Runs Per Game: 4.05 (21st)
Team ERA: 4.16 (22nd)
Run Differential: -70 (22nd)
What Went Right:
Nelson Cruz worked out well as anyone could have hoped for. He finished the season with 44 home runs, a career high. Kyle Seager wasn’t as good as he had been last year but he was still very good. Franklin Gutierrez came back from the dead and hit 15 home runs in 189 at bats.
What Went Wrong:
Robinson Cano got a whole lot worse in his second year with Seattle. Mike Zunino was terrible in his second full season. Very disappointing for the former no. 3 overall pick. Logan Morrison went back to sucking after a surprisingly solid season last year.
The Mariners pitching was expected to be great. It didn’t work out however. Felix Hernandez had his worst year of his career. Hisashi Iwakuma missed half the year. James Paxton and Taijuan Walker were supposed to take the next step and develop into above average starters. Neither was very good.
Player to Watch?:
Dustin Ackley finally played his way out of Seattle. The Mariners dumped on the Yankees where he actually played much better in limited time.
There’s Always Next Year:
King Felix will be back. Those young pitcher will probably get better. They’re a good bet to have a great pitching staff again. If they continue to improve offensively they might be the contender we thought they would be this year.
How Did We Do:
We predicted the Mariners would win over 90 games and make the playoffs. You saw how much went wrong this year. They weren’t even close to the playoffs. Seattle was one of the most disappointing teams in the league and was one of our worst predictions.