Thirty-three games into the season, the Seattle Mariners are far from being a complete team.
However, they have some admirable qualities, including their starting pitching. When Jason Vargas went eight innings and allowed just one run in a 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, it marked the ninth time a Seattle starter has gone at least seven innings while giving up zero or one runs.
The Mariners have won seven of those games.
And when you mix in three other starts in which a Seattle starter went 6 1/3 innings while allowing one run, you get the sense that the starting pitchers are going to allow the team to be in most games.
Seattle starters tend to be either very good or not. As a whole, the rotation is 10-13 with a 3.85 ERA. In the 12 games of 6 1/3 or more innings and one or no runs allowed, the starters' ERA is 1.01. In the other 21 games, the starters check in at 5.80.
Vargas has been as good as advertised with four of those 12 one-run-or-fewer performances. His eight-inning effort Wednesday was his first of the season and the eighth of his career.
The Seattle starters were terrific top to bottom on the just-concluded homestand, throwing 37 1/3 innings while allowing just nine runs (2.17 ERA). Only once in the six games did a starter allow more than one run as Seattle took two of three from both Minnesota and Detroit.