The five best Seattle Mariners players in 2014 might surprise some fans, even though the first two choices are pretty obvious. It is evident by the updated MLB standings that the team has struggled through the first month of the season as they have posted an 11-14 record. It is only good enough for fourth place in the American League West, but still 3 1/2 games ahead of the last place Houston Astros.
As a team they also have the second worst batting average in the AL, posting a mark of just.231 through the first 25 games. That includes only 22 home runs and just 97 total runs to their credit. The bright spot might be that the team has won four of its last five games and that the injury news for Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker, and James Paxton is better than it has been in a while.
Despite the struggles of a lot of players, there are five that stand out from the group so far. Below are those five star players and the statistics that they have been able to put up through the first month of action for the Seattle Mariners.
Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez has made six starts for the Seattle Mariners this season. In 41 1/3 innings of work, he has posted a 2.40 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 47 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .196 against him and he is 3-1 on the season.
Robinson Cano leads the Seattle mariners with a .296 batting average so far. He has 29 total hits, 12 RBIs, and 11 runs scored in his first 25 games with the franchise. The ease with which he plays second base has also been interesting to watch.
In just his second season with the Mariners, catcher Mike Zunino is putting up nice numbers for the team. Through his first 20 games he has a .274 batting average, three home runs, 11 RBIs, and 20 hits to his credit. He has also been stellar behind the plate for the pitching staff.
Danny Farquhar has been the most consistent pitcher out of the bullpen for the Mariners in 2014. He has appeared in 12 games, going 13 innings and posting an impressive 1.38 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and .204 average against.
A surprise for the Seattle Mariners this season, Dominic Leone has become a force in the bullpen. He has already appeared in eight games since getting called up and has pitched 12 innings. He has a 1.50 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and .190 average against so far.