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5 Things We’ve Learned About the Seattle Mariners Midway Through 2014

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5 Things We've Learned Midway Through 2014

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We're at the midway point of the 2014 season, and there is still much to learn and more that will come to fruition as the storylines continue to unfold in Major League Baseball. But as of July 7, these are five things Mariners fans can be certain about for this year.

5. Jeff Samardzija Will Not Call Pacific Northwest Home

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5. Jeff Samardzija Will Not Call Pacific Northwest Home

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The Mariners were reported to have been heavily pursuing Samardzija's services. In case you are completely out of the loop, he and former Chicago Cubs teammate Jason Hammel are no longer available. The two are still teammates, but will now pitch for the Oakland Athletics for the remainder of the season after a blockbuster trade was announced on July 4.

4. James Paxton Has Durability Issues

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4. James Paxton Has Durability Issues

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Though talented, the young left-hander so far appears incompetent dealing with the rigors of being a starting pitcher in MLB. He still has a lot of baseball in his future, but it comes with question marks. Since going on the DL in early April, he still has not completed a rehab assignment.

3. Kyle Seager Should Be An All-Star

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3. Kyle Seager Should Be An All-Star

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It's difficult to not make a case for Josh Donaldson or Adrian Beltre, and it would surely take more than one short paragraph to do so efficiently. But Seager has remained healthy all year, unlike Beltre, and also has more HRs and RBI than him. Seager's success also directly correlates to the Mariners' winning record. Donaldson is the AL starter at 3B, and is slashing .241/.319/.459. Seager, meanwhile, is slashing .274/.347/.483.

2. Felix Hernandez Is A Cy Young Candidate

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2. Felix Hernandez Is A Cy Young Candidate

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He ranks inside the top 10 in the AL for wins, earned run average, strikeouts and innings pitched. King Felix has only surrendered four home runs all season, and has lost only twice. The most earned runs he has allowed in an outing has been four, and that happened only once against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 12. For all the hype surrounding Masahiro Tanaka in 2014, Hernandez has been better, and his team has the better record. Numbers don't lie.

1. The Mariners Have A Legitimate Chance At Playoffs

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1. The Mariners Have A Legitimate Chance At Playoffs

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Though a division crown in the AL West seems unrealistic at this point, the Mariners are eight games above .500, and are finally just starting to get healthy. After a 71-91 record in '13, the M's look as though they have turned things around this year. An American League wild card berth should be in their sights.