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Could it get much worse? Mariners’ blues continue

Eric+Wedge+Tampa+Bay+Rays+v+Seattle+Mariners+3-I1OgjemlAlSEATTLE — It was a promising off-season. Unfortunately, it’s been downhill since opening day.

The Seattle Mariners were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 15 following a 12-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

2013 is the 12th straight year the boys in blue have failed to make the playoffs, and the fourth straight year the team will finish with a losing record.

But it’s not just losing that has the Mariners’ down. Ace pitcher Felix Hernandez has been out with a strained oblique. The team has lost seven out of their last 10, has a below-100 OPS+, and has struggled recently — and the whole season, really — in both pitching and hitting. Though the team increased its home run production since last season, big off-season acquisitions like Michael Morse have failed to do much behind the plate. And heralded up-and-comers, such as Dustin Ackley and Jesus Montero showed down years again.

There were a few bright spots, such as the continued dominance of Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the rebirth of Justin Smoak and the steady persistence of Kendrys Morales.

All-in-all, it was just another season for the Mariners to forget about.

But there’s always next year, right? Right?

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5 comments

  • Xuven

    The M's have changed about every thing.. The only thing that hasn't changed is upper management, I think that is where the problem is. New players new managers, new stadium. When will the ownership wake up and try changeling the upper management? I would say never.. Because the owners don't care about winning.

  • mac

    Well before September 15th we've known the M's weren't going to make the playoffs. For weeks now the team has been getting younger players more experience and positioning themselves for better draft picks next season.

    • Xuven

      They have been making a show of that for years… and they have even got players who were do well elsewhere and they come to Seattle and tank… then they get traded away and start doing good again… as i said every thing has been changed…. except …. upper management…

  • jeff

    There's no hope for the Mariners, if this keeps up sooner or later the Mariners will be gone, because there are not going to anyone in the seats. Hey, we have a stadium for baseball!