How travel costs the Mariners

Key scheduling factors that will impact the 2014 standings

Updated: April 14, 2014, 1:39 PM ET
By Daren Willman | ESPN Insider

Seattle travelDaren WillmanThe Mariners will traverse the country unlike any other team this season.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks kicked off the season in Australia, there was a lot of talk about how the teams would respond to the travel.

While Clayton Kershaw's back injury kept that storyline in the news for another week or so, much of the talk surrounding the impact of travel has died down. It shouldn't.

Every year, the disparity of miles traveled has an impact on the standings, and there are certain teams that are most affected, such as the Seattle Mariners and the clubs in the NL Central and AL East.

Seattle, for example, kicks off a four-game series in Texas tonight before heading to Miami for three before flying back to Seattle for a series with Houston. There is not a single day off in there, and that's a continuation of a trend from the past few years.

Mariners get a raw deal