The 2012 Seattle Mariners may not win 100 games, but they certainly won't be dull.
In Texas they only managed to win one game in a four-game set, but rebounded by taking two of three at home against Oakland this past weekend. Perhaps they didn't quite explode in Texas (as one fool predicted), but they've held their own thus far with a 6-5 record.
Unfortunately, all is not well on the offensive side as Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports:
"So far, the Mariners' offensive numbers through 11 games look depressingly familiar -- a .232 batting average, .267 on-base percentage and .356 slugging percentage for an OPS of .620. That compares to last year's .233/.292/.348 at season's end for a .640 OPS, and 2010's .236/.298/.339 (.637)."
In searching for solutions, M's manager Eric Wedge has tried to juggle several lineups with varying degrees of success to get some answers and production. But questions and doubts are bound to surface with key players like Mike Carp and Franklin Gutierrez due to return to the team from the DL.
One would imagine that time, and by extension performance, will help sort out any potential issues, but whether or not the M's continue to find support up and down the bench remains to be seen.
Ultimately though, several players will need to find a greater level of consistency to prove they belong in the lineup, not to mention the 25-man roster.
Here's a short list of players of those players who need to heat up ASAP...or else.