Seattle Mariners’ Top 5 Players After 9 Weeks

Ranking Seattle Mariners' Current MVP Candidates

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A week into the month of June, Lloyd McClendon and his Seattle Mariners find themselves third in the AL West division and four games above .500. The following is a list of the five most vital contributors to the club's success so far as MLB squads begin to gear up for the dog days of summer. Honorable mention to Hisashi Iwakuma, who is 4-2 with a 2.66 ERA but missed action for the entire month of April.

5. Fernando Rodney, RP

Fernando Rodney
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5. Fernando Rodney, RP

Fernando Rodney
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Rodney has the second most saves of any closer in the American League with 17, having converted that number in 19 opportunities. His ERA is a respectable 2.28, and the role he has played at the back end of the Mariners' bullpen is a pivotal one for a team that ranks 16th in the league in the runs scored category.

4. Michael Saunders, OF

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4. Michael Saunders, OF

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Believe it or not, The Condor has the second highest batting average of any Mariner so far with a minimum of 100 ABs in 2014 at .280. Add to that four HRs and 25 RBIs primarily hitting out of the leadoff spot, as well as an error free campaign in the outfield, and the Mariners just seem to perform more fluidly as a whole when Saunders is on his game.

3. Kyle Seager, 3B

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3. Kyle Seager, 3B

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He leads the Mariners in HRs (9), RBIs (39), doubles (13), TB (101), BB (21) and OPS (.799). For a team fairly devoid of power so far in 2014, Seager has almost been the sole exception. It would be nice to see the kid hit for a higher average (currently batting .253), but right now he is the meat in the middle of the Mariners' lineup, so that should silence his critics.

2. Robinson Cano, 2B

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2. Robinson Cano, 2B

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The Mariners' $ 240 million acquisition is living up to the high expectations set for him, for the most part. True, he has more SBs (5) than HRs (2) to date in 2014, but Cano has always been one to go yard in bunches. At this time in 2007, he had three HRs and finished with 19 total on the year, still a respectable amount. The 31-year-old is second in the AL in AVG at .330 and second on his team in RBIs, stolen bases and total bases.

1. Felix Hernandez, SP

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1. Felix Hernandez, SP

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King Felix has been on point in 2014. He ranks in the top 10 of MLB for nearly every important stat category for a pitcher, including wins, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts. Hernandez is putting together a campaign that will garner Cy Young attention, especially if he has his club poised to make a run at the postseason in September.

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