4. Robinson Cano and Seattle pitching
The Seattle Mariners went out and spent big bucks on a power bat this offseason. Now that power bat, Nelson Cruz, has lived up to expectations as he’s launched 18 homers with a .326/.381/.607 slash line. Yet the Mariners are 27-33 and in fourth place in a highly competitive AL West. Part of the problem is the Mariners $240 million man Robinson Cano. The second baseman is slashing .238/.279/.325 and has a paltry 2 home runs. Not exactly the type of production you would be looking for from someone you’re counting on to carry the team to the postseason. The Mariners have other issues too, however, most notably the bullpen and starting pitching. Taijuan Walker has an ERA north of 5.00 after a promising Spring, Fernando Rodney has a 7.04 ERA and has been removed from the closer’s role, Danny Farquhar has an ERA of 6.46, and Hisashi Iwakuma had a 6.61 ERA before going on the DL. If the Mariners hope to catch up to the Angels, Rangers, and division-leading Astros, these numbers have to change, quickly.