Fan poll shows optimism for Mariners’ win total

Thought it would be interesting to take the temperature of fans this morning with a quick Twitter poll asking how many games they thought the Mariners would win this year as we await tonight’s opener against the A’s.

And, yes, hope springs eternal as 74 percent of the 107 responders predicted a winning season and another 13 percent weighed in with a .500 record.

The most popular choice was 85 wins (15 percent) and 66 percent fell between 81 and 88 wins.

That’s a pretty good indication that fans are hopeful the encouraging spring carries over to the regular season. Or that fans just like to think positively on Opening Day!

The Mariners went 75-87 last year, an improvement from 67-95 in 2011. I’ve said since before Spring Training that my prediction would be 82-80, so I’ll stick with that. Though I’ll admit, I feel better about the chance of taking that a little higher now if a lot of things go right, namely staying healthy.

The Vegas oddsmakers aren’t nearly that high on the Mariners, who have said all spring they like flying below the radar. That’s not always a bad thing, as the A’s and Orioles showed last year.

Bovada’s current odds for the AL West over-under wins: Angels 91 1/2, Rangers 86 1/2, A’s 84 1/2, Mariners 77 1/2, Astros 59 1/2. So we shall see.

Here’s the exact breakdown of the fan response on my Twitter account, where you should follow me here for all breaking Mariners news.

MARINERS PREDICTED WIN TOTAL

162 – 1
117 – 3
102 – 1
97 – 2
95 – 1
92 – 3
91 – 1
90 – 6
89 – 4
88 – 8
87 – 9
86 – 4
85 – 16
84 – 6
83 – 9
82 – 5
81 – 14
80 – 6
79 – 1
78 – 3
76 – 1
72 – 1
68 – 1
61 – 1

Thanks to those who weighed in. Should be fun tonight as we get rolling.

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