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Jul 8, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders (55) hits a single against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Rough Patch for the Seattle Mariners

The All-Star break could not have come at a better time for the Mariners. After dropping 2 of 3 to the White Sox and 3 of 4 to the Twins they were able to get off to a good start against the A’s. The matchup with the A’s can set the team back in the right direction going into the break but is there reason for concern after this rough patch?

I thought in the beginning of the season that this team will go hot and cold. Of course it’s rough when you lose 5 out of 7 to weaker teams but there was some bad luck going around.

Even though the results were not favorable and it seemed the Mariners offense was struggling they were mostly unable to get the timely hits they have had the fortune to get this year. In the final 3 games of the Twins series the Mariner only put up 3 runs. They scored so few runs while earning 32 hits.

Most of the year they have had a poor team average but still able to score runs with clutch hitting. The opposite was the case recently. Losing those games does hurt but going forward the team is still looking to be in good shape.

It’s difficult to say the team had gone cold when they were still getting hits and pitching well. Despite the current success of getting on base, it does not blind the fact they need another OF after James Jones and Michael Saunders.

Dustin Ackley and Endy Chavez have not been holding their own. A righty to properly platoon with one of the two is preferable but any upgrade would be welcomed. The team needs to make a move before another skid like this sets them back too far.

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