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June 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Standard Mariners lineup in place as they try to gain ground on third-place Oakland

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Very few analysts, including this one, expected the Mariners to be beaten out for third place in the AL West by the Oakland Athletics. And for good reason. The A’s, devoid of a new stadium deal, have made no secret of the fact they’re now aiming their latest rebuilding plan at the 2015 season. That’s when the A’s hope to have a new stadium in place in the city of San Jose.
As for the Mariners, they won’t say when their rebuilding plan is supposed to pay off. But we do know they already have the stadium that will still be with them whenever that occurs. For now, they open the night 4 1/2 games behind the A’s and no matter what you think of some of the progress made by the offense, the standings are a disappointment.
This was supposed to be a year of increased expectations. And as such, it’s important to not keep making excuses for a young team whenever it fails to reach those expectations. For those of us who expected this Mariners team to be third best in the division, being so far back in fourth is not quite what was envisioned.
Oakland has seen a couple of surprise performances thus far. But their rebuild should not be this much better than Seattle’s at this point. Suffer a series sweep here, the M’s might not catch the A’s again. And that would truly be a case of underperformance. At some point, we have to start seeing tangible results beyond a few high-scoring games.


Mariners lineup:
RF Ichiro
CF Franklin Gutierrez
3B Kyle Seager
DH Jesus Montero
1B Justin Smoak
LF Michael Saunders
C Miguel Olivo
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Erasmo Ramirez

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Jesus Montero

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