Seattle Mariners: 5 Reasons Jack Cust Is an Upgrade Over Russell Branyan

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Seattle Mariners: 5 Reasons Jack Cust Is an Upgrade Over Russell Branyan
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Felix Hernandez took the Cy Young last year after going 13-12 for Seattle. He went 1-9 when the Mariners scored two runs or less, and had the lowest run support of any pitcher in baseball.

Seattle needs some help in the bat department.

In homers, RBI, batting average, runs scored, on base, slugging and OPS, the Mariners were the majors' worst offensive team in every department.

The 513 runs that the Mariners managed to score were the lowest in the designated hitter era.

This offseason the Mariners added Jack Cust and parted ways with Russell Branyan.

Seattle brought in Branyan back in 2009, and the organization believed that he could be a run producer in the middle of the lineup. He was productive when he played, jacking 31 homers in just 116 games back in 2009; but that was the problem. Branyan often found himself on the disabled list.

The Mariners hope Cust can come in and an anchor an offense that is so very desperate for some power.

Cust and Branyan look very similar on paper, but the Mariners made a major upgrade when they added Jack Cust to their lineup.

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