Seattle Mariners’ pitching staff nothing like 2014
The Seattle Mariners pitching staff was a dominant bright spot for them in 2014, but in 2015 it has been anything but that. The starting pitchers have done a decent job of leaving with a lead, but the No. 1 bullpen in Major League Baseball in 2014 has been surrendering leads and taking losses this season. While there is no clear answer to why this is occurring, it comes as a surprise to all Seattle fans.
As the Seattle Mariners headed into Spring Training in 2015, there was a buzz surrounding the team that has not been present for years. They added some key components to the offense in the offseason, including Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, and Justin Ruggiano, so things were looking up for 2015. But as the season started, it was painfully obvious that the Mariners pitching staff was going to have to work extra hard this season in order to gain the success that everyone seemed to already be crowning them with. After all, the AL West was all but a lock for a Seattle team with one of the best pitching staffs in all the MLB.
Closer Fernando Rodney has already blown a couple of saves (1-1 record), and has looked like “Wild Thing” from the Major League movies with his 8.56 ERA. He has always had moments of being erratic, but this year is by far the worst he’s looked. Maybe he should focus on dialing in his pitch accuracy instead of his arrow-shooting celebrations, and the problem might be easily solved.
Another concern has been starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma and his 0-1 record, 6.61 ERA, five home runs surrendered, and .308 average against. He is pitching so bad that other teams have their fireworks shows on the nights that he is starting for the Seattle Mariners. This is by far the most concerning for Seattle because Iwakuma has been very dominant in his career, minus this season.
The Mariners need to figure out their pitching issues so that they can live up to the hype by season’s end, because a lot of people (myself included) expected great things. With Felix Hernandez pitching tonight against the Twins, the King’s Court will be in session. Hopefully he can pitch a complete game, because right now, he is their only hope.
What are some of the reasons why you think the Seattle Mariners are struggling? I would love to hear what you have to say about it.
Dustin Brown covers the Seattle Mariners for MFST. You can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.