David Aardsma Will Be a Factor For Seattle In 2010

0Contributor IIIMarch 15, 2010

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 20: Closing pitcher David Aardsma #53 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the New York Yankees on September 20, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Yankees 7-1. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Last year David Aardsma surprised everyone being the mariners dominant closer. Aardsma  collected 38 saves in 42 chances and got 80 strikeouts in 71 and a third innings. He did all this without being the closer on opening day as Brandon Morrow screwed up to open the door to him. The real question though is can he repeat the success he had last year. Could it be that 2009 was Aardsma's only productive year? Or could it be that finding a new team, Seattle is comfortable for him and he can easily pitch at that all-star caliber level. But what makes him a huge impact is the Mariners style of play. They focus on pitching and defense which makes a lot of low scoring, 1 run games. The Mariners led the major leagues in 1 run games which is why Aardsma is the key to our success. Considering he does bad next year the Mariners will lose a lot more games because he will blow our 1 run leads in the ninth. Considering he does good will put us in a good position towards the playoffs with an all-star closer. I don't know what will be the outcome of Aardsma's season, I just don't want him to destroy our chances of making the playoffs.