2015 Recap: Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners (76-86, 4th place in AL West)
The offense with the surprising addition of Nelson Cruz wasn’t the problem like it has been since the Mariners moved from the Kingdome to the spacious Safeco Field. The Mariners haven’t been able to make the playoffs since 2001 when they set major league record with 116 wins and since the duration of Felix Hernandez’ career. The pitching staff didn’t perform like it was expected. Taijuan Walker didn’t take the next step and James Paxton couldn’t stay healthy. The Mariners were one of the best teams in the second half and will again ride high on their potential next season.
RF Nelson Cruz: G 152, AB 590, HR 44
SP Felix Hernandez: GS 31, IP 201.2, W-L 18-9
3B Kyle Seager: G 161, AB 623, HR 26
2B Robinson Cano: G 156, AB 624, HR 21
LF Franklin Gutierrez: G 59, AB 171, HR 15
Biggest need: Catcher
In 2014, 23-year old Mike Zunino hit .199 but he did hit 22 home runs. In 2015, both numbers went for Zunino. He hit .174 with 11 home runs and in three seasons and 295 career games he has a .193 career batting average. Jesus Sucre didn’t help much either by hitting .157 and one home run in 52 games. Sucre has promise defensively behind the plate and Zunino is adequate but it was still the worst in baseball.