#13 - Seattle
Offense: Low on star power, but this lineup could surprise a lot of teams. WsL Rank: 10th
Starting Pitching: Won't lose games, but won't win many either. WsL Rank: 14th
Relief Pitching: More mediocrity for Seattle. WsL Rank: 14th
Pre-season pundits had San Diego and Anaheim battling for the NL West crown in 2010. Unfortunate for them (myself included), Seattle popped both squads in the mouth with superior managing and defense. Led by Shane Victorino and Elvis Andrus, the Yeomen won an incredble 99 games and earned the title of second best team in the NL. Their magic ran out in the NLDS, however, as the Chicago Juice won a heated series.
Final Record: 99-63, 1st in NL West
Team AVG: .248, 20th in the WsL
Team OBP: .320, T-17th in the WsL
Team SLG: .379, 20th in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.50, 4th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .241, 4th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 125, 2nd in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
The unspoken fear among WSL owners is Seattle's cap situation. In two years, the Yeomen have practically their entire cap to spend and few positions locked up. Anyone and everyone will be in play for them. Management was wise not to get locked into panicked long-term deals this off-season in order to preserve a future run.
Worst Offseason Move
If nothing else, WSL is a league built on value. Since there is a salary cap in place, acquiring young talent tends to be the deciding factor in a team's success. Knowing this, why would Seattle trade a top-12 pick in the draft for a veteran bat unless it was absolutely sure they were making the WS? Would 5 years of Devin Mesoraco, Brandon Belt or any of the SP taken later in round 1 help Seattle more than one year of an aging Michael Young? You know what PG thinks.
PG's '11 Prediction
Seattle is always a hard team to figure. They could win 95 games or 70 games or anything in between. If it goes sour, it may be because their trademark plus defense took a huge hit this year.82-80 record.