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World Series winner could be role model for Seattle Mariners

By meerna Jul11,2024
World Series winner could be role model for Seattle Mariners

The first-place Seattle Mariners find themselves in a unique situation, with a dominant starting rotation that ranks among the best in the league and a flawed lineup that ranks among the worst.

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In recent MLB history, has a similar type of team ever been able to make a deep run in October? Host Ryan Rowland-Smith asked MLB Network colleague Jon Morosi that question during Tuesday’s edition of Seattle Sports’ Wyman and Bob.

Morosi pointed to the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, whose elite starting rotation of Madison Bumgarner, Jonathan Sánchez, Matt Cain, Barry Zito and former UW Huskies star Tim Lincecum led the team to October glory. Mariners fans may hear some striking similarities to those Giants based on Morosi’s recollections.

“Duane Kuiper on the Giants broadcast called it torture,” Morosi said. “The classic scoreline all season is 1-0. It was Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner, Jonathan Sánchez, Barry Zito sometimes — and they won games 1-0 and 2-1.

“They were, to be fair, a better offensive team than the Mariners … but they won games with Lincecum dominating and then the occasional home run from (Buster) Posey or (Aubrey) Huff or Pat Burrell. And that’s basically how they won. They didn’t have what I would describe as a fully functional offense, and they were World Series champions.”

The 2010 Giants led the league with a 3.36 ERA and ranked fourth with a 1.27 WHIP. The 2024 Mariners currently rank third in the league with a 3.54 ERA and have an MLB-best 1.08 WHIP.

As Morosi mentioned, while the 2010 Giants weren’t a great offensive team, they were still better than the 2024 Mariners. They ranked 17th in runs scored per game, 15th in batting average, 19th in on-base percentage, 13th in slugging percentage, and 17th in OPS. The Mariners currently rank 27th in runs scored per game, 30th in batting average, 26th in on-base percentage, 28th in slugging percentage, and 28th in OPS.

However, the 2010 Giants could be an indication of the level of offensive production the Mariners need to truly compete for the World Series. With an elite starting rotation, the Mariners don’t need an elite offense. But as the 2010 Giants showed, Seattle probably needs an offense that performs near league average.

“The pitching of that team (Giants) was great, and that’s why they won the World Series,” Morosi said. “The pitching of that team (Mariners), if you line them up, they can beat starter for starter, pretty much any team in baseball. So you’ve got that element. You’ve kind of figured out the hard part. Now you just have to get (hitters) out there.”

“Make some moves and move on, because the moment when your pitching is dominant and healthy is always fleeting. Fleeting. I don’t know how long it will last, but it won’t last forever. … They’re in a special place and they have something special in this rotation. Don’t waste it.”

Listen to the full conversation with MLB Network’s Jon Morosi at this link or in the audio player at the top of this story. Listen to Wyman and Bob weekdays from 2-6 p.m. or find the podcast in the Seattle Sports app.

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