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    September 8, 2017 3:13 AM PDT

    If the Mariners have gotten a lot of ink this year, its for a good reason. After finishing with the worst record within the AL, and also the second worst record in the majors, last season, theyve surprised many people by hovering around .500 for most of year. Since the AL West lacks a standout team, theyve also hung around the division lead. So long as their pitching keeps rolling the way it has in the first half of the season they may never find themselves from the race.

    Its pretty clear to anyone, even an NL fan who doesnt delve much into the junior circuit, the Clifton Geathers Jersey Mariners offense has held the club back. This has been the situation within the last three seasons, where the Mariners happen to be the worst hitting team in baseball towards the tune of roughly four wins. However with their pitching staff they dont even need a good offense to excel in the AL West. All they require is a mediocre one. They with the best pitching in the league serves as an example.

    It surprises no one the Phillies starters lead the league in WAR. They're, actually, 2.5 wins in front of the Mariners, no. 2 ranked staff. But if we go on results the numbers really are a bit closer. Due to a lower walk rate, the Phillies starters po se s a collective 2.90 ERA towards the Mariners 3.19. However the Mariners have allowed fewer hits there is a .713 defensive efficiency towards the Phillies .701 leaving Montell Garner Jersey little separation within their staff ERAs. The Mariners staff has thrown 7.Another innings in a single fewer start, and thus their collective defense (starting pitching and fielding) is probably directly on par with the Phillies. Yet the two teams are quite separated in the win column.

    With names such as Ryan Howard and Chase Utlley filling the Phillies lineup card, it might be reflexive to indicate the great differences in the teams offensive prowe ses and move ahead. But that greatly overstates the Phillies offense. Like a unit theyre actually substandard, at -12.8 runs, which ranks 18th in the majors and 8th in the NL. (Though they are second in their own division.) Yet theyve taken that substandard offense and handled it through pure pitching. With 55 wins they currently have the most within the majors by three.

    (The Braves also function as a good example, as they have the second most wins in the majors despite an offense that's 22.4 runs worse than average though theyre getting many of their production from the bullpen, in which the units 5.2 WAR leads by nearly two full wins.)

    The Alejandro Villanueva Jersey Mariners, of course, are far worse over 60 runs worse. Its pretty obvious to say their record would be better if their offense are the best, but in the case from the Mariners its repeated for maddening emphasis. If the Mariners offense were even mediocre, within the mold of the Phillies offense, theyd almost certainly lead their division. Even in the Braves level of offense theyd probably lead the way. That's the entire improvement in the Mariners season. Even a mediocre, if substandard, offense would put them in a favorable position.

    This disparity is the reason why the Mariners a fascinating, if not frustrating, team this year. Theyve dealt with high-level problems on offense, and it has dragged down what should be a quality team. As I wrote last month, management is certainly on the right track in addre sing the offensive problems, which makes them even more interesting. Already theyve replaced their worst offense, Chone Will Monday Jersey Figgins, with their No. 1 prospect, Dustin Ackley, that has already produced nearly 1 WAR during his three-week stint. They sent down Michael Saunders, who had been horrendous to the tune of -11.6 runs earlier within the season. Now theyve called up prospect Kyle Seager to find out if he can help bring the offense to some mediocre level.

    Thats all of the Mariners actually need right now. They needed to get rid of Figgins and Saunders, who combined to produce -33.1 runs at the plate. Next might be Franklin Gutierrez, who, after starting the entire year around the DL, has been 13.2 runs substandard while at bat in only 146 PA. Maybe hell improve as he gets into a groove and shakes off a few of the rust, but something has to give there. Adding his total with the other two makes up about 46.Three of the Mariners 74 runs substandard.

    With these changes its highly likely the Mariners have patched their offense to a reasonable degree. Theyre not going to be excellent in the other half, but because we see with the Phillies, they dont need to be. Using the best starting staff within the AL, Stephon Tuitt Jersey a serviceable bullpen, and one of the greatest defenses, all they need is really a just below average performance to create waves in the AL West. Regardle s of the complications in the trade market, I can see the Mariners doing whatever it takes to usher in a good hitting outfielder. It might make all the difference for them this year.