Coming into the year, the Mariners were a hot pick to make the playoffs out of the AL West, not because of their hitting, but because of their pitching rotation.
The pitching staff hasn't disappointed thus far, ranking fourth in the AL in runs allowed with 318 through 74 games, or 4.3 runs per game.
With that said, the Mariners have the worst record in the AL West at 31-43 and are no doubt looking to be sellers at the trade deadline, mainly because of the poorly constructed lineup that has failed to live up to fairly low expectations.
Ken Griffey Jr. retired because he was playing so poorly.
Veterans like Milton Bradley, Chone Figgins, Casey Kotchman, and Jose Lopez aren't performing as they have in years past.
Young players like Michael Saunders and Rob Johnson aren't producing.
Overall, this lineup is just awful. Their 255 runs scored this year puts them at a measly 3.44 per game. There isn't too much help coming through the minor leagues and they may even lose some pieces at the deadline.
The stats get worse as you keep looking deeper. Their team line of .240/.309/.344 is just about as bad as a team filled with nine Gerald Laird's.
Their OPS+ of 80 is by far the worst in the AL. They have only hit 42 home runs, also worst in the AL.
I could go on and on, but it is clear that the worst offense in the AL, and maybe even all of baseball, resides in Seattle.
2. Chone Figgins
3. Milton Bradley
4. Jose Lopez
5. Franklin Gutierrez
6. Josh Wilson
7. Casey Kotchman
8. Rob Johnson
9. Michael Saunders
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This lineup has been the worst in the AL by far this season and there are no real signs of it improving in the near future. The good thing is, it can't get much worse, can it?