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Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Seattle Mariners

The Mariners have some nice building blocks but are still a couple of bats short

Originally Published: September 12, 2011
By Baseball Prospectus, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
Michael PinedaRod Mar/Getty ImagesMichael Pineda, who has fanned more than a man per inning this year, is a building block for the Mariners.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

Today the ship sails for the Seattle Mariners, who despite boasting 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez and young fireballer Michael Pineda in their rotation, still managed to underachieve because of a paltry offense. It's time to kiss 'em goodbye.


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