MLB Team Power Rankings Update: The Seattle Mariners Are Still Being Aggressive
Exactly how long has it been since the Seattle Mariners reached the playoffs? The year was 2001, and to put this in perspective, that just so happened to be the rookie year for some dude named Ichiro Suzuki.
So, yeah, it's been a while.
Based off their moderate levels of success in 2016 (they finished 86-76 and were contending for a playoff spot up until the final weekend) and the current composition of their roster, general manager Jerry Dipoto felt it was necessary to go all in -- which is exactly how he acted last winter. Despite an inconsistent performance throughout the first few months of 2017, he decided it was worth continuing to head in that direction.
It didn't stop with the non-waiver trade deadline, either -- they made one of the first big waiver trades this month by acquiring first baseman Yonder Alonso for the stretch run. Our metrics currently give them just a 35.4% chance of breaking baseball's longest playoff drought, and while the American League West is all but wrapped up thanks to the Houston Astros, Seattle and their 57-56 record is just one game out of the final wild card spot in the American League.
Who else has seen their stock rise or fall since we last checked in around the league?
Unlike some other power rankings around the interwebs, ours here at numberFire aren't influenced by hype or the latest narratives. We put faith into our algorithms and use nERD to see which team is the best, which is a metric that represents runs scored above or below a league-average team per game.
Our rankings will include each team's nERD, their current record and playoff odds, along with how much their spot has changed over the past seven days.