The Seattle Mariners are hanging around in contention in a year when everyone thought they'd be historically terrible again.
There are certainly flashes of that 2010 offense at times. Enough to drive you, me, and manager Eric Wedge a little batty. However, there have been enough flashes of improvement to get the team over .500 and within arm's reach of the Texas Rangers, causing relative excitement among the fan base.
After going on that ridiculous stretch of winning, a surge that put them in the position they are now, the team has stumbled a bit lately. The Mariners have only won four of their last 10 games, and six of 13 since the calender flipped to June.
If the Mariners were 10 games over .500, in first place and still red hot, we could surely go with the "if it ain't broke" adage. They're not, though. They're having a rougher time, and the longer they have a rougher time, the more it favors Texas and, to a degree, the Angels.
The good news is, there are a few easy things the team can do to immediately get better. They don't even have to punt the farm to do them. So let's explore those options, shall we?