were taking part in with a damaged thumb and a torn ligament in his left hand, in line with Adam Jude of the Seattle Times. Raleigh were taking part in in the course of the thumb harm since early September, however he had now not published the level of the harm previous to Saturday’s sport. Raleigh introduced to journalists that he would see a expert within the upcoming days to resolve a plan of action for restoration, in line with Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
The second-year catcher had adopted up his rookie marketing campaign with a powerful .211/.284/.489 slash line in 2022, hitting 27 house runs in 370 at-bats and completing the season with the eighth-highest wRC+ amongst all catchers (121), nestled between Sean Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud. An integral cog to the Mariners’ offense, Raleigh used to be considered one of 4 avid gamers (minimal 350 at-bats) that had an OPS above .700. Raleigh adopted up his impressing common season with a powerful Wild Card appearing towards the Blue Jays, going 4-for-8 with a homer and a double, however used to be quieted via the Astros’ pitching, gathering just one hit in 14 at-bats whilst putting out 5 occasions.
In the wake of the day past’s defeat, the Mariners’ entrance place of work will flip their heads towards the 2023 season and loose company. Long-time Mariner Mitch Haniger, trade-deadline addition Carlos Santana, and Adam Frazier will all be loose brokers following the World Series.
Haniger entered the 2022 season having a look to observe up on his a success 2021 marketing campaign, .253/.318/.486 in 157 video games, and reestablish himself as an on a regular basis participant previous to coming into loose company after lacking a part of the 2019 season and all the 2020 season with quite a lot of surgical procedures. The outfielder and Mariners have shyed away from arbitration via agreeing to a one-year, $7.75MM contract in early April.
However, Haniger would handiest make appearances in 9 video games earlier than struggling a proper prime ankle sprain that stored him at the injured record from overdue April to early August. Upon his go back, Haniger hit a cast .254/.322/.418 within the ultimate 48 video games of the common season (100 at-bats).
The Mariners’ determination referring to Haniger, who turns 32 in December, shall be rather sophisticated. The Mariners boast a crowded outfield headlined via AL Rookie of the Year favourite Julio Rodriguez, with former most sensible prospect Jarred Kelenic, Dylan Moore, former AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis, and Taylor Trammell. Nevertheless, Lewis has struggled to provide at a prime stage since struggling a proper meniscus tear in 2021, and Kelenic and Trammell have each struggled to regulate to Major League pitching.
For his section, Haniger has indicated that he would like to stay in Seattle. Following up via pronouncing that he hopes “to be back in a Mariners uniform for sure,” in line with Daniel Kramer of MLB.com.
Santana, who joined the Mariners from the Royals on the commerce cut-off date, endured to battle in Seattle, slashing a mixed .202/.316/.376 throughout 131 video games. The 36-year-old cut up his time between DH and primary base, accruing 3 Outs Above Average for his paintings to start with. It continues to be observed if the Mariners will go for a one-player ’old skool’ way on the DH place, or if they’ll cycle avid gamers in the course of the function throughout the season.
Frazier adopted up his All-Star 2021 marketing campaign with a weaker .238/.301/.311 slash line throughout 156 video games within the 2022 season. The veteran, who used to be dealt to the Padres throughout the 2021 season, used to be traded to the Mariners in change for reliever Raymond Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier previous to the beginning of the 2022 season. Moore, who used to be in the past discussed as outfield intensity, has additionally manned all 4 infield positions and may see an building up in infield paintings if Frazier isn’t resigned.
Transitioning to the bump, with 5 high quality starters beneath contract, starter-turned-reliever Chris Flexen’s place with the Mariners shall be a captivating tale to look at spread. Flexen started the 2022 season as a starter, pitching to a cast 4.02 ERA in 121 innings earlier than being bumped to the bullpen the place he labored to a 1.62 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.
It continues to be observed if the Mariners will choose to stay Flexen within the bullpen, make the most of a 6-man rotation, or probably commerce Flexen to beef up their offense.
As in the past discussed the Mariners handiest had 4 avid gamers end with an OPS north of .700 (minimal 350 at-bats). As a crew, the Mariners completed with the third-lowest batting moderate (.230), a mean on-base proportion (.315), and a mean slugging proportion (.390).
Additionally, in the event that they choose to commerce Flexen for offense, the Mariners boast 3 possibilities No. 2 Emerson Hancock, No. 5 Bryce Miller, and No. 7 Taylor Dollard, who’ve all had sturdy seasons at Double-A Arkansas.