2021 MLB Starting Rotations, Ranked

27. Seattle Mariners


Starting 5: Gonzales – Paxton – Kikuchi – Sheffield – Margevicius

With a very young ballclub, the front office opted to add some veteran leadership to its rotation. This meant bringing back James Paxton. While he may not be as good as he was the first time around, he should be a much better pitcher in Seattle compared to in the Bronx. Marco Gonzalez is the team’s de facto ace (though he’d probably be a third or fourth starter on most good teams).

Former Japanese All-Star Yusei Kikuchi will hope to improve after giving up a combined 39 home runs in only 208.2 career MLB innings. From there, Seattle will likely roll with unproven commodities in Chris Flexen (coming from the Korean league) and highly-routed prospect Justus Sheffield.

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