Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 10/17/13
To say that the 2013 season for Seattle Mariners was a disappointment would be a gross understatement. Although the M’s finished a surprising 2nd in MLB for home runs, it was somewhat irrelevant considering they finished next to last in hitting with RISP, batting an anemic .222. Terrible hitting is nothing new to the Mariners. Their offense has been historically bad over the last handful of years, yet that was not the only reason for the M’s failures this year. The Mariners boasted potentially the best 1-2 starting pitchers in the American League: Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. Unfortunately, the back end of their rotation was one of the worst in baseball, thanks to the likes of Joe Saunders, Aaron Harang, Brandon Mauer, etc. To make matters worse, the bullpen, which was supposed to be a strong staple for team, finished with an atrocious 4.58 ERA. This was just good enough to finish next to last for the entire MLB. These shortcomings lead to the inevitable departure of manager Eric
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