Seattle Mariners: Will April Showers Bring May Flowers?

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COMMENTARY | With offseason acquisitions of Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse, Seattle Mariners fans were optimistic the 2013 season would start off with a bang.

Unfortunately, the Mariners produced dismal results April, ending the opening month with a 12-16 record. This includes four losses to the Houston Astros, who have one of the worst records in the majors with just eight wins.

To add to the despair, the three players expected to produce big bats this year are all batting far below .300 (Morales: .267, Morse: .248, Ibanez: .158). The Seattle Mariners need help fast to turn it all around.

Jason Bay may be the answer. After a lackluster start, Bay has now started in six of the last seven games. In each of those games, Bay has at least one hit and has raised his batting average from .184 to .276. He has also driven in 6 runs and hit a homer. His $1 million contract is beginning to pay off. As his playing time increases, expect his productivity to rise.

Of course, it takes more than one player to secure wins. Felix Hernandez will continue to play an integral role as the season progresses. He has once again this season been the victim of poor offense and run production as evidenced by his 3-2 record, despite a 1.90 ERA. In both his losses this year, the Mariners have lost by just one run. Through six games Felix has 44 strikeouts and just 9 earned runs. He truly is a dynamic pitcher, but the Mariners will need to produce runs and step up their offense to help him out.

Perhaps one of the more positive storylines thus far is the offense of Kyle Seager. In 29 games the Mariners third basemen has 32 hits, 12 runs, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, and 12 RBIs. He is batting .288 with a slugging percentage of .477.

Although there were a few shining stars in the month of April, the end result was a losing record for the Seattle Mariners. It is conceivable that May can bring better results.

One game in and the Mariners earned an 8-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles (16-12). Next up is a series against the Toronto Blue Jays, who are last in the AL East with a 10-19 record. If that fails, the Mariners always have interleague play against Pittsburgh next week. Maybe the team's pitchers can spark the offense.

The Mariners need to try every trick in the book.

A native Washingtonian, Brianna Brooks is an avid sports enthusiast who has been following the Seattle Mariners since the "Refuse to Lose" run in 1995. From the Kingdome to Safeco Field, she has experienced the ebb and flow of the Mariners' seasons and has translated her passion for baseball into freelance writing.

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