The Seattle Mariners’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

The Seattle Mariners' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

Felix Hernandez
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The Seattle Mariners sent shock waves through the baseball world in the offseason when they managed to lure Robinson Cano away from the New York Yankees. While Cano is having the kind of year one might expect from him, he alone cannot support an entire team. It thus comes as no surprise that Seattle ranks second-to-last in all of baseball with a terrible .234 team batting average. These are their five most irreplaceable players in 2014.

5. Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders
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5. Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders
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Despite having a history of low batting averages, Michael Saunders ranks third on the Mariners in the category this season and is hitting .274 with four doubles and 17 RBIs. After a frigid April at the plate, Saunders is enjoying a sizzling hot May, putting up a slash line of .321/.353/.449 with 14 RBIs so far in the season’s second month.

4. Chris Young

Chris Young
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4. Chris Young

Chris Young
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Re-emergence is the word that comes to mind when describing Chris Young’s performance for the Mariners this year. The veteran righty, who before signing with Seattle last played in the majors in 2012, is 4-2 with a 3.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in nine starts. His four victories include wins against division leader the Oakland Athletics and the second-place Los Angeles Angels.

3. Hisashi Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma
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3. Hisashi Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma
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Since returning from the DL at the beginning of May, Hisashi Iwakuma has dazzled in his five starts this season. He’s currently 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in 37.2 innings pitched and hasn’t allowed more than four earned runs in a start so far this season.

2. Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano
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2. Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano
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There is no doubt that Robinson Cano means the world to the Mariners right now. Cano’s numbers so far in 2014 prove that the second baseman was worth the hefty price tag that it took to pry him away from New York. He’s hitting .332 with 30 RBIs and 11 doubles, and with the Seattle offense’s lack of consistency and depth, Cano’s bat carries the team more often than it should need to, though his power numbers are somewhat lacking this year.

1. Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez
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1. Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez
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Though Robinson Cano is having an excellent season, Felix Hernandez is the Mariners’ most irreplaceable player right now and has been for the past several seasons. Hernandez is a Seattle sports icon, and his 6-1 record, 2.75 ERA and 1.06 WHIP further cement his importance to the Mariners.

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