Originally written October 04, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Things have improved for the Seattle Mariners offensively in the last 12 months, indeed in the last 24 months, but they haven't improved nearly enough to rid general manager Jack Zduriencik of the notion that he's got to rework the lineup options he gives to manager Eric Wedge going forward. Seattle finished last in the league in batting average, runs, hits and on-base percentage in 2010, again in 2011 and again in 2012. At least this year the Mariners found a little bit of power and finished with 40 more home runs than a year ago (149-109). The Mariners finished with more than 600 runs scored (619) for the first time since 2009, but they finished at least 48 runs behind everybody else in the league and almost 100 runs under the AL median. Simply put, they can't hit. Kyle Seager (.259, 35 doubles, 20 homers, 86 RBI), Michael Saunders (.247, 31 doubles, 19 homers, 57 RBI and 21 steals) and John Jaso (.276, 10 homers, 13 game-winning RBI) exceeded expectations, but...
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