“Hitless in Seattle” Fantasy Quotient: Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners’ starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws against the New York Yankees during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Safeco Field in Seattle, May 27, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Seattle is the incredible case of two extremes. Great starting pitching, atrocious lineup. Let’s take a look at what that equates to in the Mariner’s Fantasy Quotient. In fact the Mariners light hitting ways make Quotient history.

Outfield:

There is no usable players in the Mariners outfield. Even Ichiro is having a down season. The usually 200 hit shoe-in has dramatically under performed, and is useful only if your team desperately need steals.

Greg Halman has performed admirably in limited action but he still cannot be used in good faith in any format.

The outfield cupboard is bare in Seattle.

First Base:

Adam Kennedy has a better shot of joining his unrelated surname sharing family in politics, then contributing anything to your team.

Second Base:

The light-hitting rookie second baseman (Dustin Ackley) hit third last night. Typical Mariners.

Shortstop:

Brandon Ryan the quirky former Cardinal can really field… Did I mention he can field? Not worth a second look in fantasy.

Third Base:

One of the worst long term contracts in the game was given to former Angels third baseman Chone Figgins. Zero fantasy value yet again. Poor Mariners…

Catcher:

No way we man have something here in Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo! Okay not totally the Seattle backstop is hitting an unsightly .227 this season. He has hit 12 home runs and swiped a couple of bags. He is fringe at best which makes him a superstar in Seattle… Yikes.

Utility:

The once highly touted Justin Smoak was supposed to have it figured out to some degree by now. He doesn’t. As they say, where there’s Smoak, there’s another punchless Mariner.

Starting 5:

Despite historic levels lot of nothing in their lineup, the Mariners have managed to stay in the thick of the A.L. West most of the season until their current 6 game slide put them in third place and eight and a half games out. How is that possible? Well the Mariners have a stacked pitching staff that can beat you any given night with little run support. Reigning Cy Young award winner King Felix Hernandez isn’t having the season he did last year but still putting up remarkable stats. Rookie Michael Pineda made the All-Star team for the A.L. and is having an incredible year. Peter Gammons tweeted that his sources say he may be even better than Hernandez one day.

Now that would be something. Pineda has been a huge addition to many fantasy teams. Finally the renaissance of Erik Bedard has been a great story. Bedard, after spending one and a half injury mired seasons in Seattle, was performing impeccably before taking yet another precautionary trip to the D.L. Bedard should return in late July and the flame thrower is worth a look if an owner in your league elects to drop him for healthier options.

Bullpen:

Brandon League is good option for saves as the Mariners excellent starters and lack of hitters give him plenty of close games to pitch in. So far he has 23 saves. His ERA, WHIP, and K’s have all been at or above the league average.

Overall:

The Mariners starting pitching is astoundingly good. But as good as the staff has been the Mariners have been ever more horrible then the starters have been good. The Mariners play to the strengths of their ballpark and good for them but you still have to score if you expect to win, or in this case score high on Rant’s Quotient.

Mariners Quotient: 39/100

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