The Seattle Mariners have not had a particularly prolific offense in 2013. That much is certain. There are obviously signs of improvement, and a number of young hitters like Kyle Seager and Brad Miller are having very nice seasons.
However, a simple reality remains. It is hard to win when you can’t score. This is the type of verbal gem that we expect from a color commentator, right?
Seattle managed a solitary run against the mighty Kansas City Royals on Labor Day, as Felix Hernandez and the Mariners fell 3-1. When that single run crossed the plate in the fourth inning, it ended a 20-inning scoreless drought. By the end of the game, however, the Mariners had a new five-inning drought.
Obviously this is not a new problem. As of September 2, the Mariners had scored the second-fewest number of runs (532) in the American League. Only the Houston Astros have scored fewer, and not by much (530).
To put that into perspective, the Boston Red Sox have scored 698 runs through the same date. That is a productive offense. Take notes, Jack Zduriencik.
When a team has consistently been 30th in various offensive categories over a couple of seasons, any amount of improvement is appreciated. However, it is hard to get too excited about Seattle’s 2013 rankings in team batting average (26th) and on-base percentage (25th). The slugging percentage is 20th in MLB, but too many home runs have been solo shots.
This needs to be addressed in the offseason. Building a team from within by drafting quality talent is an admirable strategy. However, the Mariners need a recognizable bat that can cause opposing pitchers to at least worry a little bit. It is time to lure a free agent to Safeco Field.
Hard to win when you can’t score.